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The best gastronomic restaurants in Paris 2017
 

 
 
 
 
 

Updated 14/09/2017 
 
The best restaurants in Paris 2017 reviewed by Gilles Pudlowski (G.P) and Gilles Malaisé (G.M.): 
 
 

L'ATELIER DE JOËL ROBUCHON ETOILE (*****L): With a total of 26 Michelin Guide stars –the most of any chef in the world- including 2 stars for this new outlet opened in December 2010, Robuchon has been titled “Chef of the Century”. L'Atelier Etoile, stands in atelier robuchon etoile best luxury gourmet michelin restaurants paris francethe ground floor of the Drugstore Publicis: a luxurious, fashionable mall dedicated to high end shopping and gastronomy, occupying a splendid position on the Champs Elysées. Opposite the Arch of Triumph. In a the heart of the posh and touristic Triangle of Gold.

The relatively large dinning room, designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon, has been divided into two sections. Those who like intimacy will go straight to one of the few tables, in the back of the room. Those coming for a a real Robuchon experience will definitely prefer to seat at the U-shaped bar surrounding the sparkling open-kitchen: overlooking the meal preparation by an extremely friendly “brigade” managed by Sylvain Forbice. Operating a well orchestrated ballet, serving quickly and graciously the demanding patrons. We didn't feel much difference compared with the other Atelier (8 outlets are operating around the world) which we already visited in Macau and Hong Kong. A trendy, attractively designed salon welcoming the gourmet society, L'Atelier Etoile is a mix of French yuppies behaving like returning visitors, and excited Asian and American tourists, so happy to make it at Robuchon... with their camera in hand. Some Peoples and familiar faces popped up from time to time. No doubt: this new Atelier is already the place to see and be seen!

A dinner at L'Atelier always starts with a glass of Champagne. We had Bruno Paillard during our previous visit, a few months ago. Well chilled, displaying a deep color and a steady stream of pin-prick bubbles across the glass, this is used to be Robuchon's favorite brand.  Developping much savour and quite a good length in mouth. That time we took one flute of Veuve Cliquot Brut (EUR 25 by the glass). It was fine with our light and inventive amuse-bouche (
Foie Gras Cream, Served with Red Sweet Wine Reduction and  Parmesan Foam ) and our signature starter, available from the new vegetarian Food & Life 7 courses menu at EUR 99: a refreshing “Beetroots Tartare, Flavored with Granny Smith Apple topped with Green Mustard Sherbet” (EUR 37). Alternatively we would recommend the classy Caviar Imperial (EUR 88 per 50gr): a superior, subtle, not over salted French Solenska caviar from Sologne. Still confidential, hard to find on the market, this local grey gold is highly praised by the best chefs in Paris. We loved it! It is alternatively yummy combined with soft-boiled egg (a Robuchon's classic and classy speciality). 

Another signature, the “French Quail from Villard Les Dombes, stuffed with Foie Gras”  (EUR 33), sweetly caramelised with soja and honey, served with a double portion of Robuchon's legendary mashed potatoes, was simply brilliant, paired with one glass of aristocratic Tuscan “Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia, Bolgheri 2010” (EUR 60 by the glass). Powerful but graceful, this is one of the most collectible Italian wines.

Alternatively, fish lovers will like the “Seared Scallops served on Chicory Salad with Curcuma Vinaigrette and shaved Alba White Truffles” (EUR 52). A delicacy, amazingly light and palatable; though the weak fragrance of the first white truffles of the Autumn was much covered by the exquisite vinaigrette. Assisted by brilliant companions, like Fabien François and the young and charming Mélanie Serre, acting in the kitchen the day of our last visit in October 2015, this is a pure example of the creativity and the genius displayed in that category of restaurants. Words are missing to describe the sophistication of some dishes done to be tasted; not to be literalized. Head sommelier  Alessio Delfino paired it with invigoring, yet sumptuous, Condrieu, Côte Chatillon, Domaine Bonnefond 2010 (EUR 30 by the glass): a very herbal, aromatic wine produced in a small bio vineyard from viognier white-wine grape variety.

The lacy display bouquet of charming fruit of a dense Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2012, Au Pied du Mont Chauve (EUR 58 by the glass), paired ad hoc our mouth watering Pan-Fried Sole Meunière Petit-Bateau” (EUR 79). Classic and classy, the generous portion treats two persons at ease!

-Fromage ou dessert? (Cheese plate or dessert). We don't like the question and, just like most of our compatriots, would straightly reply -Both!. We got a Ewe Tomme Cheese (EUR 19) traditionally produced by the Benedictine monks of  Notre-Dame de Belloc Abbey, in Normandy. Displaying a firm, dense, rich and creamy texture, it surprisingly tasted little bit like burnt caramel, and was accompanied by a black cherry jam. A nice bridge between the two savors, for a dish located half way between cheese and dessert. But the icing on the cake was the chocolate speciality which we chose from the rich desserts list. All go for only EUR 20, which is a great offer, indeed. And particularly for the Warm Guanaja Chocolate Soufflé & Bounty Ice Cream: made with Valhrona chocolate, this is a superb association of savor and texture, presented in a an opulent, artistically designed gilt plate. François Benôt, the pastry chef, is assisted by brilliant lieutenants. Some of them are Japanese; which explains the brilliant Asian touch and precious display. We would long-haul fly to L'Atelier just for a dessert!

With an average bill of EUR 150 per person, a light and exciting 
Food and Life menu at EUR 99 and  a so rich Menu Découverte de Saison at EUR 179, L'Atelier is a great value for money gourmet restaurant with a strong WOW factor, and one more successful recipe by Joël Robuchon.

Open everyday until midnight. Note well that booking is available for lunch, from 11:30am till 12:30pm; and from 14:00pm till 3:30pm. Dinner : 18:30pm only. No booking possibility on other timing. 

G.M

L'ATELIER DE JOËL ROBUCHON ETOILE: 133 Avenue des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris
PHONE: (+331) 47 23 75 75
E-MAIL: resa@joel-robuchon.net


 
L'ATELIER DE JOËL ROBUCHON SAINT GERMAIN (*****L): Black granite, red lacquer and Indian rose-wood, a direct view of the kitchen from the bar and valet parking: Joël Robuchon's snack bar strays on the side of chic. Needless to say, we are in the presence of robuchon saint germain des pres best luxury gourmet michelin restaurants paris francegrande cuisine, inspired by Joël the First and implemented by his "compagnons", Axel Manes, Eric Lecerf, and Eric Bouchenoire who alternately tend to the Atelier Etoile. A virtuoso display! Sautéed Squid with Artichokes open the proceedings, followed by a Mackerel Tart, Deep-Fried Whiting, Tuna Belly, Eggs with  CaviarMilk-Fed  Lamb  From Pyrénées, all executed with tremendous proficiency. If you still have a little room left, the Warm Chartreuse Soufflé with pistachio ice cream (a house classic) will fill neatly. An impressive cellar of French, Italian, Spanish, Californian and Austral wines, a produce-oriented tasting menu and a choice of small or standard portions a la carte ingeniously complete the range of this great restaurant's options. 

Average bill for this fabulous two Michelin Star restaurant is EUR 150 - 200 up.

Open daily until 12 AM. 

G.P 

L'ATELIER DE JOËL ROBUCHON:  5-7, rue Montalembert, 75007 Paris 
PHONE: (+33-1) 42 22 56 56       FACSIMILE:(+33-1) 42 22 97 91  
E-MAIL: resa@joel-robuchon.net  


LE DIANE (*****L): Still a well kept secret of foodies, the five-star Hotel Fouquet’s Barrière gourmet restaurant makes gastronomy rhyming with sensuality.

fouquets le diane paris champs elysees best luxury gourmet michelin restaurants paris franceThe classy, modern Le Diane offers one of the most pleasant garden-terraces in Paris: hidden from street traffic by aristocratic Hausmann façaces and much greenery, it made us feel like miles away from the crowdy and noisy Champs Elysées. The restaurant was quite full at lunch time the day of our visit: obviously attracting smart Parisian patrons. The place sounded so pleasant and romantic, that we eventually would have accepted an average lunch without any frustration. Which was not the case; what a WOW experience!

Michelin star Chef Jean-Yves Leuranguer, despite of his apparent humility, enjoys great fame in Paris. Not a chef-star like Ducasse or Robuchon, he nevertheless attracts the same category of rich-and-famous dinners: both at the legendary Fouquet's brasserie (a haunt for famous actors, politicians, bankers and industrialists) and, with more imagination and ambition, La Petite Maison de Nicole and Le Diane. One of the «Best Craftsmen of France» («Meilleur Ouvrier de France»), he had been working 17 years at hotel Martinez (Cannes, French Riviera), before he joined Fouquet's in 2003. A brilliant demonstration of culinary art-de-vivre, Leuranguer's cuisine is as colorful as lucious. We have been impressed by the dainty display of his specialities,  exceptional textures and toothsome aromes. From our amuse-bouche (scrumptious «Soft Boiled Egg with Ceps») till the dessert, Leurenguer hasn't put a foot wrong.

Well worth the try, our «Amberjack Coated in Black and White Sesame Seeds» (EUR 32) was accompanied with fragrant ginger shallot condiment, guacamole, and green shiso broth. We found it as innovative as the «Langoustine Variations on a Theme» (EUR 55): a selection of tastes and textures from one unique product: Carpaccio-Style with kaffir lime, roasted with lime chutney, Maki-Style with turnip and basil, and -our favorite- in a galanga infused broth. Such a marvel should bring more than one Michelin star to this «grande table», indeed. Back to more classic recipes, the unabashedly French «Wild Sea Bass» (EUR 64), pan-fried in seaweed butter, displayed few artifacts on a perfectly cooked, exceptional product. One glass of bright and lively Sancerre, «Les Grands Champs, 2010, Alphonse Mellot» (EUR 18) raised our ecstasy to the nth degree.

Claude Ducrozet's pastries concluded our lunch with maestria: the «Crispy Yuzu and Lime Wave», with Mojito sorbet, was refreshing and delectably combined. The «Hot Verbena and Peach Soufflé», with white peach sorbet, is a best seller, at EUR 18.

Those finding the prices little bit steep “à la carte”, will like the reasonable menus «Découverte» (EUR 48 / 2 dishes or EUR 58 / 3 dishes) and «Ambrosial» (EUR 128 excluding beverages, or EUR 200 including the Sommelier selection), making Le Diane one of the best value gourmet restaurants in Paris Triangle of Gold.

Owned and managed by the Lucien Barriere group of hotels.

