There are a few important differences between food fixed at home and fixed in a nice restaurant. Professional chefs, of course, have equipment that home cooks don't, and probably access to better produce and meat. But one difference that always delights me is how good chefs present the food, beautifully arranged and garnished. You almost hate to dig in and ruin the picture!
Perhaps because Paris has a reputation to uphold as the world capital of fine cuisine (whether that reputation is valid or not) its restaurants do a great job on presentation. Here are some beautiful plates served at our tables on our recent trip.