Le Chateaubriand currently holds the #4 ranking in our list of our favorite Tasting Menus under 100€. You can only reserve for the first seating at Le Chateaubriand. After that, you’ll have to wait in line from 9pm for a stab at Iñaki Aizpitarte’s no-choice tasting menu, a parade of provocative flavor pairings that has landed the restaurant on San Pellegrino’s 50 Best list for several years running. Whether you love or hate this restaurant may depend on your affinity for natural wine and improvisational cooking. We have had brilliant meals here, where every delicious dish taught us something new. We have been outraged, and we have been indifferent. You never quite know what to expect here, and that’s part of the fun. Just be sure to go with omnivorous friends who share that outlook.
Bloomberg reported today that Le Chateaubriand (now le Chateaubrand?) will be opening a 90 seat restaurant early next year in London’s Mayfair district.
Le Chabanais, which takes its name from a brothel and is also the name of an international escort service, will be helmed by Paul Boudier, currently Iñaki Aizpitarte’s second in command. The space will be designed by Clement Blanchet who designed, along with Rem Koolhaas, Le Chateaubriand’s adjacent white marble wine bar Le Dauphin.
Following in the footsteps of Septime, and (once-upon a time) Spring, the hard-to-book Paris restaurant Le Chateaubriand has acquired a space for an eventual wine shop between the restaurant and its sister wine bar Le Dauphin. Word on the street is that it will focus on interesting imports.
No details yet on when the shop will open, or whether they’ll sell to-go bottles for the hordes lined up on the sidewalk waiting to get into Le Chateaubriand. We’ll keep you posted…
- Le Chateaubriand - #9 in 2011, up from #11 in 2010, #40 in 2009
- L’Astrance -#13 in 2011, #16 in 2010, #11 in 2009, #11 in 2008
- L’Atelier Saint-Germain de Joël Robuchon #14 in 2011, #29 in 2010, #18 in 2009, #14 in 2008
- Pierre Gagnaire - #16 in 2011, down from #13 in 2010, #9 in 2009 #3 in 2008
- L’Arpège - #19 in 2011, not ranked in 2010 or 2009, #46 in 2008
- Alain Ducasse at the Plaza Athénée - #45 in 2011, down from #41 in 2010, not ranked in 2009, #18 in 2008