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Restaurant Lapérouse Restaurant Review: Founded in 1766, Lapérouse is an institution. The place has kept the charm of yore when it was patronized by Paris literary and political society of the 1860’s, then named in 1878 after the famous navigator La Pérouse. Writers like Maupassant, Zola, Proust and Hugo were among the regulars, and Auguste Escoffier also worked as a chef in this prominent house. The décor plays a big part in the success, notably the cozy intimacy of the private rooms that, although no longer used for the same liberal reasons, still remain a splendid place to enjoy a refined cuisine. The menu features items like lettuce with black truffle shavings and Pecorino cheese, grilled lobster with coral butter and crispy pincers, and a praline soufflé with caramel sauce. As for wines, Medhi Zerizer watches over great flasks (Bollinger, Veuve Clicquot, Château Mouton Rothschild) and vintages from small wine growers. Needless to say the bill is not a given, unless opting for the lunch menu at €45. No matter. Overlooking the Seine, with a bar at the ground floor, the address has an uncommon charm.