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Oct 22, 2012 06:15 AM

Need the name of restaurant in Paris

If there are any frequent and familiar travelers to Paris, France- I'm looking for the name of a restaurant off the Champs-Élysées. (Within walking distance of the Hotel California.)
I had dinner there in the mid-90's, so it may no longer be there but it appeared to have been there for a while, so I'm hopeful. (A friend is traveling to Paris in the spring and I was hoping to steer him towards this place if its still around.)
The decor was distinctive and aside from the food, what I remember most about the place. The light fixtures were made from spoons, forks and knives, and the banquettes were upholstered in recycled denim, like old overalls and jeans.
Of course, the food there was amazing! Best escargot I've ever had in my life.
I'd really appreciate any input- I can't remember anything about the name, but I hope the decor rings a bell with someone.

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  1. South or North of the CE; near the Etoile or the rond point; straight street or at an angle?

    4 Replies
    1. re: John Talbott

      Oh boy, all I can remember is we were staying at the Hotel California on Rue de Berri, off the Champs. We walked onto Champs, walked towards the star, maybe 3-4 blocks? And the restaurant was across the Champs from there. Not terribly helpful I'm sure, but it was quite some time ago.

      1. re: kholderied

        could it possibly be chez Clement? i have never been inside but in glimpses from the street the light fixtures do seem a little unusual... never noticed the upholstery but would be surprised if any restaurant still had oh-so-1980s recycled denim as part of the decor ... it's a chain so cuisine is hardly amazing... and a word of warning: the Champs Elysées has become so unpleasantly touristy that I would not steer friends there for a meal

        1. re: Parnassien

          Possibly Chez Clement. From some of the pictures online, it has that same cluttered, shabby chic-look. I don't remember it being a chain but like I said, long time ago, memory's fuzzy. And I wouldn't be surprised if they'd changed the decor either.
          My friend lives for cliche tourist traps, but I'll give him fair warning anyway.
          Thanks for your responses- I appreciate the help!

          1. re: kholderied

            Chez C's signature sign is a bunch of welded together copper pans but I agree with the folks above that it's just another tourist joint; the denim sounds strange and it's smack on not "off" the CE.