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Recently I enjoyed a fabulous lunch at Philippe Excoffier’s excellent restaurant on rue de l’Exposition in the 7th arrondissement with Nicola from the Paris team. Amazing timing, since we are about to launch a brand new exclusive offer for Paris Perfect guests – regular gourmet cooking lessons themed around seasonal products! Watch this space for more details on these exciting new weekly courses beginning in the Spring.
Philippe Excoffier first came to Paris from his native Savoie region at 17 years of age, hungry to learn the challenging profession of becoming a great chef. Like many of his colleagues, he modestly puts his success down to equal measures of hard work, dedicated teachers and a smattering of good luck along the way. Before opening his restaurant, Philippe completed his own Tour de France: working as sous-chef for Guy Martin at Château de Divonne and for both Jacques and Alain Pic. His experience includes working with Alain Senderens at Lucas Carton and with Jack Lang as Chef de Cuisine Ministère, and before becoming Head Chef at the American Embassy in Paris, he organized private dinners for the late Yves Saint Laurent at his magnificent home on the nearby rue de Babylone.
Philippe’s book Elegant Entertaining: Seasonal Recipes from the American Ambassador’s Residence in Paris is a delightful glimpse into the sumptuous American Embassy, and also contains a seasonal display of some of Philippe’s – and now my – favorite recipes. At the restaurant, you’ll see copies of his book proudly on display, and you may even be invited to peruse his personal signed copy, on request! What I love are his photos of the printed menus for special occasions, such as Thanksgiving at the American Embassy in Paris. In the front window of the restaurant, you’ll also see a photo of the boyish Excoffier in the company of a number of Presidents and other dignitaries.
Upon leaving the Embassy, Excoffier set himself a new challenge by opening his own intimate and welcoming restaurant Philippe Excoffier in the heart of the 7th arrondissement. It’s a real family affair – wife Michèle is at front of house during the weekends and looks after the all-important “invisible” work involved in running and managing a restaurant, while 17 year-old son Sasha is following in his father’s footsteps: after cutting his teeth for almost two years at the hallowed Le Grand Véfour restaurant close to the Palais-Royal, he is now working alongside Philippe and learning the tricks of the trade from the expert.
The restaurant is a top choice for dining spots in the neighborhood, and we’re not the only ones who have discovered this gem. With its 3-course menu at €35 for lunch and €40 for dinner, alongside the à la carte suggestions, Philippe Excoffier offers one of the best value-for-money addresses in the city.
How can you validate the quality of the restaurant? Just check the tables at lunchtime and you’ll see if it’s full of locals, both businessmen and residents, as well as passing visitors. If that’s the case, it’s a sure sign of quality. Chez Philippe, lunch is often packed with local Parisian business people, enjoying great food at a very reasonable price. In fact, it’s such a pleasant setting and we enjoy it so much that we often stay and talk well into the afternoon.
Here was our lunch in photos… one of the best values in Paris!
Don’t miss dining at Philippe Excoffier’s restaurant in the 7th arrondissement on your next Paris visit.
18 rue de l’Exposition, 75007
M: Ecole Militaire,
T: 01 45 51 78 08
Closed on Sundays