41 avenue Gabriel, Paris, 75008
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Couples, Foodies, Celebrity spotting, Romance, Special occasions
Expert review of Laurent
Sitting in gardens on the lower reaches of the Champs-Elysées, Laurent is my favourite choice for an al fresco summer splurge, with its tables set around a fountain, carefully screened by a hedge from the crowds on the Champs-Elysées beyond, although inside the 1840s pavilion, originally built for King Louis-Philippe, with its well-spaced tables and blowsy 19th-century portraits is also lovely for a special occasion in winter.
Artistically presented haute cuisine given modern lightness and a Mediterranean flourish by chef Alain Pégouret, originally from Cannes. Try the john dory with razor shells, turbot with salsify, Pyrenean lamb with artichokes or a starter of colourful root vegetables. President Sarkozy is said to always chose the lobster salad.
Elegant and hushed yet not stuffy. It's conveniently close to the Elysées palace and the ministry of the interior, so expect political powerbrokers at lunch, amorous couples at night, and you may well spot the odd rock star among the famous faces.
Polite, discreet and out to please — what you'd expect at this level of restaurant.
Set back from the road in gardens on the lower part of the Champs-Elysées between place de la Concorde and the Rond-Point.
The 85 euro set lunch menu is a pretty good deal for this sort of restaurant; otherwise expect to pay around 150 à la carte.
More information on Laurent:
- Price guide:
- 41 avenue Gabriel, Paris, 75008
- 01 42 25 00 39
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Mon-Fri 12.30-2pm, 7.30-10pm, Sat 7.30-10pm.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Always essential
- Free tags / Keywords:
- Al fresco