Personally recommended Paris restaurants

Luxury luminaries select their favourite eateries in the French capital

Aux Prés in Saint-Germain serves French/Asian fusion cuisine in a cosy setting
Aux Prés in Saint-Germain serves French/Asian fusion cuisine in a cosy setting

Jewellery designer Valérie Messika “A recent find of mine is Aux Prés, Cyril Lignac’s brasserie in Saint-Germain, a revamp of a famous 1950s Rive Gauche bistro. The cuisine is French/Asian fusion, with amazing pâtisserie, and the restaurant is small, softly lit and very cosy. I ate lamb with sweet potato in a sweet and sour sauce, and caramelised brioche for dessert.” 27 Rue du Dragon, Paris 75006 (+331-4548 2968; restaurantauxpres.com).

Le Dauphin’s white-marble architecture and mirrors perfectly complement its sophisticated fare
Le Dauphin’s white-marble architecture and mirrors perfectly complement its sophisticated fare

Shoe designer Pierre Hardy “Le Dauphin serves very sophisticated tapas and you can pick dishes in whatever order you like, starting with pudding if that’s what you fancy. It’s exactly the way I like to eat because, for me, sitting at a table for three hours and following a menu is torture. I also love its white-marble architecture and mirrors.” 131 Avenue Parmentier, 75011 Paris (+331-5528 7888; restaurantledauphin.net).

Advertisement

Vincenzo Castaldo, creative director of jewellery brand Pomellato “I love the vegetable-centred menu at Tch’a – La Maison de Thé. The ingredients and combinations are outstanding. I had steamed fish with ginger and lemongrass, and the most delicious chocolate gâteau ever.” 6 Rue du Pont de Lodi, 75006 Paris (+331-4329 6131).

The interior of Ralph Lauren’s restaurant, Ralph’s, echoes the brand’s signature aesthetic
The interior of Ralph Lauren’s restaurant, Ralph’s, echoes the brand’s signature aesthetic

Julie de Libran, artistic director of Sonia Rykiel “Ralph Lauren’s restaurant, Ralph’s, provides a slice of top-quality New York with all-American food and an interior that echoes the brand’s signature aesthetic. I love the crispy olives, the tuna burgers and the popcorn they serve with coffee – very rare in France.” Ralph’s, 173 Blvd St-Germain (+331-4477 7600; ralphlaurenstgermain.com).

Advertisement

Architect and designer India Mahdavi “The last meal that truly impressed me was at Le Petit Varenne, a little restaurant near my office with a young owner called Jean Baptiste Varenne. Although the place is quite simple, the food is fantastic. I had the suprême de volaille with mushrooms but all the food is very tasty, cooked with things like basil and lemon, and served with unusual vegetables like chard, or with truffles and girolles.” 57 Rue de Bellechasse, 75007 Paris (+331-4273 6072).

Fashion designer Alessandro Sartori “Isami, a Japanese restaurant on Ile Saint-Louis in Paris, may not be particularly smart or well known, but it serves some of the best raw fish and sashimi in the world, and they are things that have to be perfect.” 4 Quai d’Orléans, 75004 Paris (+331-4046 0697).

Advertisement
Loading