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World Place (formerly Mandala Ray)
World Place restaurant/club has had several incarnations – Man Ray, Mandala Ray – each one groovier than the last. With owners Sean Penn, Johnny Depp and John Malkovitch behind it all, the beautiful people factor is reliably high. The new décor features fabulous chandeliers, moody purple lighting, mezzanine and circular mezzanine as well as a dance floor if you fancy a boogie. Where there was once Asian/fusion cuisine, head chef Anixeto Amigorena now features flavours of the Mediterranean in dishes like tuna steak with chorizo butter, veal saltimbocca with gorgonzola polenta. The drinks and wine list are both extremely international. Corporate and private events are especially well catered-for at World Place, where the main dining room or one of the two mezzanines may be made private for banquets, presentations and meetings.
Address: 32-34 Rue Marbeuf
Price range: £35-£44/€57-€7
Cuisines: Fusion


Blue Elephant
If you've been fortunate enough to have visited the Blue Elephant in London, you'll be equally delighted by your meal at the Blue Elephant in Paris. Near the Opera in the happening Bastille area, the dining room is a haven of peace and tranquillity, with a forest of trees, a waterfall, Thai artifacts and orchids everywhere. Ingredients are flown in from Thailand for authentic preparation of royal Thai cuisine. Everything is good. Try starter of som tam, shredded green papaya with lemon dressing and dried shrimps, main course of lamb in massaman curry, and dessert of one of the fresh fruit concoctions. Gentle, smiling service.
Address: 43-45 Rue de la Roquette
Price range: £25 - £34 / €35
Cuisines: Thai


Alcazar
Sir Terence Conran's bright, buzzing, and wonderfully stylish eateries have now conquered Paris with Alcazar. Set in a 17th-century real tennis court, and once a notorious transvestite bar and nightclub, the space has been transformed with a twelve metre high glass roof, trendy decor and lighting and a changing series of photographic exhibits. The Mezzanine Bar is adored, not only for its heart-stopping drinks but also for the sounds its DJs mix. Food is French contemporary. Starters include wild duck terrine and fig chutney, mains include foie gras-stuffed farm chicken with pan sauteed mushrooms, and puddings include liquorice-flavoured raspberry vacherin.
Address: 62 Rue Mazarine
Price range: £35 - £44 / €50-
Cuisines: French


Angl'Opera
Michelin-starred Gilles Choukroun is one of the enfants not-so-terrible of a new esthetique of French cooking that has advocates swooning in delight. It employs the classic methods, exotic flavour combinations and playful eating methods to superb effect. His restaurant, Angl'Opéra, is set in the beautifully refurbished Edouard VII hotel, and is smart, slick and welcoming, with a curving dining room and waitstaff kitted out in jogging chic. The fusion menu, written in Dadaist style, includes dishes like starter of hot boullion, ginger, soft-boiled egg and foie gras, main course of salmon with lemon risotto with a shot glass of hot coconut milk. Great wines.
Address: 39 Avenue de l'Opéra
Price range: £25-£34/€35-€4
Cuisines: Fusion


Hard Rock Cafe - Paris
Famous throughout the world for boppable music, fascinating rock memorabilia, and down-home American food, Hard Rock Cafe is a great place for food and fun. The Paris Hard Rock Cafe is very smart and well-designed, rightly so. The trademark collectibles are everywhere, and there are twenty-one screens blasting rock videos, as well as a superb sound system. It's handily located next to the Opera. Linger in the bar a while, exploring the light-hearted drinks menu. Then try starter of classic chicken wings (three levels of spicy heat), main course of Pig Sandwich with barbecue sauce, baked beans, coleslaw and fries, and pudding of apple cobbler. There are dance nights to keep your feet moving, too.
Address: 14 Boulevard Montmartre
Price range: Under £24/€40
Cuisines: Other


Fleur de Sel
This bright restaurant on the Boulevard Montparnasse brings the flavour of cuisine terroir to the capital, that is, traditional French cuisine from the regions with full, honest flavours. The walls are white and clean, hung with modern art, while the tables are set with groovy plates. Try starter of oxtail terrine with sauce gribiche, main course of braised knuckle of lamb with potatoes boulangere, and pudding of profiterole with vanilla ice cream and pot of chocolate sauce. Wines are very interesting here, with a second wine of a grand cru featured each month.
Address: 32 Boulevard du Montparnasse
Price range: Under £24/€40
Cuisines: French


Tante Louise
In the heart of the magnificent boulevard district of Paris, rubbing shoulders with the grand Place de la Concorde and Galeries Lafayettes, Tante Louise has successfully nurtured the tradition of bourgeois cuisine. The dining room is vintage 1930's decor. There's a low-ceilinged mezzanine level from which you can observe the well-dressed clientele below. The hearty Burgundian menu is under the very able direction of Stephane Schermully, and dishes may include starter of foie gras de canard pan-fried with grapes, main course of signature fillet of sole on finely-chopped mushrooms, and pudding of tarte tatin of figs with balsamic vinegar sauce. Fine burgundies and professional service.
Address: 41 Rue Boissy d'Anglas
Price range: £35-£44/€57-€7
Cuisines: French


Tante Marguerite
One of the highly-respected Loiseau restaurants, Tante Marguerite is popular with politicos and high-flyers and with others who simply enjoy fine traditional Burgundian cuisine. Very convenient for the Rodin Museum and the d'Orsay, too. Through the double doors you will find a modern dining room in the classic style with sleek wooden panelling, an array of windows, geometrically-pattern carpet and banquettes, and fine table settings. Dishes by chef Didier Sadaoui include starter of lobster ravioli with shellfish jus, main course of roasted veal sweetbreads with fondant carrots and potatoes with chives, and pudding of roast figs with cream cheese sorbet.
Address: 5 Rue de Bourgogne
Price range: £25-£34/€41-€5
Cuisines: French


Macéo
If you have an eye for aesthetique beauty, for loveliness of line, for balance of colour, we think Macéo will make you happy. This is truly a lovely restaurant that offers a dining experience that is nothing but pleasure from start to finish. The Second Empire rooms, with their soaring ceilings and lovely panelling are made modern with deft touches, while the service is helpful and attentive. The menu could be called contemporary, even up-to-the-minute, as dishes are dictated by the best of the market and there is a superb vegetarian menu. Starters include foie gras with caramel of figs, main course of coquilles St Jacques with potato mousseline, and endive with onion. Very good wines.
Address: 15 Rue des Petits Champs
Price range: £25-£34/€35-€4
Cuisines: Other


Willi's Wine Bar
Now a Parisian institution of a newer vintage, Willi's Wine Bar is a superb little bistro serving excellent wines and equally riveting food. Each year the bar commissions a new wine poster from a painter and you'll see them all here by the long oak bar. The frontage is classic 1930's while the interior is modern cosy. There are, of course, jillions of wines here, many by the glass, with a special appreciation of sherry and Rhone wines. Try starter of ballottine of wild duck with quince marmalade, main course of skate wing with artichokes and chanterelles, and pudding of Willi's own chocolate terrine.
Address: 13 Rue des Petits Champs
Price range: Under £24/€40
Cuisines: Other


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