Arpège – Maison de Cuisine
“August is a wonderful month for vegetables; I stay open to share my home-grown bounty with my clients.” So says Alain Passard, son of Louis the musician, Marcelle the seamstress, and proud grandson of Louise whose portrait hangs on the wall closest to the kitchen of his iconic left-bank 3-star Michelin restaurant. The chef’s culinary art is recognized worldwide; his alumni/alumna a bright constellation of stars including Pascal Barbot, Bertrand Grebaut, Tatiana Levha, Sven Chartier, Fumiko Kono, David Kinch and David Toutain– read all about it in Christophe Blain’s album “In the kitchen with Alain Passard“. A passionate cook and gardener, he famously deleted meat from his menus more than 15 years ago and grows organic vegetables, flowers and roots in his three gardens – the produce arrives in Paris daily by TGV. (The Gardener’s Lunch from 145€ plus drinks).
84 rue de Varenne, 7th
T: 01 47 05 09 06
Open Monday-Friday Lunch & Dinner
Le Jules Verne
After welcoming Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron at the Palace of Versailles in late May, superchef Alain Ducasse invited the Trumps and the Macrons to Le Jules Verne – on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower – for a high-profile dinner – the restaurant privatized for the occasion. The menu was classified “Top Secret” – jokes about “burgers & coke” fuelled social media – but news filtered out: Pâté en croute; Stuffed vegetables from the Queen’s vegetable garden, Versailles; Dover sole, sauce Hollandaise (a tribute perhaps to the former President?); the main: Filet of beef Rossini, sauce Périgueux and to finish, wild strawberries and chocolate soufflé. (5-course “Experience Dinner” 190€-230€ with wine pairings.) “A meal at Jules Verne is a rare experience – more than a restaurant, it’s a place of dreams and memories”, says AD.
Avenue Gustave Eiffel, 7th
2nd Floor – Pilier Sud
M: Bir Hakeim
T: 01 45 55 61 44
Le Warwick Terrace
Le Warwick chef Ludovic Bonneville is delighted with his extended Penthouse Terrasse restaurant on the hotel roof overlooking the Champs Elysées. “It’s my open kitchen, but if you just want to relax with cocktails/mocktails and some W style tapas you are very welcome”, he says. (Delicious summer menus – from 32€-36€). We loved sea-bass tartare and Tarte façon pizza du “W” followed by Red mullet drizzled with olive oil paired with gnocchi and artichoke poivrade. Get a room? Tarifs approx 340€ per night with breakfast.
5 rue de Berri, 8th
M: George V
T: 01 45 63 14 11
Open Monday to Friday Lunch & Dinner
Le Fouquet’s Version 2017
Located on the corner of Avenue George V and the Champs-Elysées, Le Fouquet’s has been linked to the world of art, culture and cinema since 1899 (the César dinner – celebrating the French Oscars – is held here annually).
After closing for six months, the chic exterior covers are off to reveal a sparkling new Jacques Garcia designed space (as well as 16 sumptuous new suites and rooms) respecting the style that confirms its Monument Historique status since 1990. Beautiful wood panelling, golden chandeliers, studded red velvet banquettes and armchairs – polished brass plates indicate the favorite tables of celebs such as Edith Piaf, Jean Gabin and Charles Aznavour – Studio Harcourt portraits of celebs punctuate the walls.
“I wish I had my rond de serviette here,” sighed my lunch companion. Regulars, with their own designated tables are given this honor, making Fouquet’s their chic home away from home.
Since 2014 multi-star superchef Pierre Gagnaire has been consultant to the seven Le Fouquet’s worldwide. As well as the signature Merlan Colbert, Beef Tartare or Lobster Ravioli, chef Gagnaire has evolved the menu to include sharing plates, non-gluten and vegetarian dishes. (Lunch formula 28-35€ Menu 57€ A La Carte about 70-80€.)
99 avenue des Champs-Elysées, 8th
M : George V
T : 01 40 69 60 50 Open 7/7 Valet Parking
Chez Allard (founded in 1932 by Martha Allard) cooking has always been a woman’s story. Now, head Chef Fanny Herpin continues the tradition, her delicious soothing dishes are cooked in the open kitchen from original Allard recipes with, of course, an interesting modern spin. Stand-outs include Challans Duck with olives, shoulder of Limousin lamb, slow cooked Coq au Vin, wonderful cheeses, and vanilla île flottante dessert. Match with rich, ripe red 2012 Savigny-les-Beaune 1er cru Les Peuillets – A.Bichot (16€ glass-48€ bottle). Average spend for dinner 68€ + drinks. We loved: Fernande (Martha’s daughter) Allard’s traditional frogs legs (42€) – eating history!
41 rue Saint André des Arts, 6th
M : Saint Michel
T : 01 58 00 23 46
Open for dinner only in August
Le Perchoir “LE BHV MARAIS”
Our favorite rue de Rivoli Marais store pays a bright and colorful homage to South Africa by design duo Les Autruches. The ethnic theme continues at Le Perchoir, the panoramic terrace bar/bistro. Chef and Ambassador of South African gastronomy is Kobus Botha, who owns South African Braai (barbecue) restaurant in Montreuil-sous-Bois (who knew?). Varkribbejies – slow cooked pork ribs (19€) and Mrs Balls chutney anyone? Manu the mixologist suggests Rusty Nail cocktails to match (12€). Scotch, Drambuie, Zest of Citron. No wonder the hash tag’s #thecoolestplacetoshop
No reservations – open Monday-Saturday from 20.15-1.30am
Sunday from 19.15-1.30pm:
37 rue de la Verrerie, 4th
M: Hotel de Ville
La Reserve, Paris
Restaurant La Pagode de Cos and its terrace is open 7/7 and proposes certain wines at interesting prices particularly the Cos d’Estournel vintages 2010 and earlier (Price red 540€, Caviste price 350€ and white 2010 280€ Caviste price 110€). On the menu are Chef Jérôme Banctel’s signatures such as Coquelet (55€) or Lamprey Eel Bordelaise (71€). Le Gabriel, the hotel’s ** star Michelin restaurant (jackets required), has the same offer in a more formal setting. Cos d’Estournel is an exceptional Bordeaux wine estate – worth a visit if you’re in the area – belonging to Michel Reybier – owner of La Reserve Paris.
La Pagoda de Cos – Daily from 12 to 11 pm – A la carte or Dish of the day
Le Gabriel – Lunch from 12:00 to 14:30 / Dinner from 19:00 to 22:30 – closed on Saturday.
42 Avenue Gabriel, 8th
M: Franklin D Rossevelt,
T: 01 58 36 60 60
Photo credit : Alain Passard photo©Virginie Klecka
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