Parisians know how to make the simple act of eating an experience like no other. And further still, the French have no problem spending a couple of – or even a few – hours wining and dining till way past midnight...
In order to eat like the French, we must think like the French. If you're planning a trip to Paris this spring, pop into one or more of Buro 24/7 Middle East's recommendations for an evening that won't be forgotten.
Located in the George V Four Seasons Hotel, this restaurant is without a doubt the crème de la crème of them all. Walking through the candle-lit golden salon you'll be greeted by the most gracious maître d' and waiters that have sworn to make your time most enjoyable. Eric Briffard, head chef of the establishment, has outdone himself by introducing rustic yet sophisticated dishes. Don't forget to savor every bite of the homemade toffees and lollipops.
Le Cristal Room
As soon as you enter the glamorous Le Cristal Room, you'll be welcomed like a celebrity walking on a softly lit red carpet. The restaurant is located in the very salon, where socialite Marie-Laure de Noailles, former owner of the masion, entertained the likes of Cocteau and the Windsors. Philippe Starck has revamped the dining room by combining antiques, gilt, bricks, ivory satins and silks to create the 'grand chateaux' look.
The gastronomic cuisine here, orchestrated by the Michelin starred chef Guy Martin, is one of the best this city has to offer. After dinner, visit the museum of Baccarat's heritage collection and the famous ballroom of Vicomtesse du Bizarre.
The Caviar Kaspia restaurant is a true Parisian institution situated on the Place de la Madeleine, and has been synonymous with pleasure, luxury and elegance since the 1920s. The Parisian society back then wanted to bury the hardships of the great war and indulge in everything expensive; hence the original wood paneling in tones of caramel and honey, the antique paintings, and objects d'art and the heavy satin curtains all sustain the test of time and give the restaurant a warm atmosphere that evokes the spirits of the salons of the Russian aristocracy at the beginning of the 20th century; just as its founder Mr. Arcady Fixon intended.
Fashion designers, artists, writers, businessmen, and the Parisian elite loved it then, and the tradition continues to this day where fashion editors packs this restaurant like sardines every fashion week. You can also enjoy other seafood specialty dishes such as the rare Norwegian salmon.
Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée
Alain Ducasse is without a shadow of a doubt a living legend. He is the only chef to have had three Michelin stars at three different restaurants in three different cities at the same time. The Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée closed its doors on August 2 2013 (and moved to Le Meurice) to reopen this spring. The dining room ceiling donned by with thousands of crystal chandeliers is the perfectgetaway from our mundane everyday struggles, and the menu is not shabby either!
Appropriately located in the heart of Saint-Germain, this fashion circle mecca emerged on the map when both Madonna and Demi Moore dined there after the opening. Owned by the Costes Brothers, and the brainchild of French design protégé, Christian Liaigre; this restaurant cemented itself as the 'it' place with the local crowd. Liaigre reinvented the space to mimic a sophisticated 1930s Shanghai-esque atmosphere with a classic French twist. Everyone loves the ambience at this restaurant, the waitresses are always dressed to the nine and everyone is tres chic and is really just très cool.