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Fond of extreme and astonishing experiences? Dans Le Noir is an innovative-concept bar and restaurant based on rediscovering the many flavors of food by dining in the complete darkness. After making your selections from the menu, you are guided to your table in the dark by one of the eight visually impaired waiters as your senses begin to adjust in preparation for this uncommon dining experience. Chef Virginie Bossu, who trained in some of the best restaurants in Paris, will enchant you with her traditional French cuisine with Mediterranean accents. You can also choose the 'Surprise Menu' to try and guess the items in your plate. All ingredients are organic and recipes are established by a nutritionist. Talk to your 'without a face' neighbors, eat with your hands or take your (blind) date out for a fun experience. The establishment largely supports the visually impaired in the work environment. The timings vary, please check the website for more details.
The concept of acclaimed chef Anne Sophie Pic's latest restaurant, La Dame de Pic, highlights the interaction between the olfactory as well as gastronomic senses. Working with a perfumer, Pic designed the prix fixe menus based upon fragrance themes, and these scents are presented to you on scent strips before your meal. For example, the "Amber Vanilla" dinner menu may feature courses infused with bergamot, coffee, vanilla, green tea, rosemary and honey. Open for lunch and dinner, reservations are a must at this trendy place.
L'Ambroisie, the renowned restaurant of chef Bernard Pacaud, serves delectable meals using the finest fresh and seasonal ingredients. These often include luxuries such as truffles and chestnuts, woven into traditional dishes that are made exceptional by their apparent simplicity. Chef Pacaud frequently makes substantial changes to the menu in order to consistently offer meals using only the highest quality ingredients at the peak of their season. Perhaps it is a little expensive, but fairly so; a meal here would by far surpasses anywhere else you have eaten. Undeniably, one of the best fine dine options in the entire city; given its popularity, reservations must be made far in advance.
Le Comptoir du Relais is a neo-bistro, the pet project of the acclaimed Chef Yves Camdeborde. The two distinct menus (the bistro menu and the five course menu) have customers queuing. The wait is worth it, considering that the dinner menu has reservations booked months in advance. Once in and seated on one of the wooden chairs and slightly small table, the chef's creations will surely convert even the most stubborn and discerning.
A glorious red and gold, 18th-century dining room, resplendent with mirrors and chandeliers, greets guests as they enter Le Grand Véfour. Within its palatial boundaries, Chef Guy Martin displays magical culinary artistry, as he skillfully whips up his trademark dishes like Tourte d'Artichauts et Légumes Confits and some divine concoctions, such as Ravioles de Foie Gras à l'émulsion de Crème Truffée. Business lunches are often organized during the day, but, at night, a romantic atmosphere takes over. Don't let the long names on the menu intimidate you. Indulge, and let the flavors linger. Even longer lasting, however, are memories of this splendid dining experience.
This very small restaurant is the more modest and affordable version of chef Joël Robuchon's finest dining. You can expect carefully prepared dishes seasoned with the same innovative creativity. Must haves include Lamb Cutlets with Smoked Salmon or Pan-fried Asparagus with Comté Cheese. If that's not what you fancy, then try the scrumptious Braised Duckling and Caramelized Quail. There is also a wide selection of wines from California, Australia, Argentina, Spain and Italy. Apart from French cuisine, the restaurant also serves delicious sushi with crusty baguettes. L' Atelier de Joël Robuchon fills up very quickly since it can only host up to 40 guests, so make sure to come early if you want to get in.
La Fontaine Gaillon is the best option for local traditional cuisine. The comfortable seats and soothing decor by Carole Bouquet, will make your dining experience memorable. The warm and professional service of the staff deserves a special mention. It also offers a good variety of wine. Nestled in a 17th century mansion, the restaurant is owned by actor Gérard Depardieu and it won't be surprising to see some celebs enjoying a meal here.
Overlooking Tuileries Gardens, Le First, Restaurant Boudoir Paris epitomizes elegance. The classy interiors designed by Jacques Garcia exude a certain charm and romance, true to the city's vibe. The food is an inventive twist to French classics, and is exemplified by Chef Gilles Grasteau's usage of aromatic essential oils and exotic ingredients in the cuisine.
Sur Mesure is definitely dining at its finest. Located inside the very impressive Mandarin Oriental Paris, Sur Mesure (a phrase meaning "Custom-built") aims to awaken ones senses. Guests step into a very futuristic, chic white wonderland that includes white clouds on the walls and gold trimmings. With its striking decor and imaginative dishes, Sur Mesure is one dining experience you won't want to miss.
After finishing your sight seeing, you can come to Chez Flottes to enjoy some delicious French food. The interiors are done up with Art Deco paintings and the stained glass windows help create a warm ambiance. And don't worry, you won't run out of options, the menu consists of both international and traditional French cuisine. Take your pick from the selection of country wines on offer. There is also a wood bar, where you can sit back and enjoy your drink. If you are on the look out for a place to host an event, you need not look any further.
Epicure is an elegantly appointed restaurant that changes its decor seasonally. In winter, dine in a rotund-shaped room adorned with Hungarian oak and French Tapestry. In the summer, enjoy the beautiful garden of the Hôtel Le Bristol's courtyard. Award-winning chef Eric Fréchon is an ardent advocate of French culinary traditions and a personal admirer of great past chefs like Escoffier or Vatel. His cuisine, although spanning the French classics is revisited to enhance the recipes with exotic flavors and spices highly praised by the food critics. Patrons favorite include roast duck breast with spices and orange-caramelized turnips or macaroni with Foie gras, artichokes, and truffles. The restaurant also has an exceptional wine cellar.
French haute cuisine at its very best presented by chef Del Burgho in the form of finely prepared foie gras, freshly-made ravioli and other delicacies have earned the restaurant three stars in France's gourmet bible, the Michelin Guide. Expect kid-glove service, elegant tables and clientele to match. The wine list, under the loving stewardship of Manuel Peyrondet and Marco Pelletier, is one of the finest in the country, even if few bargains are to be found! The dress code calls for jackets and ties to be worn by men and elegant and modest gowns by women.