For my 60th birthday we decided to go to Guy Savoy for dinner. Guy Savoy is a world-renowned French chef, and is the Head Chef and owner of the Guy Savoy restaurant in Paris and sister restaurant in Las Vegas. We have never visited in Las Vegas so we decided to go in Paris. Guy Savoy is the youngest of the group of renowned chefs who invented “Nouvelle Cuisine”, taking a lighter and more delicate approach to classic French cooking. The Paris restaurant has garnered 3 Michelin stars, being elevated in 2002. The restaurant was ranked 34th in the Elite Traveler World's Top Restaurants Guide 2012 and has been ranked multiple times in the Restaurant Magazine Top 50 Restaurants in the world. We took a cab since it was raining and we were dressed up. As we arrived, a greeter, quite separate from the handsome young man pictured above, opened the cab door and greeted us quite warmly, as if we were old family friends.
Since I was recently writing about Carette, we decided to go back to Angelina to have lunch and re-taste their chocolate chaud. This is their original flagship restaurant, located on Rue de Rivoli across from the Tuilaries gardens. As I mentioned in a previous post, Angelina was founded here in 1903 by Austrian confectioner Antoine Rumpelmayer and it was named for his daughter-in-law Angelina. The interior was designed by the famous Belle Époque architect, Edouard-Jean Niermans. It exudes elegance, charm and refinement and was the favorite of such notables as Marcel Proust and Coco Chanel.