Le Restaurant in Saint-Germain-des-Pres | Paris, France | Last week while in Paris, I was invited to dinner at Le Resturant, in the Left Bank, and nothing is more tempting to me while in Paris, than Saint Germain de Pres. Le Restaurant is located at the main floor of one of the most famous hotels in Paris. L’Hotel has been a secret hideaway over the past two centuries. With quintessential French charm and glamour, L’Hotel is nestled in the heart of the Left Bank, amidst the cultural riches, bohemian soul and high fashion of St Germain-des-Prés. Oscar Wilde’s last home, and the heart of Parisian society in the swinging sixties, it has been remodelled by renowned designer Jacques Garcia. It is one of the original Hip Hotels and is home to the acclaimed one Michelin star Le Restaurant.
Le Restaurant, by Head Chef Julien Montbabut, returned to the kitchen in April 2011. Julien was sous-chef in 2008 when Le Restaurant was awarded a Michelin star in recognition of its outstanding cuisine, quality and service, with a menu that is seasonal and classically French with a distinctive light, modern touch.
My night and experience, began at Le Bar, on the ground floor adjacent to Le Restaurant. Le Bar captures the charm and discreet glamour of the Left Bank. It’s a favourite haunt of artists, film stars and hip Parisians. Drinks are served until 1am daily. Of course I had to try my classic Dirty Vodka Martini, and I must say that it was prepared for my full satisfaction. And since Rubin was busy with a work dinner at Hotel Costes, then our Miniature Schnauzer Bruna, came along as my date.
My choice for the evening, was the Degustation Menu, with 5 dishes organised by the chef, with a slight twist on the regular menu, since I do not eat red meat, duck, veal or sweetbreads, which are indeed the stars of the menu, among those on my diet like crab, fish, oyster, caviar and lobster. Menu EUR 110 or EUR 155 paired with 3 wines. Some of my favorites were:
Blue lobster, Shellfish oil. Flamed with absinthe, fennel & cucumber.
Citron, Meringue italienne. Crispy biscuit, cream & zeste. Just to die for. I mean look at it… you can just taste it by looking at it.
Glad to have discovered a new favorite spot in Paris, to visit each time in town, for just a drink, dinner or both. Pending for next time, is to come during the day to visit the hotel and see their rooms and suites. Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com
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