Photo Friday: Lunch at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon

Lunch at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon in Paris
Lunch at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon in Paris

Does this look like the kind of meal you normally eat in a family restaurant? One of our favorite ways to make jet lag with an infant work for us is to take advantage of the extra long naps on the first few days by eating a multi-course meal.

One our second day in Paris, we put E to sleep in his stroller and then hightailed it over to L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon for a two-hour, nine-course meal. The staff politely parked E in a nearby corner while we sat and ate like unencumbered adults. Robuchon also has a terrific reputation for accommodating older kids, and the sushi-bar like seating with a view of the kitchen makes it easy to keep kids entertained.

While the amazing lunch certainly didn't lessen E's night waking that night, memories of each delicious course took the sting out for us.

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  1. Peace (Australia) on May 21, 2009 at 10:53 p.m.

    Wow that looks delicious, its so nice being able to go to a real restaurant while you're traveling but I've never thought of waiting for the kids to be asleep and then taking them! What a great idea! : )

  2. amida on May 21, 2009 at 11:43 p.m.

    Holy smokes! A NINE course meal? I hope everything looked as yummy and beautiful as that photo!

  3. Tim Marks on May 22, 2009 at 4:35 a.m.

    What a great looking meal. Only in Paris can you find a 9 course lunch. Now I'm hungry!

  4. nomadicmatt on May 22, 2009 at 5:15 a.m.


  5. Marina K. Villatoro on May 22, 2009 at 5:36 a.m.

    I haven't had a beautiful meal like that, without my son and especially for 2 hours in a billion years. For one, there aren't any restaurants that you would want to spend that much time in here:)
    secondly, it just doesn't seem to happen lately. it's so important to this stuff with your hubby!

  6. Wanderluster on May 22, 2009 at 9:08 a.m.

    What an incredible looking meal and a great idea to take care of parents and baby!

  7. JessieV on May 22, 2009 at 9:32 a.m.

    what fun! i never would have thought to do that. i'd probably have fallen asleep myself. ;)

  8. Heather on her travels on May 22, 2009 at 11:30 a.m.

    How lovely to enjoy such wonderful food with baby in tow, although it does depend on the restaurant also being relaxed and welcoming.

    Congratulations on the new arrival and I hope you get a few more good meals like this. I'm just pleased now that I'm past the babysitter stage & have the freedom to eat out without any worries about baby waking up.

  9. Elizabeth on May 22, 2009 at 12:58 p.m.

    Congratulations on the birth of Eilan! We have a new baby over here too (as of May 9), so here's a picture. It'll be fun to see the travel photos of these new little people in the months and years to come.

  10. helly on May 22, 2009 at 1:17 p.m.

    OMG I've been eating beans and rice for two weeks. Your photo has me drooling!

  11. Mara Gorman on May 22, 2009 at 1:29 p.m.

    You are *definitely* a woman after my own heart. I love that you are encouraging parents to try this kind of thing! I will say that it's trickier now that my kids are older. Our first night in Paris last summer, we ended up eating crepes from a street vendor! Of course, they also went back to our apartment and slept through the night.

  12. RennyBA on May 22, 2009 at 1:35 p.m.

    Delicious Baby ;-)

  13. Kymri Wilt on May 22, 2009 at 4:38 p.m.


  14. Dominique on May 26, 2009 at 2:44 p.m.

    This reminds me that it's dinner time! Looks great. :)