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The Hotel Plaza Athénée closed in October 2013 for a massive renovation. Its reopening is scheduled for August 1, 2014. The hotel's restaurants include Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée and Le Relais Plaza. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, Hôtel Plaza Athénée 25, av. Montaigne, 75008 Paris, 01 53 67 65 00.
 
Chef David Toutain is one of the leaders of a new class of chefs mimicking abstract artists Young chef David Toutain, who hails from Normandy, is one of the leaders of a new class of chefs mimicking abstract artists (such as Miró) who cared very little about texture and structure and found their way in abstraction. The minimalist décor features tables and chairs made of raw timber. Meanwhile, the plates are brilliantly colored or plain to match each dish. The bias here is “aesthetics” first, but le tour de force is that the aesthetic choices fit the balance of flavors very well. Colors and shapes underline and enhance the tastes. Lashes of chopped squid form the bed for shallot confit and cébette (a variety of onion) surrounded by spots of ink. Squab comes with red beetroot, multicolored flowers and nasturtium leaves spiced with turmeric. The artist and the gourmand are both satisfied. David Toutain, 29, rue Surcouf, 75007 Paris, 01 45 50 11 10.
 
Nestled into the mall of the Beaugrenelle quarter, modern brasserie Eclectic features a huge terrace and a décor conceived by a renowned designer, the English-born Tom Dixon. The dining room sprawls over different levels, with alcoves and banquettes facing bay windows. Expect an eclectic fare indeed: oysters, sea bream carpaccio, several steaks including Châteaubriand, a cheeseburger, and even daily suggestions like roasted chicken on Tuesday. Eclectic, Beaugrenelle 2, rue Linois, 75015 Paris, 01 77 36 70 00.
 
Will, a neighborhood bistro from William Pradeleix, greets patrons in a tiny room endowed with 34 seats and decked out with green banquettes. Expect French favorites with Asian flavors, meticulous presentations and clever seasonings. Depending on the catch of the day, the menu may include veal tataki with beetroots in a consommé, steamed cod with shiitake and green curry, and a simple but tasty chocolate tartlet with praline. Will, 75, rue Crozatier, 75012 Paris, 01 53 17 02 44.
 
Passiflore, a gastronomic restaurant near the Trocadéro, has recently been replaced by Jérémie. Chef Jérémie Tourdjman has honed his chops with Christian Constant at Le Violon d’Ingres and proposes a refined cuisine in a modern setting. Menu items include lobster raviolis, scallops with zucchini orzotto, poultry with mushrooms and tagliatelles with foie gras, roasted pineapple with ginger sherbet and vanilla millefeuille. Lunch menu at €40. À la carte around €60. Lunch Tues.-Fri., Dinner Tues.-Sat. Jérémie, 33, rue de Longchamp, 75016 Paris, 01 47 04 96 81.
 
Set just aside the Champs-Elysées, the Hotel Vernet has recently undergone refurbishment. Its gastronomic restaurant has been renamed Le V and boasts a new setting, with comfortable banquettes and seats, modern paintings on the wall and a bay window that affords a glimpse of the kitchen. Chef Richard Robe, who worked previously at Taillevent, has taken over the stoves to prepare a cuisine that highlights the products and associates flavors in a creative way. Around €60 à la carte. Le V, Hôtel Vernet 25, rue Vernet, 75008 Paris, 01 44 31 98 98.
 
The Peninsula Paris, the last-born of the hotel group from Hong Kong, is scheduled to greet customers as soon as August 2014. Established in a Haussmanian building that dates back to the nineteenth century near the Arc de Triomphe, it will contain 200 bedrooms, a spa, fitness center, swimming pool and several eating places. A tea room and the Kleber Bar will be installed in the lobby, the restaurant Lili will be dedicated to Cantonese food and L’Oiseau Blanc will sprawl over the hotel’s roof, affording a panoramic view of Paris. The Peninsula Paris, 19, av. Kléber, 75116 Paris, no phone.
 
Chef Alberico Penati has brought upscale Italian dining to the romantic Hotel de Vigny in Paris with the restaurant Penati al Baretto. Based around high-quality regional ingredients, the menu features a mix of modern and traditional recipes. Penati al Baretto, 9, rue Balzac, 75008 Paris, 01 42 99 80 80.
 
Lazare has opened in the Saint-Lazare train station Eric Frechon, chef of the Hôtel Le Bristol, has launched a new restaurant, Lazare. Located inside the Saint-Lazare train station near the Palais Garnier, Lazare is open all day and proposes French specialties. Lazare, Gare Saint-Lazare, 75008 Paris, no phone.
 

News Bytes
American Tribute at Les 110 de Taillevent
Les 110 de Taillevent, a luxury brasserie near the Champs-Elysées, gives a nod to the U.S. until August 3. Four American courses are suggested on the menu, namely a Caesar salad, crab cake, cheeseburger and cheesecake, as well as a selection of 16 local wines. The wine list features notably the 2012 Francis Ford Coppola Pinot Grigio and the 2009 Red Hook Black & Blue from Long Island. Les 110 de Taillevent, 195, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris, 01 40 74 20 20.
 
New decor at Pierre Gagnaire in Paris New Offerings at Pierre Gagnaire
Pierre Gagnaire restaurant comes with some novelties at its location on rue Balzac in Paris. First, the décor has been renewed, thanks to a collage of hand-written and antique books’ pages on the walls, embellished with animals and cryptic signs drawings. Besides, a table for two has been installed within the kitchen, allowing guests to admire the brigade working during the services. Moreover, a new lunch menu is offered at €85, with five little starters, one course and an assortment of desserts. Pierre Gagnaire, 6, rue Balzac, 75008 Paris, 01 58 36 12 50.
 


Chef Shuffle
Chef Christian Le Squer has quit Ledoyen, 16 years after his debut in this hallmark restaurant. From now on, he will work at the stoves of ETC., which he owns, and plans to preside over a new gastronomic spot in Paris by the end of the year. Yannick Alléno, who left Le Meurice in 2013, has succeeded him at the helm of Ledoyen. Ledoyen, 1, ave. Dutuit, Paris 75008, 01 53 05 10 00.
 
Located on avenue George V in front of the Prince de Galles, Paris hotel, L’Instant d’Or has completely changed its offerings. Due to the departure of the talented chef Frédéric Duca, who presently officiates at Racines NY in New York, the restaurant has replaced its gastronomic menu with brasserie dishes delivered by the young David Gutman. Gone are the subtly prepared dishes; now count on smoked salmon, soft-boiled egg with leeks seasoned with vinaigrette and truffle oil, rib steak and béarnaise sauce, tiramisu and chocolate mi-cuit. L'Instant d'Or, 36, av. George V, Paris 75008, 01 47 23 46 78.
 


Closings

CLOSED FOR GOOD
Take your taste buds on a walk down memory lane! Check out our exclusive closed restaurant database for Paris to virtually visit your favorite dining spots from the past. Le Pavillon, R.I.P.

Labeled the “luxury hotel of the Left Bank,” Hotel Lutetia has recently closed its doors to undergo three years of renovation overseen by architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte. Scheduled to reopen in 2017, it will then feature more suites, a spa, patio, jazz club and library destined for cultural meetings. Le Paris, the gastronomic restaurant, is definitely shut down in favor of the brasserie that will be extended to contain 240 seats. Hotel Lutetia, 45, bd Raspail, Paris 75006, 01 49 54 46 46.
 


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