Things just keep hopping in the SoPi district, with Les Saisons recently under new management by a team of true pros. Patrice Le Nouvel, former manager of Le Meurice, and Philippe Fréjat, who was private maître d’hôtel to a Saudi prince, decided to join forces and give a new lease of life to this friendly bistro with the deep red facade. The sign was retained, along with the neo-bistro setting, complete with a small bar overlooking the dining room, light wood tables with bistro chairs and wide-board parquet. Kitchen-side, however, everything has changed. Damien Goutry, a young, talented and widely traveled Chef who has worked in the kitchens of some of the city’s finest restaurants like Michel Rostang’s Dessirier, is at the helm. His credo: seasonal cuisine (a must), made with products sourced from high-quality producers, and the trendy philosophy of everything house-made.
Hence an attractive menu which led us to make delicious choices like the tasty octopus (slightly firm!) and spelt salad (€13), followed by a heady “bourride” fish stew (€23) or a 100% vegan risotto with asparagus, peas and spinach (€19), and last but not least a beautiful paris-brest (€9). To wash down these delicious dishes, you can count on sommelier Patrice Le Nouvel to guide you. He has the art of finding little gems like the flawless Côtes-du-Rhône white Château Simian Combe des Avaux 2015 at €25 or the Saint-Chinian Château du Prieuré des Mourgues 2014 at €28. Lunch prix-fixe menu at €23 and special at €18.
Restaurant Les Saisons. Average price: €50. Opened from Noon to 2:15pm and 7pm to 10:15pm. Closed Saturday lunch, Sunday and Monday.