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Saturne. Photo: pauldorpat.com

Saturne. Photo: johntalbottsparis.typepad.com

Saturne. Photo: restoland.com

Address 17 rue Notre-Dame des Victoires; 75002 Paris
by Place de la Bourse
Neighbourhood 2nd Arrondissement - Bourse | See on map
Metro Bourse [M3]
Telephone +33 1 42 60 31 90
Website http://www.saturne-paris.com
Price Set lunch menu EUR 35, dinner EUR 37 (four courses)-EUR 59 (six courses) plus drinks.
Hours Monday-Friday 12-14, 20-21:30.

Real foodies can be a bit like groupies around promising young chefs, so Parisian gourmet hounds have been all hot in their pants about chef Sven Chartier and sommelier Ewen Le Moigne’s new place. The duo earned gold stars in critics’ books while shining at Les Racines, the previous gastro hotspot in town, so expectations were riding high for this new wine bar-slash-restaurant.

It’s a place to show off – your gastro credentials, your oenophile sophistication and insider Paris status, everything – rather than just hang out for a cosy meal. The food is flawless, simple and innovative but not necessarily that filling; the wine list is impressive but challenging with many unusual organic selections; and, open on weekdays only, the place won’t be on the standard city weekend break itinerary.

However, beautifully designed, in a cool, understated Scandinavian way, like the chef, with blonde wood everywhere, and packed with a cool Parisian crowd, it’s not the worst place to earn bragging rights for having been, even if doesn’t tick all your boxes.