In his worldly eatery tucked away behind the Cité de l’Architecture, the beloved Sophie the Girafe children’s toy has had a very bling-bling makeover! All dolled up by Joseph Dirand (golden paneling, a striking curved marble bar, luxurious views of the Eiffel Tower, rust-colored velvet), Girafe is a beautiful beast with a long neck from the fashionable duo that is Gilles Malafosse and Laurent de Gourcuff (Monsieur Bleu, Perruche), and it excels in the art of seafood (salmon ceviche with quinoa, sole meunière, roasted cod with morel mushrooms) and raised pinkies. The other day at lunch, reeled in off the à la carte selection: an irreproachable tuna and yellow tail tartare on a pedestal of avocado, electrified by pineapple, jalapeño and sesame oil; two beautiful pieces of octopus illuminated by aioli in a pretty Mediterranean setting – sun-dried tomato, pan-fried zucchini, whole garlic cloves in their skin and basil; before six cheeky chouquettes stuffed with whipped cream dipped in hot hot hot chocolate sauce for the luxurious dessert. But watch out! It costs an arm and a leg. // A.A.
FEELING THIRSTY? Sancerre for all from the Domaine Gaudry (€10 a glass), a classy Pouilly-Fuissé from the Domaine Carette (€80 a bottle), a drinkable Chambertin from the Domaine Prieuré Roch (€705)…
PRICE: Shellfish platters €55-250, caviar, blinis and Isigny cream starting at €90 for 30 g, appetizers and mains €18-59, desserts €13-17.