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DROUANT BY ANTOINE WESTERMANN

12 July 2016

When I lived in Paris I often walked past Drouant, the historic restaurant by Michelin-starred chef Antoine Westermann near the Opéra in the second arrondissement, so when we were over for my birthday weekend in May it was the perfect time to finally visit.

Dinner at Drouant by Antoine Westermann - Paris Michelin-starred restaurants - UK lifestyle blog

Discreetly tucked behind a screen of trees around the outdoor terrace, Drouant has sat on the corner of a quiet, pretty square since 1880 - Westermann took the reigns in 2006 and now owns five restaurants in France and the US.  Known for elegant French cuisine, the talented Alsatian chef refreshes classic dishes with a gastronomic touch and seasonal ingredients.  The restaurant has the lovely, serene ambience of a relaxed yet refined establishment with neutral interiors, cream and gold walls, comfortable leather armchairs and simple white tables.  Unlike the Parisian stereotype, the service was excellent: both the maître d' and sommelier were friendly and attentive.

Dinner at Drouant by Antoine Westermann - Paris Michelin-starred restaurants - UK lifestyle blog

Dinner at Drouant by Antoine Westermann - Paris Michelin-starred restaurants - UK lifestyle blog

Dinner at Drouant by Antoine Westermann - Paris Michelin-starred restaurants - UK lifestyle blog

Dinner at Drouant by Antoine Westermann - Paris Michelin-starred restaurants - UK lifestyle blog

We started with a glass of Champagne and a charcuterie sharing board with cornichons and poultry terrine en croûte.  For starters, we chose 4 hors-d'œuvres: the delicious sea bream tartare with cilantro, leeks with vinaigrette, whiting goujonnettes with gribiche sauce and asparagus, washed down with a couple of glasses of the mineral Saint-Romain Sous la Velle from Domaine Henri & Gilles Buisson in the Cote de Beaune area of Burgundy.  I love sharing small plates and tasting lots of different dishes, so these appetisers were ideal.

Dinner at Drouant by Antoine Westermann - Paris Michelin-starred restaurants - UK lifestyle blog

Dinner at Drouant by Antoine Westermann - Paris Michelin-starred restaurants - UK lifestyle blog

Dinner at Drouant by Antoine Westermann - Paris Michelin-starred restaurants - UK lifestyle blog

Dinner at Drouant by Antoine Westermann - Paris Michelin-starred restaurants - UK lifestyle blog

Dinner at Drouant by Antoine Westermann - Paris Michelin-starred restaurants - UK lifestyle blog

Dinner at Drouant by Antoine Westermann - Paris Michelin-starred restaurants - UK lifestyle blog

For mains we shared the steak tartare made from French Charolais beef, with crunchy fries and a green salad along with the pan-fried sea bream and a glass of fresh Alsace pinot gris. The portions are generous so we were too full for desserts, but were offered complimentary candied orange slices to finish a wonderful dinner. If you're looking for a foodie experience in Paris, Drouant is an excellent choice.

Drouant18 Rue Gaillon, 75002 Paris, France

Dinner at Drouant by Antoine Westermann - Paris Michelin-starred restaurants - UK lifestyle blog

Dinner at Drouant by Antoine Westermann - Paris Michelin-starred restaurants - UK lifestyle blog

Dinner at Drouant by Antoine Westermann - Paris Michelin-starred restaurants - UK lifestyle blog

Dinner at Drouant by Antoine Westermann - Paris Michelin-starred restaurants - UK lifestyle blog

Dinner at Drouant by Antoine Westermann - Paris Michelin-starred restaurants - UK lifestyle blog

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