Every time we have dined there we have had an enjoyable experience. We return because of the restaurant’s reliable, expertly prepared, pretty and well served meals. On our most recent visit, lunch was outstanding from beginning to end. Every dish was worthy of a sigh of pleasure and overall the occasion was memorable, even compared to previous meals we have had there.
The chef appeared, when we saw him briefly at the end of the meal, in optimum fitness and spirt and his dishes reflected it. From the vintage champagne and bite size morsels at the beginning to the pre-dessert and dessert, ours was a crowd pleaser menu that would draw us back in the future. Congratulations to the chef and his team for a stellar fine dining experience with gourmet dining bells and understated whistles.
Chef Romain Mauduit
Executive Chef Christian Le Squer
Handicapped Access The only access to the second floor dining room we saw was up a staircase.
Head Sommelier Vincent Javaux
Location On a side street perpendicular to the Champs Elysees across the street from the Petit Palais.
Managed Groupe Epicure
Opened-Renovated Established in 1792 by Pierre Ledoyen, the restaurant’s most recent renovation was of the Offenbach meeting room on the ground floor and three small meeting rooms on the first floor, Les Cariatides.
Owned The city of Paris owns the building and leased it to Groupe Epicure
Pastry Chef Nicolas Gras
Restaurant Manager Patrick Simiand who had worked with the chef for 20 years including 10 years at the current location. We suspect his welcoming and discreet style and close collaboration with the chef and his staff are part of the restaurant’s formula for success.
Size The restaurant dining room could accommodate 45 guests in 120 square meters of space (approximately 1,200 square feet). The building had 1,000 square meters of indoor space including 10 meeting rooms with capacity ranging between 15 and 300. Forty staff members worked at the restaurant.
Type Of Restaurant Classic French cuisine with contemporary touches
Special Menus There was a three course fixed price lunch menu for 105 euros. The restaurant offered a three-course set price menu for 250 euros and 350 euros with wine.
Lunch with wine pairings consisted of: Purée de celeri rave, vinaigrette cacaottée en mise en Bouche (celery mash with cocoa vinegar); Givré d’Oursins de roche au gout iodé/végétal (frozen foam of sea urchin with pureed guacamole and cauliflower foam made with seaweed and sparkling water, one of our favorite sea urchin dishes of the many we have tasted); Truffe Blanche Ravioles a la farine de Chataigne oeuf mollet (a wide ribbon tagliatelle pasta made with chestnut flour, a soft fried egg, ricotta parmesan cream sauce, baby spinach garnish and perfumed white truffle shavings; our server explained the white truffles only last four days because they lose two grams of their weight per day); Grosses Langoustines Bretonnes Croustillanes, Emulsion d’agrumes a l’Huile d’Olives (royal langoustines from Brittany with an orange, grapefruit and lemon foam which dissolved atop the hot seafood, one of three house specialties and for good reason) that were perfectly cooked and melted in our mouths; fantastic Bar Caviar au lait ribot de mon enfance (sea bass cooked in ribot milk, a fermented milk from Brittany, served with Chinese caviar and chervil root); Spaghetti, Jambon “Tartuffi di Alba” (a divinely meaty spaghetti rectangle constructed of pasta, ham and white truffle sauce); and Fromages de notre Maitre Fromager (a cheese selection from the restaurant’s cheese cart). We had Epoisse and Roquefort cheeses. We appreciated the server’s willingness to describe the cheeses and make recommendations. Special breads were on offer to accompany our cheese course. A raisin and fig bread for the Roquefort and a nut bread for the Epoisse.
Pre-dessert was Croquant de Pamplemousse cuit et cru (a crunchy cooked and raw bittersweet grapefruit rectangle). There were two dessert dishes, Poire Comice et cerfeuil tubéreux, relevée de yaourt grec glacé (pear with iced Greek yogurt fragments and vanilla cream with well liked chervil merengue); and Caramel a la fleur de sel, Givré de Citron . Sweet post dessert bites, including macarons, were pinned onto a large merengue base with pineapple center. The final item to arrive was a fluffy, lightly salty very flaky pastry from Brittany.
The following wines were paired to accompany our meal: 2009 Puligny-Montrachet Domaine Louis Carillon, 2008 Pessac-Leognan Chateau Les Carmes de Haut-Brion, 1995 Pineau des Charentes Chateau de Beaulon, 2005 Porto LBV Quinta de Noval, and 1978 Barsac Chateau Coutet.
Reviewers Article by Elena del Valle
Photos by Gary Cox
Service Patrick Simiand led a team of attentive staff that ensured our meal progressed at an ideal pace. From refilling glasses to replacing napkins we never wanted for anything. Baudoin Arnauld, our English speaking server from Alsace, stood out for his pleasant demeanor.
Would You Dine There Again-Recommend It? Yes