As with every winter, an onslaught of new restaurants have opened in the French capital, making it even harder to choose where to eat in Paris . So, to help you along, we’ve done the research for you by testing 20 of the most talked-about places in the city, in hope of making the process of picking a restaurant to eat in Paris on your next visit as smooth as possible. From design-forward hotspots serving up laid-back cuisine to the young chefs en route for the stars, we’ve got you covered.
1. Granite, A Former Chef At Anne-Sophie Pic’s Who’s Destined For The Stars
Tucked out of sight just around the corner from the Louvre, the young crew at Granite are sure to nab themselves a few stars in the coming years for the stellar service, slick décor and magnificently crafted cuisine.
Helmed by 28-year-old Tom Meyer, the young chef is no stranger to multi-Michelin-star excellence. Having created no less than an astounding 400 dishes for three-star chef Anne-Sophie Pic, Meyer’s finally got his own stage to shine on. Handpicked by restaurant magnate Stéphane Manigold to revive this vacant spot that housed American chef Daniel Spring’s first baby in Paris, Meyer leads a pack of immaculately dressed young promising talents in the kitchen and three en salle hosting guests.
A glass-fronted restaurant of 34 spots, Granite (not to be confused with the posh Chinese restaurant in the south of the city) is lined with open-grain sculptural wood panels that swerve along the walls, while deep sea-blue Danish mid-Century style chairs are arranged around stone tables, the raw materials setting the scene for Meyer’s cuisine steeped in nature. Downstairs, guests dine under vaulted stone ceiling with the chef patissier greeting them as they are shown the way by the personable Julien, Marie-Lou or Estefania.
Meyer’s dishes take diners from land to sea, open fields to lunar landscapes and back again. It’s hard to convey the deft complexity of the chef’s cooking without naming (almost) all the ingredients used. Even the hors d’oeuvres are worth taking time over like the shiso leaf cooked tempura style adorned with a film of beef consommé, or the bite-size anchovy and eggplant olive oil tart, followed by a breaded escargot with squid ink. Crunchy and meaty, the play on textures of every appetizer is a real explosion of flavors.
Starters of mussels with sweet yellow kiwi on a bed of verbena-infused burrata and a mushroom crumble with subtle curry flavored brioche followed. The starters were followed by two mains; one of perfectly soft barbecued scallops from the Baie de Seine with kohlrabi cabbage, apple juice squeezed from the fruit’s skin and konbanwa zest. The second main was a game dish of roasted Racan pigeon with millet and fermented cabosse fruit painted with a lick of meat sauce and served with puréed broccoli and coriander curry. We finished with poached pear and chartreuse and carob sorbet and a second dessert of light-as-air rice pudding with yellow wine and a jellied milk veil over souffléed dry milk tiles.
Meyer and his brigade put on a real show here, one that leaves a lasting impact of sensations and tastes that take you all over the world with every mouthful. And topped by the service, you too will be rooting for the whole clan come Michelin awards time.
Granite – 6 Rue Bailleul, 75001 Paris
2. MIMOSA, Jean-François Piège’s Stylish New Digs At The Hôtel de La Marine
The two-star chef Jean-François Piège who’s behind several restaurants in the city needs no introduction. His ventures have all been success stories, and his latest project, MIMOSA, is no exception. Tucked inside the recently renovated and reopened French heritage site and museum, the Hotel de la Marine, right on the Place de la Concorde in the city center, his restaurant is a laid back ode to colorful Mediterranean fare.
Highlights are signature dishes like Mimosa eggs with tangy cured fish roe starters and mains of grilled octopus cooked in a wood fired oven or home-cooked style classic spicy tomato meatballs. The bright and airy space, created by French designer Dorothée Delaye is also worth stopping in for. A lofty restaurant lined with huge floor-to-ceiling windows, decked out in 70s inspired velvet upholstered banquettes and a living tree in the center, Piège’s MIMOSA channels a joyful Riviera chic that reminds us that summer is on the way, even on the most dismal of winter days.
