Eating out: * Michelin Akrame Paris
We had a wonderful dinner here last summer when they still had ** Michelin stars, pity about losing one in this year’s guide. Everything from the service to the food was impeccable and worthy of their two stars when we dined there. The restaurant is intimate and cosy with a straightforward menu and every dish perfectly well-executed. Chef Akrame actually hails from the same region and hometown as the husband in the Loire Valley.
I find it so delightful when restaurants get their marketing and PR right – there is much creative thought that goes into the whole process from menu conceptualisation to the delivery of the food. Your parting gift at the restaurant is a bottle of peppery olive oil – hand pressed by chef Akrame’s own children. And the dégustation menu comes with a sketch of his thought and creative process. Chef Akrame also has a wonderful sense of aesthetics, geometric detailing dominates and there is a wonderful consistency about his brand empire.
The menu is seasonal and we’re looking forward to returning. If you’re up for something more casual, just across Akrame has a casual outfit for great cuts Atelier Vivanda. He has replicated the same concept in Hong Kong and a good idea for a casual dinner if you’re not looking for fine dining.
I think our bill for two with drinks came up to something like 400€.
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