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The Original ‘Neo Bistro’

July 29, 2014
Le Chateaubriand
Franco-Basque culinary whizz Iñaki Aizpitarte, the brains behind one of Paris’ most hotly pursued tables Le Chateaubriand, is a man so quintessential to the city’s modern dining scene that L’Express (the French equivalent of TIME) dubbed the newest wave of young French chefs the ‘Génération Iñaki’. Although his signature style of neo bistro – an unpretentious setting of cream walls, chalkboard menus, and an astonishingly reasonable €65 prix-fixe – has now become somewhat standard in Paris, his concept was revolutionary back in 2006, when other fine-dining institutions were resolutely sticking to à la carte and white linens. 

Not long after his launch, however, Aizpitarte’s unique cuisine de vagabond style earned Le Chateaubriand a coveted spot S. Pellegrino’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants, where it has stayed for the past 6 years. Today, gourmands flock to the restaurant for Aizpitarte’s daily-changing menu, which features produce sourced fresh from the market, prepped using techniques and flavours ranging from Asian and Latin American to modern French. Your dinner begins with small plates like raw clams coated with toasted sesame seeds; chilled cucumber, spring pea and horseradish soup; or Spanish goat's cheese with stewed apple jam; before you continue to a trio of mains and desserts (with the all-important wine pairings throughout). Book ahead, prepare to queue, or try sister establishment French tapas bar, Le Dauphin, next door.

129 ave de Parmentier, 11th / +33 1 43 57 45 95 / dinner only Tue-Sat /