G.M

LE DIANE: 46 avenue George V, 75008 Paris
PHONE: +33 1 (0) 40696060     FACSIMILE: +33 1 (0) 40696005
E-MAIL: reservationsfouquets@lucienbarriere.com

ALAIN DUCASSE (*****L): Obviously, the Master, Alain Ducasse, is not always present, but the kitchen team led by Frederic Garnier is one of the most brilliant anywhere. Its members put ail their heart into their work and their preparations are alain ducasse plaza athenee best luxury gourmet michelin restaurants paris franceremarkable, both in the precision of their execution and for their originality. The products are selected with extreme care, when they are not supplied exclusively to the recently reopened Plaza Athénée. The fresh pasta with cream, truffles and giblets is a magnificent starter. Seasons are observed to the letter here. The line-caught sea bass is accompanied by green asparagus and fresh peas in the spring, but comes with citrus fruits, leeks, and spring onions in the fall. The smoked tea-glazed pigeon reveals entirely new flavors that bring out the full taste of turnips in sweet and sour sauce. Dessert by Christophe Michalak's team is always a high point, but for those who are happiest straying from the beaten path, there can only be one choice—soft fresh ewe's cheese, peppered caramel, and strawberry-tree honey. Supervised by Denis Courtiade, the service attains summits of excellence, and the cellar, governed by Gérard Margeon, is extraordinary. The check is, of course, just as striking, but the most contemporary works of art are priceless and "Monsieur Ducasse" is and remains an artist with an eye to everything, from the radical and surprising decor designed by Sanjit Manku and long-time associate Patrick Join, to minor details with a major impact, such as the cutlery and plates, the style of the glasses... and even the serving trolleys!  

Fixed price: EUR 200, 300. A la carte: EUR 250. 

G.P. - G.M. 

ALAIN DUCASSE  (Hotel Plaza Athénée) : 25, av Montaigne, 75008 Paris 
PHONE: (+33-1) 53 67 65 00. FACSIMILE: (+33-1) 53 67 65 12 
E-MAIL: adpa@dorchestercollection.com
 

LASSERRE (*****L): Monsieur Lasserre is no longer with us, but his great establishment opposite the Palais de la Découverte science museum marches on, more splendid than ever. Jean-Louis Nomicos, a close associate of Alain Ducasse for years, presents a prix fixe that lasserre best luxury gourmet michelin restaurants paris franceskillfully reconciles tradition and modernity. Priority is given to produce, and everything here is a question of bal­ance, as evinced by truffle and foie gras macaroni. The Breton lobster in classic simmered stew seasoned with honey, chestnuts and rosemary is always a must, but turbot in a crust of black truffle, artichokes and green pea purée is today's true event. The pigeon served with seasonal fruits and vegetables is to cooking what a Rembrandt is to painting, but you may prefer the milk-fed veal chops with lemon and ginger cream sauce. The chocolaté soufflé is splendid. The service is fully what you would expect from such a noble establishment, and the check reflects that magnificence. The sommelier's name is Antoine Petrus, which already gives food for thought. When the weather is fine, the roof of the elegant dining room opens to the sky. The effect is magical and never stales. 

Fixed price: EUR 75 (lunch), EUR 185 (tasting « Prix fixe »). A la carte: EUR 180-200. 

Closed lunch (except Thursday, Friday), Sunday, August. Open until 10 PM. 

G.P 

LASSERRE:  17, av Franklin-D.-Roosevelt, 75008 Paris 
PHONE:  (+33-1) 43 59 53 43 /  FACSIMILE: (+33-1) 45 63 72 23 
E-MAIL: lasserre@lasserre.fr 
 

TAILLEVENT (Alain Solivérès) (*****L): Alongside the "modernists" and their sometimes controversial concoctions, the "classicists" have their place, but must obviously still bring their cuisine into line with today's tastes. This is exactly what recently demised Jean-Claude Vrinat asked taillevent alain soliveres best luxury gourmet michelin restaurants paris franceof the chefs at "his" Taillevent, a timeless (but not changeless) restaurant. Alain Solivérès, a creative craftsman who trained with Maximin, Ducasse and Cirino, has planned a prix fixe that seems traditional on first sight. Only when it is explained by the master of the house do you realize that nothing could be further from the truth. This is confirmed when Sault spelt wheat risotto with browned frog's legs or John Dory fish with olives arrive. The sunfîlled cuisine reaches its zenith with lamb saddle in a reduction sauce seasoned with regional wild herbs. The desserts, such as the feuille à feuille, a layered dessert of three chocolates, or baba au rhum with liquor-soaked raisins seem a million years old but still topical. The wine list is endless and the setting—a Second Empire town house with contemporary art providing interior decoration— exceptional, as is the service. The check rapidly adds up, but this comes as no shock, since the restaurant is at the peak of its achievements. 

Fixed price: EUR 70 (lunch), 140, 190. A la carte: EUR 200. 

Closed Saturday, Sunday, end of July-end of August. Open until 10 PM. 

G.P 

TAILLEVENT: 15, rue Lamennais, 75008 Paris  
PHONE: (+33-1) 44 95 15 01    FACSIMILE: (+33-1) 42 25 95 18 
E-MAIL: mail@taillevent.com 
 

LA TOUR D'ARGENT (*****L): From his vantage point, Claude Terrail must be proud to see that while the world moves on, it is business as usual for La Tour. He bas finally left us, leaving his son André to run his institution. Lovers of Paris should not worry, though: come hell or high la tour d'argent best luxury gourmet michelin restaurants paris francewater, the Tour remains. We paid our visit just after Michelin took away one of the restaurant's stars in a very well publicized move as chef Jean-François Sicallac was handing over the reins to his lieutenant, Stéphane Haïssant, a vétéran of Guérard, Loiseau and Senderens, before going to run the Coquille in Concarneau. We felt that the house cuisine had never been more effective. Admittedly, no one visits the Terrails' establishment (which was already in vogue in the 16th century) in search of trendy dishes that will be out of date as soon as the latest fad has peaked, but rather for a master class in a great, ambitious, classical tradition. In fact, the little appetizers, with mustard beignets, and vigorous starters, such as médaillons of foie gras with a sea urchin cream sauce, silky pike quenelles with mushroom duxelles, duck with orange sauce served with crisp, twice-fried potato puffs and spinach gratin, whole veal kidneys cooked rare, garnished with crayfish and a Jura wine sauce and passion fruit and guava parfait were actually at the height of their powers. We might add that these marvels were a part of the lunchtime set menu, priced at a levelheaded EUR 70.  

The service in wing collar and tails, and the panoramic setting over-looking the Seine, the Ile Saint Louis and the roofs of Paris still hold ail their ineffable charm. The wine list, supervised by the expert David Ridgway, is still one of the most splendid in the world (a 1988 Château la Dominique was the choice accompaniment for our feast). Finally, pears poached in a vanilla cream and poire William with candied caramel, remains one of the most irresistible confections of ail time. Marvelous Tour! 

Prix fixe: EUR 70 (lunch), EUR 200, EUR 230. A la carte: EUR 200. 

Closed Monday, Tuesday lunch. Open until 10 PM 

G.P 
 

LA TOUR D'ARGENT: 15-17, quai de la Tournelle, 75005 Paris 
PHONE:(+33-1) 43 54 23 31 / 01 40 46 71 11.   FACSIMILE: (+33-1) 44 07 12 04 
E-MAIL: resa@latourdargent.com  
 
 

L'ARPEGE (Alain Passard) (*****L): Oblivious to fashion and its diktats, Alain Passard remains true to form, loyal to the produce-based cuisine that is close to his heart. It has been a long time since critics questioned the lack of red meat on his menu. This grandmaster of the vegetable has arpege alain passard best luxury gourmet michelin restaurants paris francewon them ail over with his skills. Creativity, originality, sensitivity and rigor are the everyday watchwords of this Breton trained by Kéréver, Boyer, then Senderens, as he prepares dishes of breathtaking freshness and vivacity. The lemon-infused sweet onion gratin, the thousand-and-one-flavors of the vegetable from the morning's harvest, the Chausey island lobster served thinly sliced and perfumed with Côtes-du-Jura wine and the Breton monkfish with Orléans mustard are odes to nature's gifts from the Mayenne, Finistère, Côtes d'Armor and Ile-et-Vilaine regions. Then, for the launch of the 1998 vintage Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque: raw scallops in a saffron velouté of zucchini blossoms, beechwood-smoked potato with white Côtes-du-Jura wine. The names are simple, the pleasures vast. If any doubts remain, sugar-coated young pigeon with honey wine and the sweet-breads with licorice root provide dazzling proof. Finally, what can we say about the desserts, except that they too attain summits of refinement? The caramelized tomato stuffed "with twelve flavors" refreshed with an orange sauce or the classic millefeuille offer moments of delight in this trove of elegance and serenity oppo­site the Rodin museum. 

Prix fixe: EUR 130 (lunch), EUR 340 (dinner). A la carte: EUR 250. 

Closed Saturday/ Sunday. Open until 10:30 PM. 

G.P 

L'ARPEGE: 84, rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris 
PHONE: (+33-1) 45 51 47 33    FACSIMILE:(+33-1) 44 18 98 39 
E-MAIL: arpege.passard@wanadoo.fr 


L'OISEAU BLANC (*****L): The glass-roof-topped dining room, with a view on the Eiffel Tower, or the breezy panoramic summer terrace, would be enough to fascinate any spoiled tourist. The service, beating many Michelin-star restaurants, would please a king. The best gourmet luxury michelin star restaurants paris oiseau blanc peninsula sidney redel gagnaireon-request pick-up from any place in Paris by a sumptuous Rolls Royce Phantom transforms the gourmet in a Hollywood Oscar winner. A place for foodies, this “bistro chic” version of a gastronomic restaurant is first of all the gourmand annex to the Paris Stock-Exchange (patronized by the CAC 40 CEOs), and the theatre of the society life:  where the rich and famous mix up with classy tourists.
 
We had lunch at L’Oiseau Blanc not for the panorama, but guided by Sidney Redel's reputation: this young and brilliant Alsatian chef assisted Pierre Gagnaire during not less than nine years, before flying away to avenue Kleber. A nice landing in the ultra-luxurious Hotel Peninsula Paris, recently opened with all the refinements and extras to please the geek jet-setters. Gastronomy couldn’t be missed in a five-star palace hotel tailored-made for a demanding clientele from Asia or the Middle-East, featuring also naturally elegant Parisians patronizing the bars (including a nice cigar-lounge) and the restaurants. Sidney came with 2 Michelin-star in hand,  awarded at Les Airelles (Courchevel). He likes to use the best ingredients ever for a brilliant cuisine still quite influenced by Gagnaire.

