Derriere Restaurant in the Heart of Paris

published in: Restaurants/Bars By Yasmine Hottary, 17 February 2010

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photo © Andrea Ferrari
styling and production by Studio Pepe

Derriere is a fairly unique restaurant concept in the heart of Paris. It offers to its guests the qualities of having a gourmet dinner in a restaurant with the comfort and warmth of eating in a traditional Parisian home. The basic idea behind this concept was to make guests feel as if they are invited and treated in a friend’s house – a concept that is lately starting to become more and more popular amongst Parisian restaurants, bars or even clubs.

photo © Andrea Ferrari
styling and production by Studio Pepe

Starting with the site of the venue, Derriere is located in the 3rd district of Paris amongst numerous bars and restaurants of the area. Its name (derriere=behind) originates from its exact location, which right at the back of 404 restaurant and Andy Wahloo cocktail bar in la rue des Gravilliers. As you walk on, hidden at a rather exclusive spot of the street Derriere appears as surprise offer amongst the options of Le Marrais.

photo © Andrea Ferrari
styling and production by Studio Pepe

photo © Andrea Ferrari
styling and production by Studio Pepe

What is very distinguishing about this restaurant is its atmosphere, which again provides its focal point. With the decoration of a French baroque house, Derriere is equipped with numerous ‘little touches’ that make the visitor feel as if they are having a family dinner, or one amongst friends - so that they do feel easy to behave likewise. Little wooden chairs, messy bookshelves loaded with huge piles of books, an old ‘baignoire’, a bed placed in the middle of the room space, a ping-pong table and lots of other objects that add a little something to making Derriere ‘feel like home’.

photo © Andrea Ferrari
styling and production by Studio Pepe

photo © Andrea Ferrari
styling and production by Studio Pepe

Upon their arrival the ‘guests’ of the restaurant are welcomed by the staff and are asked to choose their sitting according to their mood, having to choose between settling in the traditional yet cozy dining room, playing ping-pong in the home-like decorated salon, watching a film in the ‘movies’ designated area or having a cocktail with their friends in the boudoir. The venue also offers a more quite area on the upstairs, which functions as a bedroom, and guests can go to relax.

photo © Andrea Ferrari
styling and production by Studio Pepe

What should not forget to mention is Derriere’s famous ‘secret room’. This refers to a delicately discrete fumoir (smoking room), which is a hushed whispered by many. With its entrance door looking like an old baroque wardrobe no one expects that opening it will lead you to a private room where smoking is ‘off-the record’ allowed.
Regarding the cuisine and menu options offered by Derriere, it could be said that the proposals are more or less similar to most hype restaurants of its genre offering the typical ‘revised’ French cuisine. What is rather interesting is the menu itself. Derriere has commissioned the design and graphics of the menus to Ich&Kar, also responsible for the graphic design of the famous Momo in London.

photo © Andrea Ferrari
styling and production by Studio Pepe

The menus are printed in thick paper illustrating vintage images such as the ones shown, whereas each dish carried in the menu is accompanied by its dictionary definition.
Regarding drink choice, being a French restaurant Derriere offers a large variety of wines whereas cocktails and champagne are also available upon request of the ‘guests’.
Derriere is open for lunch all weekdays from 12.00 to 2.30 and for dinner all week except Monday from 20.00 to midnight. As we all seek warmth and comfort, it is better to book at least five days in advance…

photo © Andrea Ferrari
styling and production by Studio Pepe

sources:

Derriere Restaurant
69 rue des Gravilliers
75003 Paris
+33 1 44 61 91 95

photo © Andrea Ferrari , Studio Pepe

  • friend
    Fin | 2010-02-17 13:36:46

    I wouldn't eat anything in the first room, these animals are awful.

  • friend
    georgios mathioudakis | 2010-02-17 13:40:55

    what a mess...i am in love!!!! can i do my house like this...??? Pleaseeee....!!!!!

  • friend
    Lena | 2010-02-17 14:13:11

    Oh I like such interiors!

  • friend
    dandylion | 2010-02-18 14:28:28

    can't believe what's so special! looks like an average studentflat in berlin. not cosy at all.

  • friend
    Davidikus | 2010-02-19 01:13:18

    Sounds like a great idea! I'll try to go. http://davidikus.blogspot.com

  • friend
    urban flea | 2010-02-19 06:08:40

    such an incredible space! next time i'm in paris this spot is definitely on my list. thanks so much for sharing, and i hope you all are having a wonderful week! xo urban flea :) http://www.urbanfleadesign.net

  • friend
    Patroklos | 2010-02-19 15:52:44

    I think that the rooms were too packed with stuff and you would be constantly distracted. Maybe it would be nice for once or twice but it would get tiring if you went thee often.

  • friend
    GIULIANNO | 2010-02-23 22:13:09

    I'M FEELING SO MUCH AT HOME WITH THIS PROJECT. FEELING CONFORTABLE!!! ....la volontΓ©.... HEHEHE... NICE TOUCH!!!

  • friend
    research papers sample | 2010-02-25 13:56:30

    It's calls "Order by chaos", new verison of art creativeness. =)

  • friend
    gilberto | 2010-03-03 00:43:08

    This mess is without taste, not to mention design or human friendly appearance. I dont know what the designer thought he want to express, but the result is an insult to human kind. It feels low and creepy atmosphere. If years ago we had a renaissance period, this is an evidence that we are in an on going deterioration process, as society i mean. If creation is a reflection of your soul, then this dude has a torn apart one.. Good luck with it..

  • friend
    christopher archer | 2010-03-08 18:02:34

    out of this world thank you for thinking and designing out of this world simple but hot

  • friend
    crazy taxi | 2010-05-15 16:25:11

    Excellent solution for bookcases. The unique concept. It will find its fans.

  • friend
    fibromyalgia | 2010-05-19 07:21:54

    The number of titles published, and sales volumes, had grown strongly, although perhaps with some trend towards fewer blockbuster titles with enormous sales volumes (a 'superstar' effect).

  • friend
    boushka | 2010-06-10 14:39:19

    Am really falling in love with these rooms <3

  • friend
    ZARAH | 2012-08-05 16:27:48

    Are the kitchens as filthy as the rest of this dump???

  • friend
    mark | 2012-10-25 21:13:52

    It's got to be one the BEST restaurants I have ever eaten in. If they brought this to shoreditch / Bermondsey they would make a killing.Great food.Great staff. Amazing location. Totally f*cking amazing, I love it.

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