Restaurant La Société – Being part of the French High Society in Saint-Germain des Prés
Contrary to the other Costes Restaurants we went to, the staff is still made of models (!) but they are very nice and helpful! This is a good point in such a district which is not famous for the kindness of its restaurants’ service. The service of la Société is nearly perfect.
The space in itself is very beautiful. The famous designer Christian Liaigre created a lounge ambiance on three levels to enhance the coziness of the place and the feeling of being quietly in some kind of a select palace.
At the Costes Brothers Restaurants, the menus are more or less the same, based on the fact that everyone has to find something to eat according to his tastes. Here again it is the case, but the quality of the products has a bit increased to justify the prices, and there is some kind of more inventiveness in the cuisine of Didier Coly and Thomas Moucel, the Chefs. For example, as starters, we chose the lobster salad, quite refreshing and some smoked salmon, and ate then the sea bass tartare (raw fish) and the Chateaubriand with béarnaise sauce. And for the desserts, we had the berries triffle (we heard that even Pierre Hermé loved it!). The advantage is this international and modern cuisine may please everybody.
So, even if the bill can be a bit expensive, la Société is really worth going to enjoy a quite good dinner in a fantastic place, in a trendy ambiance you would have found in Saint-Germain forty years ago.
We loved: the place in itself, the large space.
Top tip: the very impressive live jazz performances, every night.
Location : 4 place Saint-Germain des Prés, Paris 6th – 01 53 63 60 60.
Prices : a la carte around 60-80EUR/person.