Visiting L’Oiseau Blanc made us feel like flying first class: we started with a flute of “Champagne Bérêche & Fils, Brut Réserve, Le Craon de Ludes” (EUR 22), produced in the green, pollution-free hills not far from Reims. Thanks God, our amuse-bouche wasn’t a “verine” but a memorable bio-sausage, sliced with ultra-generous portions of black truffle. What a treat! This was a smooth take-off for a two hours flight over what French top-gastronomy can offer.
 
If the “Sea-urchin and Whisky Bisque, Pearl Barley and Red Endive” was superposing too many complex combinations of savors, aggressively covered by the Whisky, we would return to L’Oiseau Blanc just for the ideally textured and tasty “Green Mallemort Aparagus, with Lardo di Colonnata, Poached Egg, Nettle Coulis with Orange Chocolate”. This might again look over-sophisticated , but tasted naturally so simple and delicate. Alternatively, try the much bistro “Smoked Salmon from Scotland, with Red Beets Carpaccio and Comté 2012”. We paired our appetizers with one glass of refreshing white Burgundy “Meursault Les Criots, Domaine Buisson-Battault 2013” (EUR 21). Developing a beautiful bouquet with flowers, fresh citrus, minerals and a light touch of oak, it was still young, but with not so much acidity.

As a main dish, don’t hesitate and order “Roasted Saint-Jacques, Smoked Cauliflower Cream, Jabugo Iberic Ham & Périgord Black Truffles ” (we actually visited the restaurant in February: the high season for truffles): a delicacy and a signature dish.

Light, simple, somehow provincial but definitely succulent, we would also recommend “High-Seas Whiting and Razor Clams”, stewed with leeks, celery and crispy melon. We paired both dishes with mythic and opulent “Vougeot Ier Cru, Clos Blanc de Vougeot, Domaine de la Vougeraie 2012” (EUR 43 by the glass).

If you prefer meat, we would warmly advise “Pyrenean Lamb, Le Puy Green Lentils AOP, and Chorizo”: light and palatable, this “bistronomic” specialty by Sidney Redel was a pretext to order one glass of “Pomerol, Château Lafleur-Gazin 2011” (EUR 25), produced a stone’s throw from the legendary Petrus Vineyards. Boosting earthy black cherry with soft textures, medium body and a sweet, round cherry-filled finish. A memorable Pomerol, indeed!

There is a signature dessert called “L’Envol” (=take-off), which everyone order at least for a picture (it represents a plane propeller). Creamy, it mixes chocolate biscuit, mango / passion fruit sherbet, and hazelnuts “streusel” (crumbly topping of flour, butter, and sugar). Paired by the professional and charming “sommelière” with a glass of “Tokay, Chateau de Sarospatak, 3 Puttonyos 2011” (EUR 55 / 0.5 l): a divine nectar from Hungary, as sweet as honey, this was a great landing.

The bill, excluding beverage, is surprisingly affordable. Appetizer + main dish / or main dish + dessert was EUR 57 in winter 2016. Appetizer + main dish + dessert: EUR 69.
 
This fantastic Oiseau Blanc, certainly one of the best palace-hotel restaurants in Paris, flew us to the Moon; though it still has not reached the stars... at least by the tortuous Michelin standards.

Open 12–2:30pm, 6:30–10:30pm

G.M


L'OISEAU BLANC (Hotel Peninsula Paris): 19 Avenue Kléber, 75116 Paris, France
PHONE: (+33-1) 58 12 67 30
E-MAIL: oiseaublancppr@peninsula.com


GUY SAVOY (*****L): The man is in the image of his restaurant: charming and never boastful. At Guy Savoy's,  the  contemporary  decor designed by Wilmotte, the Bram Van Velde and Daniel Humair paintings and the African statuettes seem to have stepped from the pages of a guy savoy best luxury gourmet michelin restaurants paris franceglossy magazine. However, the service (unusually affable for such a superior establishment), the wines presented by Eric Mancio, the head sommelier (who has written a number of guides on the subject), and above all the brilliant, appealing cuisine will soon have you feeling at home.  

Behind the apparent simplicity lies a love—a  passion—for shrewdly prepared produce. This results in short preparations with precise flavors: sharp, absolutely flawless and always surprisingly authentic. Whether this is your first or umpteenth visit, the signature dishes are extraordinary creations. The truffled artichoke soup with mushroom and truffle-seasoned brioche, oysters over an iced seafood broth, foie gras with salt, grilled sea bass seasoned with mild spices and turbot in egg salad and in soup express the qualities of the vegetable, shellfish or fish, refusing to allow themselves to be sidetracked. These examples of a true taste and its hidden qualities are also expressed by the pan-fried veal sweet-breads with truffled potato turnovers and Bresse chicken with lemon-grass cream sauce and lightly grilled vegetables. The subtle, precise desserts play from the same score, like the "déclinaison de fraises" (variations on the strawberry theme), the fabulous crème "minute", served with green apple jus, a masterpiece we found perfectly copied in the restaurant of three-star Londoner Gordon Ramsay, or chocolate spiced with tonka beans. Brilliant!  

What more can we add? Guy Savoy is clearly one of the subtle maestros of our day.  

Prix fixe: EUR 230, EUR 285. A la carte: EUR 200. 

Closed Saturday lunch, Sunday, Monday, 1 week from Christmas-New Year's, August. Open until 10:30 PM. 

G.P 
 
GUY SAVOY: 18, rue Troyon, 75017 Paris 
PHONE:  (+33-1) 43 80 36 22.     FACSIMILE:  (+33-1) 46 22 43 09 
E-MAIL: reserv@guysavoy.com 
 

LAURENT (*****L): With Edmond Ehrlich gone, many had their doubts about Laurent's future. They had not reckoned with the determination of its team of great professionals and the arrival of a conscientious chef. In the dining room, the good-humored Philippe Bourguignon welcomes laurent best luxury gourmet michelin restaurants paris franceregulars and first-time visitors with equal courtesy. In the kitchen, Alain Pégouret, who has worked with Joël Robuchon and Christian Constant, is at the summit of his art, as shown by pan seared duck foie gras that opens the proceedings. Beneath a classical exterior, red mullet filet seasoned with saffron, bone marrow and caramelized shallot sauce is an exceptionally modem dish. The Corrèze veal flank steak, simply braised and presented with Swiss chard and a reduction sauce, is congenial and tasty, while hot soufflé perfumed with Anis de Ponrarlier is a highly successful confection. Patrick Lair always provides good advice when the time comes to choose a wine. The price of ail this splendor is reasonable, and there is a terrace for when the sun shines. 

Prix fixe: EUR 75, EUR 150. A la carte: EUR 180. 

Closed Saturday lunch, Sunday, Bank Holidays. Open until 10:30 PM. 

G.P 

LAURENT: 4l, av Gabriel, 75008 Paris 
PHONE: (+33-1) 42 25 00 39      FACSIMILE:(+33-1) 45 62 45 21 
E-MAIL: info@le-laurent.com 

LEDOYEN (*****L): The Napoléon III style has been lovingly maintained, and guests here lunch or dine in one of the most elegant settings in the capital. Christian Le Squer's cuisine is in tune with these surroundings as he consummately champions the colors of "his" Brittany, enchanting ledoyen best luxury gourmet michelin restaurants paris francehis enthralled audience with oven-crisped langoustine served in a citrus olive oil emulsion sauce. Straying a little further from the beaten path, the concentré of assorted Belon and spéciales oysters makes a succulent marine starter. Sobriety does not rule out a touch of mischief, and the astute oven-crisped slices of filet of sole acquire a somewhat Jurassic flavor, prepared as they are with Jura wine. The ingenious sautéed spiced suckling pig with gnocchi and semi-dried tomatoes seems native to the land of Brittany and is toothsome to a fault. For dessert, thin crisp dark chocolaté sheets with iced pistachio milk will have you swooning. The service is in the delicious style practiced in bourgeois homes. The check climbs rather higher than Brittany's unspectacular Arrée Mountains, but without giving undue offence. 

Prix fixe: EUR 85 (lunch on weekdays), EUR 198 (lunch on weekdays), EUR 284 (wine included on weekdays). A la carte: EUR 200. 

Closed Saturday, Sunday, Monday lunch, August. Open until 9:45 PM. 

G.P 

LEDOYEN : Carré des Champs-Elysées, 1, av Dutuit, 75008 Paris 
PHONE: (+33-1) 53 05 10 01     FACSIMILE: (+33-1) 47 42 55 01 
E-MAIL: pavillon.ledoyen@ledoyen.com 
 

EPICURE (LE BRISTOL) (Eric Frechon) (*****L): With three Michelin star, this is one of the top five hotel restaurants in Paris. Chef Eric Frechon, winner of the 1993 Meilleur Ouvrier de France (=Best French Handicraftsman) award for culinary art, renews thrice a year his "Grande Carte": with the restaurant epicure le bristol paris frechon 3 michelin star cheffreshest ingredients, and most sophisticated combinations of savors. Where flavors, spices and fresh herbs enrich meat and fish with a noble French origin and prestigious labels. 

Visiting the "Grande Carte" sounds a temptation. Our "Homard Breton", blue lobster from Brittany (considered the best in the world), served with curried cucumber, milded by a generous touch of coconut milk, was aristocratic. Great texture, showing a perfect freshness. Great taste. Somehow influenced by the royal Thai cuisine. Well worth its EUR 69, this is a must! It is also available under a second, very attractive version: beech wood smoked, with peas mousseline, and lobster heads infused in wild mushroom juice... EUR 95; and well worth this price. A hard to forget delicacy. Alternatively, we would like to recommend the "Tourteau de Roscoff" (EUR 58): king crab from Brittany, served with pressed tomato, avocado flesh, and a divine tarragon infused coral.  Or the "Langoustines de Guilvinec": served in a generous portion, they have been cautiously roasted with citrus thyme, onions and mango jam, then perfumed with a light citrus juice (EUR 80). Caviar is never very imaginative; except in Le Bristol: we had our "Osetra from the Caspian Sea" (EUR 98), with shellfish stock and sea lettuce, served with a cauliflower mousse. The association of the imperial caviar with the working class cauliflower was amazingly surprising: inventive, and actually appealing to the most spoiled palate. Of course one could hardly miss the "Macaronis Truffés" (EUR 55):  Macaroni stuffed with artichoke, duck liver, gratinated with aged Parmesan: a specialty which made Eric Frechon world famous. Delicious with a glass of Champagne, those appetizers could also be much -not to say more!- enjoyed with a well chilled white wine. Like this "Condrieu 2002, Les Terrasses de l'Empire, Domaine Georges Vernays" which pleased our palate very much during our previous visit. Or with this wonderful, fragrant white "Sancerre, Le Chêne Marchand 2002" (EUR 50) that we enjoyed during our last inspection, in Summer 2010. 