MIMOSA – 2 Rue Royale, 75008 Paris
3. ADMO, the Pop-Up With A Michelin Starred Cast and An Eiffel Tower View Not To Miss
If you’ve got plans to be in Paris before March 5, then nabbing a table at ADMO should be on your list of things to do. A 100-day pop-up restaurant on the rooftop of the Quai Branly Museum, it was co-created by Alain Ducasse, the chef with the most Michelin stars to his name, and Romain Meder who heads things up in the kitchen. Meder is also behind the healthy canteen Sapid (see number 7. below) and was previously at the three-star Plaza Athénée with Ducasse. Approachable, genuine, calm (he likes to get his creative juices flowing with Japanese zen music and bird song, or so we’re told), the culinary whizz created the concept of “naturalité,” a cooking style that retains the raw flavors of each ingredient, which underpins the dishes here and at his former Plaza digs.
Also part of the project is the Spanish creative free spirit, chef Albert Adrià (co-creator of the famed elBulli restaurant), who completes the pop-up’s founding trio ( A drià, D ucasse, M eder at les O mbres). And joining the them is pastry chef Jessica Préalpato and cellar master Vincent Chaperon. Needless to say the culinary mastery, unexpectedly laid-back atmosphere, and dazzling view of the Eiffel Tower make ADMO a winning combination.
Each of the six courses (as well as the seven amuse-bouches and hors d’oeuvres) has intriguing experimental twists recalling unadulterated nature with every mouthful, from the first amuse bouche of pressed caviar and almond celeriac milk, served like a yin and yang in a metal recipient with a spout you pour into your mouth. Other courses include things like crispy waffle with pollen toum and dried seaweed topped with sea anemone terrine and raw cream and warm puffed lobster spaetzel pasta with creamy burrata and lobster cream made like a foie gras with coral boudin and turbot fish from Brittany lacquered with olive oil tank sediment cooked on embers with parsnip cooked two-ways (under the ash and a pulp galette) and parsnip extraction vinaigrette served with a condiment of pomelo zest emulsion and chilli, parsnip and ginger extraction, wakame sprout, Greek-style seaweed and lemon, and the fish head cold cult on the side. The courses are paired with Dom Perignon champagne served at varying temperatures and other delights by chef sommelier Alexis Bondel, who further brings the experience alive with his vineyard anecdotes and deadpan humour. One for the diary before it closes on March 5.
ADMO at Les Ombres au Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, 27 quai Branly, 75007 Paris
4. Datsha Underground, The Coolest Place In Town That Ticks All The Boxes
Datsha Underground is the kind of sexy-cool place that makes you feel excited about eating out again. Step off the Marais backstreet and glide down a rabbit hole to a lair of comforting cuisine by Joao DaSilva and Vincent Bessy that packs up a punch, and is brought to guests by a cast of handsome staff dressed in flowing black outfits that deliver on-point service.
Diners sit at thick-set deconstructed marble tables, enveloped in the warmth of an intangible vibe underpinned by the crisp sound of delicate electronic music composed especially for the restaurant coming from invisible speakers. Designed by Svetislav Ekmesic, the space is half-lit by the soft glow of slit lighting in the wood panelled walls imported from Serbia the architect’s native country and centuries-old brick that dates back to the Austro Hungarian empire. Downstairs, the Spootnik bar is bathed in a seductive red glow, and welcomes a host of DJs to its tiny dance floor where locals in the know come to party under the space-inspired sculpture in orbit.
Carefully assembled plates are laid on tables from a small expertly executed menu. Think pressed beef tail with crunchy preserved cucumbers, or the half-cooked, half-raw vegetarian salad dish was full flavored, as were the lobster croquettes with yoghurt dressing and flame-grilled mackerel with its smoked-mushroom broth, and that pork with grilled leek and sticky plum. A mainstay not to miss is the roasted cauliflower vanilla and almond cream.
Created by Alexandre Rapoud, a less-than-thirty-something French entrepreneur with crescent moons and other mystical symbols tattooed on his neck who’s dabbled in the arts, and whose accent is tinged with far-flung influences, his days as a rugby-playing optician are far behind him. Having lived in Russia, he wanted to open a place unlike any other – one that can be whatever you want it to be. Datsha in Russian means second home in the countryside, which is what Rapoud wanted to create for Parisians: a place where you can hit the pause button and leave the daily humdrum behind for a night.
Datsha Underground – 57 Rue des Gravilliers, 75003 Paris
5. Bellefeuille, Paris’ Only Chateau Hotel Gets a Gourmet Restaurant Inspired By Nature
Both sophisticated and yet relaxed, Chef Julien Dumas' Bellefeuille restaurant is a destination in its own right. Set inside the newly revamped country club style Saint James, Paris’ only chateau hotel, it’s got all the belle epoque pull you could want. Cheery handmade wallpaper of delicate plant life swirling up to the high ceilings complements views of the landscaped gardens.
