The biggest news coming out of Paris yesterday was the award of a coveted third star to Eric Frechon, chef at Le Bristol. This hotel and restaurant are the peak of chic for some. It also happens to be French President Nicolas Sarkozy's favorite spot. Hmm....Of course now the debate begins--was it politically motivated? Does it really deserve that third star making it one of 26 restaurants in the entire country with all that pressure to live up to? Oh, talk radio in Paris must be buzzing.
I was able to round up a list of restaurants in Paris that earned their first star this year for those of you who are heading over and might be interested in checking a few out. I suggest them only in that they may not (but could) break one's bank in these lean times as quickly as their two and three star cousins. I am only the provider of the information--you are left to pick your poison. Great eating can show its pretty little head in the most unlikely places in Paris without any stars shining upon it. You have been advised.
Additional Information: Michelin rewards favored Sarkozy chef with stars (in.reuters.com)
Photo credit: Stephane de Sakutin@afp