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In my Forbidden… post I said I was looking forward to my upcoming dining visit to Le Grand Colbert and that I’ll be declaring it as a business expense.  I’ll also be preparing for my upcoming IRS audit.  Pourquoi (why) did I choose Le Grand Colbert? Because it is specifically named in the Diane Keaton/Jack Nicholson movie Something’s Gotta Give.  Le Grand Colbert turns out to be a real versus a fictional restaurant.  And they used the real restaurant in Paris for the movie shoot.

3 diners, 4 servers

3 diners, 4 servers

Here’s a picture of the three principal actors in the actual restaurant being attended by four properly attired waiters.  I like the odds.

The beautiful food that rushes by too quickly in the movie simply looks too real to be anything but actual, edible French cuisine.  This gorgeous looking food can easily compete with the food shown in Julie & Juliafor the distinction of **movie food you’d like to spend an evening with** (as opposed to movie stars … — even Keanu Reeves).  The restaurant’s dining room looks elegant but not stuffy.  Wine flows throughout the scene.  And there is enough gleaming copper serving ware to compete with Dehillerin’s.

Le Grand Colbert looked very expensive to me when I was watching and vicariously enjoying the dinner scene in the movie.  Thanks to l’internet, I was able to visit Le Grand Colbert’s website, peruse their menu, and run a quick currency conversion.  I’ve reassured my dining companion that it’s not really *that* expensive and after all it’s a business deduction (if she’s ok with her own IRS audit).

If we’re going to have lunch at Le Grand Colbert, we’ll be taking bus line 27.  Once again the bus trip is quicker than the metro/subway and Line 27 crosses right in front of the Louvre Pyramide.

Above ground bus view

Above ground bus view

The metro/subway trip takes longer, changes lines at Châtelet and puts you underground.  If we decide to go to dinner rather than lunch, I suppose I could be persuaded to take a taxi  —  if my accountant confirms that the cost can be included as a legitimate business expense.