The six- or nine-course tasting menu recalls the elements of nature and takes the diner on a journey through the countryside to the ocean and ends on a sweet note with creations by head pastry chef Sophie Bonnefond. Try dishes like two-style green zebra tomato tartare wrapped in a nasturtium leaf, sorrel, purslane and cardamom cocoon, and mains of slow-cooked delicate river trout fillet with smoked ginger and trout eggs. Finish with a vine peach candied three ways with gavotte powder and chocolate-infused algae from Brittany to add a little crunch.
Make sure to arrive early so you can have a cocktail at the wonderfully atmospheric library bar, a real library of old books that roll all the way up to the ceiling, created in the 1800s building’s previous life.
Bellefeuille – 5 Place du Chancelier Adenauer, 75116 Paris
6. La Halle aux Grains, the Restaurant Putting Museums on the Dining Map
The Halle aux Grains might be slotted in at the top of the Bourse de Commerce art museum, but as magnificent as the venue might be, the restaurant of father-and-son duo Michel and Sébastien Bras, from the Michelin starred Le Suquet, and helmed by executive chef Maxime Vergély, is very much a standalone destination. Coiffed by a wave of glass, the bright, light space comes with views of the St Eustache Church, the undulating Canopée shopping centre that straddles the site of the former Halles food market, as well as the Beaubourg contemporary art museum a little further a field.
The restaurant sits in the former halle aux grains (grain hall), where the grain would be examined and priced when the enormous circular building was the city’s chamber of commerce, so, in homage to the building’s history, the chefs have weaved references throughout, from the staff’s floaty uniforms to the restaurant logo, as well as in their bespoke 30-cuvées wines and, of course, in every dish on the menu focused on a type of grain.
At lunchtime, probably the best time to make the most of the views, order something from the daily menu or go à la carte with the fresh celery spaghetti with pistachio and buddha hand, or the seared scallops on a bed of parsnip cream to start. Follow with the fleshy grilled chapon served with barley pods or go for the hake cooked in buckwheat. Finish with the biscuit coulant , aka the fondant , which Michel bras is said to have invented in the 80s, or the voile de kasha chicory and chickpea meringue with sprouted herbs and coconut milk rice. One meal here and you’ll be planning your next visit before you leave the table.
La Halle aux Grains – 2 Rue de Viarmes, 75001 Paris
7. Sapid, Tasty Veggies You’ll Want To Drop In For Every Lunchtime
When Romain Meder left his prestigious kitchens at the Plaza Athénée last year, he took his sous chef Marvic Medina Matos and his inspiration with him and opened Sapid. A lot more low key than the three-star Alain Ducasse-stamped fine dining restaurant, Sapid is a massive turning point for this earnest chef whose passion has always been to tease out the natural flavors of the best produce he could get his hands on.
More of a canteen, Meder serves up lip-smacking good food that’s fresh and healthy and where veggies are the focus. Full flavored, colorful and wholly affordable, this is a spot to keep up your sleeve for eating well without superfluous extras. You’ll want to try everything on the menu. You can’t go wrong with the roasted cauliflower doused in creamy lashings of scamorza or the stewed chickpea ragout, butternut and lentil bolognaise along with desserts like farm-made yoghurt sprinkled with seasonal fruit and home toasted granola or olive oil biscuit layered with juicy kiwi fruit. Diners can eat in at one of the long wooden tables or take away at lunch or dinnertime.
Sapid – 54 Rue de Paradis, 75010 Paris
8. Auberge Nicolas Flamel, The Oldest Inn In Town Gets a Makeover
A real Paris institution, this auberge opened way back in 1407 when Paris was still a tangle of grimy gray streets. The city’s come a long way since, going through several remodels, but the inn has survived, complete with its terracotta tiles and great big wooden beams. That was until Chef Gregory Garimbay was tapped by the Michelin star chef Alan Geaam who owns the place, to overhaul it entirely. Gone are the round tables dressed in crisp white tablecloths and the sconce lighting.
The dining room now has an open kitchen in the far wall, making the dining experience feel a lot like eating in Garimbay’s living room. Banquettes upholstered in thick wool fabric are set around teak wood tables creating a pared-back aesthetic, the original beams and medieval auberge exterior are the only remaining clues to the restaurant’s storied past.
