Jacopo, the anti-bling restaurant
Alex Bril and Benjamin Artis (Yeeels, Baron) recently opened an unpretentious bistro just off the very chic Avenue George V, near the Louis Vuitton boutique on the Champs-Élysées. Voluntarily described as anti-bling, Jacopo adopts a pared-down decor with concrete walls, wood benches and designer light fixtures opening onto a gigantic kitchen. The restaurant is open 7 days a week, takes no reservations, and features a menu composed by young chef Thibault Sombardier.
Nothing particularly wow-inducing about the leeks in vinaigrette, artichokes served whole, veal marengo stew, or chocolate mousse with fleur de sel for dessert, but unbeatable value for money given the area, with starters at €5 and certain dishes between €14.50 and €16. With these prices and the quality of the dishes served, the restaurant is packed with the kind of cool, young crowd that is often lacking from the neighborhood. In the basement, you walk through an area of fridges and storage to reach a secret bar with the friendly, cozy atmosphere of a speakeasy with a smoking room and pool table.
Restaurant Jacopo. Average price: €25-30.
Open daily. Noon to 3pm and 7pm to 10:30pm.