5 Décembre 2016
Haunt of politicians and powerbrokers for its proximity to the Elysée Palace and perfect, discreet service – as well as the occasional rock star. This is one of the nicest places to eat outdoors in Paris, with its well-spaced tables set in gardens on the lower reaches of the Champs-Elysées. In winter, you dine inside the circular dining room hung with period portraits. Chef Alain Pégouret modernises haute cuisine. He treats his dishes a bit like an artist’s palette, perhaps the spider crab jelly served in a cocktail glass, hake marbled with green seaweed and samphire, or the palette of vegetables that might be different coloured tomatoes in summer, root vegetables in winter. There’s an incredible wine list to match.
Address: 41 avenue Gabriel, 75008 Contact: 0033 1 42 25 00 39; le-laurent.com Getting there: Metro Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau Opening times: Mon-Fri, 12.30pm-2pm, 7.30pm-10.30pm; Sat, 7.30pm-10.30pm Price: set-price menus €95 and €180 Payment type: credit cards accepted Cuisine: French Reservations: recommended