The Paris Dining Scene
Articles about Dining in Paris
A vibrant group of young, adventurous and international chefs are breaking down barriers and revolutionizing the city’s age-old Michelin-guarded culinary scene.
“ . . . as restaurants in the wealthy and most
tourist-laden neighborhoods of Paris have become more crowded and expensive,
the areas where one can find a great meal have expanded.“
“In taking La Tour D'Argent and Taillevent, Terrail and Vrinat are faced with the same sorts of problems — how to keep them going without compromising,” said André Daguin, president of the French hotel and restaurant association. “But they are going in opposite directions. Terrail is trying some new things and Vrinat is sticking with tradition.“
A new generation of bars and restaurants are making the wines even more important than the food – and putting the accent on informality and value. Here's our pick of eight of the best.
In Paris regional cooking is alive and well—if you know where to look.
The auction of wines from celebrated Parisian restaurant La Tour d'Argent made €1,542,717.
Julia Child may have been America’s best-known “French chef,” but here in Paris few know her fabled cookbooks, let alone her name.
The legendary French aversion to modernization is a welcome relief for gastronomes who touch down in Paris looking for comfort in the familiar classics. And in spite of some errant behavior by some of the trendier chefs—such as bacon foams and jellified cumin (and that's just for dessert!)—you can rest assured solid French cooking is still thriving in Paris.
Singapore man took family to Paris, wrote about it for local newspaper.
Taillevent extends reign for top food and popularity; The Four Seasons' Le Cinq wins top décor and service honors; by 83% to 17% margin Parisians support smoking ban.
Mr. Vrinat’s presence is certainly missed, but returning there recently – both to pay our respects and to celebrate one of those “passages” birthdays – we found that nothing else had disappeared. While his daughter, Valérie Vrinat d’Indy, is now in charge of the business, she will not have a presence in the restaurant. That role will continue to be filled admirably by Jean-Marie Ancher, Taillevent’s long-time maître d’hôtel.
"Where can I eat where no other customers speak English but the waitperson(s) will still understand my Franglais?”
Eat, drink, shop, dance, culture or romance - on the eve of the new Eurostar link, we tailor-make six perfectly Parisian days out.
Smaller Paris eateries thrive by offering affordable meals.
After 30 years of writing about food, of eating at the world’s best restaurants, of cooking with whomever she chooses, of teaching people who are as passionate about cooking as most professionals, Patricia Wells has become inventive in a way that few home cooks ever are. And her eclectic, sophisticated approach translates to many of her books, including
Vegetable Harvest: Vegetables at the Center of the Plate.
Of course there are great pubs in Dublin, Limerick and Galway, but what about Paris? We have searched out the best Irish pubs in some unlikely places because sometimes you just gotta have some pub grub and an authentic pint!
Simple good honest food, isn’t this what we’re always looking for, no more, no less. Oh sure, we all like to do the occasional Gagnaire, Ducasse, Robuchon, etc., number, but day in and day out, we’re looking for simple good honest food.
A recent meal at Daniel Rose’s Spring reminded me that one of the most frequent questions I field has to do with where 6-7 or 10-12 or 25 or whatever can eat to celebrate an anniversary, birthday or other occasion.
Ronald Holden eats lite in the City of Light
It would take a private detective to find Paris bureau chief Christopher Dickey’s truly favorite bistros, and you might not like them anyway. So we’ve asked him for his
second favorite Parisian restaurants (which are still pretty darned good).
When the new Michelin Guide demoted the venerable Parisian restaurant Taillevent from three stars to two, the news made international headlines. After 34 years with three stars, Taillevent had become a hallowed spot that represents a certain French sensibility in dining.
Taillevent, the Paris restaurant that has held three Michelin stars for 34 years, lost one of the stars today, as did Le Cinq at the Four Seasons George V hotel.
Paris is justly famed for its abundance of superb chocolatiers. Surprisingly, this luminous city is not well known for its myriad options for savoring fine teas in the pot, and yes…even on one’s plate.
What do two hearts, stars, blocks, etc. mean in this country? During one period last year I had the opportunity of dining at twenty Parisian restaurants, all of which had received two hearts from the country’s leading gastronomic numerical food rater, Emmanuel Rubin of Figaroscope
Sundays, it’s my firm belief, should be spent in the country not in Paris. Oh, it’s not as if all Paris is dead or dormant - the supermarkets are open until after noon, the open markets ‘til 2-3 and the flower shops forever. And it’s not that there are no places to eat in town – I love Petrus, l’Equitable and l’Ardoise on Sundays.
