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.
25 Rue Marbeuf, 75008
Orient Extrême Montaigne
21 Rue Bayard, 75008
17 Rue Jules-Chaplain, 75006
40 Rue des Blancs-Manteaux, 75004
— Chantal Goupil