Paris, November 2018 –Located at the quieter end of Champs-Élysées, Pavillon Ledoyen is one of the oldest and most beautiful restaurants in Paris. The Neoclassical mansion (owned by The City of Paris) has its own gardens and a picturesque view of the renowned art museum, Petit Palais. Before this visit, my last time here was in 1996, when it was a two Michelin stars restaurant serving very traditional French cuisine. Chef Yannick Alléno has been at its helm since 2014, and immediately earned 3 Michelin stars for the establishment. Currently, Pavillon Ledoyen is #29 on the World’s 50 Best restaurants list.
It was the perfect autumn day to stroll to Pavillion Ledoyen from Rue Faubourg Saint Honoré. As the yellow mansion came in view, it was a welcoming sight, and we even caught a glimpse of the chefs through the windows.
We were seated at a table facing the windows that framed the magnificent Petit Palais and the beautiful autumn gardens.
The menus were quite simple. Instead of the extensive Truffles degustation menu or Degustation menu, we decided to try the 3-course lunch menu.
Starter – Chanterelle mushrooms flavoured with yellow wine and tarragon
Main – Stripped cod and crispy spring potatoes
Dessert – Crispy butternut squash ravioli and frangipane
Though the meal was exquisite, especially the Chanterelle mushrooms, we felt that the restaurant lacked a personal touch or spirit. We were told that Chef Alléno is not usually at his restaurant. Nevertheless, the dining experience at Pavillion Ledoyen was still a memorable one.
All photos were taken by Mrs. King.