Recently, the (UK) Guardian newspaper came out with their list of the world’s 50 best restaurants. They also list awards for another 50, so it’s really a top 100 list, but far be it from me to argue with the editors of the Guardian. Six of the top restaurants are in Paris, and three of those are featured in the just-released 2nd edition of Andy Herbach’s Wining & Dining in Paris.
• L’Arpege (#12 on the list): 7th/Métro Varenne, 84 rue de Varenne, Tel. 01/47.05.09.06, www.alain-passard.com. The emphasis is on vegetables at Alain Passard’s award-winning restaurant.
• Alain Ducasse/Restaurant Plaza Athénée (#47 on the list): 8th/Métro Alma-Marceau, 25 avenue Montaigne, Tel. 01/53.67.65.00, www.alain-ducasse.com. Expensive and highly praised, with an award-winning wine list. Reservations well in advance are a must, as are jacket and tie.
• L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon (#63 on the list):
7th/Métro Rue du Bac, 5 rue de Montalembert, Tel. 01/22.214.171.124, www.joel-rubuchon.net. Joël Robuchon presents fine dining in a relaxed setting. You’ll dine with others at seats surrounding U-shaped bars. Reservations only for first sitting.
Pick up a copy of our book or order it from amazon from the link above, if your travels take you to Paris in the near future. Our book offers another 147 restaurants in all price categories to choose from, in addition to the three pricey — but truly excellent — places in this post!