Listed as the “intangible cultural heritage” of the world by UNESCO in 2010, the French culinary art has earned great popularity not only in the country but across the globe.
The French cuisine has a rich history that aids in the rich taste of the dishes so much so that the western culinary education use many French culinary ideas in the Western food items.
To taste the best French food, here are the popular eateries to look out for.
Where best to look for French cuisine if not the country it originated from? From the Mir Azur nestled atop a hill on Italian French border to the iconic Arpege in the central France –France has the most authentic recipes available in its restaurants.
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Since 1986, the upscale 3 Michelin star rated restaurant Arpège has been enticing its guests with the delectable food made mostly from the garden produce and the seasonal ingredients.
Make reservations beforehand and try out their dishes.
There’s a lot lot to choose from like Tarte Tatin, Apple Pie with milk caramel, vegetable merguez, Harlequin Planter and Hot-cold egg in maple syrup.
Mir Azur is another Michelin 3-star rated restaurant run by Mauro Colagreco.
Opened in 2006, Mir Azur is located on the east of Nice in southwestern France and it was acknowledged in The 50 Best Restaurants Awards for impeccable presentation of the dishes and Mauro’s utilization of Avant-Garde technique in combining temperature, texture and cooking method with fresh local produce.
Bordinger Squid, Beetroot with salt crust and Gillardeau Oyster are some of the popular dishes.
La Grande Maison De Bernard Magrez
Located in the 5-star luxury hotel, La Grande Maison de Bernard Magrez gets its popularity from the 6-course tasting menu where you can taste small amount of every dish.
Run by Pierre Gagnaire, here you will find eco-labeled dishes made from seasonal local ingredients.
Grilled Duck Foie Gras, Blue Lobster, Oyster Ice Cream and Lemon Cassata are the special dishes to try.
La Petit Nice
Just as the name suggests, this costal restaurant in Nice not only offers magnificent sea view from the open balcony but also offers southern French cuisine by Gerald Passedat.
The Bouillabaisse is one of the famous dishes here –the local fish is served with traditional soup.
Au Pied De Cochon
Starting its journey in 1947, Au Pied de Cochon in Les Halles is the first Parisian restaurant that remains open 24×7.
This French bistro offers an old-school vintage aesthetic vibe and is a hotspot for numerous celebrities. The dinner comes in large portions and you should definitely taste the traditional escargot and steak tartare.
Le Jules Verne
When in Paris, what better place to have food than in Le Jules Verne which sits on the Eiffel Tower and offers unparalleled 360-degree panoramic views of the city.
The bar and table is surrounded by the glass windows. Reopened with new menu and refurbished décor in 2007, it serves 5-6 course contemporary French cuisine to the guests who book in advance.
If you want to indulge in crunchy and delicious macaroons or French cookies, check out Laduree which is famous globally for the different flavored cookies and delicate pastries at the shop cum tea salon.
The original shop of Laduree is century old and in Rue Royale which is a historical spot.
Having subtle Japanese vibe in representation of dishes and interior décor, Breizh Café in Paris is a Breton crepirie.
The authentic French crepes are famous here and these are served with salted caramel butter and yuzu.
Also taste the Buckwheat galettes made of Bordier butter and delicious stuffing.
L’Atelier De Joel Robuchon
Resembling a sushi bar, this French restaurant opened by Joel Robuchon and run by Axel Manes can be your best option to try classic French dishes and seasonal delights.
Do not miss the clams or les palourdes with mushroom and pink garlic stuffing as well as the calf liver served with crunchy onion rouelles.
Alain Ducasse Au Plaza Athénée
Noted chef Alain Ducasse have been running Plaza Athenee successfully for years and his effort in keeping a sleek interior and delectable food has earned him recognition by The 50 Best Restaurants Awards.
Organic ingredients and healthy eating are the main concerns of Alain and his menu is based on cereal, fish and vegetables.
For starters you can have Anjou Quinoa with green asparagus and Brittany Langoustines with golden caviar.
As for main course, check out Turbot with borage, lovage and oysters.
Restaurants In The Usa
Casual cafeteria to upscale restaurants, New York City too has a number of French eateries.
Le Coucou is famous for the beef filet, leeks and Halibut in Beurre Blanc while Le Bernadin offers great Fluke Sashimi and Red Snapper. Manhatta on 60th floor of Liberty Street Tower offers Peekytoe Crab Salad and Duck Tortellini, the French Brasserie Augustine is famous for Souffle au formage and Le Coq Rico is a meat-lovers’ paradise with delicious Chicken Liver Salad and Baecheoffe.
Try Cantabric Anchovies at La Mercerie, Tomato Almond Gazpacho in Claudette, Kohlrabi Bisque at Le Turtle, Sea Urchin with black bread at Jean-Georges and Chocolate Mousse at Buvette.