|Le Pre Catelan|
Bois de Boulogne
Route de Suresnes
01 44 14 41 14
Métro: Porte Maillot (plus taxi)
There are two versions of Pré Catelan: summer, with tables set in a leafy garden amid fluttering parasols; and winter, an elegant dining room warmed by a crackling fire. The flexible talent of the chef suits both settings, with dishes that are by turns urbane or rustic. Le Pré Catelan service can be the best in Paris. You may discover an unusual menu truffe et cochon, which demonstrates that with the right perfume - truffles, for instance - one can indeed turn a sow's ear into something sublime. Chic spicing marks the black risotto with Thai basil, and lamb's brain salad with its exquisite saffron aspic. This restaurant is the testing ground of the ultimate in pastry chefs. Le Pré Catelan’s cellar is well served by a first class sommelier.