New survey reveals dining habits of Parisians
PARIS, May 24 — Travelling to Paris for a gluttonous, food-filled holiday and Michelin meals? Better be prepared to dig deep for la vie en rose, as yet another major survey has confirmed that the city of light will cost a pretty euro.
According to the latest Zagat survey released this week, the average meal in Paris will set you back about €62 (RM248) — almost double the cost of a meal in New York, which averages €33, and just a little less than London, where a restaurant meal will cost around €52. Only Tokyo is more expensive at €84, says Zagat.
The latest Paris restaurant guide by Zagat was written based on the reviews of 714 restaurants in the Paris region by 8,015 diners.
The survey also found that Parisians go to restaurants on average three times a week, more than Londoners (2.4 a week) but less than Tokyo residents (four times/week).
When it comes to celebrity chefs, respondents were evenly divided, with 48 per cent saying they choose restaurants for the star power in the kitchen, while 49 per cent said it matters little to them who’s at the helm.
As for restaurant pet peeves, 76 per cent of Parisians named bad service as their biggest turn-off, while 17 per cent named excess noise.
Meanwhile, this month online reservations site Hotels.com also came out with a travel barometer it called its Club Sandwich Index which surveyed the most expensive club sandwiches on hotel menus around the world.
Paris topped the list at US$33.10 (RM99.30), followed by Geneva at US$32.65 and Oslo at US$30.50.
Meanwhile, though Parisian restaurants may get a bad rap for their service, here are the top five eateries for providing impeccable service, according to Zagat editors and users:
3. Le Meurice
4. Le Cinq
5. Ambassadeurs. — AFP-Relaxnews