Both wines perfectly matched the fish we ordered as a main course. Our "Saint-Pierre du Petit Bateau" (John Dory fish), with pickled lemon, sautéed squid and zucchini, mildly perfumed with precious aromatic sweet pepper from Espelette, was well worth the visit. A large portion goes for EUR 62. Alternatively, try the succulent "Bass from the Isle of Yeu" (EUR 85), smoothened with an oyster tartar, accompanied with charlotte potatoes mashed with flat leaves parsley juice. Meat is also served very generously. Like the "Poitrine de Cochon Fermier" (Belly of Pork) (EUR 60) or the "Barbecued Country  Bacon" (EUR 61), roasted charlotte, herbs salad, with mustard seeds extracts  : Eric Frechon likes to introduce so called "proletarian" -we would say: "bistro"- products (pork, but also whiting or "Calf's Head": the most surprising in Paris, presented rolled, slightly crunchy, and spiced with capers and... anchovies!) to an elitist clientele of rich gourmets, familiarized with caviar and truffle. A risky, but successful game: the result comes perfect. Our pork was brought to our table on a trolley, still smocking over the gridiron, served with purple artichokes steamed with mustard leaves. Astonishingly not that fat, juicy and ideally spiced, we would like to recommend it to those with a hearty appetite. The "Filet d'Agneau de l'Aveyron" (Fillet of Lamb) is a good alternative: cooked with fresh herbs, almost melting under our tongue, it came into our plate with a delicious accompaniment: garlic croquettes, and zucchini jam ideally balanced with the fragrant essences of olive and basil (EUR 59). Or the "Suckling Veal Sweetbreads" (EUR 79), braised with dried fennel, carrots with gingerbread and lemon, and its cooking juice: a delicacy. We had it all with a "Saumur Rouge 2001, Foucault, Domaine du Collier, La Ripaille": pulpy, fruity, pleasant and easy to drink. Good value also (EUR 60).  

We have been too often disappointed by deserts, in those ritzy palace hotel restaurants. Which was not the case at Epicure. Assisted by a remarkable pastry cook (Laurent Jeannin, well trained in the hotels Crillon and George V), Eric Frechon brought to his menu splendid specialties. We took the classic, chic and very Parisian "Soufflé Chaud au Grand Marnier, Cuvée du Cent Cinquantenaire": a warm soufflé, precious vintage Grand Marnier flavoured, with orange and lemon sorbet, "Pain de Gênes" (sweet Italian Ginger Bread). At EUR 25, you cannot miss it, indeed. We can also recommend the "Abricots rôtis au Lait d'Amande" (EUR 22): roasted apricots, with almond milk, crumble, hot chocolate, and Amaretto ice-cream. Succulent. Not available all year long, "La Petite Gaufre aux Fraises des Bois" (Wild Strawberry Waffle), is divinely light. Those looking for absolute originality can order the "Fresh Fruits Sorbet" (EUR 20), very classical at first sight, with its fresh milk and cream scoops, and blond meringue... but served on a nitrogen cloud bubbling and fumigating from bellow the cup. Sometimes, El Bulli and his alchemist influence is not far away from the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré... 

Note that the bread is so wonderful at Epicure, that it is exported as far away as... the Royal Palace in Bangkok! The selection which came to our table is the richest we have seen anywhere in Paris. Try that one with natural sea salt... unforgettable. 

Last but not least, we would like to mention -and warmly recommend- the world famous "Poularde de Bresse au vin de Château Châlon, cuite en Vessie" (Hen Chicken from the Bresse): honoring the much awarded AOC Bresse chicken. This is, together with the blue lobster and the "Macaronis Truffés",  the highlights of a prestigious selection. It comes cooked in a bladder (the essence of the steamed wine make it so tender, so tasty, so... unique!), with crayfish, variety meats and actually royal black truffle. Superlative! The "Poularde" is the most expensive meal, at EUR 210 (for two peoples); but who minds the price at Le Bristol?! Moreover when comes the wine: Le Bristol has one of the best wine cellars in France, with exquisite and rare Pomerol Pétrus 1953, Château Yquem 1982, Corton Charlemagne 1992 and many others which are not systematically grands crus but tasty and sometime unforgettable regional wines. With more than 30,000 bottles, it is impossible not to please one's personal taste and budget: the friendly and extremely professional sommelier, Marco Pelletier, is a great adviser for those secret wines fitting all purses and palates. Conclude your dinner with a Louis XIII or, good value for money at EUR 55, with a glass of Bas Armagnac Laberdolive 1962: a pure marvel. Simply great with a Partagas Lusitania or a Montecristo N°2:  a  repressive French  law bans this gourmet pleasure in public places, including five star restaurants, but smoking it remains possible in the hotel garden. 

We would only like to claim on one subject, related to nostalgy: Le Bristol traditionally operated two dining rooms for its gastronomic restaurant, depending on the season. We did love the Winter Restaurant: plush, ritzy, just splendid, operating from November until April in an oval room that was, in the XIXth century, Jules de Castellane's private theater. It was adorned with magnificent Regency hand-carved woodworking in Hungarian oak. Its glass roof was highlighted with gold leaf, and set off by panels painted by Gustave-Louis Jaulmes that festooned the Pleyel room of the Chaillot palace. A magnificent XVIIIth century tapestry from the Lille Manufacture completed the decor, enriched by crystal chandeliers and a unique game table by Trehern.  Such a splendor has been turned into a reception room by the new management: which is a pity. Though Epicure opens to the largest hotel garden existing in the capital, making you feel away from Paris stressing life, the museum-like winter restaurant was so capturing and so "grande époque"! We miss it...

G.M 
 
EPICURE (at HOTEL LE BRISTOL ): 112, rue du Faubourg St Honoré, 75008 Paris 
PHONE: (+33-1) 53 43 43 00                     FACSIMILE:(+33-1)  53 43 43 01 
E-MAIL: resa@hotel-bristol.com 
 

PIERRE GAGNAIRE (*****L): As on the opening night of Victor Hugo's play Hernani, there are champions and critics, cheers and boos, with some praising it to the skies and others shooting it down in flames. Yes, three-star Michelin Pierre Gagnaire is controversial, pierre gagnaire best luxury gourmet michelin restaurants paris francewhich is no bad thing. This genius of flavors has always been a mine of ideas, constantly revising the thousand and one dishes he invents and his ways of presenting them. The aim here is innovation as well as originality Thrill to the exhilarating millefeuille with arugula whipped cream seasoned with spring onion jus, the speck ham and peppered mint with cherry juice, the golden Bresse liver gateau with glazed crayfish nage seasoned with Pouilly-Fuissé accompanied by Perthius asparagus tips, new onions, and Menton lemon paste. Gasp at the daring langoustines with a green mango tartare and crunchy sheet of nougatine and mustard currant syrup that are pan-fried with “Terre de Sienne” spices, served with a broth foam and a slice of black radish-chilled consommé dusted with carob powder The performance is not over yet. We applaud as the curtain rises on rack of Lozere lamb, roasted and poached with oregano, served with crisped fresh herbs and swiss chard enrobed with pan juices, cloves of garlic, shallots, and eggplant and chill-seasoned Madagascar jumbo shrimp cooked with prune eau-de-vie, grilled medallions of lamb with rich lamb sauce, zuchinni flowers, and cold reduction sauce as a condiment. Barely a moment to recover and Pierre Gagnaire's grand finale is with us: nine desserts inspired by French pâtisserie, made with seasonal fruit, lightly sugared confections, and chocolates. The service is perfection itself, including the choice of wines, which can be left unreservedly to Raphaël Huet. However, such prodigies come at a price.

A la carte:EUR 250-350.

Closed Saturday, Sunday lunch, Wednesday lunch, 2 weeks in beginning of August. Open until 9:30 PM.

G.P

PIERRE GAGNAIRE: 6, rue Balzac, 75008 Paris
PHONE: (+33-1) 58 36 12 50           FACSIMILE: (+33-1) 58 36 12 51
E-MAIL:
info@pierregagnaire.com  



SUR MESURE *****L): Two Michelin star-holder Thierry Marx, one of France most famous avant-garde chefs, actively develops his molecular, exciting and sometimes puzzling cuisine “Sur Mesure” (hotel Mandarin Oriental Paris). The white/cream design of the swanky mandarin oriental sur mesure thierry marx michelin star best gastronomic restaurants in parisdining room is worth the visit. Marx likes to surprise the eyes, and tickle the taste buds. This is a very personal opinion, but we found the place too Zen: like designed for meditating, not for banqueting.  Those who come for a secret dinner will understand how strange it feels when you can't share any intimate (or business) discussion with your companion, or business partner. There is not much space between the tables, and it doesn't' help...

That was our unique con. The rest of the experience was totally pro, as it always used to be with Mandarin Oriental. The group is famous for the cosmic quality of its F&B; and with Marx and his brilliant brigade in the kitchen, the experience was scheduled for success.

With one of the best staff in Paris, Sur Mesure is indeed a palace-hotel restaurant. We arrived before our guest and, immediately, some newspapers have been presented to help us to kill time. The room was almost full. Most of the guests were women, and relatively young couples. We found it refreshing, compared with the other top-luxury restaurants usually patronized by businessmen and mature gourmets. Another particularity:
maybe were we lucky the days of our two visits to his restaurants at MO Paris, but Thierry Marx was here, in person. Lots of Michelin-star chefs prefer to delegate to their sous-chef. This detail does matter.

Very much influenced by Asia, his cuisine is refined, nicely colored and textured (molecular "ma non-troppo"), served in tiny -we said tiny!- portions. The amuse bouche could feed an anorexic model, not an old school gastronome. But with the "
Seven Courses Lunch Menu", we found the concept ideal. We started with a surprising “Structured and Destructured Paella”, and “Soy & Oysters Risotto” with Chanterelles Mushrooms. Marx likes soy, and his signature dish is permanently featured on the menu. An alliance between two worlds and continents: the neutral sweetness of soy meets the brute strength of truffle and oyster. Same great impression -and concept- with the “Earth & Sea Foie Gras / Smoked Eel”. A tailor made, “sur mesure”!, pairing. We liked the more classic, yet classy, “Lacquered John Dory / Potatoes from Noirmoutier & olives from Kalamata”, which was our favorite dish. Fishy, Mediterranean, and finally more bistro than “haute cuisine”. Yet delicious.

