So, really, what’s the deal with Michelin stars? At the risk of sounding snobbish, I’ve eaten at a few Michelin starred restaurants, both in the U.S. and abroad, and I generally find them stuffy, pretentious, and above all, overpriced. (For more on the history and secrets behind the Michelin Guide, see this illuminating New Yorker article.)
But, Restaurant Sensing, which stands for Sense Energy New Sleek Imagination Naissance Generosity (a mouthful!), is Guy Martin’s post on Paris’ left bank and deserves more than a Michelin star—it deserves your patronage. The sleek and well-designed interior reflects the clean, well-selected menu. My choice of this restaurant for a reunion with a friend, who happens to be a rising London chef (see the lovely Signe Johansen in the photo above), and her foodie French friend, was partially inspired by a Food and Wine Magazine recommendation as well as online reviews. Even the foodie French friend was impressed—he couldn’t believe an American palate could sniff out such a good French find (well, la di da).
And if you are a Michelin die-hard, let it be known that Restaurant Sensing was established by a Michelin-starred chef. Get there fast, before it gets a star (or two or three) and loses all the appeal it had before the pomp arrived.
Restaurant Sensing: 19 Rue Bréa 75006 Paris, France Tel: 01 43 27 08 80