Three restaurants in France, Table by Bruno Verjus and Plenitude in Paris as well as La Grenouillère has been announced as being in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2023 list in a ceremony held in Valencia.
Table by Bruno Verjus, in particular is named as the highest new entrant at 10th position, a remarkable feat as the restaurant is helmed by eponymous self-taught chef who was previously a medical student, an entrepreneur in China, author, radio commentator, food critic and photographer. His restaurant in 12eme features a long counter with private nooks and an open kitchen which trots out seasonal dishes like gently cooked abalone and lobster brushed gently with ghee.
Plénitude at Cheval Blanc, placed 36th on the list on the other hand has just 26 seats and features a soothing white and yellow accents with a view of the Seine. Here, Normandy born chef Arnaud Donckele who also runs three-Michelin-starred La Vague d’Or in Saint Tropez is passionate about broth, velvet, consommé, sabayon, coulis and cream — the foundations of French cooking.
Yet Paris is not the only French city garlanded with a position in the rankings. La Grenouillère in La Madelaine sous Montreuil, a commune north of Paris has been placed 48th. Here, Alexandre Gauthier who takes over the establishment from his father demonstrates that countryside restaurants too can be worth their weight in gold.
The space features bold and creative locavore cuisine with a focus on the shores just north of the restaurant. The menu hands deep respect to seafood and vegetables with plenty of local inflections.
Other French chefs who achieved feats this year includes Julien Royer, who received the Chef’s Choice Award as well as placed 14th for Odette, his flagship restaurant is in Singapore.