Jaime Hayon has designed a new 'baby' in Saint-Louis which tastes and looks great. The new restaurant Le Sergent Recruteur which lives by the motto ‘live, eat and rest’ has just opened its Hayon doors in the heart of Paris - 41, rue Saint-Louis en l’Ile / 75004- with the talented chef Antonin Bonnet at the helm in the kitchen.
The restaurant is all about simplicity, harmony, warmness and eloquent uniqueness. Looking at the overall atmosphere, intimacy and comfort abound. This is a space that you can imagine savouring great tastes with your friends lounging in style, cheeks flushed from drinking red wine. There is a controlled balance between style and comfort, which makes Le Sergent Recruteur approachable in many ways and for many moods.
Upon entering, you notice the bar inviting you to dine, sit and socialise. Everything about this structure is very much Hayon. The detailing in the curves, lights, gold - he is everywhere. Of course the most dominant feature is the presence of the green upholstery which continues throughout the spaces giving a great sense of elegance. In the main restaurant, which you enter from the bar through the glass honeycomb panels, the sense of continuity is very much apparent. The seat and light procession is quite distinguished hence making the linearity of the design that much more interesting. The presence of the panelled mirrors on one side creates a beautifully clean cut and fresh design enlarging the interior and inviting you to walk down the corridor. In fact, the presence of the colour of jealousy ‘green’ in repetition only serves to further add to the simplistic character of the restaurant.
Moving downstairs to the private dining room, there is a different more pure feeling in the design. The illuminated wooden stair joining is impressive and impressively detailed. The basement has a completely different approach to the upstairs dining space. Here it is all about Scandinavian wood combined with Venetian mirrors and exposed hung prosciutto. Private dining here is an experience which is very private indeed. The chandelier, also a Hayon signature piece, is the only feature that one can say is reminiscent of the restaurant. Although the same shapes apply the language is completely different.
Le Sergent Recruteur has that Paris feeling of style and amour. You visit, you stay, you fall in love.