Le Sergent Recruteur

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Ile Saint Louis

In a modern-day gastronomic and architectural fairy tale, avant-garde Spanish designer Jaime Hayón and chef Antonin Bonnet, formerly of Mayfair’s The Greenhouse, have rescued a former pub on the Ile St Louis from a future of tourists and bad beer and turned it into a princess among restaurants. Stone walls and a medieval-inspired décor are finished with modern white and green touches that work with the changes in daylight, bright and clean during the day and romantic and sophisticated in the evening. Enormous mirrors shaped like suits of armour set the tone, and the rooms are open and spacious, with a glassed-off kitchen overlooking a dining room done out in handsome, solid wooden tables, banquettes and sofas. 


The ‘carte blanche’ menus, where you are led by the whims of the chef (€65 or €95 at lunch, €95 or €145 at dinner), offer daring versions of classic French dishes. Cooked with ingredients carefully selected from the best producers, they have quickly earned the Sergent a Michelin star. On our visit, we had chicken liver pâté with a stunning celery jus, foie gras with rhubarb confit, perfectly cooked tuna and baby vegetables with mustard, asparagus with trout eggs, wild duck with spelt, then mango and herb ice cream and chocolate tart. Service is adroit and professional, making a faultless and memorable meal.

Venue name: Le Sergent Recruteur
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Address: 41 rue Saint-Louis-en-l’Ile
4e
Paris

Opening hours: Tue-Sat, 12mid-2pm, 7pm-10pm
Transport: Métro : Pont Marie ou Sully-Morland

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Andrew Williams

This restaurant stands as a fantastic example of Parisian style. We received impeccable service by English-speaking waiting staff, who were keen to explain each and every dish as it came, and were also very knowledgable about wines that complemented each dish. Our only minor concern from the outset was the minimalist size of the portions, but after we realised that there were well in excess of 12 courses, this didn't really matter. The highlight, bizarrely, was the plate of mini vegetables sautéed in butter, which they assured us, had come from their own garden in Normandy. The flavours that came through were deliciously sweet. The ricotta ravioli were delicious with a pea and mint garnish, and for dessert, the elderberry ice cream with raspberry compote followed by the chocolate and cherry dessert were both delicious, A highly memorable meal, for us a special treat in view of the high prices, certainly not the place to go if you're on a tight budget. But if you a really want to treat yourself in an impeccable setting, this might be the place for you.