by Pierre Rival
Gourmet Bistros and Restaurants of Paris provides the reader with a complete black book of notable addresses with contact information for the featured restaurants and for a host of other exceptional eateries in this celebrated epicenter of gastronomy.
Paris, Restaurant Capital of the World
- Paris invented the restaurant at the end of the eighteenth century. Since then, the City of Light has remained the world capital of restaurants, and of gastronomic excellence in general. This is where the bistro and the brasserie originated, and it was the birthplace of the "concept" restaurant and the "decor" restaurant. Some of the most innovative and unusual approaches to the art of dining, later propagated all over the world, first saw the light of day here. Paris takes its restaurants seriously: they are as musch a part of its culture as its most famous monuments.
- Interiors that would not be out of place in a museum, food that is of the very highest caliber, and locations to die for, all in existence for at least the last century. These establishments are never a disappointment for those who see the restaurant experience as a nostalgic journey back in time. A gallery of famous names, including Le Grand Véfour, Les Ambassadeurs, Lapérouse, Le Procope, Alain Ducasse, Le Meurice, and Maxim's.
- Brasseries are as much a part of Paris as the café tables spilling out onto terraces and the booksellers on the banks of the Seine. They welcome travelers leaving train stations and many have been a refuge for artists and writers. Today they continue to play a central role in the social life of the capital, where all strata mix and meet in a celebration of appetizing, no-nonsense food.
- The number of bistros in Paris has grown considerably over the last ten years. They have been fostering a culinary revolution, reinventing classic French dishes with a more rustic approach. Allard, Aux Lyonnais, and L'Ami Louis are some of the places where Parisians go to find the tastes and aromas of home cooking.
- The great interior designers of today - Jacques Garcia, terence Conran, Olivier Gagnére, Pierre-Yves Rochon, and Philippe Starck - havecreated the settings for the food of the future. Their designs are vastly diverse: L'Ambroisie, Le Bélier, L'Alcazar, Cristal Room, Pinxo, L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Le Chiberta, Le Café Marly, and Georges.
- The addresses of all the legendary restaurants featured, and a large selection of other interesting places to eat.