Diners can choose from an à la carte menu or a four- or five-course tasting menu that points to the young chef’s ambitions to win a star or two. High points are the mains of perfectly cooked lobster served with tangy chard and yellow chanterelle mushrooms and the fleshy poularde Culoiselle from the Perche region. The chef’s rebel streak surfaces in his desserts, like the chocolate biscuit and thickly sliced trompettes de la mort mushrooms.
Auberge Nicolas Flamel – 51 Rue de Montmorency, 75003 Paris
9. Limbar, The Cheval Blanc’s Understated Restaurant Helmed By A Pastry Chef
This little pocket of calm at the back of the Cheval Blanc hotel lobby is headed up by the brilliant young Norman pastry chef Maxime Frédéric (previously at Paris’ George V hotel) in the daytime and cocktail wunderkind Florian Thireau at sundown.
You’ll want to have this spot on your list for Frédéric’s Vol-au-vent puff pastry inspired by his grandmother’s cooking or his whole wheat croissant generously filled with ham and cheese which took no less than two years to perfect. Together with master baker Pierre Emmanuel Vargas, they seek out rare grains from artisan farmers to experiment with and create a range of breads and pastries you can have on site or take away.
A quiet space decked out in beautiful open-grain dark wood with cheery touches of bright red, Limbar is handy for a quick lunch or pit stop while shopping at the Samaritaine department store a few doors down or on nearby bustling Rue de Rivoli.
Limbar – 8 Quai du Louvre, 75001 Paris
10. Le Relais Plaza, The New Home of Insta-Famous Chef Jean Imbert
When the palace hotel Plaza Athénée and three-star chef Alain Ducasse parted ways last year, a fresh face was brought on board. Jean Imbert may be new to fancy institutions like the Plaza, but his loyal social media following has propelled him up the ranks and onto the lap of the Plaza where the clan hopes he’ll lead a young generation of diners right to their doorstep. And he’s not doing a bad job.
A piece of Art Deco history, the heavily carpeted, wood panelled dining room brims with a clientele of mothers and daughters taking a champagne-and- tomates-farçies break in between bouts of shopping on Avenue Montaigne, Paris’ most exclusive shopping street. If big round oven-baked tomatoes stuffed with garlicky meat isn’t your thing, Imbert’s grandma’s terrine – thin on the fat and full in flavor – will win your heart over. For non-meat eaters, the Beaufort cheese quiche with spinach is a hearty choice or, for something a little more refined, the fish dishes won’t let you down. The simplicity of Jean Imbert’s filling dishes add a pleasant laid-backness to the neighborhood as expectant foodies wait for the next step in Imbert’s big Plaza takeover: the hotel’s former three-star locale.
Le Relais Plaza – 21 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris
11. Liza, The Fashion Set’s Choice For Healthy But Hearty Lebanese Goodness
While Liza’s Paris headquarters is a city institution, its new pared-back interiors have summery palm tree print wallpaper recalling Liza’s Beirut restaurant inside a former palace, crowned by a provocative blazing “Beyrouth Je T’aime” neon has spiced things up. Meant as a reminder of the ongoing hardship for the people of Beirut, the new-look restaurant is an ode to the owners’ home town.
On the menu, crunchy falafel and kafta as well as the various mezzes, continue to delight Liza regulars, a crowd of vegetarians from the international fashion set, neighborhood business types and locals who know they’re onto a good thing. The chef’s thrown in a few new items like duck hummus, a more gourmand take on the traditional chickpea dip, and tabboulé Teffe with apple, as well as an even heartier brunch and a mind bogglingly good sundae-style Lebanese halva and carob ice cream finished with a slab of crunchy sesame biscuit.
The great thing about Liza is that there’s always something for everyone on the menu, regardless of dietary requirements and state of mind.
Liza Paris – 4 Rue de la Banque, 75002 Paris
12. Maison Russe, Alfred Nobel’s Former Home’s Now Paris’ Most Beautiful Restaurant
Nothing short of spectacular, the Maison Russe has put this often cast-aside pocket of Paris on the map. Tucked inside none other than Alfred Nobel’s former gothic style residence, an hotel particulier of several floors adorned in hand-painted panels beautifully revamped by Laleh Amir Assefi who’s injected plenty of natural light and color with richly upholstered armchairs and an open fireplace, the impressive building’s had many lives.
