Le Chateaubriand is Inaki Aizpitarte’s flagship restaurant, widely credited with setting fire to the neo-bistro movement in Paris.
The €60 menu changes nightly, consisting of 4-5 courses surrounded with a host of amuse bouche. The cuisine is genuinely surprising – chocolate with blood pudding, grapefruit and chickpeas with lotte, a signature confit egg yolk for dessert.
The classic French bistrot space has been given some art deco treatment, with an emphasis on the minimal. Here it really is all about the food, and the wine for that matter – the list is like a book – with plenty of great drinking around the €40 mark.
It is with good reason that the restaurant is currently ranked 15th in The World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards. Tasting menu’s can be a painful experience when portions are too big, plates are being forced upon you at a dizzying pace, or servers are trying to rush you off your table for a second seating.
But here they have it down to an art. There was time to digest, time to enjoy the wine, time to take it all in. Perhaps a special occasion restaurant for locals, but a restaurant that no visitor to Paris should miss.
Impress fellow hipsters: by getting a reservation. This is most easily achieved by wandering into the restaurant before service is in full swing. Forget the phone. And forget dining during fashion week.
Le Chateaubriand 129 Avenue Parmentier 75011