Those preferring meat as a main dish, should order “Veal in «Three Ways» / Carrot & Rhubarb / Vinegar powder”: a successful, sweet and sour alchemy. Thumbs up to the new generation of chefs re-discovering rhubarb: such a  magic ingredient!  Bistro-chic again, Marx's “Challans » Duckling / Raspberries & Onions, was succulent and reflecting its Two-Michelin star.

As a dessert, we made it the Asian way, with “Sweet Bento”, petits-fours, mousses, and other sweets inspired by Japan. It has a feminine touch, and our Indochinese guest was on cloud nine...

Note that the warmly recommended “Seven Courses Lunch Menu” is served from Tuesday to Friday only, and costs EUR 150. Including taxes. There was no packaged wine pairing, though the ravishing and professional “sommelière” managed a convenient selection of relatively affordable wines. This resulted in a bill, for two, at approximately EUR 450.

Don't leave the “Sur Mesure” before a short visit to the washroom covered in bright pink scales... Surely the most surprising in Paris, in one of the most surprising restaurants in France... and therefore in the world.

Dress code casual elegant.

Open for lunch, 12 – 2 pm (Tue – Sat), and dinner, 7:30 – 9:30 pm (Tue – Sat).

G.M


SUR MESURE  (HOTEL MANDARIN ORIENTAL PARIS): 251 rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris
PHONE:  +33 (0)1 70 98 78 88
E-MAIL: mopar-info@mohg.com




CAMELIA (****L): This bistro-chic restaurant at hotel Mandarin Oriental Paris,  is an ideal approach of Marx's cuisine. The cool dining room opens to the Asian style courtyard-garden. Though “Sur Mesure” might look more exciting and exclusive, we preferred our lunch at camelia thierry marx restaurant mandarin oriental hotel parisCamélia. More casual, and with a more understandable mixture of textures and savours.

Already one of the capital's top gastronomic restaurants, Camélia caters Marx basic rules “Cooking, is for looking at, meditating on and eating”... and the straight, business oriented “45 minutes – 45 Euros”. We must admit that chef's philosophy materializes successfully in the plate. The “Open Crab Ravioli, Turmeric, Purée of Fava Beans” has been obviously inspired by the Chinese steamed  raviolis “Dim Sum”, and constitutes one of Marx's specialities you might find “à la carte” all year long. Light and excellent, this was certainly the most original dish on an apparently very classic offer. The mouth watering “Roasted Pigeon, with Strawberry-infused Rhubarb” looked also well inspired, thus we preferred to order a grilled “Sea Bream”, which was splendid and came in a generous portion. Alternatively, it can be served as a carpaccio, with pineapple and ginger. We had both courses and our dessert -yummy Lemon Tart- with a glass of Champagne Bolinger Brut Special Cuvée (EUR 24), and the total bill was approximately EUR 100. More than 45 EUR and more than 45 minutes, as we took all time to enjoy and relax; but with a globally positive impression which might gave us the envy to visit this fine table again next time we visit Paris.

Dress code casual elegant.

Open daily for breakfast, 7 – 11am, and lunch, 12:30 – 11:00 pm.

G.M


CAMELIA  
(HOTEL MANDARIN ORIENTAL PARIS): 251 rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris
PHONE:  +33 (0)1 70 98 74 00
E-MAIL: mopar-info@mohg.com



FOUQUET'S (****L): With Les Deux Magots, Le Flore and the Café de la Paix, this is one of the most recognizable cafés in Paris. The concentration of celebrities visiting this legendary address, haunted by the world of movies, arts and politics, makes it the most peopolized place on fouquet's best luxury gourmet michelin restaurants paris francethe Champs Elysées: the rows of Asian and Middle-Eastern tourists invading the outside and inside terraces, visiting Fouquet's as a landmark, protect the anonymity of the happy-few greeting and joining each others for a pleasant gastronomic routine. 

Everybody -except some tourists, leaving their table with frustration- knows that Fouquet's is nothing but an authentic Parisian brasserie, serving solid, excellent traditional fares. If quick though friendly service, noise and crowd are not your style, you should rather straightly head to La Tour d'Argent, Taillevent, or Le Diane, located one step beyond, on the first floor of the high end Fouquet's Barrière hotel... But you will miss warm and exciting moments: Chef Jean-Yves Leuranguer feeds here, not to forget Le Diane and La Petite Maison de Nicole, what one calls «Le Tout Paris» (=Parisian society), with yummy and reinvigorating specialties served in generous portions. The «Lobster Caesar Salad» and the «Fouquet's King Crab Flowers, Quinoa Grains and Citrus Vinaigrette» (EUR 49) are classics which would make us come back, indeed. Impossible to sit at Fouquet's without experiencing the «Coin de rue» style potatoes, considered by many -including Joël Robuchon- as the best French fries in Paris (which means in the world...). Enjoy them with a «Grilled Filet of Beef, Bearnaise Sauce». At EUR 48, it could feed two people, and is well worth the visit. We got it with a well paired «Crozes-Hermitage, Côte du Rhône» (EUR 12, by the glass). The wine list features up to 350 references; including a remarkable selection of Champagne (try the «Pomery Pop Earth», first 100% «eco-conceived» Champagne is exclusively served in Fouquet's).

Though we found the «Rum Baba» quite ordinary and too strong on the Rum, most of the desserts are mouth watering: our preference goes to those made out of Valrhona Chocolate: the «Palet of Cesar», for instance. It is included in the well balanced «Traditional Menu», featuring appetizer, main dish and dessert: actually good valued at EUR 81. No need to be the Agan Khan, Marlene Dietrich or the Duke of Windsor -you might be seated at their favorite table: check it out from the iron-plate fixed on the wall- to afford the unique privilege of dining in much more than a restaurant: a symbol of Paris, officially recognized as a part of the Parisian patrimony by the Ministry of Culture.

Owned and managed by the Lucien Barriere group of hotels.
 

G.M

FOUQUET'S: 99 avenue des Champs Elysees, 75008 Paris
PHONE: +33 1 (0) 40 69 60 60     FACSIMILE: +33 1 (0) 40 69 60 05
E-MAIL: reservationsfouquets@lucienbarriere.com
  

CAFE DE LA PAIX (****L): A landmark, The Café de la Paix is since 1862 one of the leading brasseries in Paris. Attached to the palatial Grand Hôtel (now InterContinental Paris Le Grand), with an outside terrace facing the Opera House, it remains nowadays one of the most sought café de la paix best luxury gourmet michelin restaurants paris franceafter tourist spots in Paris. Like the Eiffel Tower or the Lido, it is given the cold shoulder by the jaded Parisian who despinsingly consider it a tourist trap. It is not, indeed. Of course, the lavish dining room, designed by Garnier (architect of the Opera House), sounds like Babylon: echoing a multiplicity of foreign languages. Asian and American tourists just swear by this cafe, once visited by Emile Zola, Guy de Maupassant, Sergei Diaghilev, and so many statesmen and movie stars. 

This is a actually a top class brasserie; not a «grand restaurant». Those who cannot wait a couple of minutes before getting seated in the noisy, animated dining-rooms or terraces might feel frustrated somehow. Which is a pity, as we always experienced at Le Café de la Paix a most pleasant and entertaining gastronomic experience. 

The gifted and friendly Chef Christophe Raoux, "Meilleur Ouvrier de France 2015", worked with Manuel Martinez, Guy Legay, Michel Roth, Guy Martin, Gérard Besson and Alain Ducasse: an outstanding experience for this multi-awarded young gentleman, bearing fruits up to our plate. Though many clients just come here to enjoy the reputed «Plateau Café de la Paix» (a rich selection of seafood from the counter, at EUR 79), we preferred to order more sophisticated dishes, reflecting Raoux's skill. 

We got though the extended menu, one glass of well chilled, rich and full, actually legendary (better than Dom Perignon!) «Champagne Bollinger, La Grande Annee, Brut - 2004» (EUR 36 by the glass), and  ordered «Cocotte Egg» (EUR 27): richly perfumed with precious truffle, Paris ham and baby spinach shoots, this was a dreamed starter. More truffle? Straightly choose the three Michelin star «Truffled Crawfish» (EUR 66): this signature dish, very much «Belle Epoque», is a reference to Paul Bocuse's Nouvelle Cuisine. A soup with generous bites of crawfish, hidden under a golden puff pastry crust, it looked and tasted like the «Black Truffle VGE Consommé»elaborated specially by Monsieur Paul for President Valery Giscard D'Estaing in 1975.  Are you vegetarian? Do like us, and visit the restaurant in June to enjoy «Green Asparagus, Soft Smoked Salt, Ginger Fennel» (EUR 36).

We warmly recommend what many call the best «Classic Beef Tartare» (EUR 34), chopped and prepared the old-school way: on a trolley, besides our table. We got it all «à la carte», and will next time experience the very attractive and much affordable «Garden Market & Before Show Menu» (EUR 51 for starter + main course + dessert) which featured, the day of our visit, a very appetizing «Flamed Veal Kidneys, Old Port Wine, Millefeuille layering of Potato», or «Sweetbread served with Better and Weetened Salad, Braised Sorrel» (EUR 55): that kind of dishes which will certainly, sooner or later, honor Raoux with a merited Michelin star.  Pair it with one glass of  «Côte Rôtie Brune et Blonde E. Guigal 2007»  (EUR 22 by the glass): one of the best red-wine appellation at the northern tip of France's Rhone Valley.

Besides the legendary seafood assortments which have been making the reputation of Café de La Paix since 1862 (the "Plateau Prestige", for 2, featuring finest quality lobsters and oysters, is fantastic at EUR 185), fish is one of Raoux's specialities. During our last visit, in June 2015, we tasted his 3 signatures dishes, all paired with richly perfumed, somehow exotic «Condrieu E. Guigal, 2012» (EUR 22 by the glass): our favourite,  «Ile d'Yeu Anglerfish, St Flour Yellow Lentils, Cockles / Seaweed» (EUR 47), always comes with a WOW factor, the interesting «Char, Savoy Country Pasta and Creamy Mixed Herbs Sauce» (EUR 46), and so-refined «Turbot, Asparagus, Vegetable Parmentier / Marjoram» (EUR 54).

Pastries are classic, elegant and worth the visit: the yummy Millefeuille (EUR 16) is a best seller; we would also like to suggest the lighter, so refreshing «Litchy, Pear, Raspberry, Madeleine Sponge Cake, surrounding Mering, Lime Zest» (EUR 16).  

