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A Père Lachaise Rebirth

October 16, 2014

Gorgeous young thing Jane Drotter first surged onto the Parisian restaurant scene in 2008 with her wildly popular bistro concept, YARD, so named for its location in a cosy house next to an old construction yard in Père Lachaise. But like many oft-frequented spots, the space began to lose its lustre over the six years of footfall that followed and was recently granted a loving little revamp, that included the employ of big shot culinarians – chef Shaun Kelly (alum of uber trendy tapas and wine bar Au Passage) and Elenie Sapera (of renowned dining room Bones). 

The intimate, whitewashed 30-seat space has been playfully dotted with paper lanterns and features a working fireplace at its centre, while Kelly and Sapera work from a modern open kitchen with market-fresh ingredients driving their daily-changing prix fixe lunch and à la carte dinner. Expect well-executed homemade gnocchi with foraged wild mushrooms; duck fillet, juicy figs, and pickled red cabbage in a creamy almond sauce; and tarte tatin made with caramelised pears. Meanwhile, Drotter’s new all-natural wine list makes the perfect pairing to the seasonal plates and includes a Loire-sourced cabernet franc from up-and-coming vineyard Francois Saint-Lô. Here’s to new beginnings – santé!

6 rue de Mont-Louis, 11th / +33 1 40 90 70 30 / lunch Mon-Fri, dinner Tue-Fri /