Spanish designer and provocateur (and a Design Pilgrim favourite!) Jaime Hayon was the man to transform the historical space of Le Sergent Recruteur into a modern, eloquently unique restaurant. His signature look is all over the interiors, with a playful decor, white stone walls, marble floors and jewel toned upholstery and drapery, robust furniture with lots of rounded edges and that Hayon specialty – blinging gold lighting and mirrored surfaces.
Located on Ile Saint-Louis on the River Seine in the fashionable heart of Paris, Le Sergent Recruteur lives by the motto ‘live, eat and rest’. The design aspect of this restaurant would be enough to whet any modernist’s appetite, but the foodies are also hailing this a rocking success. Talented chef Antonin Bonnet is at the helm in the kitchen, plating up equally playful and creative cuisine that suits the classy yet quirky atmosphere perfectly. Combine great food with Jaime Hayon’s deftly simplistic yet sumptuous space, ripe for lounging and dining in style, and it has all the characteristics of a typically elegant and sophisticated Parisian institution.
One can imagine enjoying long, casually cool meals here, dining with good friends, cheeks flushed from sipping on fine French wine. And looking good while you’re at it!