It looks like another once-great Paris gastronomic institution, the brasserie, may finally be in the crosshairs of the city’s best young chefs for a much-needed makeover. Eric Fréchon, one of the early movers in the bistrot renaissance and now the three-star chef at the Hôtel Bristol, has recently designed a terrific new menu for the Mini Palais, the vast and trendy restaurant at the glass-roofed Grand Palais. Fréchon’s new menu, served nonstop from noon to 1 am, includes a delicious clafoutis of cèpes, a duck “hamburger” topped with grilled foie gras, and an off-hours menu that includes a rock lobster, avocado and hard-boiled egg club sandwich.

3 ave Winston Churchill, Paris 8th, 01.42.56.42.42. Lunch menu €28, dinner à la carte €45. Prices are per person, without wine

Originally published in the November 2010 issue of France Today


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