Inaugurated last year in lieu of Les Chouettes, Grand Duc first experienced renovations and a new chef in the kitchen. Set a stone’s throw from the Carreau du Temple and the wide shaded square, the place enjoys a wide terrace, perfect to have a summer lunch al fresco.
Inside, the restaurant is surprisingly big with high ceilings, covering three stories and the magnificent Eiffel style structure, witness of the past jewel lab, modernized by architects Hugo Toro and Maxime Liautard in a style mixing Art Déco and industrial. Grand Duc is a shape-shifting location.
On the ground floor, the place unveils a cocktail bar by mixologist Matthias Giroud with tan leather chairs, old-fashioned mirrors, as well as the main room of the restaurant, bathed in day light thanks to the gorgeous glass roof. Its soft atmosphere, monumental chandelier including 361 chrome-plated sticks seem to be ready to pierce the sky, and the stuffed eagle owl - the house's emblem - proudly seat in the center of the place.
Climb the original stairs and discover the first floor with tables from which you can enjoy the hustle and bustle a floor below; climb a few more steps and the second and last floor, covered in glowing hues unveil a secret wine bar opening from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., serving about a hundred references; and a sushi counter made to order.
Moving on to the kitchen, owner Thibault Vidalenc thought about Hervé Nepple - who was trained by Pierre Gagnaire, Guy Savoy and the brothers Jacques and Laurent Pourcel at Maison Blanche. For Grand Duc, the Isères chef came up with a short and fresh menu mixing bistronomic cuisine and exotic inspirations.
And new season means new menu. it is time to discover what Grand Duc summer menu has in store - and the restaurnat remains open most of August - but we recommend you call the restaurant and check the opening hours before going!
Among the wonderful summer offers of the restaurant, further ado, let us name the Spanish mussels (€11), fleshy and very generous, served with candied tomato, wonderfully wrapped in tomato jelly, and the unmissable creamy burrata (€13), delicately placed over green zebra tomatoes and served with fried shiso leaf and salmon roe.
Another sapid discover, the fregola sarda (€15) served sizzling in a cast iron dish and served with thinly sliced raw zucchini and melting parmesan; or even the duck breast (€24), a bit overcooked to our taste, but plates with cardinal mash and sliced roasted peach, an original sweet and savory dish. Note mains and starters are served in a very hearty fashion and the board has great daily specials for a very attractive cost - the daily special starter the day we came cost €7.
A fabulous place that keeps on surprising us.
Dates and Opening Time
Starts 26 July 2022
32 Rue de Picardie
75003 Paris 3
Temple (ligne 3)
Filles du Calvaire (ligne 8)
Entrées: €9 - €14
Desserts: €9 - €12
Plats: €15 - €27