T R A V E L / T R A V E L I D E A S
NEW PARIS DINING
Discover the hottest new Paris restaurants which opened in 2016 & early 2017
that you should be reserving a table at right now.
1. The New Foodie Favourite ...
I T A L I A N Roman chef Giovanni Passerini first earned a special place in the hearts of Parisians at his cult foodie bistro, Rino, showcasing his creative take on produce-driven, modern European cuisine. He went on to entice local foodies with his new project, Pastificio Passerini – a takeaway fresh pasta boutique offering a selection of superb handmade pasta, top-quality sauces and olive oils. In April 2016, he opened his main act next door with his wife Justine – Passerini, their smash-hit restaurant which has quickly established itself as one of Paris' hottest foodie dining spots. Using the freshest seasonal produce and changing his menu regularly, Passerini gives his personal, creative spin to classic Italian cuisine, inspired by his Roman roots. Discover the full spectrum of the chef's talents by ordering a medley of soul-satisfying dishes, such as fava bean ravioli with fresh peas and pecorino, Sicilian red shrimp taglioni, a succulent roast saddle of lamb to share, and the exceptional rum-soaked baba au rhum to finish. While you wait for your meal, settle into the stylish dining space and watch the magic unfold in the open kitchen with a crisp glass of Italian natural wine. Advance bookings advised. €€
65 rue Traversière, 75012 Paris
passerini.paris | +33 1 44 74 67 84
2. Intimate Fine Dining...
F I N E D I N I N G Confirming its reputation as the world-leading "Gastronomy Palace", the Four Seasons George V Hotel is home to three outstanding restaurants: chef Christian Le Squer's celebrated three Michelin-starred restaurant, Le Cinq; the one Michelin-starred Le George for superb Mediterranean cuisine; and the L'Orangerie by chef David Bizet, which opened in June 2016 and was quickly awarded one Michelin star in 2017. Designed by acclaimed French interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon, L'Orangerie boasts an exquisite setting within a 7-metre-high glass alcove which overlooks the hotel's famous orchid-filled Marble Courtyard. Chef David Bizet's sophisticated contemporary French menu features dishes which are presented like delicate works of art: savour smoked soft egg with Imperial caviar; Blue Lobster with salted butter, truffle and Winter Chanterelle mushrooms; and the stunning "Meringue Flower" dessert with citrus and fresh herbs. This is one of our favourite places to enjoy a special, intimate fine dining experience in Paris. €€€
Four Seasons George V, 31 Avenue George V, 75008 Paris
fourseasons.com/paris | +33 1 49 52 70 00
3. The Culinary Poet...
C R E A T I V E Iratze is an intimate, stripped-back restaurant & tapas bar with an eye on creativity, launched in November 2016 by talented Basque chef Mathieu Moity (ex-Michel Bras, O Divin). Moity's creativity is in full flight at Iratze, where his cuisine is bold, yet poetic, combining culinary influences which traverse the world. His latest creations may include miso-marinated foie gras, roasted octopus with sumptuous braised pork belly, or crispy duck croquettes with sweet potato. Reserve a table and discover the chef’s superb à la carte or tasting menus, or settle in at the bar and enjoy a feast of tapas accompanied by an excellent craft cocktail or a glass of natural wine. €€ Photography: Marine de la Bretèche
73 rue Amelot, Paris 75011
restaurant-iratze.com | +33 1 55 28 53 31
4. The Elegant French Bistro...
E L E G A N T He worked alongside legendary French chef Alain Ducasse as his right-hand for 15 years, who appointed him Head Chef at the 3-Michelin-starred Le Plaza Athénée at the age of 32, and at Le Meurice at the age of 35. Now, chef Christophe Saintagne has set Paris buzzing with his exciting first solo venture, Papillon, which opened in February 2016. His cuisine is as elegantly conceived as the dining space itself, where the menu – structured as à la carte, 2-, 3- or 5-course options – hints at the sophisticated flavours of each dish by teasing its three primary ingredients: "smoked sardines, celery, wasabi"; or "steamed yellowtail, leeks, capers". For the ultimate dessert, savour the sumptuous warm chocolate cake with spiced cream, which is scooped straight from the oven pan onto your plate. Dressed in white shirts, suspenders and black bow ties, the friendly service team add to the experience with their refreshingly warm service, and make sure to enlist the expert advice of the sommelier when browsing the excellent wine list. €€
