Summer 2018, and with its unexpected name and equally unlikely site, Girafe assumes a position at the heart of the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, (Museum of French Architecture and Heritage) Place du Trocadéro in Paris.
There is a new place conquering the hearts of seafood lovers in Paris since the early European summer. It is the Girafe restaurant, very well located in the Trocadero. The privileged view on the Eiffel Tower and the splendid 1930s-inspired decoration, created by the architect Joseph Dirand, with cream benches, marble bar, original pilasters, and tropical plants, are attractive on their own for those looking for a place to savor the climate, Parisian. Joining this look to the sumptuous menu, full of fresh fish options, presented both cooked and raw, Girafe ended up becoming one of the most talked about places among the French. One of the most precious requests of the seasonal menu, orchestrated by chef Benoît Dargère, is the ceviche of lobster, sole, and turbot, subject to availability. The convenience of the service goes beyond cold nights when blankets are offered to those who sit under heat lamps on the terrace watching the main postcard of the city.
The menu at Girafe is imagined as joyful, supple, seasonal and relevant but above all we wanted it to be readable. And with a sea-based cuisine, simplicity and sophistication have no problem sharing the table with opulence and decadence. Simple starters with international flavors, like langoustine ravioli and curried broth, gamberoni rossi and fish cakes. The dishes revolve, according to the month and the haul, around seven main staples of the sea (lobster, red mullet, sole, turbot, sea bass, Atlantic Bluefin tuna, sea-bream), prepared as the mood dictates, whether irreverent, chic, classic, exotic, raw or cooked. The dishes at Girafe present a mirror to the surroundings, occupying space between traditional cooking and modern cuisine, a sole meunière or a fried whiting, whole fish depending on the season to be shared roasted, grilled or salt-crust baked. In the timeless glow of the brasserie, seafood as you like it on plates and platters in the dining room and at the bar.
Photos: Adrien Dirand