Tag Archives: Michelin-starred

Septime

Septime currently holds the #1 ranking in our list of our favorite Tasting Menus under 100€. First, the bad news: you’re probably not going to get into Septime. Not unless you’re willing to call exactly three weeks before your desired reservation, and probably not even then. I hesitated in keeping Septime at #1 because of this difficulty, and also because my visits in 2015-2016 were fine but not great. However, a return visit in 2017 has left no doubt in my mind that Septime is still the best contemporary tasting menu in Paris. In particular, a dish of lobster with earthy boudin noir and tart wild strawberries provided a mind-bending and delicious jolt to every diner at our table. Beverage pairings are consistently brilliant, leaning heavily toward natural wines but without the ill-chosen funk we often encounter elsewhere. If you can’t get in, don’t despair – any of these other favorite tasting menus will treat you right. You can also visit Septime’s sister restaurant Clamato next door.

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Restaurant Sylvestre

Practical information

Address: 79 rue Saint-Dominique, 75007
Nearest transport: La Tour-Maubourg (8), Invalides (8, 13, RER C)
Hours: Closed Sunday & Monday; Open Thursday & Friday for lunch and dinner; Open Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday for dinner only
Reservations: Book a few weeks in advance
Telephone01 47 05 79 00
Average price for lunch: 60-100€
Average price for dinner: More than 100€
Style of cuisine: Haute Cuisine
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Reviews of interest

Le Figaro (2016) “Venu de Courchevel, Sylvestre Wahid succède à Piège du côté de chez Thoumieux, manœuvre la berline de brasserie du rez-de-chaussée et ordonne, à l’étage, une gastronomie de force tranquille, sans esbroufe, d’un chic foncier, appliquée au saisonnier, consciencieuse à disposer en menu dédié (chair, mer, végétal) une cuisine renouant avec la générosité et ce vieux mot que l’on croyait usé: la gourmandise.”

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Histoires

Practical information

Address: 85 avenue Kléber, 75016
Nearest transport: Iéna (9), Trocadéro (6, 9)
Hours: Closed Sunday & Monday; Open Tuesday and Saturday for dinner only and Wednesday-Friday for lunch and dinner
Reservations: Book a few weeks in advance
Telephone: 01 70 98 16 35
Average price for lunch: More than €100
Average price for dinner: More than €100
Style of cuisine: Haute Cuisine
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Reviews of interest

John Talbott (2016) “M. Pacaud’s 2* leaves one stunned.”

Le Figaro (2015) “Il a dévoilé Histoires, «restaurant dans le restaurant» où, pour vingt convives, il se livre à ses «fantaisies gustatives», notamment à travers des techniques subtiles d’imprégnation des plats. Pour lui, la cuisine est un art éphémère qui ne saurait être dissocié de ses propres références artistiques (musique, BD, peinture…).”

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The 20 Best Bites of Haute Cuisine in Paris

Haute cuisine is not exclusively about what’s on the plate. Elaborately choreographed service, the spectacular number of dishes, the depth of a wine cellar and sumptuous surroundings – these are arguably the elements that separate restaurants with two and three Michelin stars from their starless competitors.

If we look exclusively at the food, however, ignoring the chandelier that twinkles overhead and the plush pedestal propping up our handbags, there is still much to celebrate in haute cuisine.  >> Read More

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. >> Read More

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Neige d’été

Practical information

Address: 12 rue de l’Amiral Roussin, 75015
Nearest transport: Cambronne (6), Commerce (8), Avenue Émile Zola (10)
Hours: Closed Sunday & Monday; Open Tuesday-Saturday for lunch & dinner
Reservations: Book a few weeks in advance
Telephone: 01 42 73 66 66
Average price for lunch: 40-59€
Average price for dinner: 60-100€
Style of cuisine: Modern French
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Reviews of interest

The New York Times (2015) “Hideki Nishi dabbles in modern French cuisine including salmon with a Gorgonzola millefeuille.”

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Nakatani

Practical information

Address: 27 rue Pierre Leroux, 75007
Nearest transport: Vaneau (10)
Hours: Closed Sunday & Monday; Open Tuesday-Saturday for lunch & dinner
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 47 34 94 14
Average price for lunch: 40-59€
Average price for dinner: 60-100€
Style of cuisine: Modern French
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Reviews of interest

Figaroscope (2015) “Homard en chapelure de poutargue, endives à l’orange: le végétal parfait, le crustacé un peu alibi. Volaille de Chalosse, petit chou farci: d’une gourmandise réservée. Moelleux de courge, clémentines marinées: diaphane.”

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Shang Palace

Practical information

Address: 10 avenue Iéna (in the Shangri-La hotel), 75016
Nearest transport: Iéna (9)
Hours: Closed Tuesday & Wednesday; Open Thursday-Monday for lunch and dinner
Reservations: Book a week or two in advance
Telephone: 01 53 67 19 92
Average price for lunch: 52€ or 78€
Average price for dinner: More than 100€
Style of cuisine: Chinese, Haute cuisine
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Reviews of interest

Figaroscope (2015) “En provenance directe de Canton, nouveau chef pour la table chinoise du palace. Et la cuisine de suivre un ton plus aigu, enrichie d’inédits et toujours aussi minutieuse à révéler ses classiques.”

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Kei

After working for Ducasse for seven years, Kei Kobayashi has opened an eponymous restaurant in the old Gerard Besson space near Les Halles, offering four or five courses at lunch (38/48€) and six or eight (75/95€) at dinner. His cooking is spare and delicate, like the room that surrounds you, and service is formal. They’re clearly shooting for the (Michelin) stars here.

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