Paris is home to some of the best restaurants in the world offering up exquisite cuisine from Michelin starred chefs in luxurious surroundings. It can seem somewhat daunting when deciding where to eat in The City of Light, here is a roundup of 10 of the best restaurants in Paris.
Situated in the chic eighth district, Pierre Gagnaire offers an exclusive gastronomic experience for a maximum of only 45 guests. The menu is new and innovative with dishes such as gambas stuffed with niora chilli, the a la carte menu costs around €130 a head and there is a special tasting menu that costs €225. For those with a sweet tooth the dessert here is fantastic, offering a medley of nine French pastries along with fruits and chocolates.
Le Grand Véfour
Le Grand Véfour is housed in a prestigious eighteenth century building that overlooks the Palais Royal gardens and has been a centre of grandeur since its opening in 1784, welcoming guests as famous as Napoleon. The restaurant, under the direction of famous chef Guy Martin offers French cuisine at its best, but don’t forget the credit card though as the a la carte options can vary from €120 to €200 a head.
This luxury hotel restaurant run by Chef Yannick Alleno offers innovative cuisine in elegant surroundings comprising of antiques, crystal chandeliers, and large bay windows overlooking the nearby Jardins des Tuileries. The restaurant is ideal for a romantic meal, and the surroundings lend itself to romance perfectly with 3 Michelin starred cuisine. A set lunch menu is available at around € 75 a head with a la carte options at around €100.
L’Ambroisie is located on the majestic Place des Vosges and offers delicious food at three Michelin starred standards. The building itself is from the seventeenth century and provides a luxurious setting for the delights it provides such as rack of lamb with nougat and the sumptuous desserts such as orange and pink grapefruit tart. Reservations are required at least one month in advance and you should expect to pay between €125 and €200 for the a la carte menu.
Although the decor at Arpège may be simple and understated compared to its grander counterparts, the food is anything but simple. Visitors to the restaurant will not be disappointed with chef Alain Passards’ Thai crab curry and monkfish with a mustard sauce. Truffles also feature heavily on the menu. A la carte meals here can range in price from €50 to €180.
Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée
World famous chef Alain Ducasse has an impressive nine Michelin stars to his name – the most anyone has in France. It’s not surprising then that his restaurants consistently draw in diners. The cuisine and decor are unfailing elegant and the prices reflect this. The set menu setting you back a steep €320 and meals from the a la carte menu ranging from foie gras at 80€ to Iranian caviar at €150.
If you are looking for an elegant dining experience in Paris but don’t want to break the bank then head to Pavillon LeDoyen. Situated a stone’s throw from the Champs Elysees this traditional French restaurant first opened its doors in 1792. The dining room boasts high ceilings and large windows that offer a view of the Petit Palais. The gourmet food on offer includes smoked eel and spaghetti in a cream of porcini mushroom sauce.
This celebrated restaurant offers contemporary food in modern surroundings. The menu offers iced, poached oysters, grilled pigeon and rather impressively over 800 fine wines. Dessert here is a must with delights created from chocolates and seasonal fruits. Situated near the Etoile, Guy Savoy lets its guests enjoy world-class food in a fantastic setting to enjoy the outstanding cuisine that boast the best of contemporary design and modern art.
Overlooking the Place de la Concorde and the National Assembly, Les Ambassadeurs has one of the best views of the city. The decor is that of old school glamour with crystal chandeliers, mirrored walls, the finest silver and a heavily painted ceiling. The waiting staff here offer an impeccable and discreet service and the food and wine list are of the highest quality.
Chef Hiroyuki’s Hiramatsu offers up intriguing menu combinations that excite the palate to his many regular visitors. The steamed sea bass is a favourite on the menu as is the venison which is accompanied by chestnut gnocchi and honey glazed squab. You have the option here to create your own dishes but if that’s not for you there is prix fixe options. In addition, the restaurant has 17 waiters covering the 19 tables, so you are sure to get excellent service.
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