A must be seen, the Café de la Paix is worth the experience. This is Paris!
 

G.M

CAFE DE LA PAIX: Angle Place de l'Opéra - Boulevard des Capucines - 75009 PARIS
PHONE: +33 (0) 1 40 07 36 36 - FACSIMILE: +33 (0) 1 40 07 36 13
E-MAIL: info@cafedelapaix.fr 

 

LA PETITE MAISON DE NICOLE (****L): Nicole Rubi duplicated her fantastic bistro from Old Nice to Hôtel Fouquet’s Barrière.  Exporting enchanting flavours with an accent to the Champs-Elysées, and completely transforming the Fouquet’s brasserie into a fine-dining Provençal la petite maison de nicole best luxury charming gourmet restaurants paris champs elyseesrestaurant: colours, savours and cool yet elegant atmosphere make it a pinnacle of gastronomic refinement. Only the crickets song is missing, replaced during the week end by quite of-the-wall live DJ mixes.

The walls are covered with paintings of film stars by Dutch artist Hayo Sol, and the tables are home-made flat loaves, lit by candlesticks designed for the occasion by Jacqueline Morabito. We have seen lots of couples the night of our visit: we would recommend “La Petite Maison de Nicole” for a Romantic dinner. Though the restaurant was full, our intimacy wasn't spoiled, and the kind, anticipating service which is so hard to find everywhere else on the touristy Champs-Elyseés wasn't slowed down.

We have been impressed by the sexy and precious southern cuisine served as abundantly as in the other restaurants at  Hôtel Fouquet’s Barrière, supervised by the Michelin-starred Chef and “Meilleur Ouvrier de France” Jean-Yves Leuranguer. This was our first visit, and we therefore wished to experience as much as possible from the mouth watering menu, though one dish would have been more than enough to fill our hungry stomach. Wise patrons should consider the “To Share” couple of options, for a minimum of 2 persons. The first, much affordable offer, is called “Selection from The South”, at EUR 38 per guest; the second, actually tempting alternative “Nicole's Sampler Platter”, goes at EUR 74 per guest. None of them include dessert: which is little bit a pity, as Claude Ducrozet, the hotel's pastry chef, is a maestro. But who, after five dishes, could still find some place for the brilliant Tiramisu Super?

Our suggestions: after a glass of
“Champagne Rosé Billecart-Salmon” (EUR 24), pairing well the tapas-style “Calamaretti Fritti” (EUR 24), order one bottle of beautifully mineral and chalky “AOC Reuilly La Raie, Claude Lafond, 2011” (EUR 45). It paired ideally our “Purple Artichoke Salad & Anchovy Purée” (EUR 19) -which would have been even better if the salty anchovy hadn't covered  the gentle and subtle taste of the artichoke- and the “Burrata with Basil, Olive Oil and Tomatoes” (EUR 20). An aristocratic buffalo “Burrata”, indeed, exceptionally textured, nestling the rich-tasting soft filling touch of mozzarella and fresh cream. This is our favourite dish, with the supremely gourmand truffles specialities: like the “Scrambled Eggs with Truffles” (EUR 28), which we prefer to call “Brouillade de Truffes”. It actually looked and tasted lighter compared with “king of truffles” Clément Bruno's universal receipt. Something like a “zuppa densa”. We definitely preferred it the Nicole's way: the fragrance of the truffle was not altered by any spice, the taste of the eggs almost vanished, and it tasted simply perfect. A delicacy!, like the very much “al dente” “Truffle Macaroni” (EUR 39) which we, again, found light and refined, digestible compared with the succulent -yet heavy- “Macaronis Truffés” by Eric Fréchon (L'Epicure). One last recommendation: if you like fish, don't hesitate one second and straightly order the “Thick Slice of Sea-Bass, as I Like It”, well worth EUR 59.

Desserts are so yummy! Refresh your palate with Ducrozet's refreshing “Pineapple Carpaccio, Lemon Basil Sorbet”, or with the divine “White Chocolate Mousse, Raspberries” (EUR 17). Alternatively, order the savvy and great “La Petite Maison de Nicole Coffee with  Desserts” (EUR 12).
 
“La Petite Maison de Nicole” is a grand restaurant, indeed!

Open every day from 8 p.m. to midnight (last order). 
Dress code: smart casual.

G.M

LA PETITE MAISON DE NICOLE (at HOTEL FOUQUET'S BARRIERE):
46, avenue George V     75008 Paris
PHONE: +33 (0)1 40 69 60 88   
FACSIMILE: +33 1 (0) 40 69 60 05
E-MAIL: reservationsfouquets@lucienbarriere.com

   

M64 (****L): Executive-Chef Edward Uchiyama, after serving in George V and Joël Robuchon, is now hiring his talent to this so-Parisian gastronomic venue which looks like all but a hotel restaurant. It has a separate entrance from the chic InterContinental Paris Avenue Marceau, and deals more with local patrons (lots of businessmen the day of our visit; few ladies in sight...) than with foreign m64 best gourmet michelin star restaurants in paris france intercontinental paris avenue marceautravellers. Which is somehow a pity: as M64 is part of those still confidential fine dining places, offering a remarkable French cuisine at a most decent bill until a well-merited Michelin star -or two- might increase it quite a lot.

We experienced M64 a few weeks after a faultless dinner at L'Atelier Robuchon Etoile. This was interesting comparatively, as the “grand Joël” undoubtedly influenced Uchiyama quite a lot. From the starters to the dessert, we felt the same imagination, distinction, lightness and perfect control of the time of cooking products from the most noble -usually French- origins. No heavy sauce, no extra spices, but a linearity with the original taste of the splendid fish, tender meat and healthy vegetables served at M64.

The lounge bar and its smooth, elegant club armchairs was full, and we were directed to a table with a view on the quiet patio (open from late Spring until early Autumn). From the elegance of the guests, we understood that this was “the place to be”; something like a VIP corner. Lucia, the seducing and efficient “maîtresse de maison” saved us from such a masculine atmosphere and pampered us the five star way.

After one glass of Laurent Perrier Brut (at a fair EUR 20), we started with a light, nicely textured “Saint-Jacques “à la plancha” with Red Beet” and a “Softened Pearl Barley Risotto with Cedar and “Brandade” Consommé, topped with Grounded Caviar”. Again, a nice texture and a good balance between a bistro and gastronomic dish. Informal and palatable: kind of a win-win receipt. Both were paired with little of our Champagne (ad hoc with the Saint-Jacques) and one glass of nice village “Chablis, Domaine La Meulière 2014” (EUR 14 / glass).

We really wished to taste one of  Uchiyama's leading signature dishes: “King Prawn Lasagna, Coconut Milk, Lime & Fresh Coriander”. We had it, with Scampi instead, and we found this variation fascinating: if M64 would gain a Michelin star, this would surely be for such an ideally balanced, inventive specialty. Another signature: “Foie Gras stuffed Quail, Red Cabbage Purée, Roasted Apple, Candied Chestnuts”, with again a perfectly mastered cooking, with juicy quails, not too much goose liver so that the unique taste of the bird is not covered nor altered... It reminded us little bit of Robuchon... Paired with a tannic, herby Bio “Côteaux du Languedoc, “Le Mas”, Domaine Clavel 2013” (EUR 14 / glass), we simply loved it! Those signature dishes usually remain on the menu all year long. They simply make guests come back again and again. We shall too.

Desserts are imaginative and yummy. We couldn't doubt on the capacity of a Japanese Chef, grown up in Canada and educated in France, to send to our table something remarkable: his “Mango, Vahlrona Chocolate Vacherin” looked and tasted like the consecration of one of our best lunch in Paris this year.

With starters at around EUR 25, fishes and meats approximately EUR 35 and all desserts at EUR 12, plus a couple of glasses of wine, the most recommended M64 will satisfy yourself for more or less EUR 100. An uncompromising value in the top-notch Golden Triangle of Paris.

Open 12:30 am - 2:30 pm from Monday to Sunday, 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm from Monday to Saturday.
Restaurant is closed on Sunday evening.
 

G.M    
 

M64 (at InterContinental Paris Avenue Marceau): 64 avenue Marceau, 75008 Paris
PHONE: +33 1 44 43 36 50    
FACSIMILE: +33 1 42 84 10 30
E-MAIL: contact@m64-restaurant.com

    

114 FAUBOURG (Eric Frechon / Eric Desbordes) (****L): Located in the hotel Le Bristol new wing, inaugurated in October 2009, this bistro-chic where the action goes is attended by artists, fashionists, journalists and -much more important- gastronomes.  

Designed on a duplex-level by Maja Oetker (owner of the hotel) and a wisely selected team of architects, with gild columns, natural light provided 114 faubourg eric frechon eric desbordes bristol best luxury gourmet michelin restaurants paris franceby large windows,  pop-style pictures of dahlias over the walls, and an open kitchen, the slightly kitch place still provides a fine dining environment to the Parisian society and first class travellers alike.  

We had our lunch on the street level: this is actually the place to see and be seen. Once the «Elysée Palace coffee shop» (during his reign, Nicolas Sarkozy's special advisers liked to sit there), this is now a familiar haunt for businessmen or celebrities from the local show business; the rich and famous still prefer the posh, more gastronomic Epicure restaurant

We are in the merge of fine-dining, with simple, traditional recipes. Three star Michelin Chef Eric Frechon supervises the menu; while the younger Eric Desbordes (ex-Hilton Paris, George V and Pershing Hall) remains the captain aboard. With a bright, appetizing, reinvigorated cuisine... and relatively fair prices for generous portions. 

