Brilliant Chef Guy Savoy shows his mastery across all ends of the dining spectrum – from Bistro Atelier Maître Albert, with its unpretentious yet perfect Parisian dishes, to the sheer culinary artistry of restaurant Guy Savoy.
The Chef Guy Savoy, a global ambassador for French cuisine
Think of some names synonymous with French cuisine, and Guy Savoy quickly springs to mind. Savoy won his first Michelin star aged 27, and now holds three stars for his Restaurant Guy Savoy, two for its sister establishment in Las Vegas, one for Le Chiberta and a string of accolades for his two other restaurants in Paris.
He is a global ambassador for French cuisine, being one of the chefs who successfully pitched in 2010 to have the French gastronomic meal declared a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage . Never one to flaunt his celebrity status, Savoy has nevertheless made subtle yet memorable marks on the world of pop culture: he voiced the character of Horst in animated film Ratatouille, mentored a young Gordon Ramsay and recently appeared in a witty French tourism clip, that you can also watch at the bottom of this page, feeding garlic snails and frogs’ legs to Australian racing car driver, Daniel Ricciardo. Visitors to Paris can experience his creative talents at several restaurants, especially the two featured here.
Bistro Chic at Atelier Maître Albert
Classic French dishes, served in a rustic yet elegant setting tucked just behind the Notre Dame and Boulevard Saint-Germain? It sounds like the setting for a love story, and Atelier Maître Albert certainly does evoke adoring swoons from its loyal fanbase, even after almost two decades of service.
Step inside and you’re cocooned in intimacy, all charcoal walls, lush artworks and rough-stone fireplace. The interior is by architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, who has breathed contemporary touches into this Renaissance-era building that make it spacious yet old-world cosy. Attentive staff welcome you to a beautiful Parisian table, where perfectly executed drinks and seasonal amuse bouches arrive in tantalising formation before the main event.
© Laurence Mouton - Vinotheque a Maitre Albert Restaurant
Rotisserie is the specialty here, and you’ll see the daily selections of lamb, chicken, beef, fish and Breton pigeon roasting to perfection on the sleek modern spit on full view to diners. Accompanying the meats is a parade of timeless French sides, from gratin dauphinois to creamed spinach and mushrooms or roasted red peppers. End the meal with one of the finest cheese selections in all of France.
© Maitre Albert - Table in front of the fireplace at l'Atelier Maitre Albert
Perfect score at Restaurant Guy Savoy
Is there such thing as the world’s best restaurant? According to La Liste – the world’s most impartial aggregator of restaurant rankings – the answer is yes. And Restaurant Guy Savoy in Paris holds this enviable reputation.
Savoy’s fine-dining establishment in the city’s iconic 6th arrondissement has placed equal first for four consecutive years in La Liste. And deservedly so. The culinary concept here goes far beyond provenance or quality alone. It’s operatic in its sheer drama, the cast of talents behind each dish, and the lavish art-filled setting.
Expect genuinely gracious service, delectable twists in every course, and presentation as an art-form. Think a salmon dish prepared tableside: first rubbed over a block of pink Himalayan salt, then seared to perfection on dry ice. A parade of rare fine wines accompanies each course.
© Maitre Albert - Grapefruit terrine
Topping off the once-in-a-lifetime dining experience itself is the high chance of being greeted by Monsieur Savoy himself.
Known for his humble generosity in sharing the joy of fine dining with all, both within and beyond the culinary world, Savoy is set to transform your perceptions of French cuisine.
ATELIER MAITRE ALBERT
1 rue Maître Albert, 75005 Paris, France
RESTAURANT GUY SAVOY
Monnaie de Paris, 11 quai de Conti, 75006