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Capital tables, the new gourmet hot spots for Spring

This Spring will be the big comeback of signature dishes appearing on the new upscale Parisian tables.

Baltard au Louvre

Facing François Pinault's new museum of contemporary art, Ewout Vranckx knows his partition well. This talented Belgian, adopted by Paris, trained with Yannick Alléno, Eric Briffard and Christian Le Squer. His signature recipes ? Smoked bass with pickled onions, cod with miso
 and roasted lamb served with « burnt » eggplant are all big hits. A harmony of savors and aromas ! Lunch formula : 22 €, menus : 30 €, 39 €, and 45 €. 9, rue Coquillière, 75001 Paris. Closed on Sunday, service until 10pm. Tel : 09 83 32 01 29 and www.facebook.com/baltardaulouvre/

Baltard au Louvre
The Art Déco ambiance adds to the charm of this address implanted on the edge of the Halles district. © DR

Maison Noura

Hailing from Little Mana, Nadia Farra has given a feminine touch to the flagship in the chain of restaurants founded by Jean-Paul Bou Antoun. Signed Pierre-Yves Rochon, the decor tinted with moucharaby wooden lattice encourages ordering a cocktail from the Thousand and One Nights. In terms of food, tradition takes on a younger touch with taboulé in King Crab version, a stunning trilogy of houmous and a revisited Shish Barak. Here, you will definitely be reconciled with subtly spiced savors… A la carte only : 50 €. 21, avenue Marceau, 75116 Paris. Open 7/7, service until midnight. Tel : 01 47 20 33 33 and www.noura.com

Maison Noura in Paris
The low-key intimate decor has already seduced the upscale clientele of the Golden Triangle. © Emilie Albert

Café Pouchkine Madeleine

The dishes of Yohann Marracini, a native of the Auvergne region, revisits Russian recipes with an Aubrac beef Strogonoff and Pelmenis ravioli with foie gras. Having trained with Alain Passard and Ladurée, the chef has taken over the helm of this legendary institution. In a decor worthy of Versailles, connoisseurs come to taste his millefeuille of mimosa herring, a stuffed Piroshki, filet of sturgeon with caviar and a Pojarski veal chop. The absolute must go ! Only à la carte : 60 €. 16, place de la Madeleine, 75008 Paris. Open 7/7, service until 10:30pm. Tel : 01 53 43 81 60 and cafe-pouchkine.fr

Café Pouchkine in La Madeleine
In a Louis XV decor, treat yourself to upscale Russian gastronomy, while enjoying the view overlooking the Madeleine. © DR

Maison Dubernet, au Printemps du Goût

Favoured by gourmets in the know, who come here for foie gras and charcuteries, this traditional house of the Left Bank has opened on the 7th floor of the elegant department store. And concluded a partnership with Thierry Marx who shares the same love for outstanding French products. From this upscale Parisian seventh heaven, foodies delight in small portions : pastrami of Chalosse beef with seasonal veggies, country blood sausage with chimichuri sauce and breast of duck infused with spices. A la carte : 40 €. 64, boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris. Service 7/7, until 8pm, without reservations. www.maison-dubernet.com

Maison Dubernet, capital tables
When seated a the Dubernet tables, the show is as much inside the plates as it is overlooking the iconic sites of the capital. © JM Coulier

Bus Toqué

Onboard the glamour bus of Nicolas Perrot, there is as much to see as there is to eat during its gastronomical-touristic journey featuring all the Parisian monuments. With his experience at La Marée, then next to Alaan Geam, he picked up the challenge of this culinary safari. On his menu, foie gras with parsley breadcrumbs, marinated salmon with ginger on parmesan chips, chicken breasts with vegetables and caramel éclair by Christophe Adam are really worth the escapade. 2 formulas : 65 € for lunch, in the evening : 89 €. Place de la Concorde, in front of the big Ferris Wheel, at 12:15pm, returning at 2:30pm, and 8:15pm, returning at 10:30pm. Thursday to Saturday. Tel : 06 21 40 20 41 and bustoque.fr

Bus Toqué - Paris
Programmed around the main toursitic sites, this gourmet and cultural escapade lasts 2 small hours. © DR

Maison Bréguet

Formerly at the Trianon Palace, Giulian Mauiri presents down-to-earth cuisine in this 5-star near Bastille that is now part of the David Lanher group (Stern, Panache, Anima, Racine-des-Prés). In a Nordic design atmosphere:  pâté en croûte with foie gras and sweetbreads, red snapper wrapped with lard from Colonnata and filet mignon of pig with buttery Pontoise cabbage are all part of this gourmet venue. It's the new table everyone is talking about… Lunch formula : 24 €, menu : 29 €, à la carte : 50 €. 8, rue Bréguet, 75011 Paris. Open 7/7, service from 5pm until 1am. Tel : 01 43 38 04 31 and www.maisonbreguet.com

Maison Bréguet - Paris
Inside-track Parisians all come to this very trendy address of the moment. © DR