Will he be visiting Paris soon and trying to figure out where to have dinner? Dive into the thick of French gastronomy with these new restaurants and bars in Paris.
Since lockdowns are officially a thing of the past in France, Paris is prosperous again, with new additions of coveted restaurants, and packed with hot new bars galore. We are here to help you decide where to dine with the wide variety of restaurants and bars in Paris.
5 new restaurants and bars in Paris to visit in 2022 and beyond:
Fullness in Cheval Blanc Paris
With just 72 rooms and suites, getting a reservation at the LVMH-owned Cheval Blanc Paris is like winning the lottery. If you miss out on this coveted property, a seat at Plenitude could help ease the pain. Led by Chef Arnaud Donckele, the restaurant was one of the most popular openings of 2021. Chef Donckele takes guests on an exploration of French cuisine and terroirs. His goal is to put savoir faire back into food through a focus on supplier and producer relationships. He also makes absolues (broths, veloutes, creams and juices) or sauces that took three years to develop. While you’re on property, Le Tout-Paris is also worth a visit. The brasserie-slash-cocktail-bar looks out over the horizon and hosts a pop-up garden bar in the hotel’s Le Jardin in the summer.
If you’re looking for an exciting party spot, Bonnie is it. Occupying the top of the Hotel SO/Paris in the Morland (Ive) Tower, the brasserie and bar is located in the heart of reimagined East Paris. Here, 16 stories above ground, partygoers arrive at a club that embraces both the space age and the ’60s with its psychedelic-patterned rugs, curved couches, and mind-blowing mirrored ceilings. During the day, the brasserie highlights seafood, with a New York twist to its dishes, and champagne that forms the basis of its ’60s and ’70s-inspired cocktail menu. By night, Thursday through Saturday, Bonnie becomes in a place to see and be seen. The temple of nightlife is transformed into a Parisian version of Studio 54, but flashier, more elegant and with better views.
Teatime with Quentin Lechat at Le Bar Long, Le Royal Monceau
In 2021, Quentin Lechat joined Le Royal Monceau as a pastry chef after winning the Grand Prix de la Pâtisserie de Paris in 2019. He launched Tea Time at the hotel’s Le Bar Long in April and has now introduced new pastries to the menu. Available on Saturday and Sunday from 15:00 to 17:00, the tea time menu consists of four phases. Start with mini cakes, like a delicate fig tartlet and a raspberry gavotte with vanilla whipped cream. This season, Lechat brings back its signature dessert of La Perle with blueberries, featuring a tarte tatin as well as a trio of cakes including a combination of brioche with puff pastry and praline.
The Restaurant – Niko Romito at Bulgari Hotel Paris
At the Paris outpost of Il Ristorante, three-Michelin-starred chef Niko Romito presents a unique spin on transalpine food. In the true Italian tradition, food is kept simple with different flavors, but with a point of difference: Chef Romito uses healthier and lighter alternatives. For the risotto butter, he uses rice starch instead of butter. He also minimizes the use of animal fats without sacrificing the flavor of the dishes. Every detail at Il Ristorante has been carefully thought through, from the Italian-made furniture to the breads made with three types of flours and a skillfully curated wine list. Bookings here.
The bars of Le Grand Mazarin
If glamorous rooftop clubs aren’t your scene, the bars at Le Grand Mazarin de Maisons Pariente offer a different kind of mixology magic. Swedish architect Martin Brudnizki looked to the literary salons of yesteryear for inspiration and has dreamed up a space reminiscent of the aristocratic era when artists, writers and musicians gathered in luxurious residences. The bars, located in the basement and ground floor, also take design cues from the nearby Le Marais district. Think deep jewel-toned sofas, classic French fabrics, and modern takes on traditional beverages. Originally slated for a fall opening, the bars will now launch in early 2023.
This story first appeared in the October 2022 issue of Singapore Prestige