Gaya Rive Gauche

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© Jacques Gavard
St Germain des Prés

Superchef Pierre Gagnaire runs this comparatively affordable fish restaurant. The menu enumerates ingredients without much clue as to how they are put together, though the helpful waiters will explain if you don't like a surprise. But then surprises are what Gagnaire is famous for. The Fats Waller, for instance, turns out to be a soup of grilled red peppers with a bloody mary sorbet in the centre and daubs of quinoa, basmati rice and Chinese spinach. For the mains, diners are treated like sophisticated children - everything has been detached from the bone or carapace. Light desserts complete the successful formula.

Venue name: Gaya Rive Gauche
Address: 44 rue du Bac

Opening hours: noon-2.30pm, 7.30-10.45pm Mon-Fri; noon-3pm, 7.30-10.45pm Sat
Transport: Metro: Rue du Bac
Price: Main courses €18-€42. Prix fixe Lunch €60
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