When it comes to fine wine, champagne, cheese, art, fashion and food, France is an unmissable benchmark. Throughout its territory, it houses 637 Michelin-star restaurants that range from the most bizarre creative cuisine to traditional, centuries-old recipes, where the classical French flavour can be tasted in each bite. This month, ÖVRFLÖD proposes a gastronomic tour with three unmissable options, all of them awarded with Michelin stars and focused in the French capital’s high cuisine.
On the George V avenue, one finds Le Cinq: spacious and bathed in light, decorated in tones of gold and grey, and which gives its customers the sensation of dining inside a castle. Decorated with traditional French and English furniture, two pier tables in regency style separate the main hall from the guest table, which can sit between eight and ten people to taste Le Squer’s creations.
A synonym with excellence in modern French cuisine, Le Cinq’s creator, Christian Le Squer, has a 12-year trajectory that has been credited with three Michelin stars. Le Squer defines himself as a creator of flavours and compositor of tastes, like a fashion designer or a perfumer. Furthermore, his synergy with the sommelier Eric Beaumard, who combines unconventional wines with his plates, has elevated the experience of Le Cinq, enhancing it and offering flavours for the most demanding palates.
Le Squer defines his cooking as “flavours, strong and moving”; amongst his author plates one can find the turbot with truffled potato emulsion, crispy prawns and citric emulsion that is part of the ephemeral menu, which consists of nine times and whose plate vary with the season. The service is always impeccable, with enthusiastic personnel whose main purpose is to make sure each one of the commensals have an exceptional experience.
Historical, artistic, creative, and fully remodelled, right in the heart of the Jardins du Palais-Royal, this magical place home of calm, serenity and freshness is ideal for a gourmet rest. One cannot remain indifferent before the majestic buildings that surround it; witnesses to many tragical and dramatic events in the history of France, this exclusive, privileged space can serve up to fifty people, and, on sunny days, the terrace houses “Les Jeudis Jazz”. It is in these exceptional summer evenings that the Jardin du Palais vibrates with the sound of guitars and basses from gypsy jazz and allows its lovers to live a musical experience. The spirit of the Palais Royal is reinterpreted by Christophe Tollemer, who carried out the delicate work of redecorating the restaurant while keeping the place’s spirit, and Philip Chronopoulos, a young, 33-year-old chef who accepted the challenge after a career in several renowned houses. Here he signs his own menu, with his own influences, and his main objective, which is to deliver a product enhanced with the best technique of French cuisine. Brandishing its bright Michelin star, the restaurant du Palais Royal is a must-eat on your next trip to Paris.
Placed between the Opera Garner and the Palace Vendôme, under the charge of Jean-François Rouquette, Pur’ offers a one-Michelin star feast. A well-seasoned chef, Rouquette transports us to his childhood in the café-restaurant of his parents, Aveyron; the time when his taste for good food was born from the aromas that escaped his mother’s pans. Furthermore, nature, the seasons, and coincidence itself inspire Rouquette’s very personal culinary universe, which is the result of thirty-five years of experience and multiple travels to the open sea of Plouguerneau.
Nowadays, he offers a savoury, refined cuisine based on the best season products, always putting the local artisans in the first place. “I want my kitchen to be always legible, even if you find an unexpected flavour when you first try it. I try to transmit a feeling; to reproduce the spontaneity of my own findings”. With this vision, Pur’ was one of the first establishments in Paris to offer a completely open kitchen, for a sincere, humane and gastronomical exchange.
United by their passion, the desire to please and convey their emotions through the kitchen, the whole team of Pur’ make your stay a truly unique experience by providing a friendly, personalized treatment that is always based on the commensal’s needs.
Trente-Trois, a symbolic name that alludes to the address number on which it is located, is run by Sébastien Sanjou, who has been awarded a Michelin Star. It offers a colourful and imaginative cuisine, each plate carefully elaborated and complemented with the selection of Caroline Furstoss, the restaurant’s sommelier since 2014, who has made a dainty selection of bottles that highlight the best of French wines.
In a classical and intimate space with contemporary decoration, Trente-Trois is graced with oak panels, work of the master of French art Pierre Bonefille, and a monumental marble fireplace that connects with the sumptuous lounge of the Jean Goujon bar. It also maintains a solidary relationship with its producers, fishermen and breeders, who are passionate about the environment and sustainability. With this symbol of French craftsmanship and the art of living, the chef has voluntarily chosen to open his doors to the French richness and diversity by incorporating them into his menu, which is constantly evolving with the season’s produce.