The Moulin Rouge, which was first opened in 1889 is located close to Montmarte in the district of Pigalle on Boulevard de Clichy. This famous building, with its iconic red windmill is known as the spiritual home of the Can-Can. It was immortalized in the works of Toulouse Lautrec, and more recently in the eponymous hit movie directed by Baz Luhrman. With all this history in mind it was hard not to be excited as I was fortunate to be able experience the new Viator VIP: Moulin Rouge Show with Exclusive VIP Seating and 3-Course Dinner.
From the moment you arrive outside the Moulin Rouge, the VIP experience begins. It is hard not to get excited as you watch the red windmill turning in the evening sky. The first thing you notice is the long queue snaking around out of the door, and down the street. Of course, these people have already prebooked, months before, but still had to queue to waiting to be seated. We, however with the included skip the line access, could walk past the queue and straight to the entrance.
With a dash of French glamor the man on the door raised the red rope and guided us along the red carpet right past the snaking crowd of people all queuing to check in their coats and take their place for dinner. Our escort eased us to the coat check in to remove our coats, and before we knew it we were being taken through the slowly filling up theater to our seats, situated on a raised mezzanine level above the main dining area. These really where the best seats in the house, and we could not be better place to watch and appreciate the costumes, set and dancing! But first it was time to enjoy the 3-course dinner.
Our personal waiter was on hand to meet our every need, and immediately, it was time to open the champagne and present us with our aperitivo. During this time we could take a look at the complimentary program that was handed to us, and see what was in our gift bags that where presented to us at our seats on arrival.
The first thing I noticed on the menu was my name at the top; the personalized experience was present in all areas. Once we had chosen our food, the waiter could recommend the wine the accompany each course. My choice for dinner was the Duck foie gras with sea salt, mango vinaigrette, “Roquette” salad and grilled toast for the starter, the Sirloin steak, small fried potatoes with thyme, French Beans with fresh butter, pepper sauce for the main and the Moulin Rouge Opera pastry, chocolate wings, chocolate hazelnut sauce for dessert.
Following the meal, it was now time to sit back and relax and watch one of the most famous shows in the world. But first, as the performance started we were presented, a selection of delicious macaroons, in a variety of interesting flavors.
The current show is Feerie, which comprises a number of different scenes, including a pirate scene and a circus scene.
Throughout the evening, it was the small things that also made the difference. Just before the end of the show our coats were presented to us; something we hugely appreciated as we saw the long queues of people waiting to collect their coats on the way out.
- Viator Travel Team