In a list of the most fashionable dining destinations during Paris Fashion Week, a boutique hotel frequented by some of the most powerful people in the industry has taken the top spot – but not for its food.
In a top 10 list compiled by well-known food critic François Simon of French publication Le Figaro September 19, L’Hôtel Costes, not far from the Tuileries gardens, was deemed to be the most fashionable restaurant for its sense of over-the-top, old world glamour, sexiness and star sightings.
Based on criteria like food, décor, glamour and ambiance, all of which were weighted equally, Simon gives L’Hôtel Costes top marks for, above all, being the place to see and be seen -- strong enough to cancel out the rather pedestrian food offerings, he writes.
While second runner-up Le Dauphin, helmed by Paris’s young, irreverent and bold chef du jour Iñaki Aizpitarte, earned higher marks for food (4.5 out of 5 marks versus 3.5 marks for Hotel Costes), Simon gives L’Hôtel Costes the top spot for being “sexy as hell.”
Star sightings that have helped to up the glamour factor at the hotel include Kate Moss, Stella McCartney and the Beckhams.
Here’s Le Figaro’s picks for the most fashionable dining destinations to see, and to be seen:
1. L’Hôtel Costes
2. Le Dauphin
4. La Societé
5. Le Dali
7. L’Hotel Amour
8. Caviar Kaspia
9. Le Beef Club
10. Water Bar Colette
Meanwhile, earlier this spring foodie magazine Bon Appétit added four new addresses to their list of hottest new restaurants for 2012, led by L'Agape Substance.