There’s no group of people who love their food more, or know it better, than the Parisians. Given that they’re also rather partial to a spot of criticism, you can imagine how excited they get about new restaurant openings. The 10 addresses below are Culture Trip’s white-hot picks for dining out in Paris in 2017.
Delicious food at La Condesa │ Courtesy of La Condesa
Opening on September 1st, La Condesa will serve gourmet French cuisine that’s at once grounded in the nation’s culinary traditions and infused with inspirations from around the world. Chef Indra Carrillo has worked in top Paris restaurants Le Meurice and L’Epicure at Le Bristol hotel and in those of nine countries, including Italy, England, Japan, India, Mexico, and the United States. The seasonal lunch and dinner menus of either four or six courses change depending on what’s available at the local market, and wine pairings are suggested to bring out the distinctive flavors of the dishes. You can also privatize the venue for special events.
After an extensive four-year renovation, the Hôtel de Crillon on the Place de la Concorde reopened in July and its new restaurant, L’Ecrin, promises to be one of the highlights of the establishment’s transformation. Chef Christopher Hache developed the 12-course Signature Menu after traveling the world, discovering new cultures and devising ever more creative ways to surprise his guests. Hache also worked closely with international artisans to design the restaurant’s custom-made porcelain and silverware, which complement the food that, like the chef, is described as ‘refined, precise and sophisticated without sacrificing conviviality.’
The Palais de Tokyo, one of, if not the, coolest modern and contemporary art gallery in Paris, welcomed a new addition to its lifestyle offering in June: Les Grands Verres. This chic new restaurant is the latest creation of Quixotic Projects, the creative community behind other Culture Trip favorites like Candelaria and Le Mary Celeste. As well as a daily lunch and dinner service, Les Grands Verres offers brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 4pm and the cocktail bar stays open until 2am. This place is already proving to be a massive hit with Parisians and so booking is advised.
L’Aligot is a new bistro in the 17th arrondissement that aims to bring the rustic flavors of the Aveyron, a department in southern France between Toulouse and Montpellier, to the capital. Whether in the restaurant’s cozy and traditional interior or on its covered terrace, you can enjoy regional delicacies such as fried foie gras, Aligot sausage, stuffed cabbage, and Aubrac beef ribs as well as delicious local wines like the AOC Marcillac. From early October, you’ll also be able to sample these Aveyronnais specialties at the farmer’s market at Bercy Village.
Meaning ‘salad’ in Hebrew, Salatim is the trendy new Israeli restaurant of Yariv Berreby, located just a two-minute walk from Sentier metro station in the 2nd arrondissement. The menu consists of meat and fish dishes of the day and everything is prepared on site. You have to try the salatim, of course, but also the schnitzel, houmous, shakshouka (eggs poached in a sauce of tomatoes, chili peppers, and onions), babbka (sweet yeast cakes) boulou (sweet rolls), and the homemade jahnun (pastry). The incredible brunch can be enjoyed throughout the week and they stay open for dinner from Tuesday to Thursday.
Manager Laurent Fréchet and Chef Vincent Sitz have been attempting to reinvent the bistro for a while now and with the Baltard au Louvre they might finally have succeeded. Their new restaurant occupies the spot of the Baltard Pavilion, an 1850s concert hall that has been relocated from Les Halles to Nogent-sur-Marne, and aims to stay true to the bistro tradition by offering gourmet food at affordable prices (at least by Parisian standards). You can enjoy a two-course lunch menu for €25 or a three-course dinner for €50 and the dish options are kept to a minimum and change regularly.
Pink Mamma is the sixth member of the growing Big Mamma family and it’s all about the fiorentina or T-bone steak, which is sourced from France and grilled Florentine-style on a giant three-meter-long barbecue. You’ll also find antipasti, pizzas and pasta on the menu at low prices. Pink Mamma can also boast about having the most spectacular premises of the group, occupying four floors of a corner building in the Pigalle district, the façade of which is equal parts pink cork, plants, and glass. Every floor has its own vibe, from the basement speakeasy to the glass-roofed dining room on the top floor.
Roberta is another Italian restaurant business that is winning over Parisians’ stomachs first. The quintessential Italian mama behind this venture is already well-known for her catering business and the Bottega di Roberta in the Marais, a well-loved mix of delicatessen and restaurant, and now she has set her sights on Montmartre with her new pasta bar. Fresh pasta is made on site to be enjoyed in the restaurant or at home and the adjoining deli contains more than 300 products from charcuterie to fruits and vegetables from the south of Italy.
Delicious Iberian tapas at Pessic │ Courtesy of Pessic
Thanks to Pessic, locals and visitors alike have the opportunity to taste the very best of Iberian-Mediterranean cuisine in Paris. Located in the beating heart of the Marais on the Rue du Temple, this brilliant new restaurant serves up freshly prepared tapas, a huge selection of Spanish wines stored in its beautiful 100m² cellar alongside incomparably delicious 24- to- 48-month cured ham, and incredible homemade ice cream. All the ingredients for this Iberian feast are imported directly from Spain to ensure the authenticity of the flavors.
Just a stone’s throw from the Jardin des Tuileries, the Rue Mont-Thabor is a favorite haunt of Parisian foodies and on the corner of Rue d’Alger, you’ll now find Balagan, another must-try Israeli restaurant. It’s the latest creation of the Experimental Group, who have this time joined forces with star chefs Assaf Granit and Uri Navon and interior designer Dorothée Meilichzon. On the menu at the ‘joyful bazar’ are meze such as wood-grilled aubergine, veal sweetbreads, and Jerusalem-style sea bass and the décor reflects both the neighborhood’s 19th-century grandeur and the Mediterranean origin of the cuisine.