On her Paris by Mouth substack, Meg Zimbeck recalls one of her earliest reviews, Le Chateaubriand, and notes that it is still among the top ten restaurants in Paris. She writes:
I recently heard from Gail Simmons, Top Chef judge and professional eater, asking me if Le Chateaubriand was still any good. I had no idea! I’d been half a dozen times since the restaurant opened in 2006. I watched it transform the city’s dining scene and saw it rise and fall in the World’s 50 best rankings. I passed chef Iñaki Aizpitarte smoking outside a few hundred times, but it had been years since I’d returned to eat. Nobody I knew had been recently, either. Was it over?
Writing this newsletter has provided a wonderful excuse to reevaluate old favorites – the places I raved about a decade ago. A few of these (Septime, Frenchie) haven’t stood up to the scrutiny of a return visit, but I am thrilled to report that Le Chateaubriand is still very good. And Iñaki is still smoking outside.
I returned in December and had one of my best meals of the year. During its seventeen year run, Le Chateaubriand has matured into what I suppose is my ideal restaurant: an inventive but thoughtful tasting menu with incredible wine pairings served by people who care in a space that evokes old Paris. For that reason, I included it among our top ten restaurants in Paris.
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