He first opened this gourmet restaurant way back in 1978 in a
16th century town house, which is in a very historical area of Paris, and this passionate chef has been producing
refined haute cuisine dishes that change with the seasons ever since.
Gerard Besson is situated close to a number of Paris
landmarks like the Palais Royal, The Louvre
that is probably the most famous of all museums in France,
the Place des Victoires and also near to the River Seine
and it is a fantastic place to enjoy a romantic meal, especially after a day of
sight-seeing in this popular area of Paris.
And for more than twenty-five years the restaurant has always followed the seasons, along
with the style of the time, so the interior decor has actually been redone three times in
the past before the last one that changed the entire feel of the place and it is now a mix
of simplicity and elegance, with warm subtle tones, paintings that adorn the walls and
beautiful chandeliers for a truly intimate, yet welcoming setting.
Now we quickly mentioned that at this haute cuisine Paris restaurant, the menu changes with the
seasons and at the beginning of the year the truffle is always present, but cooked in many
different ways to bring out different feelings. Spring is when all the new little
vegetables arrive on the scene and they are served on their own in a stew or accompanying
Bresse poultry and lobster from Brittany. When it comes
to summer, you will find different cold dishes plus this is the time that the aromatic
herbs and various olive oils announce their arrival on the menu. But finally when
September comes around game starts to appear and from game birds to game animals, this for
many is the highlight of the year, yet the types of pastry dishes also change and follow
what fresh produce is available.
Just some of the delights you could get to experience include scrambled eggs served with
morel mushrooms, grilled sole served with a creamy mussel sauce, sole aiguillette, Indian
style and Madras basmati rice, roasted Challans Duckling with almonds, grapefruit and
citrus fruit purée, red mullet with fava beans, mint, salad and olive, roasted veal
cutlet with veal juice, red wine and vegetables, a terrine with chicken breast, foie gras,
carrot and citrus jelly, steamed lobster with Mediterranean artichoke, asparagus and green
salad, de-boned roasted pigeon with pineapple and apple, smoked salmon with marinaded
scallops, sauté of wild boar from Corsica and lobster cooked
in lobster sauce perfumed with Port and Tarragon along with macaroni and mushrooms, to
name a few.
Also, as with many top restaurants in Paris, there
is a fabulous choice of wines from many of the different wine regions in France, including a nice selection of wines from Corsica. But there are also rare vintages and a variety of wines from all over
the world from Gerard Besson's travels plus there is a great selection of Cognac, Calvados and liquors to choose from, which
makes this wine cellar rather unique.
So if you are looking for a gourmet restaurant with distinction, then this establishment
will provide a warm welcome from the chef Gerard Besson himself, his wife Martine and the
rest of the staff, to make your meal one to remember and the traditional French cuisine an
Restaurant Guide Key Points
Gerard Besson restaurant is open from a Tuesday to Friday for lunch from noon through to
They are open for dinner of an evening from 7.15pm through to 9.30pm on a Monday to a
However, they are closed at lunchtime on a Monday and a Saturday, plus they are closed all
day on a Sunday.
The Gerard Besson restaurant is usually closed for at least a month in the summer and in
2008 this was for the last week of July and the first three weeks of August.
Reservations are required and although an obvious point, it is always best to check on
when the opening and closing times are, prior to making definite arrangements.
They provide a lunch time menu which includes a choice of starter, choice of main course,
cheese course and a choice of dessert for around 63. Of an evening, Gerard
Besson also provide a tasting menu, known as a degustation menu for around 125 and
there is the obvious A la Carte menu, and the average cost of a main course is around
You will be pleased to know that this particular place to eat out in Paris is suitable for the disabled
and is also suitable for the whole family, yet the dress code is smart attire.
The nearest Metro stations are either the Palais royal - Musée du Louvre on line 1 and 7
or the Louvre - Rivoli on line 1.
Address & Contact Details:
5 Rue Coq Héron
Telephone: 1 42 33 14 74
Fax: 1 42 33 85 71