We caught up with Le Bristol’s 3 Michelin Starred Master Chef Eric Frechon to learn a little about his eating habits and favourite places to grab a bite in Paris. As one of the City of Light’s most acclaimed culinary talents, Chef Frechon is a local guide you can trust when it comes to food. He gave us some insight on where to go for each meal of the day. Read on to get the master’s recommendations.
“I never have breakfast at home—just a quick coffee. But on weekdays when I arrive at Le Bristol, I often treat myself to a pastry. I can’t resist the Hotel’s croissants, but my excuse is that I am doing a regular quality control!”
“I don’t sit down for lunch during the week; I’ll simply nibble on something from the kitchen before service. On the weekend, I enjoy taking the time for lunch. On Saturday, I’m usually on the go and I love grabbing one of the amazing croque monsieurs from La Fontaine de Belleville (31-33 rue Juliette Dodu) or a lobster roll with yuzu mayonnaise from Homer Lobster in St Germain (15 rue de l’Ancienne Comédie). On Sundays, I have more time and I’m usually in the mood for something traditional like a roast chicken from my restaurant Brasserie Lazare (rue Intérieure, Parvis de la Gare Saint-Lazare) or the blanquette de veau from one of my favourite bistros, Au Petit Tonneau (20 rue Surcouf).”
“I love to go out for a meal after service to wind down and relax. My favourite spot, which is open late, is Shabour (19 rue Saint Sauveur). Run by some of my close friends, they serve a mix of traditional Israeli cuisine with French gastronomic flair. The atmosphere is festive and warm and diners go there to have a good time.”
“My favourite pastries are the traditional ones and there are two places I rely on. Stohrer (51 rue Montorgeuil) is the oldest patisserie in Paris and their Saint-Honoré is the absolute best in town. Bontemps (57 rue de Bretagne) serves a Mont-Blanc that is as beautiful as it is delicious.”
“On the rare occasion that I catch a drink in a bar, it’s usually at Le Bar du Bristol. Le Bristol After Dark is a really cool and laid-back atmosphere that I really enjoy after a long day in the kitchen.”
We know where we’re eating and drinking out in Paris this week.