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ASK ME ABOUT PARIS

Luxembourg garden, brioche and St-Ouen’s flee marker: Cyril Lignac’s essentials.

 

French chefs’ star cultivates good addresses and simple pleasures.

What is the Parisian main character and yours?
Curiosity and passion.

The Parisian quality that you enjoy?
Her natural elegance

Her major fault?
Her tendency to sulk

Your favorite occupation when you’re not working?
Playing polo

Are you more a ham and butter sandwich or a St-Honoré person?
Both my general!

A typically Parisian dish?
The croque-monsieur

Your favorite marketplace?
The Alma market

A bakery in the capital that you particularly enjoy?
Mine*, especially for the work of my young bakers.

One predilection neighborhood?
Saint-Germain-des-Prés

One coffee shop: The Flore, The Deux Magots or the one around the corner?
The Flore and The Deux Magots! They are both institutions.

Two artists to listen to while hanging around in Paris?
Christine and the Queens and a good old Gainsbourg.

Your favorite canteen?
Takara**, the oldest Japanese restaurant in town.

A typically Parisian savor?
The brioche’s

A color that sums the city up?
The champagne grey

A monument you can’t get tired off?
The Eiffel Tower

A very Parisian icon?
Inès de la Fressange

A Parisian place with whom you have a particular link?
The Saint-Ouen flee market

A Parisian ritual that you are used to?
Running in the Luxembourg garden.

One typically Parisian reflex that you adopted since you moved to the capital?
Having lunch on a terrasse as soon as the sun is out!

Your best Parisian memory?
My 1st star in the Michelin for my restaurant Le Quinzième***

 

* 133 rue de Sèvres (Paris VI)

** 14 rue Molière (Paris I)

***14 rue Cauchy (Paris XV)

 

Picture : Arthur Dellove

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