Saturday 6 April 2019

3 of the Best Seafood Restaurants in Paris

Having visited Paris every year, mostly several times, I have established the restaurants I like the best and tend to stick to them.  It seems such a waste to try something new, inevitably expensive, unless it has been recommended personally.  Even this trip has managed to fail miserably with two new restaurants I definitely won't be going back to.  So, back to my three favourites where you can be certain the food will be truly excellent.

Le Dome Montparnasse -  This is one of Paris's most famous Brasseries specialising in seafood and it has changed unbelievably in the past year, with the addition Japanese star Chef Yoshihiko Miura.  Whereas previously the food was traditional seafood dishes beautifully cooked, now it is positively inspired.  Out have gone the cream and the butter sauces, in are fresh and healthy ingredients and dishes such as seared salmon on an avocado base and Asian broth, or red mullet with white beans. I've eaten twice here since the new chef's arrived and can't wait to go back.

Don’t expect to save money here, this is a place for serious diners who are looking for the best, but if you’re having a celebration or you want a truly memorable meal you should pay a visit to this superb Paris restaurant, situated on the Boulevard Montparnasse.

Don’t try and visit Le Dome without booking, you almost certainly won’t get in.
Restaurant Le Dome - Address: 108 Boulevard du Montparnasse, 75014 Paris, France. Phone:+33 1 43 35 25 81

Le Vent d’Armor – A True Hidden Gem -This restaurant was recommended by friends who live in Paris and are always in the know. It’s small and intimate and has some of the best seafood I have ever had, anywhere.

Situated near the Odeon on the Quai de la Tournelle this may seem a bit out of the way but it is completely worth the journey.  Above, from their 'Discovery' menu, you have tuna carpaccio, and below langoustine with truffles.  Both were superb.

Le Vent d’Armor offers a very reasonably priced set menu, where you choose certain dishes off the a la Carte - or rather tell them what you don't like to eat and welcome the surprise dishes that arrive. Don’t expect to see the complete menu on the website – it changes regularly. The wines also are exceptional and exceptionally priced compared to what you would pay elsewhere.

Le Vent d’Armor, 25 Quai de la Tournelle, 75005 Paris, France +33 1 46 34 50 99

Le George - This is more of a Mediterranean restaurant, but as I have only eaten seafood here I am happy to include it.  One star in the Michelin Guide, and situated in the glamorous 5* Hotel George V in Paris you may be cringing at the thought of the bill, however most of the dishes are shareable and so you can come here for a celebration and leave relatively unscathed, totally depending on which wine you choose....

Start with one of their 'Crudo' or octopus cooked over a wood fire, which is one of my favourites.  Share a dish of their Spaghetti allo scoglio and caviale with shavings of dried caviar on top, and then finish with blue lobster salad, or as I did with roasted sole with basil and vinegar sauce.  The service is impeccable and all the food I have had there has been wonderful.

Dress up for this one as it is well beyond smart casual and make sure you've booked well in advance.  This is a really beautiful, buzzy and sophisticated restaurant - high heels mandatory.....

Restaurant Le George, 31 Ave George V, 75008 Paris, +33 (1) 49527209