Old Meets New in Paris

Cyril Lignac may not be a household name in the U.S., but in France he’s as big as chefs get, with books, television shows and a magazine under his belt. This sexy superstar has opened a third restaurant, this time in Saint-Germain. After training with legendary chef Alain Passard at L’Arpège, Lignac honed his skills at various other starred establishments in France including Maison Blanche and Jardin des Sens before opening his first restaurant, Le Quinzième in 2005. Located in the15th arrondissement, Le Quinzième is a sleekly modern space with an open kitchen, where molecular gastronomy reigns supreme (Lignac is well-known for his foams).

In 2008, the celebrity chef took over Chardenoux, a Paris bistro listed as a historical monument that had fallen into disuse faded and revitalized it, serving more classic French fare than at Le Quinzième. And now it’s 2011, and Cyril Lignac is taking over yet another aging space that’s fallen from grace.

This time it’s Le Claude Sainlouis, a wallpapered relic of a restaurant with perfectly preserved mid-century decor, seemingly frozen in time. Renamed Le Chardenoux des Prés, here you’ll find updated versions of steak tartare, sweetbreads and baked cod, as well as decadent desserts like rum sponge cake and vanilla profiteroles served with chocolate dipping sauce.  Be sure to make reservations, as you won’t be the only one eager to try out Cyril Lignac’s latest venture.

Le Chardenoux des Prés

27 Rue du Dragon 75006

33 (0)145482968

Photos: Courtesy of Le Chardenoux des Prés

xx Ashley Churchill


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