Imagine savouring ceviche of scallops and caviar with lemon-seasoned jelly, teamed with champers… Paris may be inland, but the coast is never far away at Divellec, a fish and seafood restaurant that has the foodie crowd hooked.
Avant-garde chef Mathieu Pacaud (of two-Michelin-starred Histoires and one-starred Hexagone in Paris) has taken over this legendary Left Bank seafood restaurant overlooking the Esplanade des Invalides. Pacaud is collaborating with his pop Bernard, whose Place des Vosges eatery L’Ambroisie boasts three stars.
High design, a sun-kissed garden and flavours of the sea make this the well-heeled Parisian’s new favourite. For smartly crafted à la carte plates, start with oysters, lobster or abalone, before mains of whole fish (think line-caught sea bass) or Breton crayfish, cheese and desserts. Options include a three-course weekday lunch menu, and daily four-course invitation menu or eight-course tasting spectacular.
Interiors come care of Studio KO, responsible for the look of London’s A-List boutique hotel and restaurant Chiltern Firehouse. There’s a chic 60s and 70s feel, with rattan chairs, pendants and wall panels, botanical prints on velvet banquettes, vintage mirrors and conservatory-style plants. Bag a convivial table or curvy leather booth, or hit the grainy pink marble bar, perfect for people-watching.
Given the strong wine list, private dining and outside terrace, you’re bound to be eyeballing an upscale crowd, revelling in contempo flappin’ fresh fish. Divellec is back, chérie!
Divellec / 18 rue Fabert, 7th / +33 1 45 51 91 96 / b’fast, lunch & dinner daily / divellec-paris.fr