Le Dauphin, Paris 75011

Last weekend, The Accidental Londoner came to visit me in Paris. I always enjoy having friends visit JB and I in Paris, one of the reasons being that it provides me with an opportunity to dust off my tourist shoes and walk the streets of this incredibly beautiful city, seeing it through the eyes of my friends. Plus, belly laughs and thoughtful conversations with good people are great for the soul. I find that it's easy to be swallowed up by a big place and I'm guilty of forgetting sometimes that there's more to life than the routine of métro/boulot/dodo (tube/work/sleep).

In amongst a weekend of strolling the streets of central Paris, chatting about anything and everything, stopping to take a photo and respecting the hour of the apéro, Flora and I had dinner at Le Dauphin and I feel that it is my duty to share this address with you because it is a very special place. Be sure to go here in excellent company, like I did and intend to on all future occasions.

Le Dauphin is the wine bar/restaurant by the same owner of Le Chateaubriand, a renowned dining experience in Paris. Both are run by chef Inaki Aizpitarte and fuse French, South American and Asian flavours to ensure an unforgettable culinary experience.  The portions are perfect for sharing and we did not hold back in ordering as many plates as we could, eager to sample as much as we possibly could.

The space is so chic. Marble walls and floors and mirrors. We were sat at one of these cute tables.

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The atmosphere is incredibly relaxed. Some people were dressed up to the nines (and looked amazing) but Flora and I were pretty casual (and obviously looked amazing) and then there were many customers dressed somewhere in the middle (all of whom, you guessed it, looked amazing). So the dress code is whatever you want it to be...

The service is just right, attentive but not overwhelming. We left the drinks decision in the hands of our friendly, capable waitress because the staff are incredibly knowledgeable about both the food and the wine list.

We ordered two desserts, because it felt appropriate. I am also a big believer in living in the present and following your gut feeling which was telling Flora and myself "if you can't decide between the profiteroles and the lemon meringue biscuit, to hell with it and get both".

Thank you Flora, for coming to visit, for being wonderful company and the perfect partner in eating patisserie crime!

All uncredited photos are from Flora's iPhone.

Whatever the occasion, whether it is date night or girls night, I would highly recommend Le Dauphin.
Go. And enjoy. And feel free to share with me your favourite part of the experience.

Lou
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