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Behind the Curtain: Examining Haute Cuisine in Paris

More than 100 years ago, a tire company named Michelin began telling people about their best options for eating while motoring around the country. Travelers wanted to know what was worth a detour or a special journey, and that’s still the case today. The question I’m most frequently asked by our readers is where to go for a special blow-out meal. You want to celebrate a birthday, an anniversary, a victory. You want to seal a deal, whether business or pleasure. You’re willing to drop some cash, but you don’t want to feel like a fool.

Until now, I’ve had a hard time answering this question. I know well the landscape of the city’s classic bistrosmodern French restaurants, and food-loving wine bars, but this class of two- and three-star tables is a different terrain entirely. There’s an obvious barrier to understanding these restaurants: the staggering, outrageous, almost immoral price of a meal. Prior to this project, in which I anonymously tested every three-star restaurant in Paris over a period of twelve weeks, I had only visited a handful. Continue reading Behind the Curtain: Examining Haute Cuisine in Paris

The 2012 Michelin Guide awards for Paris restaurants

Shang Palace by Sophie Brissaud

1-star laquered duck at Shang Palace (photo Sophie Brissaud)

L'Abeille (photo restaurant)

The newly 2-starred L'Abeille (photo courtesy restaurant)


The newly 2-starred Sur Mesure (photo: Chrisos)

Akrame restaurant open on Monday in Paris | parisbymouth.com

Akrame, 75016

The newly 1-starred Akrame (photo via restaurant Facebook)

Kei (photo restaurant)

The newly 1-starred Kei (photo courtesy restaurant)

Sola restaurant in Paris | parisbymouth.com
Le 39 V restaurant in Paris | parisbymouth.com

The newly 1-starred Les Tablettes (photo courtesy restaurant)

Shang Palace by Sophie BrissaudL'Abeille (photo restaurant)Sur-Mesure-by-ChrisosAkrame restaurant open on Monday in Paris | parisbymouth.comKei (photo restaurant)Sola restaurant in Paris | parisbymouth.comLe 39 V restaurant in Paris | parisbymouth.comLes-Tablettes

The Michelin Guide has just released its 2012 designations. Here’s a quick summary, for those who care.

Le Cinq, which was rumored last year to be a contender for a third star, was passed over once again. Guy Martin was stripped of his single star, awarded only last year, for Sensing. A deepening love for Asian cuisines is clearly visible in the promotion of KeiSolaShang Palace and (indirectly) Sur Mesure.

Newly 3-starred

  • None in Paris

Newly 2-starred

Newly 1-starred

Newly naked: stripped of star

  • Fogón
  • Jacques Cagna
  • Sensing by Guy Martin
  • L’Angle du Faubourg
  • Le Passiflore
  • La Table du Baltimore

For those who hold these ratings dear, did you know that you can use our handy search widget (in the sidebar at right) to find restaurants based on their number of Michelin stars? We’ve updated our tags to reflect the 2012 designations, and you can filter these by neighborhood and when they’re open.