Before becoming a beacon of Russian gourmet delights like smoked salmon, caviar and vodka, it was the stronghold of chefs like Joël Robuchon in 1994, followed by Alain Ducasse. It was then transformed into an obscure upmarket Chinese restaurant serving excellent Peking duck before being left empty for years. Snapped up by serial entrepreneur Laurent de Gourcuff, the face of Paris Society, Accor’s latest acquisition, the result gets top marks all round. The setting is unlike any other and the enticing dishes come at varying price points that draws a curious crowd of locals with a range of budgets as well as an international clientele with cash to splash.
Maison Russe – 59 Avenue Raymond Poincaré, 75116 Paris
13. Drouant, The Historic Literary Prize Venue Gets a Fresh New Face In The Kitchen
This next address has been around for more than a century, but the recently arrived Thibault Nizard, a former Guy Savoy hand, has injected some of his laid-back spirit in the kitchen, while the Milan-born designer Fabrizio Casiraghi’s updated the Art Deco interiors with his signature style, adding a little color and light.
A Paris institution, Drouant first opened its doors in the 1880s and has hosted two of the country’s most prestigious literary prizes, the Prix Goncourt and Prix Renaudot, for as long as anyone can remember. The star attraction are the private dining rooms above the main restaurant dining space, with beautifully laid tables set up for hosting city A-listers. Make sure to ask to take a peek after your meal here, and don’t miss the pocket sized boudoir style dining room named after French author Colette, also the first female president of the Goncourt Academy, as it’s here that she had lunch every week with a guest.
The 28-year-old Nizard is continuing Drouant’s legacy with carefully crafted French brasserie dishes of well sourced produce cooked so as to lock in as much of each ingredient’s flavor as possible. Don’t miss the chef’s red mullet, steamed and served with meaty grilled mushrooms and finished with a meat jus and droplets of watercress to bring a vegetal twist. He might be young but his passion and simplicity – and his grandmother’s riz au lait with salted caramel butter – are what will carry this chef over the threshold to the next level.
Drouant – 16-18 Rue Gaillon, 75002 Paris
14. Le Comptoir de la Traboule, Serving Simple Tasty Food That Was Missing In The Area
Unless you know where to go, the area surrounding the Eiffel Tower can seem like a no-man’s-land when it comes to dining well. The 7th arrondissement is scattered with overpriced bistros serving up mediocre versions of French staples, so when you stumble upon little pockets of cool with good food at the right price like Le Comptoir de la Traboule, you’ve got to take note.
A budding film director, chef Jules Monnet turned to the culinary arts when he opened this bright and airy spot with outdoor seating on a quiet street just 10 minutes’ walk from the Eiffel Tower. Dishes are to share, change daily, and are displayed on a chalkboard and include Japanese amberjack fish with caviar infused with bergamote, Basque pork belly cooked for 36 hours served with parsnip and black garlic cream. The desserts, like the fondant au chocolat, still warm from the oven, are a must. A great address to keep up your sleeve.
Le Comptoir de la Traboule – 1 bis Rue Augereau, 75007 Paris
15. Le Petit Victor Hugo, A Revamped 70s Art Deco Brasserie For Seafood Lovers
Giving diners reason to venture over to this forgotten pocket of the 16th arrondissement of Paris, Le Petit Victor Hugo or “PVH” for short, is a revived brasserie whose splendid wooden panelled interiors have been dusted off and brought back to life by designer of the moment Laura Gonzalez, also behind a number of other restaurant and hotel refurbishments.
This is the sort of place that transcends time and place thanks to its beautiful Art Deco style that could have been something out of 70s sitcom The Love Boat . On the menu, you’ll find fish and seafood specialties like caviar to tuna fingers with Thai sauce or Gillardeau oysters for starters, and moules, scallop and lobster risotto mains. Come hungry because the portions are generous.
Le Petit Victor Hugo – 143 Av. Victor Hugo, 75016 Paris
16. Montecito, California Style Fare That Adds Some Cheer To This Shopping Area
You wouldn’t necessarily come to this boulevard that runs from the Paris Garnier opera house for dinner, but Carrie Solomon and Nicolas Pastot, the clan behind the Montecito restaurant at the Kimpton Hotel, have put this area of the city on the map.
The sweeping restaurant — designed by French interiors outfit Humbert & Poyet tapped for several eye-catching spots — with floor-to-ceiling windows that slide open onto an outdoor courtyard is buzzy with the light chatter of hotel guests and Parisians who have come to feast on the chefs’ bright and cheerful dishes hailing all the way from, as the restaurant’s name lets on, sunny California.