8 rue Meissonier, 75017 Paris
papillonparis.fr | +33 1 56 79 81 88
5. The Cool Kids on the Block...
S T Y L I S H Nestled at the entrance of the heritage-listed Galerie Vivienne – one of Paris’ most beautiful covered arcades built in 1823 – you'll find Daroco, a trendy Italian trattoria & cocktail bar by Parisian chef Alexandre Giesbert and Julien Ross, the talented duo behind Roca bistro, Roco pizzeria and Rococo néo-kébab. Set within a lofty, two-level space which was once home to Jean-Paul Gaultier’s first fashion boutique, the duo's latest designer creation features double-height mirrored ceilings, exposed bricks, green marble table tops and crushed velvet petrol blue banquettes. Daroco’s classic Italian trattoria-style menu will take you on a tour of the duo's favourite regional Italian cuisines, including luscious burrata with pesto and lemon, heart-warming bucatini alla carbonara made with pasta from Gragnano, and stone-baked pizzas cooked in an immense oven in the restaurant's open kitchen. The waiters dressed in striped sailor t-shirts offer a playful nod to Gaultier’s signature style. For an excellent pre- or post-dinner cocktail, make sure to head to the back of the restaurant to discover Danico, the best new cocktail bar in Paris run by top international mixologist, Nicolas de Soto – where else can you enjoy a fabulous cocktail creation called an "Oompa Loompa", a "Jo-Wilfried Tonka" or a "Pussy Galore"? €€
6 rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris
Website | +33 1 42 21 93 71
6. Creative Bistronomy...
TOMY & CO.
Franco-Cambodian chef Tomy Gousset (ex-Taillevent, Le Meurice) is the talent behind Tomy & Co., an exciting new modern bistro which opened in Paris in September 2016. Offering an exciting, inventive take on modern French cuisine, the chef draws upon his love of fresh seasonal organic produce throughout his menu – you'll even find ingredients handpicked from his own garden. Savour sumptuous dishes such as gnocchi with truffles and aged Comté cheese, and roasted guinea hen with foie gras. Tomy & Co. also serves a great value lunch menu. €€
22 rue Surcouf, 75007 Paris
+33 1 45 51 46 93
Renowned chef Antonin Bonnet (ex-Le Sergent Recruteur) has created a soulful neighbourhood bistro at Quinsou. Settle into the red leather banquettes and enjoy creative dishes such as mackerel with pear vinegar, soft-boiled egg with pork belly and kale, and an inspired dessert of almond praline with aubergine cream. From the excellent homemade bread baked with heritage flour, to the lovingly-curated wine list, attention to detail is paramount at this warm and welcoming Paris restaurant which opened in late September 2016. €€
33 rue de l'Abbé Grégoire, Paris 75006
+33 1 42 22 66 09
7. Gourmand Bistros...
Following the success of their classic Parisian bistro, Le Petit Célestin, brothers Yanice and Jaïs Mimoun showcase their talent for market-driven cuisine at their new modern bistro, Jaïs, which opened in Paris’ upscale 7th district in April 2016. While the friendly chef Jaïs prepares heart-warming dishes in the open kitchen – think gourmet meat pies with foie gras, perfectly cooked sweetbreads with crunchy green peas, and red mullet with aubergine caviar –, Yanice oversees the tastefully decorated dining room he designed featuring vintage pendant lighting, blue velvet banquettes and dark woods. €€
3 rue Surcouf, 75007 Paris
+33 1 45 51 98 16
Located in the 11th district – Paris' edgy foodie quartier – Vantre showcases the playful creations of chef Iacopo Chomel (ex Passage) in a casual Parisian bistro setting. Embark on an unpretentious culinary adventure as the chef prepares fluffy gnocchi in sage butter and parmesan, beef cheeks with braised endives, and the signature warm rosemary and potato cake with orange sorbet for dessert. Make sure to employ the expert advice of co-owner Marco Pelletier (former sommelier at Le Bristol Palace Hotel) when browsing through Vantre’s excellent, affordable selection of over 500 classic and natural wines. €€
19 rue de la Fontaine au Roi, Paris
+33 1 48 06 16 96
Chef Thomas Brachet (ex-Maison Blanche, Beef Club) and sommelier Tristan Renoux create soul-satisfying classic French fare with a modern twist at their first solo venture, Les Arlots, which opened in March 2016. Set within an intimate dining space featuring traditional tiled floors and a solid wooden bar, this fun and lively Parisian bistro features a regularly-changing chalkboard menu of hearty dishes such as langoustines with homemade mayonnaise, mackerel fillet with roasted cauliflower, slow cooked beef cheeks, and the signature saucisse purée homemade sausage served on a cloud of whipped potatoes. €€
