Welcome to Paris' little dining secret. Yes, communal dining may work when you are eating a boiled egg in the morning, but we are growing a little tired of being placed opposite an annoying couple when we all we really want to do is eat in peace.
So, we asked around and it would seem that bubbling under the surface is definitely the desire to return to a dining scene that is – well, private.
Therefore it's off to Paris, where dining (apart from the waiters) is always a good experience, and to the private dining rooms of Laperouse. The restaurant's website states that it has been open since the 1700’s, hosting literary greats that include Collette, Dumas, Zola and Victor Hugo. The atmosphere is historically romantic with certain rooms complete with scratched mirrors where mistresses once tested their consort’s gifts, a trick we intend to try next time we are given some diamonds.
Food is traditionally French, with an extensive wine and champagne list (and candle-lit cellar) that should leave you forgetting where you are and thus emphasising the whole point of dining in secrecy.
After dinner, the Velvet bar and more champagne awaits. The intimate space overlooks the Seine complete with pianist, velvet armchairs, bookcase and fireplace. It's where trysts happen and the world is forgotten.
If after reading this, its privacy your crave, Laperouse is featured along with the best of Parisian private dining in a brilliant article on the travel blog Gridskipper.
Source: Laperouse, Gridskipper