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Five dinner spots for a sure thing

Where can you make a move while feasting? What are the best restaurants for a simultaneous eyeful and mouthful?

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    Tania Bruna-Rosso
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This is our Valentine’s Day “love list” of spots so desirable, they are often impossible to book… Except when Le Fooding gets involved and offers you the chance to win five reservations for two, on the night of February 14th, at a few impenetrable hotspots… Head on over to Facebook to test your luck!

The most Frenchef lover
Night after night, the exposed rafters and exposed stone walls of Frenchie are illuminated by some exquisite culinary witticisms, delicately dressed on romantic plates. Skilled in the art of making everything more sophisticated, Greg Marchand perfectly embodies the frenchef lover that the entire world is so crazy about. For Valentine’s Day, there’s a set €140 menu (wine pairings available for an additional €80).

The tightest squeeze
Abri has proven that size doesn’t matter! And for good reason, because the twenty seats of this tiny restaurant have been some of the most coveted in France ever since the “Fooding d’amour Guide 2013” award was given to its chef Katsuaki Okiyama. Expect to wait at least two months before getting a table. Which means it’s either a double orgasm or nothing, if you manage first to get a reservation, and then savor such a pleasurable meal… Dinner menu for €52.

The most discreet charm
This is one of those cherished places we would rather jealously keep all to ourselves, but the laudatory press has already clued in all of Paris about it, who have fallen under the elusive charms of Eels and its young chef, Adrien Ferrand. His masterful passion has given new life to haute bistronomy, with a disarmingly simple approach. And we’re crushing hard in these early months of 2019! Tasting menu for €59 (+€32 for food and wine pairings), à la carte €55-62.

The most sought after
Without contest one of the best spots in Paris, Septime has been praised since 2011 for the very stripped down cuisine of Bertrand Grébaut… You’ll be gobsmacked by how fresh it is, all while swooning over how good it is! But careful, this kind of treat is hard to come by: you’ll need to call 3 weeks in advance to get a table. Unless… Dinner menu for €80.

The most amore mio
Racines titillates intimacy and sensitivity without putting on airs in a space located within the Passage des Panoramas. Explore an Italian Carte du Tendre, filled with spicy sausages, explosively flavorful burrata and living wines! When the lady killer chef Simone Tondo starts talking to you about his noodles… it’s enough to make your head spin! À la carte €36-51.

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