136 rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, 75010 Paris
+33 1 42 82 92 01
8. The New Wave...
LE GRAND BAIN
Following his time as sous chef for the likes of Jean-François Piège at Thoumieux and Giovanni Passerini at Rino, talented young Italian chef Michael Farnesi has now blazed his own trail at Dilia, a hip modern Italian bistro nestled on a picturesque square in Paris’ Menilmontant area. Known for pushing the boundaries of Italian cuisine with his creativity, Dilia offers a variety of prix fixe menus to suit your appetite – at lunchtime, opt for either 2-, 3- or 4-courses (which includes a pasta dish); and at dinnertime, either 4- or 6-courses for the complete carte blanche odyssey. Each beautifully-presented dish offers an unexpected touch – think caramelised veal ragù rigatoni with juniper berries and rosemary. At Le Grand Bain, talented British chef Edward Delling Williams (ex-Au Passage) delivers a superb menu of small plates with creative flair. Settle into the stylish, intimate and low-lit dining space in Paris’ hip Belleville district and peruse the enticing Franco-British menu – you’ll find it displayed in handwriting on the glass wall which overlooks the kitchen. Order a medley of tapas-style dishes such as apple wood smoked oysters; vanilla-infused broccoli with bone marrow, charred leeks and lemon confit; the British comfort favourite Beef Wellington; and flambéed île flottante to finish.
9. The New Japanese...
J A P A N E S E First came Abri, the smash-hit modern French bistro launched by Japanese chef Katsuaki Okiyama, which delivers one of the best value foodie dining experiences in Paris – although it’s one of the city’s hardest tables to book. Then, Abri Soba arrived in September 2016 to entice lovers of authentic soba with its handcrafted buckwheat noodles by day and its creative menu of modern Japanese sharing plates by night. At lunchtime, there’s a “2 starters + 1 soba” menu, where you can enjoy delicious bites of tamagoyaki (sweet omelet) or karaage (crispy chicken), followed by handcrafted soba noodles served in a variety of ways: either cold or hot, accompanied by either juicy layers of duck breast and crunchy grilled leeks, wild vegetable and shrimp tempura, a square of fried tofu, or a soft boiled egg... The creative à la carte dinner menu expands to include modern Japanese-style sharing plates such as clams steamed over sake, beef and eggplant ponzu, and green tea and black sesame ice cream for desserts. Ryo Morishita, the former sommelier at Abri, will welcome you to this rustic wooden jewel box straight out of Tokyo, marked by the queue of hungry soba fans waiting out the front. Make sure to sit at the Japanese-style counter to watch the chefs crafting the soba noodles by hand in the open kitchen. No reservations.
10 rue Saulnier, 75009 Paris
10. The Ultimate Terrace...
CAFE DE L'HOMME
G L A M O R O U S Following a major five year renovation, the legendary Café de l’Homme reopened its doors again in early 2016, heralding the rebirth of one of the most spectacular dining terraces in Paris. This time partnering with top interior architects Gilles & Boissier, celebrated restaurateurs Christophe Bonnat and Coco Coupérie-Eiffel have conceived a glamorous dining space which is a celebration of the French lifestyle, its architecture and its craft heritage, inspired by the distinctive trademarks of the 1930s Art Deco style that typifies the Palais de Chaillot – the heritage-listed building within which the restaurant is located. Showcasing uninterrupted views of the Eiffel Tower, the Champs de Mars and the Trocadéro gardens, Café de l’Homme's panoramic 300m² outdoor terrace offers the ultimate setting to enjoy contemporary French cuisine with an exotic touch by Executive Chef, Frédéric Vardon, such as roasted whole roasted lobster with tarragon viennoise. Whether you're a first time visitor to Paris or a Parisian local, this is "the" place to come to immerse yourself in the beauty of The City of Lights. €€€
17 Place du Trocadéro, 75016 Paris
cafedelhomme.com | +33 1 44 05 30 15
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