You’ll be hard pushed to find a more insider address than Lunch in the Loft: the exact location is revealed only once you sign up for the party of eight at the home of Claude Cabri (aka Miss Lunch), an artist who loves to cook and who happens to live near one of Paris’s best food markets. The surprise of who you might meet around the table is part of the fun, though it’s worth checking in advance whether most guests speak French or English. And put aside the whole afternoon, as when the wine, food and conversation starts flowing - and it will - 4 hours go by faster than you can say “this dish is délicieux!”.
After your appéro, Claude disappears behind the curtain that separates the kitchen from the dining room, popping her head round every now and again to join in the conversation. Menus are seasonal, but run along the lines of homemade figatellu salad, followed by turbans of sole and shellfish, aiguillettes of stuffed foie gras, and dessert of apple and almond fondant with passion fruit coulis. Just when you’re ready to pop, coffee arrives with sweet delights - mignardise - to help you digest!
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