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Gerard Besson Restaurant In Paris

Gerard Besson is an incredible chef that originally came from the Lyon area in the Rhone-Alpes region, which is referred to by many as the French capital of gastronomy, and he was certainly brought up with cooking as Gerards's parents ran a hotel and restaurant near the old city of Pérouges.

Although having had training by some of the very best, he has always preferred the traditional French cuisine which is reflected in the menu of his restaurant, which, you have guessed it, is called Gerard Besson.

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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 unforgettable experience.

Restaurant Guide Key Points

Gerard Besson restaurant is open from a Tuesday to Friday for lunch from noon through to 2pm.

They are open for dinner of an evening from 7.15pm through to 9.30pm on a Monday to a Saturday.

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 60€.

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:

Gérard Besson
5 Rue Coq Héron

Telephone: 1 42 33 14 74
Fax: 1 42 33 85 71

Gerard Besson Restaurant

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