Le Bristol

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  • The two Michelin-starred Le Bristol is Paris's most fashionable restaurant

    Where? 112 Rue du Faubourg, Saint-Honore, 75008, Paris, France (+33 1 53 43 43 00, www.hotel-bristol.com)

    Mood? With two Michelin stars and an international reputation for impeccable service, Le Bristol’s famed restaurant is a classy, classic affair. During the winter months, the restaurant is housed in the hotel’s Regency oak dining room, while in the summer it moves to a glass-fronted ballroom, which looks out onto the hotel’s beautiful gardens.

    Who goes? Everyone from Hollywood stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Penelope Cruz to fashionistas Natalia Vodianova and Christian Lacroix have been spotted swanning through Le Bristol’s salubrious doors.

    To eat? As you would expect, ingredients at Le Bristol are top notch and recipes rich and innovative. Fish dishes feature prominently and, when the choices are this beautifully presented, win out over the heavier meat dishes every time. Choose white asparagus with morel mushrooms, or blue lobster with green apple and white radish for your starter, followed by sea bass, served with an oyster tartar sauce and parsley juice, or turbot, which comes with green asparagus mousseline and tips. The Grand Marnier hot soufflé is one of the lighter dessert choices on offer, and ideal if you want to save room for the slices of real fruit flavoured candyfloss, which is served afterwards.

    To drink? Le Bristol’s most famous cocktail is its Tenue de Soirée, created with cream, coffee liquor, cognac and nut liquor. Other favourites include ‘Flowers’, with rose sirup, violette liquor and raspberry brandy, or ‘Fashion’, with lemon juice, peach liquor, blue curaçao, vodka, galiano and crushed ice.

    Need to know? For a lighter, but no less stylish Le Bristol experience, fashion high teas are held up to twice a month in the hotel’s bar, featuring catwalk shows and models alongside Earl Grey tea and sugary patisseries. Names such as Chloé and Le Perla have shown in the past, along with up-and-coming designers just making a name for themselves in the couture world. Log onto www.hotel-bristol.com for more information.

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