Oyster Museum records indicate the French annually down some 130,000 tons of ``huitres,'' with about 60,000 of those slurped during the year-end holiday season. Nowhere are opinions on where to seek out the finest more of a contentious affair than in Paris.
Our evening at the Bistrot Paul-Bert in Paris’s 11th arrondisement, not far from the Bastille, was memorable for many reasons.
The Mayor of Paris is selling 4,000 bottles of wine and spirits owned by the City of Paris – many amassed during Jacques Chirac's lavish two-decade reign in the town hall.
Grocery stores offering cheap gourmet meals spring up around the city.
Daniel Young's 'The Bistros, Brasseries and Wine Bars of Paris' is a vicarious visit to the City of Light, filled with classic tastes and twists.
"A recent meal at Josephine (Chez Dumonet) forced me to consider the question of whether one should eat in new places,
as yet untested by time, or in a resto of your culinary growing up-experience,
or in a modern golden-oldie where you can pretty much be sure of the food."
The trend of three-star Chefs' opening casual
restaurants has spread from the United States - where the process is now
taken for granted - to France, where until recently the tenet that a great
Chef must remain in his restaurant has held sway.
"Paris pastry Chefs are outdoing each other this holiday season in reinventing the most kitsch of all French desserts, the Christmas yule log cake, dressing them in ivy, marshmallows and snowflakes."
"Business schools that want to teach innovation sometimes have to set an example themselves. Which helps explain why
students at Insead, one of the oldest business schools in Europe, will soon be departing from their scrutiny of multinational
corporations and using a Michelin-starred Paris restaurant as a case study in innovation, entrepreneurship and marketing."
"Diners rub their eyes as they emerge from
behind a curtain after eating at France’s only pitch black restaurant."
Last week Alain Senderens, the
cerebral, wine-loving Chef/proprietor of the art nouveau
Lucas Carton restaurant in Paris said he was handing back
the three Michelin stars he had held for more than 20 years.
He will close the restaurant in July and reopen it in
September serving simpler, less expensive fare because at
the age of 65, as he concisely put it: "I want to do
something different and to have some fun."
"Clotilde Dusoulier adores food the way we adore Paris—so we invited her to share all her culinary favorites in the world’s most delectable city."
In Paris, Fine Dining on a Countertop
New York Times
17 Apr 2005
"Can a 98-euro prix fixe meal be considered a bargain? Only when the food compares favorably - very favorably -
to that served at Parisian restaurants serving similar food for up to three times as much. L'Atelier du Robuchon - opened in May 2003,
by Joël Robuchon, who "retired" from cooking in 1996, while he was the most acclaimed Chef in France - cuts corners in order to keep prices
Eat at the grand, gilded Hôtel Meurice on a
budget? Sounds impossible. But as Jane Sigal explains, there are unlikely
food values all over Paris.
The times, they are a-changing, even in uber traditional Paris where food on the go is overtaking leisurely lunches.
"Don't let the brawny euro get in the way of a great meal. Gael Greene scours the French capital for restaurants that are
high in style, substance—and savings."
One of France’s most eminent wine experts is serving English sparkling wine at his Paris bistro – but he has to offer it blind.
". . . inspired by foreign flavors and dining
styles, stars like Joël Robuchon and Hélène Darroze are creating a new,
Since Chef Yannick Alléno arrived on September 1, the Meurice Hotel's dining room has been playing to a full house at lunch and dinner.
A restaurant cheers its 30 years atop Mount Olympus.
Or How to Eat without Guilt!
L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon is "a restaurant "that breaks more rules than Bill Clinton".
"The influence of Asian cuisine is strong on most great Chefs of France."
Chef Gordon Ramsay returns to Paris, where he first honed his craft, and takes a tour of his old stamping grounds with William Sitwell.
"A short stay in Paris is the ideal opportunity to sample the finest French fare.
To help you choose, Steven A. Saltzman picks three of his favourite Parisian dining spots."
Georgia native Patricia Laplante-Collins has reinvented the Paris literary salon.
A taste of Africa in Paris.
". . .
one of the great culinary and social institutions of the French capital
that has remained unchanged for well over 100 years."
An article about the chic restaurants opened by the Costes brothers.
You'll appreciate knowing about these "operating instructions" when
ordering certain foods.
Jean-Georges Vongerichten's new Paris restaurant is a disappointment.
Every year, a great French Chef serves an American holiday feast—with
Have a craving for Chinese food? Even in Paris, it can be
On vacation in France, a food writer grows slimmer while her meringue
Pierre and Frédérick Hermé – two maverick
Chefs in Paris – challenge tradition at a remarkable dinner for six
maverick French winemakers.
Rare wines grown in a most unexpected place: Paris.
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