Located at the buzzing Golden Triangle of Paris, Le Piaf is the new playground of the famous Bruce Merrite. The dining place fully exemplifies its name – an appealing sparrow that lives on fresh water and music. With its little wings flying above the French capital, it decided to make a nest on a private street in the stylish neighborhood in at the corner of rue Mermoz in 8th district, at 38 Rue Jean Mermoz, very close from the lavish boutiques of the Champs Elysees and Avenue Montaigne.
The lovely bird adores good company, great food and relax as well with friends in a chic and comfortable place in an easy going setting. Therefore, it is quite understandable to call it Piaf, similar to France’s own sultry songstress-sparrow, Edith.
The kitchen staff whip up a few wonderful classics such as foie gras, burrata, smoked salmon, risotto, entrecote Angus, panagragrelic frisée with bacon and perfect egg. Dishes are served in a soup tureen porcelain – lovely and quirky! Then, the huge rib of beef matured for a kilo at 84 € good for two servings, well, could actually still largely satisfy a third diner!
After hours of working hard, you can chill at Le Piaf. There’s a cocktail bar at the basement which is fairly large that serves as a venue for meeting friends outside the office or simply kill hours prior to dining out on the town. But forget about calling and organizing your group for a meet up as they are most likely to be there already, reclining on the red velvet armchairs enjoying a Mojito or Bellini.
People come here to spend a good time, however, others still cannot refrain from singing together and with conviction along with the pianist who is playing the French classics, English rock, and American pop with the help of a DJ. Le Piaf frequently invites artists and DJ to come to play live, attracting customers to stay late for the party. From Thursday until Saturday, the basement bar welcomes guaranteed night owls up to 5 am, with an extensive selection of cocktails worth € 15.
Also a restaurant for late-night dining, Le Piaf is a favorite of the neighborhood among night owls who are usually stucked to their desks. The food is savory and highlights contemporary recipes of French tradition presented in adorable vintage plates. It offers delightful and efficient service too. Like any good Parisian, your sweet tooth will be in heaven, as the pastries are supervised by Cyril Lignac. Deserts such as rum baba, lemon tart, Gianduja chocolate tart are recommended.
With regards to decorations, well, it sure wasn’t overseen by Roger Harth, the popular theater decorator, but the chandeliers, the soft lights, the candlesticks, and the tapestries feature a soft and subdued lighting that perfectly suitable at night.
The clock is ticking, but that’s not important as it’s the weekend after all. The ambiance is so lively in this nest of the night that the only thing left to do is spread your wings and fly, with Piaf.