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EAT: After his success at restaurants Blue Elephant and L’Asian, chef Oth Sombath delivers his refined Thai cuisine at Oth Sombath, which opened in December. The 80-seat restaurant spans three levels decorated by interior designer Patrick Jouin. The menu includes Somba signatures, such as steamed langoustines with Thai basil, and chicken in coconut milk and galangal. There is also a tasting menu for 70 euros ($90).
At Café Moderne, chef Jean-Luc Lefrançois prepares delicate fare in an elegant setting. Highlights are the sea-bass filet in a spice crust with beets, quince-stuffed guinea fowl served with roasted salsify and Bourbon vanilla mille-feuilles.
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La Fidélité opened last month and has already built a faithful and colorful clientele. The trendy Art Deco brasserie with high ceilings offers classic French food, such as lentil soup with foie gras and delicate mackerel rillettes, and desserts like a fancy tart tatin.
At Antoine, a new seafood eatery, the excitement of the open kitchen is equalled by the excellent view of the Eiffel Tower. Try the seafood platter or filet of red mullet with orange-peel fennel and capers. Inventive desserts include a pineapple cooked three ways.
In the meantime, chef Thierry Burlot just took over the Zebra Square kitchen, where food is served from 7 a.m. to midnight. There’s a wide selection of appetizers to share, such as Maki King crab with ginger, plus earthier dishes like beef cheeks with olive oil mash potatoes.
Oth Sombath, 184, Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008. Tel.: +33-1-42-56-55-55.
Café Moderne, 40, Rue Notre Dame des Victoires, 75002; Tel.: +33-1-53-40-84-10.
La Fidélité, 12 Rue de la Fidélité, 75010; Tel.: +33-1-47-70-19-34.
Antoine, 10 Avenue de New York, 75116; Tel.: +33-1-40-70-19-28.
Zebra Square, 3 Place Clément Ader, 75116; Tel.: +33-1-44-14-91-91.
SLEEP: It’s all about atmosphere in Paris hotels right now. Hotel Jules, a new Grace Leo project, has 100 rooms and playful ambience that nods to Sixties and Seventies glamour with suites done in a red and brown palette. Rooms start at 100 euros ($130) and suites go for 340 euros ($440).
Meanwhile, the recently opened Apostrophe Hotel has only 16 rooms, each with a different arty feel: literature, poetry, music and calligraphy. Rooms range from 162 euros ($210), to 350 euros ($453).
Hotel Jules, 49 Rue La Fayette, 75009; Tel.: +33-1-42-85-05-44.
Apostrophe, 3 Rue de Chevreuse, 75006; Tel.: +33-1-56-54-31-31.