Paris Couture Week Preview: Scene

Things to do and see during Couture week in Paris.

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Orient Extrême Montaigne

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Gourmets have an ever-larger choice of eateries to pick from, thanks to several recent openings in Paris this season.

For meat lovers, Charbon Rouge, a steakhouse off the Champs Elysées on Rue Marbeuf, offers a great selection of meat. American, Argentinean and Japanese beef is served in a spacious and contemporary two-story space. Average price for dinner for two without wine is 80 euros, or $115 at current exchange.

A few blocks away, off Avenue Montaigne, Orient Extrême Montaigne is a convivial yet slick 52-seat Japanese restaurant with an open kitchen serving classic and fusion Japanese cuisine. Cold and warm salads are available, as well as lunch menus starting at 23 euros, or $33, including miso soup and sushi or sashimi. For dinner (75 euros, or $105), the menu offers a wide sampling of the chef’s specialties.

Across the Seine, Toyo, a chef who cooked privately for Kenzo Takada for seven years, prepares a daily menu at his elegant eponymous Japanese restaurant. Fried smelt, half-cooked scallops, fish curry and green-tea tiramisu are available on a 55 euros, or $78, dinner menu.

In the Marais, on the Rue des Blanc Manteaux, Claude Colliot serves tasty and creative French cuisine in his friendly eponymous 50-seat restaurant. Various fresh products are available every day, such as shellfish in a ginger sauce, grilled sea bass with kumquat and duckling with candied turnips. Desserts include pineapple infused with tobacco oil and served with black-tea ice cream. Dinner for two without wine costs around 110 euros, or $160.

Charbon Rouge
25 Rue Marbeuf, 75008
Tel.: +33-1-40-70-09-99

Orient Extrême Montaigne
21 Rue Bayard, 75008
Tel.: +33-1-47-20-91-58

17 Rue Jules-Chaplain, 75006
Tel.: +33-1-43-54-28-03

Claude Colliot
40 Rue des Blancs-Manteaux, 75004
Tel.: +33-1-42-71-55-45

— Chantal Goupil

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