Le Grand Véfour

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Opened in 1784 (as the Café de Chartres), this is one of the oldest and most historic restaurants in Paris. An à la carte meal begins with a fantasia suite of delicacies: tiny frogs' legs, for example, arranged within a circle of sage sauce; a first course of creamed Breton sea urchins served in their spiny shells with a quail's egg and topped with caviar. Fish dishes may be a touch overcooked, and the adventurous desserts are not always successful, but you'll forgive all after a glass of vintage armagnac.

Venue name: Le Grand Véfour
Address: 17 rue de Beaujolais

Opening hours: 12.30-1.30pm, 8-9.30pm Mon-Fri. Closed Aug.
Transport: Métro : Palais Royal Musée du Louvre
Price: Main courses €80. Prix fixe Lunch €96; Dinner €298
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