Antoine-16th Arrondissement

In the evening twilight Antoine’s is a discreet address for that intimate rendezvous with the illuminated tower blinking on the hour and providing that special soupçon of Paris elegance. But by day it is populated with sophisticated French society.

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With a view of the Eiffel Tower from every table in the main dining room and a coupe of Bruno Paillard’s excellent rosé life could not be more parisien!

In the evening twilight Antoine’s is a discreet address for that intimate rendezvous with the illuminated tower blinking on the hour and providing that special soupçon of Paris elegance. But by day it is populated with sophisticated French society.

Directly before me an homme d’un certain age, dressed impeccably in a navy blue wool suit, white shirt with French cuffs and yellow tie was entertaining his wife and a slightly younger woman-ah vive la France!Meanwhile M and I sipped our Paillard, nibbled on amuse-bouchesand surveyed the menu.

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Our Menu Embrun (78 euros) began with Carpaccio de Poisson minute Huile d’olive « Terre Bormane » parfumée aux feuilles de Citronnier-refreshing with a glass of petit chablis.

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This was followed by crab in chicken pan juices and an excellent white.

A firm, stuffed  monkfish accompanied by braised lettuce and fermented milk with black truffle oil was superb.

Chef  Thibault Sombardier’s final course before dessert was roasted pigeon with turnips and mushrooms washed down with a red from Languedoc.

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Since our dessert was a divine concoction of apples a conspiratorial nod to maitre d’ Frédéric Vandenelsken produced a 15-year old Calvados that would have brought joy to William the Conqueror.

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If you’d like to soak up the atmosphere on a budget Chef Sombardier proposes a 42 euro , 3-course entrée, plat et dessert.

Antoine’s 10 Avenue de New York 75016

Metro: Alma -Marceau

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