The most recent diners to fall prey to the charms of Le Grand Véfour in Paris are the pair of young lovers that star in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. But the restaurant, which used to be known as the Café de Chartres, has in the past been a charming little inn that has hosted many of France’s most important figures from culture and politics.
It earned its 3 Michelin stars in 2000 and was then removed of one two years ago. Despite this, the place hasn’t lost its lustre, thanks to its chef Guy Martin. The menu features some timeless dishes like the famous foie grasravioli with truffle cream, or its signature Prince Rainier III pigeon, or one of the most succulent duck patés you can find in the world today.
Adventurous diners might try daring pairings like artichoke crème brulée, or stuffed frogs’ legs with tomato sauce, or lamb filet with savoury herbs. And to finish, you won’t be able to resist the Cube Manjari, a chocolate cube surrounded by cream of mango, cheese, strawberry and combava. It should be gently tapped at the top like a soft-boiled egg.
Geranium's Rasmus Kofoed has decided to stop serving meat at the restaurant currently ranked number two on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list. But the Danish chef isn't yet willing to go purely plant-based.