I received a press release from 24 Le Restaurant in late November announcing the chef would be preparing a Thanksgiving menu. It intrigued me a French chef was taking on creating a Thanksgiving menu and his version included crispy turkey picatta with stuffing, potatoes, mango coulis and honey mustard sauce followed by cinnamon and pumpkin cream with vanilla and Macadamia nut ice cream, tempted me but I already made my plans to have a traditional Thanksgiving at a friends house.
I asked the publicist the following week if I could come to the restaurant to try the regular menu. He generously invited me to come and to bring a friend.
24 Le Restaurant is located in the 8th arr. near the Champs Elysees. I don’t frequent this area for restaurants, as the choices are either fast food or expensive menus catering to the upscale tourist trade. 24 Le Rest was expensive but didn’t see overpriced or for the tourist trade.
Hakim Seghaier the owner, an imposing figure impeccably dressed in a well-tailored suit and silk tie warmly greeted us at the door taking our coats and seating us on a banquette. His first order of business was to offer a glass of Champagne, which we happily said yes to. It was 7:30PM and the restaurant was quiet.
The tastefully appointed dining room was dimly lit with smoky gray walls, leather tufted club chairs and black wall panels painted with calligraphy by Tunisian artist Shoof. Even though the restaurant wasn’t that big, it felt spacious and comfortable with ample space between the tables.
The limited menu choice of three entrees and 5 plats all looked appealing. A starter of artichokes and sun ripened tomatoes in a light bouillon bath had a space age presentation in a crystal sphere and my friend enjoyed a house made foie gras with a touch of pear chutney and Granny Smith apple. Two thick slices of filet mignon of veal with delicate onion ravioli was hearty by not heavy, satisfying my craving for meat that evening.
After having a hard time choosing dessert after asking so many questions, the kitchen solved our problem and brought out one of each. The artful presentation of chocolate fondant, tarte tartin, lemon meringue tart and poached pineapple in vanilla dazzled us and the taste as well. It was a cold night and the long, leisurely dinner in the lovely dining room soothed our souls and taste buds.
Barely being able to move after our dessert orgy, I went to the kitchen to meet the chef and his staff. I got a shot of the caramel skinned, handsome head chef Erwan Merdrignac, who formerly worked with Yannick Alleno at Hotel Scribe and The Maurice, smiling below his hanging copper pots.
We spoke to Hakim Seghaier for a bit about the restaurant before we left and told him how much we enjoyed the experience.
24 rue Jean Mermoz, 75008
Metro: Franklin Roosevelt
Tel: +33 1 42 25 24 24
Open Monday to Friday Lunch 12PM-2:30PM, dinner 7PM to 10:30PM,Saturday dinner only, closed Sunday
Lunch menus 29€ for two courses, 33€ for three courses
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