Paris Society set to make London debut

By James McAllister

- Last updated on GMT

Paris Society set to make London debut on former Joël Robuchon site in Covent Garden

Related tags: London, Restaurant, Fine dining

French-based hospitality group Paris Society is finally set to open its first London outpost next month, on the Covent Garden site previously occupied by L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon.

A partnership between Guillaume Glipa (former Zuma manager and Chiltern Firehouse food and beverage director) and Paris Society founder Laurent de Gourcuff, Louie will ‘blend the characteristics of New Orleans, Paris, New York, and London’.

The restaurant was originally scheduled to launch back in April, but the opening was delayed as a result of the Coronavirus lockdown of the hospitality sector. 

Named after both King Louis XIV of France and famed New Orleans jazz musician Louis Armstrong, Louie's 150-cover dining space will feature interiors designed by Dion & Arles that ‘play to the cultural and historical references of the prohibition of alcohol, jazz and voodoo’.

New Orleans chef Slade Rushing will oversee the kitchen, which will combine the flavours classic French cooking; New Orleans Creole gastronomy; and New York culinary heritage.

Signature dishes will include ‘deconstructed’ oysters Rockefeller; New Orleans-style barbecue lobster; and banana foster rum baba.

The Paris Society was founded by Gourcuff in 2008, and currently oversees a portfolio of 30 hospitality venues across Paris including restaurants Girafe, Loulou, and CoCo.

L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon closed in April last year, following the death of the eponymous French chef. 

Restaurant group Joël Robuchon International has subsequently launched two London sites in a bid to further secure the legacy of the pioneering chef: Le Comptoir Robuchon in Mayfair, and Le Deli Robuchon will open on Piccadilly.

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