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On June 2nd, France reopened bars, cafes and restaurants, while also lifting travel restrictions inside the country as part of “phase 2” of its lockdown exit plan. It will remove border restrictions with European countries without quarantine measures from June 15, except for people coming from countries with their own quarantine regimes, including Britain, where rules will be reciprocal.
So, two and a half months after the country entered draconian confinement, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said France is entering a new phase in which “freedom is the rule and restriction the exception.”
In Paris, designated an “orange” zone on the color-coded déconfinement map of France, only restaurant terrasses have the right to reopen for seating. But what’s better than a sidewalk cafe in Paris? Here are some of our recommendations, including the popular “click & collect” option of restaurant take-out.
In the heart of the Golden Triangle, at the tip of the Champs Elysées. On MP’s majestic terrace, taste Eric Frechon’s royal dishes, beautifully interpreted by Executive Chef Stéphane d’Aboville.
3 Avenue Winston Churchill, 8th
At Laurent, the candy pink, low slung building near the Rond-Pont des Champs Elysées, chef Justin Schmitt and his team present their sumptuous, market-driven summer terrace menu. Tapping into the mansion’s 300 years of history, the chef boldly translates seasonal products with emotion and tradition. There’s no doubt Laurent’s terrace, with signature red umbrellas, fountain by Hittart, is ze place to be. Average spend, because you’re worth it, from €95-€197 + wine.
Yannick Alleno’s Pavyllon Terrace at Ledoyen
Perfect bucolic setting in the Jardins des Champs-Elysées.
And: YA’s Left Bank Allénothèque: In the pleasant, pedestrian only, setting of Beaupassage, rue de Grenelle, chef Alléno’s wine bistro has a discreet terrace, well-spaced tables, with an excellent selection of wines and champagnes. The menu features a dish called “avez vous besoin d’un bon avocat?” (€11)! Risotto au parmesan et salsifis (supplement truffe noire +18 €) 27€ etc. plus great desserts by Aurélien Rivoire (from €10-€41 + wine) Dinner Tasting Menu €70 with wine pairing + €40.
“We’re dealing with the shut down of our restaurants by redoubling our passion and energy,” says an emotional chef. “In all my years in the kitchens I’ve never experienced such difficulty,” he admits. All kitchens of Savoy addresses are now partially reopened, helmed by a small, dedicated, team of chefs offering click & collect and delivery.
Choose *** dishes from Restaurant Guy Savoy at La Monnaie (signature truffled artichoke soup with flaky mushroom brioche, prepared at Chiberta €110) or Le Chiberta set market menu about €55. Try the signature chicken (from €29) or the set menu available from L’Atelier Maître Albert (about €29). At Supu Ramen, 53 Quai des Grands Augustins, 6th there’s a choice of succulent dishes, say, 3 ramen (the Japanese adaptation of Chinese noodles) from €13.80-€15.80.
Le Meurice – Take Away
Amaury Bouhours, chef des cuisines at the **Michelin Le Meurice Restaurant Alain Ducasse has a to-go menu. “It’s like staying at the hotel and ordering room service, reflecting the current situation”, he explains. So, enjoy a menu consisting of an appetizer, such as marinated seabass, rhubarb coriander. Main of grilled Saint Pierre, fennel and zucchini and dessert, say, the famous sculpted Menton lemon, by world’s best pastry chef, Cédric Grolet. Menu: €70 – starter, main course, dessert, Foccacia bread + drinks.
And, for those who love to cook, chef suggests the “Producer Basket” (€130 + wine) brimming with ingredients usually served in the restaurant, with recipes for cooking. Bénédicte Poisot’s beautiful 2Kg chicken and 2 portions of Côte d’ Opale blue lobster; add Didier Pil’s seasonal market vegetables, aromatic herbs and edible flowers and a bottle of Baux de Provence olive oil (50cl) from Xavier Alazard. Head somm Gabriel Vaisseire has created a wine card for your consideration.
Order 7/7 from 12:00pm – 5:00 pm for Thursday to Monday delivery. Email: [email protected] Tel: 01 44 58 10 44
Prefer to pick up your basket? Collect at: 15 Rue du Mont Thabor, 1st arrondissement, from 12:00 to 19:00. Check out the menus and products in the Producer Basket on the website or Instagram.
Moise Sfez – GIGI- All About Rolls
Following the dazzling success of Homer Lobster – launched in 2017 – Gigi, Moise Sfez’s new project, opens as a boutique/counter in the Marais ‘hood post-confinement.
Yes, there’s still the extraordinary bread, the perfect partner for sandwiches, with unique, original mouthwatering ingredients. Tuna Melt, Corned Beef, salmon pastrami, Nutella / olive oil / Fleur de sel… GIGI is the realisation of Moïse Sfez’s sandwich dream, his super spin on American culture and legendary NYC delis. Service on the terrace at: Homer Lobster, 21, Rue Rambuteau, 75004 Paris
Romantic terrace – here’s the new look Fontaine Gaillon (formerly owned by Gérard Depardieu) reopened in January 2020 with genius chef Marc Veyrat’s exquisite signature dishes. Lunch €45 or Dinner A La Carte from €60 + wine.
*** Michelin Eric Frechon’s iconic brasserie Frechon with terrace
(re) discover dishes such as shoulder of lamb confit with spices, lemon and black olives or sublime sausage & mash. The good news: with “Lazare Chez vous”, the entire restaurant menu is available to take home. Parvis de la Gare Saint-Lazare, interior street, 8th
From the the trio of savvy Parisian restauranteurs Alexandre Giesbert, Julien Ross and Romain Glize. This trattoria- terrace, near Radio France, overlooks the Seine. Dishes are Italian inspired : antipasti, ultra-creamy risotto, pasta al dente as you like it, and perfect pizza. Ciao Bella!
3 place Clément Ader, 16th
Bruno Verjus, 3, rue de Prague, 12th – Chef Bruno Verjus
Le Drugstore, 133, avenue des Champs Elysées, 8th Paris
YAYA Saint-Ouen, 8, rue de l’Hippodrome, 93400 Saint Ouen
And YAYA Secrétan, 33 avenue Secrétan, 19th Paris
Levain, 3, rue d’Aguesseau, 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt – Chef Juan Arbelaez
Le Flora Danica, 142, AV des Champs-Elysées, 8th
L’Alsace, 39, Avenue Des Champs Elysées, 8th
Brasserie Auteuil, 78 rue d’Auteuil, 16th
Lead photo credit : courtesy of Mini Palais