Surprised that Michelin Star dining has made it to the pages of a camping blog? Don’t be. There are many things I like about France, and enjoying great French food and wine is definately one of them. Whilst I have cooking on my camping stove down to a tee, I will never reach the culinary heights available in many of the local restaurants and bistros.
With a little help from friends in Paris, I’ve found a few places in the French capital to experience Michelin star dining without paying through the roof. The trick is to identify the Michelin star chefs working at famous restaurants and then find the restaurants/bistros they own themselves.
I have picked out 4 Michelin-star chefs working in Paris’ grandest restaurants that also have their own eatery:
Robuchon’s restaurant in Paris, L’Atelier, is very popular with 3-course lunches starting at £90. Instead try his expert cooking at La Table in the 16th arrondissement, where 3-courses start at £60.
Gagnaire’s signature restaurant at Hotel Balzac offers beautifully crafted modern evening dinner from £235 for 3-courses. Instead try his informal seafood restaurant called Gaya Rive Gauche at Rue du Bac. In contrast, 3-courses start at £58. If you want to try his culinary skills without going to France try Sketch in London!
Alain Ducasse is known for his master cooking at Plaza Athenee, where a three course lunch will set you back a staggering £245. We’ve discovered that M. Ducasse has 3 bistros in Paris with 3-courses starting from £35. Rech a fish restaurant in the 17th arrondissement, Benoit serves authentic French dishes in the 4th & Aux Lyonnais serves traditional dishes from France’s gastronomic capital, Lyon, in the 2nd.
Jean-Francois Piege is possibly one of the more famous chefs in Paris, his work at Hotel Crillon, one of the world’s grandest hotels, lifted him to stardom. But Piege, who left the Crillon, has a bistro by the name of Thoumieux offering three courses for £35, in start contrast of the £190 charged at the Crillon. The bistro is located in the Invalides district of Paris.