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Pierre Gagnaire, 8th Arr.

6 Rue Balzac
Paris
France 75008
Tel: 33 1 58 36 12 50
Metro: George V or Charles de Gaulle-Étoile
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Pierre Gagnaire is not only a wizard of contemporary French gastronomy but also one of the most original and artistic chefs working anywhere today. The composition of his dishes is at times baroque—think range-raised capon (the breast stuffed with lemony almond paste, spring onion marmalade, and cherries, the thighs seared with fingerling potatoes), or poached thick-sliced sea bass served with smoked-tomato sorbet and split-pea gnocchi lightly sauced in fennel semifreddo. The menu changes regularly, but Gagnaire has a particular fascination with texture and also likes to explore the sour and bitter sides of the taste spectrum. The clientele in the sedate gray dining room ranges from tables of bankers to solitary Japanese devotees to quartets of ecstatic Americans. Book well in advance, but note that tables are occasionally available on lesser notice for lunch. In case you were wondering, Gagnaire's new glam-fashion Left Bank seafood restaurant Gaya is easier to book and offers a taste of the master's talent at about one third the price (44 Rue du Bac; 33-1-45-44-73-73).

Open Sundays through Fridays noon to 1:30 pm and 7:30 to 9:30 pm.

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Pierre Gagnaire

As I mentioned before regarding the Atelier of Joel Robuchon, I have been at least 10 times in this great restaurant it has for me the top ranking in very excuisite... more

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