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Yannick Alleno at Ledoyen


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

Practical information

Address: 1 avenue Dutuit, 75008
Nearest transport: Champs-Elysées Clemenceau (1, 13)
Hours: Closed Saturday, Sunday, and Monday lunch
Reservations: Book a week or two in advance
Telephone: 01 53 05 10 00
Average price for lunch: More than 100€
Average price for dinner: More than 100€
Style of cuisine: Haute Cuisine

Reviews of interest

Reviews with Yannick Alleno as chef :

Le Figaro (2014) “Si, entre l’institution des Champs-Élysées et le chef pressé, on pouvait craindre le mariage hasardeux de la carpe et du lapin, on découvre sur place un cuisinier totalement investi derrière ses fourneaux. Un nouvel Alléno ?”

Atabula (2014) “La cuisine de Yannick Alléno et de son équipe s’inscrit dans une tradition française dont il revendique l’héritage et la puissance. Surtout, il sait se jouer du temps, défiant les contraintes de la gastronomie d’aujourd’hui et puisant dans la richesse du patrimoine de la grande cuisine française un registre d’une très grande modernité. ”

Ruth Reichl (2014) “This chef is using classic techniques in wildly inventive ways… The food is intriguing and exciting, but three star dining is about much more than food.  It’s a performance, and Ledoyen doesn’t let you down.  The ambiance is so luxurious, the staff so convincing that by the time you leave you expect to find a coach and four waiting to whisk you home.”

Reviews with Christian Le Squer as chef:

Food Snob (2009) “Dishes are sophisticated, satisfying and crafted to showcase and magnify the finest ingredients and their innate flavours. The kitchen is also generous with guests receiving exquisite and ample amuses, petit fours and mignardises – which are also when the chef likes to have a little fun.”

Julot (2009) “I ordered the 88€ prix-fixe lunch menu. But the real good news is that this lunch menu is nothing less than your regular Ledoyen food in terms of the care and the quality of the ingredients… when it comes to trying to offer you the best food there is, this place has little competition that I know of.”

Julot (2008) “Ledoyen has top notch ingredients…This was exemplified by what I considered the highlight of a very good meal, the mise en bouche of first (in the season) green vegetables…Those peas in particular, so incredibly fresh, so crunchy, so full of spring flavours, demonstrate what truly exceptional ingredients cooked with infinite precision and care can be.”


Ledoyen under Alleno

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Terroir Parisien at the Palais Brongniart

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.

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Yannick Alleno Will Head to Ledoyen

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.

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Yannick Alleno to Cook in Swimming Pool

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.

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Read more from the City of Paris – Piscine Molitor: le “Paquebot blanc” bientôt remis à flots

Youpi et Voila by Phyllis Flick

The latest and greatest Paris openings


2012 has already been a busy year on the Paris restaurant scene. Here’s a selection of noteworthy newcomers. Click on the restaurant name for practical details and more reviews.

Youpi et Voilà Fans of Septime and Saturne will probably like Patrice Gelbart’s seasonal cooking, characterized by “generous amounts of fresh herbs and plants with a mix of textures and flavors,” says Phyllis Flick.  “There are no heavy sauces, and little fat. Just clean bright flavors.”

Au Conservatoire Cédric Casanova has opened a Sicilian épicerie next to his La Tête Dans Les Olives, with a single table d’hôte for 5-8 people that is probably already booked solid for the next ten years. The “picnic” runs 30€/person and features products from the shop, which you will no doubt want to purchase after the meal.

Big Fernand The burgers here are well-seared and juicy, the fries crisp, the staff look like they’re starring in a hipster production of Newsies. Food truck? What food truck?

Terroir Parisien Yannick Alleno of Le Meurice brings his locavore act to the Left Bank at this airy, open-every-day spot, resuscitating the Parisian repertoire with Ile de France ingredients. Dine in on frisée salad, onion soup, and Verot charcuterie, or get a classic sandwich jambon et beurre to go.

Arola Early reviews are mixed for this Spanish import, a small-plates set up from Michelin-star collector Sergi Arola, housed in the new W Hotel. Alexander Lobrano says, “the Pica Pica format [Arola's term for small plates] is fun when you’re on a large sunny terrace with the Mediterranean in the distance but is distinctly less satisfying in a low-ceilinged dining room with handsome formal 19th century French moldings.” Claro que si.

Semilla There’s a M.O.F in the (flameless) open kitchen at this new address from everyone’s favorite Anglo restaurateurs Juan Sanchez and Drew Harré, of Fish, Cosi, and wine shop La Dernière Goutte. Patricia Wells says it’s “carefully designed for the way we want to eat today…a nice mix of little and large tastes for vegetarians, meat eaters, lovers of the classics as well as the adventurous…”

La Table d’Aki Akihiro Horikoshi — a L’Ambroisie vet — is both chef and waiter at his new, intimate 16-seater in the 7th, where he’s cooking a modern, refined menu that Bruno Verjus declares “the best value for the money in the world.” THE WORLD.