Expect heartily filled grilled fish tacos with creamy avocado and fresh chili, crispy fried chicken, and finish with a slice of cheesecake. At weekends, you can dance off those tacos when the DJ comes on and guests push back their chairs to have a boogie on the makeshift dance floor.
Montecito at the Kimpton Hotel – 27-29 Bd des Capucines, 75002 Paris
17. Villa Mikuna, A New Chapter For This Historic Villa In Paris’ Old Red Light District
Paris’ food scene has really evolved in the last few years, reaching far and wide beyond the trusty steak and frites. And Villa Mikuna is one such place, which offers specialties all the way from Peru. Think tangy guacamole with roasted pineapple, anticucho de pollo (marinaded chicken, aji panca and huacatay sauce) or chicharron de chancho (crispy pork seasoned with Peruvian spices and served with fried cassava, grilled corn and salsa criolla) – whatever you order, it’ll add a little sunshine to your day.
Food aside, the number-one selling point has to be Villa Mikuna’s location: inside the historic Villa Frochot, a former cabaret opened in 1837 with magnificent Hokusai stained glass windows. The Pigalle neighborhood icon was taken over last year and turned into a pisco bar and restaurant with brightly upholstered banquettes and plenty of plants hanging from the ceiling, that’s worth adding to the list for lunch or dinner.
Villa Mikuna – 2 Rue Frochot, 75009 Paris
18. Magniv, The Mediterranean Hot Spot Shaking Things Up In Sentier
This next spot sits in the former location of speakeasy bar Le Fou in the lively Sentier neighborhood steps from the boulevards lined with theaters. Taken over by two former barmen Benjamin Chiche and Cément Faure, and chef Kobi Villot who heads things up in the kitchen, it’s now a slick joint doused in a seductive Mediterranean-meets-Middle-Eastern vibe that’s always pleasant to dip into, especially in the thick of winter.
The flavourful fare hails from far and wide, like the tacos Temani filled with pulled lamb, carrot harissa, tahina verde, wrapped in a lachuch (Yemeni style crepe), Tamnoun grilled octopus topped with tangy tomato romesco sauce with soft fluffy Jerusalem bagel or the northeastern Italian specialty vitello tonnato veal tartare in tuna sauce.
When you’re done, slip downstairs to the bar for a cocktail, where a DJ usually spins dancy tunes into the early hours on a waxed concrete dance floor below a pummeled bronze ceiling.
Magniv – 37 bis Rue du Sentier, 75002 Paris
19. Café Jeanne, the Hyatt Vendôme Gives Its Café A Revamp
A handy spot to keep up your sleeve when in the Place Vendôme area, the Café Jeanne at the Park Hyatt Hotel is perfect for a quick pit stop. Previously a glum lobby area of the hotel, the space is now a fully fledged restaurant with an attractive mirror-backed bar under a glass roof and headed up by resident Michelin star chef Jean-François Rouquette.
Shoppers stop by for a coffee, afternoon tea or lunch or dinner of oeuf parfait with butternut, fresh amberjack carpaccio, or trusty fish and chips or steak and fries. The best thing about this spot is that you can eat or drink at any time from 7am until midnight every day without interruption, which is somewhat of a rarity in Paris where restaurants tend to close outside of set opening times.
Café Jeanne at the Park Hyatt Vendôme – 5 Rue de la Paix, 75002 Paris
20. Yakuza, A Paris Branch Of The Portuguese-Japanese Fusion Joint
Hidden inside the Maison Albar hotel just around the corner from the Opéra Garnier and shopping area of Boulevard Haussmann, is where you’ll find Portuguese chef Olivier da Costa’s Paris offshoot of his Yakuza restaurants. The first outside of Portugal, this cozy corner comes with sea-green velvet arm chairs you’ll want to sink into for the day as you tuck into the chef’s hearty Japanese fare with a heavy Brazilian twist.
Order the Taco Sakana with fish and guacamole and a selection of sushi from the extensive menu to start, followed by black cod marinated in sweet miso or wagyu rump steak with black truffle pasta. For dessert you must try the signature KitKat “Guaranteed Success” of ice cream and shards of the chocolate snack. A laid-back option that’s comfortable and feels intimate, this branch of Yakuza also feels exotic thanks to the staff, a mix of Portugal and Japan imports.
Yakuza by Olivier at Maison Albar – 7 Rue du Helder, 75009 Paris
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