A Seafood Icon
Just before its 100th birthday, one of the most venerable brasseries in Paris has just gotten a stunning new décor that reflects its seafood-focused new menu. Open daily, La Lorraine offers a variety of different seating options, from quiet banquette tables in niches to a large terrace with views over the Place des Ternes. Arriving, there’s a gorgeous mosaic floor of swimming fish in front of the stand piled with crushed ice and seafood where the ecailleur prepares the gorgeous trays of impeccably fresh shellfish and crustaceans for which this address has long been well-known. Marine-themed murals ornament the walls of the dining room, along with objects that create a chic fifties retro atmosphere. Beyond shellfish, start with sautéed baby squid with Chorizo, fish soup, snails or roasted langoustines, and then tuck into a grilled sole, salmon or tuna tartare, Scottish salmon with a saffron beurre blanc, chicken roasted with morels mushrooms or a steak. Don’t miss the crêpes with Grand Marnier or the excellent millefeuille for dessert, and service here is charming and convivial. – A.L.
La Lorraine 2 Place des Ternes (8th), 01 56 21 22 00