lhotel.jpgIn the heart of Paris’ Left Bank, a British-owned and run Restaurant is one of only 5 new recipients of this prestigious award. “Le Restaurant” is part of “L’Hotel” which was voted Best City Hotel in the World by Harper’s Bazaar. Admittedly Le Restaurant does have a French Chef

Star chef Philippe Bélissent is the rising star of French cuisine. Formerly sous-chef at the three-star Michelin restaurant, Ledoyen in Paris, the precociously talented Bélissent quickly made Le Restaurant the hottest table in town confirmed by rapturous reviews in the French press.

The Michelin Red guide to France is published in French and English on 6 March 2008 and not only features those top restautants with Michelin stars but also offers 510 listings for restaurants where you can eat well for a more reasonable price i.e €28 or less in the provinces and €35 in Paris. I’ve always found the red Guide invaluable for finding my way around towns (lot of town maps) and for finding somewhere good to eat – and so often in France you cannot always tell the quality of a place by its location or external appearance. There are 435 one-star restaurants in France, 68 with two-star and 26 with three stars.

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