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A Toasty Roasty Luncher

January 15, 2015
L'Atelier Maître Albert

As the déjeuner-devoted locals will tell you, the long and leisurely lunch is as quintessentially Parisian as the Tour Eiffel and Arc de Triomphe. And yet, it is an epicurean indulgence that time-strapped visitors often forgo to maximise sightseeing time. Fortunately, however, for those that want to have their shank and eat it too, prolific Michelin star collector Guy Savoy has fired up L’Atelier Maître Albert, a handsome rôtisserie with a prime near-to-Notre Dame locale that’s the perfect flop spot after a morning spent exploring the Île de la Cité and charmant 5th arrondissement.

Behind a nondescript black facade on a skinny street a skip from the Seine, the spit roast-centric diner reps a wine-lined bar, charcoal walls and a saloon-style counter overlooking a long open grill. Steal a spot by the massive stone fireplace and settle in for a two or three course midday meal of daintily-plated tuna ceviche or fresh seasonal salads, followed by meaty mains like coal-cooked free-range chook, juicy sliced beef and fish fillets, plus spinach and mushroom gratin or creamy mash potatoes for sides. Desserts are just as cockle-warming – think crispy praliné with dark chocolate and chicory custard, pink grapefruit terrine tipped with tea sauce or poached pear and gingerbread, all of which are available in single-serve or sample-them-all mini-jar sizes – the perfect sweet finish to fuel your afternoon wanderings. Simplement superbe!

1 rue Maître-Albert / 5th / +33 1 56 81 30 01 / lunch Mon-Fri & dinner daily /