Honestly, we can think of no better way to spend time in Paris than to have a culinary journey after a day of sleeping late, then slowly sauntering around the Louvre. Enter Mystery Cuisine and romance—the Parisian Way.
First impressions upon hearing about this restaurant is that it might be gimmicky. But the second impression – the one you get when you enter this warm restaurant with its many private, cozy alcoves – leads to the third, fourth and fifth impression which is: a life lasting memory of time and money well spent on exquisite food, sweet surprises and the perfect place to pop the question… or to prep you for sleeping in late again. Smile. Yes, Mystery Cuisine is expensive, but less so than dining at the Jules Verne on the Eiffel Tower… and way more romantic and, well, Parisian.
Edouard Desrousseaux De Vandière is a true creative – and one almost doesn’t want to explain how, because the surprises should be kept for the diner. But do expect that he might arrive to fire up a torch to heat your slate table (directly on the table!), where he literally paints oil directly on the heated table, then proceeds to put down banana leaves and build the most squealingly lovely to-see-and-eat appetizers. Right. Before. Your. Eyes. There’s molecular magic going on in the kitchen with Vietnamese chef Thu-La, who does Asian-French fusion to haute gastronomic perfection.
There’s a reason why we call this a romantic restaurant.
There’s a reason why the French call this a smart address.
And speaking of addresses, this is in the 1st arrondissement—same as the Hotel Britannique:
37 bis rue de Montpensier
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday for dinner.