If you’re headed to Paris for Fashion week and intending to stop off in the Faubourg district, there is a new spot for lunch that is worth a look. Stay, the fourth instalment of Yannick Alleno’s restaurants, is opening at the Sofitel. The hotel has just undergone some refurbishment, and the restaurant along with the bar is being re-launched along with it.
Yannick currently holds three Michelin stars, no small feat that has come with good honest work and passion for what he does. Just talking to him for a few minutes and you instantly can hear the passion in his voice. He has an interest in sourcing locally as much as possible, and this is extended into Stay, which is part of the Terroirs Parisian program, which he helped start in 2006.
Stay is an urban restaurant that reflects the neighbourhood. This part of Paris is swelling with fashion houses, and that is reflected in the design and the atmosphere. From short lunches for the businessperson on the move to those wanting a more romantic night out, it is well suited to both.
Two highlights of the space are the communal table in the middle that can accommodate12 people. Larger families will be able to all dine together, and groups cannot only feel like part of the restaurant but also contribute to a more convivial atmosphere and less of a barrier between the diners and the chefs.
The pastry library also sits in the centre of the room where diners can see their dessert being made. Pastry is a passion of Yannick’s, and this is a key feature that is carried throughout all four of the Stay’s around the world.
The food is inspired by his extensive travels, but also will be familiar for the local Parisian, taking cues from the city with touches of Asian influences.
Yannick is a busy man, with several properties and kitchens to look after. But when he is home and the kitchen whites are exchanged for comfortable clothes, he like to shop at his local market, and prepare simple foods that speak of the season. He mentions that his wife is particularly good at risotto, and he always looks forward to share a plate with his family.
Stay opens today in Paris.