This is the Paris outpost from Anne-Sophie Pic, named in 2011 as “the world’s best female chef” for her three-star restaurant in Valence. Here, and working with Philippe Bousseton, the nose for perfumer Takasago, Pic has created three menus based upon fragrance profiles. Menus at 49€ (lunch), 79€, 100€ and 120€.

Practical information

Address: 20 rue du Louvre, 75001
Nearest transport: Louvre-Rivoli (1)
Hours: Closed Sunday and Monday
Reservations: Book a week or two in advance
Telephone: 01 42 60 40 40
Website

Average price for lunch: 35-49€ (menu 49€)
Average price for dinner: more than 100€ (menus at 79, 100, 120€)
Style of cuisine: modern French/haute cuisine
Special attributes: open on Monday, renowned chef

Reviews of interest

Caroline Mignot (2013) “Le vacherin au parfum de rose, de riz, de gingembre et de thé sencha. Si j’ai retrouvé avec plaisir tous les textures du vacherin (glacée, fondante, craquante), la délicatesse des notes était tellement poussée qu’elle m’a fait passer un peu à côté des parfums. Comme un parfum très, très léger qui se sent à peine sur la peau. Si je devais rester dans la métaphore du parfum, je dirais qu’il n’était pas assez capiteux à mon goût.”

Patricia Wells (2012) “Anne-Sophie Pic’s week-old La Dame de Pic near the Louvre is the sensation of the rentrée… She sports her feminine role, but does not flaunt it or play it cute. Ingredients are impeccable, preparations are complicated but not overdone, and the taste theme throughout is one of  softness and smoothness with a required touch of crunch. I would never think of pairing warm oysters with cauliflower, but Anne-Sophie offers a regal, cloud-like presentation of warm Gillardeau oysters bathed in a frank and fragrant cream of cauliflower and jasmine, surprising as well as satisfying.”

Alexander Lobrano via Twitter (2012) “La Dame du Pic in Paris…nah; Anne-Sophie Pic is a terrific chef but this place is way too high concept and over-priced.”

Bruno Verjus (2012) “Une belle table à fréquenter d’urgence avant la folie de la mode à venir. Une haute cuisine française pour le prix d’un bistrot chic parisien. L’adresse sincère d’une Dame de coeur.”