Except the «Oeuf Cocotte au Chorizo & Fleurs de Capucines» (Baked Egg, Nasturtium Flower & Chorizo Flavoured), which we already enjoyed in the Winter restaurant, the «114 Faubourg» menu distinguishes itself completely from the main wing restaurants sophisticated offer. We recommend the «Oeuf King Crab, Mayo au Gingembre Citron» (King Crab Egg, with a Ginger-Lemon Mayonnaise): well structured, delicious pieces of the legendary Kamtchatka king crab legs come into an eggshell filled with a sweet mayonnaise, flavored with a lemon zest and a pinch of ginger. It costs EUR 22; which shocked some food-writers. The king crab ranks in the same price range like the blue lobster; is it a rip-off to charge this delicacy at the rate of a mediocre main dish in an average coffee shop? We are in the Bristol; those stepping in won't certainly be cooled back by such a detail. Our companion ordered the «Grosses Crevettes, Legume au Wok» (King Prawns, Wok Sautéed Vegetables) (EUR 45); the portion was as generous as the size of the prawns. We liked very much the cooking options: steam, plancha or grilled; with Tapenade, soja, Satay or Curry sauce. We had them plancha with Satay, and this was perfect. The roasted  «Queue de Lotte au Poivre de Sechuan, Légumes Sautés au Wok» (Monkfish Tail, Seasoned with Sechuan Pepper, Wok Sautéed Vegetables) is one of Eric Desbordes' specialties. We went for it, and didn't regret our choice. The portion was more than generous, and came with freshly woked vegetables. A classic, with a well mastered cooking time, resulting into a unmatched savor and texture. It costs EUR 45 (EUR 38, when labeled «Dish of the Day»; which happens quite often).  Have it all with a bottle of «Sancerre, Clos de Beaujeu 2007, Gérard Boulay» (EUR 60): fresh, mineral and conveniently acid, this wine from the French region of Berry provides a fascinating richness and complexity and a long, vibrant finish that calls for seafoods, fresh vegetables and goat cheese (have it alternatively with the selection of French cheese, at EUR 12). 

Desserts, by Laurent Jeannin, are wonderful: our favorite remains the «Millefeuille à la Vanille de Bourbon, Caramel au Beurre Demi-Sel» (French Layered Cake, Filled with Vanilla Custard and Mildly-Salted Butter Cream Caramel ) (EUR 18). A Kandinsky-like interpretation of the traditional millefeuille, with a great, sophisticated savor.  

The « 114 Faubourg » is a must be tried, indeed. With 90 seats only, and many regular guests, booking is essential. 
 

G.M 
 

114 FAUBOURG (at HOTEL LE BRISTOL ): 114, rue du Faubourg St Honoré, 75008 Paris 
PHONE: (+33-1) 53 43 43 00                     FACSIMILE:(+33-1)  53 43 43 01 
E-MAIL: resa@hotel-bristol.com
 

L’ANGLE DU FAUBOURG  (****): L'Angle du Faubourg opened its doors in April 2001. Two hundred meters from its illustrious neighbour: Taillevent. Both restaurants come under same management: l’Angle is therefore often called “l’annexe” (the annex) by its patrons: some of them, l'angle du faubourg best luxury gourmet michelin restaurants paris franceattending once or twice a month formal business dinners in the not less formal Taillevent, like to have relaxed, affordable lunch at l’Angle. 

Let’s call the not-so-impressive, Spoon-style design of the dining room, “trendy”. It allegedly creates an atmosphere inspired by the soil of the vineyard. Minimalist, it has at least the advantage not to distract the gourmet from the delicacies he indeed finds in his plate.  The cuisine by Laurent Poitevin is inventive; thus respecting the main basis of the French tradition. The menu was developed to put the accent on matching food and wine. Changed every six weeks, it offers six first courses, five main courses and five desserts. The attractive fixed price menu ("Menu d'Un Jour"), at EUR 35, available both for lunch and dinner, changes on a daily basis. For this unbeatable price, we had a Cold Salmon Fillet from the best origin, with slightly acid French dressing.  Then came a Leg of Young Rabbit, braised with “prune wine”. Dessert was a “Blanc-Manger” (sort of upgraded cheese-cake) with strawberries. Much better than in any bistro all around. Much more imaginative and, shall we repeat it, amazingly good value for money. Even with some wine (about EUR 7 only for almost all wines sold by the glass)!  

A la carte, not much more expensive than the menu (if you take two courses), we liked very much the “Velouté de Tomate rafraîchi au Basilic” (cream of tomatoes cooled with basil) (EUR 10), quite similar to a Gazpacho. More sophisticated, nevertheless. Served with a sweet basil sorbet: creating a nice balance with the sour taste of the tomato.  Alternatively, the “Lomo de Thon rôti aux Epices” (EUR 17) was aristocratic: this is the back fillet of a wild tuna fish, roasted with spices, served mild in the plate.  

As a main course, order the “Filet de Rouget à la Plancha” (EUR 22) : red mullet, grilled with odorant fresh thyme. Light, elegant, well textured, it makes you feel like at the seaside.  

To finish your lunch, don’t expect a whole cheeseboard featuring all the “Fromages de France”; cheese at L’Angle is reduced to a choice between three categories, sold out separately (you cannot mix) at EUR 8. The day of our visit we could have, either a fresh Cabecou, with honey vinegar, either a Saint-Nectaire Fermier, either a royal Roquefort, with a juice made out of a Banyuls wine.  

We preferred to have desert, and were finally well inspired. The “Ravioles de Betterave aux Fruits Rouges” (EUR 10) are actually inventive. Pleasant and interesting to the palate, this is a sweet gelled layer of beetroot jam, filled with sour berries. Served with a sorbet of fromage frais, we found it unforgettable. 

The wine list was prepared from a choice of wines from Les Caves Taillevent, featuring 200 references. The sommelier (who was a nice lady sommelière), advised a “Côte du Rhône 2001, Blanc de Blanc,  Domaine Delubac”: ideal with the whole lunch, we took it by the glass (EUR 7).  Chilled, aromatic, it fitted well the Mediterranean inspiration of this light, pleasant cuisine. One Michelin star. 

Closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Closed from July 26th to August 26th.  

G.M 
 
L'ANGLE DU FAUBOURG: 195, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris 
PHONE: (+33-1) 40 74 20 20        FACSIMILE: (+33-1) 40 74 20 21  
E-Mail : angledufaubourg@cavestaillevent.com 
 


SHANG PALACE (Frank Xu) (****L):  Since 1974, all Shangri-La hotels worldwide operate a branch of this upscale Chinese gourmet restaurant: therefore, the sumptuous Shangri-La Paris, inaugurated in 2010 in Prince Roland Bonaparte's 19th century mansion, operates shang palace best michelin star chinese restaurant paris shangri la hotelone of the few Michelin 1 star Asian restaurants in France.  Cantonese head-chef Frank Xu, a veteran of the industry from Shenzhen, received this much sought after award in 2012; since, the Shang Palace ranks atop the most visited restaurants in Paris “triangle of gold”. Xu operates with two dozens of cooks in the kitchen: featuring key posts like wok, barbecue and chopper experts, plus a gifted dim sum maker.

The day of our visit, end of August at lunch time, the restaurant was 80% booked. Not bad for a sunny summer day, when terraces are more attractive than this windowless dining-room which, logically, one might prefer to experience on a gloomy rainy day. We saw it already in Macau, Bangkok and Singapore: Chinese high-end restaurants like to dissimulate their fulgent design and flamboyant service, giving to the patrons the pleasure of a timeless experience in a cozy, protected environment. This is true that we didn't feel the time passing by, and even forgot that we were sitting in a Parisian restaurant. Shouldn't it be the presence of some dressed to kill businessmen and captains of industry making the Shang Palace their canteen, we would rather have felt transported thousands miles from Europe: in Singapore or Beijing. Asian guests in sleeveless shirts or sportswear completed this pleasantly disorientating impression. Just like in China, VIPs -and families- prefer to use at ease the 3 private dining rooms named for the Tang, Ming and Qing dynasties.

After being seated by smart Oriental hostesses, we have been spontaneously presented with hot refreshing towels and the menu. It doesn't display all the sometime weird -but palatable- specialities available in the Shang Palace Bangkok or, even better, Singapore. Thus, this selection of the best Eastern delicacies looks perfect for a exciting introduction of the Cantonese cuisine to the Parisian gourmets. Don't be too frustrated if shark fins are not available: this fantastic delicacy has been banned in the Shangri-La hotels worldwide...

We could choose either a la carte, either lunch menu featuring two selections: Menu Jade (Eur 70) or Menu Dim Sum (EUR 58). We went for the second option, as we already knew that the Shang palace was highly reputed for those Cantonese steamed dumplings made of ingredients wrapped in a translucent rice flour skin. We neglected the rich wine list, as tea is typically served with dim sum: the selection is unlimited, with the rarest and most precious brands. Thus, we would recommend a very basic jasmine tea, pairing the quite blend though yummy taste of the dim sum. Don't forget that in Asia this is quite a democratic meal (usually served for breakfast and brunch), and that this would therefore be unusual to saturate it with some sophisticated beverage. We have visited many Chinese restaurants in Paris, and must admit that the Ha Kao, Siu Mai and Buns dim sum by the Chang Palace are superior in size, taste and texture. Richly filled, Frank Xu's dumplings can be compared with what we used to eat in fine Hong Kong or Singapore restaurants. The Crab Meat Dumpling in Superior Clear Soup was also very reminiscent of our trips to Asia. We found the Fried Egg Noodles with Shredded Chicken and Bean Sprouts in Superior Soya Sauce quite good; though you will find exactly the same dish in a cheap Chinese delicatessen in Belleville or Porte de Choisy (the Chinese districts in Paris). The portion was huge and we quickly felt full stomach; surprisingly, a waiter asked whether we would like to take it away in a doggie bag? Astonishing in a palace hotel, but not at all in an oriental restaurants where this practice is most common.

We are usually not fond of Chinese desserts, but must admit that the Chilled Mango Cream with Pomelo and Sago was wonderful. Isn't it rather a Singaporean speciality? It was tasting like more South-Asian than Cantonese, with a succulent, actually natural flavour of mango.

Note that the Shang Palace is also much reputed for its seafood specialities, and for its legendary Roasted Whole Peking Duck. It costs EUR 160, will feed a table of four, and is presented in two sequences. We checked the price list, and compared with other Shang Palace branches in Asia: Paris applies more or less the Singaporean tariffs, though the Shang Palace Bangkok comes globally much cheaper. The bill remains fair for a Parisian palace hotel, and this pleasant restaurant was a good opportunity to discover the Shangri-La. One of the best serviced five star deluxe hotels in town, it has amazing suites. We could peep in the Shangri-La Suite, covering 100 sq.m plus a 100 sq.m terrace with the best 360° panorama over Montmartre, the Latin Quarter, the river Seine and the Eiffel Tower which looks like integrated in the room! Wow!

The Shangri-La Paris operates a second Asian restaurant, La Bauhinia, and L'Abeille, a renowned 2 Michelin star restaurant for splendid French cuisine by chef  Philippe Labbé.

One more most prestigious address in the most prestigious European capital city, the Shang Palace is open for lunch 12am – 2pm (Thursday to Monday) and dinner 7pm – 10pm (Thursday to Monday). It is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday and from 10 July to 16 August.

