Making dining reservations in Paris can be as easy as going online, filling out a form and receiving a confirmation of your booking via email with a site like The Fork. It can, however, get way more complicated than necessary and wind up in disappointment. Gal Pal Twitter friend Forest Collins of the famed 52 Martinis offered to help me make dining reservations for our impending trip. Mr. Graham (Gal Pal Elizabeth’s father) offered to treat us to a fantastic dinner at the trendy and expensive spot L’Ami Louis that is reveiwed in Frommer’s. Forest first telephoned L’Ami (Ami in French is friend) in November to book us a table and the maître d’ told her to ring back in December. Forest marked a date in her busy calendar to follow-up with him at L’Ami only to have the gentleman tell her that she needs to call back two weeks in advance of the desired booking. Again Forest marked the precise date in her calendar and called to inquire about said booking. She was told that they would take the reservation the following Wednesday so please call back. Yesterday was it! Finally a reservation at the infamous and famous L’Ami Louis!!! WRONG…she phoned them and guess what? They were fully booked! Ce n’est pas possible?! Seriously, they told her it didn’t matter that she called a million times and yes, they remembered her calling a million times, but after all, “It’s fashion week.”
Well L’Ami Louis – know this…you are NOT my friend, but you will not ruin my trip. You will not sour me on the French people. You only made me more convinced that La Tour D’Argent is top dog in town. Yes mon Ami, we have a reservation at La Tour D’Argent and you DON’T!