This historic three-star restaurant is perched in a pavilion just off the Champs-Elysées and has been a dining destination since the French Revolution. Long-time chef Christian Le Squer handed the reigns to Yannick Alleno in July 2014, and Alleno has promised a renewed focus on what he considers to be the great strength of French cuisine – sauces. He is also, albeit more quietly than his rival Alain Ducasse, putting vegetables and peasant ingredients in the spotlight. Our meal featured the modest mackerel and butternut squash in starring roles, presented with both precision and imagination. A lunchtime tasting menu is priced at 128€ , and a ten course tasting menu at either lunch or dinner is 295€. The more I think about it, the more I want to return to see what happens next.
Meg Zimbeck, September 2014
Yannick Alleno (formerly of Le Meurice) revives Parisian classics, with Ile de France ingredients, at this chic, airy bistro.
An absolute favorite
Here’s a snapshot of we tasted as part of our (lowest price) lunch tasting menu soon after the arrival of Yannick Alleno. Total price for two at lunch including wine, water and coffee: 448€
This Michelin 3-star was helmed by Yannick Alleno until he moved on in 2013 after opening his locavore bistro Terroir Parisien. Alain Ducasse took the reigns in September 2013.
This new location of Yannick Alleno’s popular bistro is one of our favorite new openings of 2013, featuring pedigreed local ingredients and updated classic recipes from the region around Paris. This location at the Bourse boasts a rillettes bar sells terrines and pâtés to go.
An absolute favorite
Ledoyen, one of the oldest restaurants in the city, is poised for a major revamp this summer. Le Figaro reports that a year and half after leaving Le Meurice, Yannick Alleno is headed back to fine dining and will take over the triple Michelin starred kitchen at the legendary Ledoyen in August. He already has a full plate with the recently opened restaurant housed in the Molitor swimming pool-turned-hotel and two Terroir Parisiens.
Well, not exactly… but the Michelin starred chef will moving in when the Molitor swimming pool reopens next Spring as a splashy (sorry) new hotel.
The Art Deco landmark near the Bois de Boulogne will be transformed into a hotel with all 124 rooms (hopefully not the size of changing cabins) overlooking the pool. There will be a restaurant – this is where Alleno comes in – and a rooftop bar overlooking the city.
It is unclear whether, as with all Paris pools, guests will be required to wear a swim cap and (for men) a Speedo.
Read more from the City of Paris – Piscine Molitor: le “Paquebot blanc” bientôt remis à flots
Seven months after Yannick Alleno announced his departure from Le Meurice, the three-star restaurant has announced that rival chef Alain Ducasse will be taking over its kitchen in September. This transition will take place just before Ducasse’s Plaza Athenée closes in October for seven months of renovations.