Le Sergent Recruteur Opens in Paris

Chef Antonin Bonnet opens his restaurant in an iconic spot

Chef Antonin Bonnet has opened Le Sergent Recruteur at 41 Rue Saint-Louis en l’Ile, where Napoleon’s soldiers were once conscripted in the 19th century. The former site of La Taverne du Sergent Recruteur has been transformed to Le Sergent Recruteur, a modern French restaurant that seeks to bridge the Rive Droite (right bank) and Rive Gauche (left bank) styles.

Bonnet’s tasting menus include fish from the last permitted fishermen of the Loire, homemade ricotta, and Parisian street food. The intimate 30-seat restaurant designed by Spanish designer Jaime Hayon also includes a bar and a 10-seat chef’s table in the basement.

No design detail has been overlooked by the designer or the chef, including the knives, which were made from the chef’s pencil drawings and are engraved with 4.41, the name of the bar. Many of the features have been created specifically for the restaurant, like the Aubusson-style tapestry woven by the Museum of Textiles in Amsterdam and the Berkel Marzocco coffee machine, which was designed by the chef.

The tasting menu includes mackerel marinated in lime juice, line-caught red tuna from St. Jean de Luz, turbot roasted with fennel, and hay-matured pigeon with pomegranate and glazed turnip.

Lauren Mack is the Travel Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @lmack.

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