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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. Antony Germani, a young chef who notably learned his trade at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in Paris, relies upon French traditional recipes and tasty products. The menu features items like homemade foie gras seasoned with a dozen spices and served out with crunchy brioche, grilled strip loin steak with red wine marinated shallots and potatoes, and a chestnut soufflé with chocolate sauce and clementine sherbet. 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.