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Le Petit Victor Hugo

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Keep an eye out for the sleeping beauty of the 16th arrondissement, which has been revamped from floor to ceiling by the talented interior designer Laura Gonzalez. The “PVH” has maintained its Art Deco spirit in this brand-new cozier and more glamorous iteration: a mirrored ceiling, paneled walls, terra cotta tiling, wide leather banquettes, 1970s prints and massive plants. There’s been a renaissance when it comes to the cuisine as well, thanks to the good nautical fare by chef Brahim Goujan (ex-Plaza Athénée). The day we went for lunch, we ordered all of the following à la carte: lobster deviled eggs, a deliciously snobby (but slightly stingy) version of the classic recipe; an impeccable Icelandic cod steak served in a delicious herb broth with coco de Paimpol beans; and an extremely classic pavlova dripping with a red berry and basil compote. There are seafood platters for those looking to indulge, caviar for others… And if you want some fresh air, don’t miss the Petit Toit, one of the most secretive rooftop bars in Paris, where you can savor carpaccio and lobster rolls in a verdant setting. // Yvonne Gambetta  

FEELING THIRSTY? A myriad of cocktails (with or without alcohol) dreamt up by Adèle Fardeau (Flower Gin made with Citadelle gin, violet, Bourgoin verjus, spirulina, tonic water, lemon verbena, egg white… €9 to €14) and a respectable wine list featuring a Petit Chablis from the Domaine Christophe et Fils (€11.50 a glass) and an organic Menetou-Salon from the Domaine de Love (€46), or Tradition, a Crozes-Hermitage white from the Domaine Yann Chave (€63). 
PRICE: Set menus €25-29 (lunch), à la carte €40-68, count on spending between €35 and €145 for seafood.

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