G.M

SHANG PALACE (HOTEL SHANGRI-LA PARIS): 10 avenue d’Iéna, 75116 Paris
PHONE:  (+33-1) 53 67 19 92    FACSIMILE: (
+33-1) 53 67 19 19
E-MAIL: shangpalace.slpr@shangri-la.com

 

PINXO (****L): This smart though cool restaurant is supervised by 2 Michelin star chef Alain Dutournier. A short walk from his world famous “Carré des Feuillants”, he developed in the Renaissance Paris Vendôme hotel an affordable, much convivial concept. In Aquitaine "pincher" pinxo alain dutournier best luxury gourmet michelin restaurants paris francemeans to grab, or even picking from neighbor’s plate. Following up on this idea, Dutournier decided to divide each dish in three servings, ready to be subjected to attack. 

We liked the Zen, accommodating modern dining room in black, plum, and dark wood, designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon and painter-sculptor Alberto Bali, with its open kitchen. This is where the Tapas-like dishes are prepared with dexterity, then brought to your table by a friendly and anticipating staff, wearing black kimonos which might surprise at first sight. Luckily, they won't offer you those terrible «Suchi» available everywhere round the world nowadays, but the best beef («race Blonde d’Aquitaine»), goose, rabbit, pastas or sea-food you would ever dream of. We found the «Steam Cooked Vegetables & Large Prawns in a Broth with Garden Herbs» palatable. This is a reasonable starter at EUR 15. Alternatively, try the «Roll of Fresh King Crab, Salad, Soya Beans, Mint, Chopped Peanuts» (EUR 20), which is a chef's -and guests'!- favourite. It has certainly been inspired by one of his numerous trips and long stays in South East Asia. Another favorite: the very tender «Aquitaine Beef Sirloin Steak, Mashed Potato with Green Onion» (EUR 22).  

Desserts are as light as imaginative. Like the «Strawberries, White Chocolate Sabayon & Sponge Biscuit» (EUR 10). « Backed Alaska Grand-Marnier Pancakes » (EUR 11). 

Together, with wine that can be ordered by the glass (EUR 5,5 for a most pleasant AOVDQS « Sauvignon de Marigny-Neuf 2004, Frédéric Brochet ») and coffee, guests tend to pay about EUR 50. This is certainly why « Pinxo » is regarded like a "canteen" by many executives or fashion designers working in this posh area. 

Open seven days a week. 

G.M 
 
PINXO: 9, rue d'Alger    75001 Paris 
PHONE: (+33-1) 40 20 72 00     FACSIMILE: (+33-1) 40 20 72 02 
E-MAIL: rhi.parvd.reservations@renaissancehotels.com  



APICIUS (****L): One Michelin star chef Jean-Pierre Vigato (he lost a second star in 2014) is a great champion. After a spectacular start, we might have expected him to settle down to a more leisurely pace. Not at all. In the slightly over-the-top decor of Apicius, he is keeping up apicius vigato best luxury gourmet michelin restaurants paris francea perfectly steady rhythm like a marathon runner. His cuisine delights his preppy clientele, for whom he products ever more imaginative dishes. He plays ingeniously on the changing seasons, offers a very personal take on the hunting season when autumn comes, and prepares seafood with infinite constancy. His hand-chopped langoustine meat, lightly seared on the grill, is a festival of marine flavors that explode on the tongue. The large turbot with spices, for two. is a simple, yet exceptionally tasty dish.

We adore the roasted Pyrénées leg of lamb seasoned with parsley, and if we yield to the temptation of dessert, our vote goes to dark chocolate soufflé with unsweetened whipped cream. The service is a joy. If the Hervé Millet discoveries we select from the wine list hike up the check to a slightly higher sum than is reasonable, we still have no regrets.

A la carte: EUR 200-250. The restaurant is air-conditioned, has a terrace and a private dining-room. Valet parking available.

Closed Saturday, Sunday, August. Open until 10 PM.

G.P

APICIUS: 20, rue d'Artois, 75008 Paris
PHONE: (+33-1) 43 80 19 66        FACSIMILE: (+33-1) 44 40 09 57
E-MAIL: contact@restaurant-apicius.fr



BIVOUAC CAFE (****L):  Located in the sublime Hôtel Napoléon, our home away from home and  one of the most prestigious addresses in Paris, the private-club like restaurant distinguishes itself by its refined privacy most convenient for a business lunch or a subtle hotel napoleon bivouac cafe paris best gastronomic restaurants in paris franceromance in the shadow of the Arch of Triumph. The place boosts so much charm, with its British bar & lounge, Mahogany woodwork in warm tones, deep armchairs and sofas, subdued lighting, and dome frescoes, plus a very chic outdoor terrace. inviting you to experience Parisian street life on Avenue de Friedland as soon as the first rays of sun appear.

We experienced the Bivouac Café dozens of times during our repeated stays at Hôtel Napoléon. This is the place for one of the best breakfast experience in Paris, indeed: beating in quality some major palace-hotels of Paris “Golden Triangle” with one of the best trained staff ever, displaying crunchy "Baguettes", great French cheese, and a generous selection of high quality cold/hot meals (fried farm-eggs in cast-iron cookware are amazingly delicious). From midday to 3pm, Monday to Friday, Executive Chef Olivier Le Gentil, specialises in Mediterranean cuisine, using herbs, seasonings and olive oil. He was the chef in 2 restaurants in Normandy, before joining the Hôtel Napoléon 12 year ago.

At lunch time, regular patrons order from the savvy 3 course “Menu du Marché” (EUR 44). After one glass of Champagne “Brut Bruno Paillard Rosé”, we ordered “Goose Liver”, served over a slate plate with freshly baked olive bread. We paired it with “Haut Brion, Clarendelle 2009, a red second-wine produced in Pessac (Bordeaux) by Château Haut Brion, reputed for its first growth Premier Crus Classé. At EUR 10 by the glass, we would warmly recommend this aristocratic red wine. Fish was nicely cooked and elegantly presented in quite a generous portion: “Shade-Fish Osso Bucco, sautéed with fresh Ginger and diced Vegetables”. We enjoyed it with well chilled “Sancerre Henri Bourgeois, Grande Réserve 2014”, one of our favourite white wines from Berry (Loire Valley), at EUR 9 by the glass. The dessert was so yummy: a classic and classy “Lemon Meringue Pie”.

Warmly recommended.

G.M

BIVOUAC CAFE  (at HOTEL NAPOLEON):  40 Avenue de Friedland 75008 Paris  
PHONE: +331 56684321       FACSIMILE : +331 47668233  
E-MAIL: napoleon@hotelnapoleon.com

LIDO (****):  The eye-popping revue “Bonheur” celebrated its 10th birthday in 2013. The most expensive show in Europe –and maybe in the world- features 70 artists on stage, 600 sumptuous costumes and 23 monumental sets in a brilliant cabaret atmosphere, with impressive special stage effects. The fairy looking lead dancer with a glamourous voice (Dutch singer Carien Keiser) lands on lido de paris show bluebell girls paris by night gastronomic restaurantthe scene from a cloud, skaters glide on the ice amongst other fantastic attractions, and the Bluebell Girls illuminate our dream with their million dollars feathers costumes and elegant, faultless choreography. “Ca c’est Paris!”, as the French use to say.  

France is the country of gastronomy, and those visiting the Lido should not forget that this is also certainly one of the best cabaret-restaurants in Paris.  

We found two advantages in dining there. First of all, it actually seemed to us that the best seats –in the middle, not to close nor too far to the stage- are assigned to the dinners. Which is quite understandable, as they are first served, for supper, at 7:30pm: entertained by Diana's crooner songs, accompanied by the swinging Lido jazz band. The other spectators arrive at 9:30 for "Champagne & Show". Second advantage: chef Philippe Lacroix, managing 35 cooks and pastry cooks, is fantastic. What could be a huge tourist trap, is in fact an amazingly pleasant and good value for money gastronomic table.  

We like very much “Service Premier” (EUR 300) because it lavishly features delicacies like “Lobster Medallions“, and vintage Champagne: ours was a fresh, pleasantly nutty remarkable “R de Ruinart Brut, 1999”). We had lobster again one day later in a two star Michelin; it was quite similar to the one we enjoyed at the Lido, where the portion was larger. It came with a fragrant Shellfish Vinaigrette, and Sicilian Caponata (shopped fried eggplant, capers and celery seasoned with sweetened vinegar). As a main dish, we liked very much the “Tournedos of Charolais beef”, extracted from the very best section of the fillet, that we had medium-rare, amazingly tender, served with green asparagus puff, Périgueux sauce. The ”Crunchy-Lido coated in dark, bitter chocolate was perfect with one more glass of still perfectly well chilled Champagne (the waiter added more ice twice during the dinner and the show!).  The "Service Premier" represents more than an upgraded menu:  introduced in 2007 to improve the prestige of the Lido among VIP visitors, it comes with a with a range of extremely dedicated services: personalized welcome (actually you don't need to stand in the long queue to get in, thanks to the fast track pass!), free cloakroom, aperitif served at your table or at the bar, complimentary program,  reserved individual table in the VIP row, "privileged service", water and coffee.  

More recently (Spring 2014) we opted for more simplicity with the "Soirée Panache" (EUR 180, including 1/2 bottle of Champagne). The regularly updated menu featured attractive offers: like crunchy Prawns Lamb's Lettuce and Avocado Salad, Granny-Smith Apple”, Cod Loin, Baby Potatoes and Pearl Onions, Sauce Diable” in a generous  portion, and yummy Paris-Brest like “Salted Butter Crème Caram Duchesse, Roasted Pear”.

Food presentation is always elegant and inventive, though not over sophisticated. Despite of the large number of guests attending the show, we had the impression to receive a very unique treatment. Not only from part of the gifted chef, but also from the staff: polite, friendly, efficient, not to say anticipating, despite being under considerable pressure to serve everyone. A lady left her bag beside the table when living the ballroom; despite of the semi-obscurity, the waiter could identify the owner, and notify her with a smile that she was forgetting her belonging. Very professional, indeed!  

The dress code is casual elegant; in the dining section, guests tend to be quite smart, though the friendly staff closes an indulgent eye on the wave of tourists wearing tee shirts and jeans attending the second 11:30pm show. We nevertheless recommend you to wear the appropriate attire: just to perpetuate the legend of the ritzy, romantic Lido.  
  
A must, not to say “The Must”, in Paris.  

G.M  
 

LIDO: 116 bis avenue des Champs Elysées, 75008 Paris 
PHONE: (+33-1) 40 76 56 10         FACSIMILE:(+33-1) 45 61 19 41 
E-MAIL: reservation@lido.fr 

 

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