LE GAIGNE sprung the meeting in 2008 of a young chef, Mickaël Gaignon, and his future wife, Aurélie Pierson. Together, they opened a tiny, 20-seat restaurant on a narrow side street in the Marais district of central Paris.
It wasn’t long before LE GAIGNE began getting rave reviews and enthusiastic write-ups in the top restaurant guides. But while the restaurant was a hit, the small space cramped Mickaël’s wide-ranging imagination and restricted his choice of ingredients.
In 2014, LE GAIGNE therefore moved to a larger space on a quiet street in the 8th arrondissement, between Opéra and the Champs Elysées, where it quickly won the hearts – and palates– of a highly demanding clientele.
A gourmet dining destination, managed by a generous, perfectionist couple.
Lovers of fine French cuisine flock to LE GAIGNE not only for the dining, but also for its wine list and its warm, friendly service. An easy-to-book private dining room and readily available mobile phone chargers are just two of the special touches that keep guests coming back.
As soon as they enter, gourmets can’t help but notice the magnificent wrought iron, art deco column, whose tree-like appearance inspired Aurélie's nature-themed décor. Natural materials, tasteful browns and greens with mauve accents, and leafy print carpeting form an elegant setting in osmosis with Mickaël's cuisine. The play of light gives the warm decor a cozy, welcoming feel. The tableclothed tables, each decorated with a bouquet, can accommodate up to 50 guests and are spaced wide enough apart to ensure quiet, confidential conversation.
As a staunch defender of culinary excellence, Mickaël chooses his ingredients carefully, convinced that there is no great cuisine without great products. His vegetables come from a local market gardener near Paris and his fish directly off the boat from the Erquy fish market in Brittany. For meat, he prefers to source from small farms in the center of France, while his eggs come from free-range hens raised in the Normandy countryside. Each meticulously selected supplier shares the Chef’s obsession with offering the finest dining experience in every plate.
Mickaël is a master restaurateur who breaks with the traditional focus on “specialties of the house” to offer a constantly refreshed tasting menu every month and affordable discovery menus every week. He also like to stay in tune with the seasons, creating dishes from the latest market finds, either à la carte or as suggestions of the day.
The wine list is also worthy of the cuisine, with 300 top names, all curated by Aurélie and her impeccable taste for pairings with the day’s menu.