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A few weeks ago a very good friends of mine who lives in Paris took me to L’ Atelier Maître Albert, an upscale rotisserie by Michelin star chef Guy Savoy in Rive Gauche, just a stone’s throw away from the Notre Dame cathedral.

We arrived at the restaurant on time for the second serving, around 9ish, and got seated without any delay by the kind staff. We were a bit disappointed as the fancy rotisserie on the back had already closed, but really loved the atmosphere there. The interior is a mix of traditional and contemporary elements, very cosy and inviting. I fancy exposed stone walls and a working fireplace (who doesn’t?) and this restaurant has both. The fireplace, dating back to the 13th century and dominating the main dining area, is actually rumoured to be one the most beautiful in Paris.

We went for the set dinner menu (two courses and dessert) at 36 euros and two glasses of the best rose wine I’ve ever had. We instantly got a little plate of charcuterie, fresh bread and butter to accompany our drinks. Our waiter kindly explained to us that the menu is regularly updated according to the available seasonal ingredients. Our starter was a puffy pastry filled with smoked trout and a delicate green salad with honey and poppy seed dressing – not overly complicated but extremely tasty; we both loved the final result and could not wait for the main course, the spit-roasted free range chicken with mashed potatoes. The chicken was well cooked, juicy and tender, but the star was definitely the potato mash. We got a complimentary extra serving and had to restrain from licking the bowl! The meal ended with a light grapefruit and orange terrine with tea sauce – a real treat for the pallate.

Overall, a very pleasant, filling and unpretentious meal which met our expectations. Larger groups can also reserve the room in the front for a more private dining experience.

Address: Rue Maître Albert 1, 75005 Paris, France
Telephone: +33 1 56813001
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Sandy (@smarksthespots)