When you can't make it to the restaurant for special occasions, fortunately it is possible to indulge yourself with the many options to enjoy good chef's dishes while respecting the health regulations.
Here are our best options for your special occasion dinner or lunch!
Online deliveries and click & collect services
Ever keen to satisfy fine dining enthusiasts, chef Eric Frechon has already launched the Brasserie Lazare’s with Lazare chez vous. They feature traditional fare such as foie gras, lobster sausage and poularde with vegetables, followed by Brie cheese and delicious desserts.
Other chefs such as Akrame Benallal (his eponymous restaurant has a Michelin star), Stéphanie Le Quellec (who runs the Michelin two-star La Scène), and Thomas Boullault at L’Arôme, a Michelin one-star restaurant near the Champs Élysées, will be concocting delivery and takeaway versions of their signature dishes for customers within Paris proper and the inner ring road – to be paired, if you so choose, with wines handpicked by the chefs. Be prepared for ‘Oohs’ and ‘Ahs’ around the table.
Meanwhile, Guy Savoy creates a multi-course menu for delivery or click & collect using his new service ‘Le Chiberta, traiteur avec Guy Savoy’. Jean-François Piège too has adapted very quickly to come up with his ‘Jean-François Piège à la maison’ (at home) option, with a different menu at each of his restaurants. Stéphane Jégo’s restaurant L’Ami Jean has devised menus (including a vegetarian option) with individual dishes attractively presented in the restaurant’s own cocottes and dinnerware to create that authentic dining-out feel.
Another way to treat yourself to a high-end dining experience without leaving home is to order one of the incredible menus (from a full-course gourmet dinner to a delicious brunch) devised by the chefs at Paris’s palace hotels (make sure you order in advance). You would usually go to one of these renowned establishments to indulge in special occasions menu. And currently, you can order the Christmas menu to come to you! One example is the five-star Prince de Galles on Avenue Georges V – the menu is available with Delivroo, so customers can still enjoy signature dishes from the hotel’s executive chef Gérald Poirier. Details of Le Meurice special menus are now available online from artisan growers Amaury Bouhours and Cédric Grolet. Other palace hotels with festive menus that foodies can swoon over are La Réserve, the Georges V which offers a pop-up at key times of the year (Christmas, Valentine's Day, etc.).
You don’t have to opt for a traditional Christmas menu; there are plenty of chic options for an alternative Christmas or New Year’s Eve meal. A few to try: menus from chefs like Guillaume Sanchez at Ne/So, Tomy Gousset at Tomy& Co and David Toutain, or restaurants such as Septime, Bel Ordinaire and Papillon.
Ducasse Chez Moi, the delivery service of starred chef Alain Ducasse offers its counters online according to the season (during the holidays, on Valentine's Day...). In addition to the delicious dishes to order, Alain Ducasse restaurants offer to have dishes delivered, to place orders in his online grocery shop and to receive at home delicious beech wood smoked Scottish salmon and its lemon cream, caviar, condiments, foie gras and great vintages. Mouth-watering enough to make your mouth water!
Other big names in gastronomy offer home delivery or click & collect of their menus, gourmet baskets, groceries, etc. This is the case for Jean Imbert and his seasonal menus, the hotel Walfdorf Astoria de Versailles and its three picnic baskets (fresh, country-style or chic) and the multi-starred chef Yannick Alléno and the menus of his various restaurants (Pavillon Ledoyen, Abysse and Pavyllon).
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And of course, for a truly unique experience, you can hire a private chef to cook you the perfect festive dinner in your own home!
Dinner recipe boxes
Or you could pretend to be the great chef concocting festive food at home. Some chefs have opted for pre-cooked compositions that only have to be assembled. This is notably the case of Bruno Verjus, who officiates with a master's hand at the Michelin-starred restaurant La Table, and his 5 or 7-course menus.
Those little extras
Can’t afford to splash out on a full-course festive meal? You can still add a touch of fine dining with treats purchased in shops, or as a click & collect order. Some options: terrines from Maison Vérot, seafood platters from reputed fishmongers or the well-known brasserie La Lorraine, vegetables from Les Vergers Saint Eustache (the top produce grower at Rungis Market) and cheese from some of the finest cheesemongers, each a ‘Meilleur Ouvrier de France’ (Best Craftsman in France) - Quatrehomme and Laurent Dubois.
As for desserts, the most talented patissiers have ramped up their creativity – such as Cédric Grolet, whose creations can be found in his own shop on Place de l’Opéra and the patisserie at Le Meurice; Philippe Conticini, Pierre Hermé and Yann Couvreur, among others.
Michelin-starred restaurants and upscale hotels also offer sinful treats and other delicacies. Shops and restaurants are going all out to keep cheer intact!
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When it comes to drinks to accompany your good meal, you can choose from the carefully curated selections of wines and spirits available through home delivery or click & collect at wine merchants of repute such as maison Cattier, Septime, Maison du Saké and Maison du Whisky.