Sometimes I ask myself “Yore, suppose you’d start your own restaurant, what would it look like? Well, it should serve at least the best steak in town. Oh, for sure it must have a cigar lounge with good Cubans for an after dinner smoke. And with cigars there should be a whisky bar as well with the finest drams!” So when I heard such a restaurant recently opened in Paris, it was a must visit for me.
Steaking is the name of this heaven for men and couldn’t be located anywhere but in the Saint-Germain area, where jazzbands often play outside on the streets near Café de Flore. The restaurant opened its doors in December 2013 and was an immediate success. Steaking offers the finest beef from every wind direction. Of course the famous Japanese Wagyu and American Black Angus are on the menu, but also beef from Ireland, Spain, France, Germany and Argentina. If you’re not in for some fine meat, don’t go here. Otherwise, certainly do!
After an everything but vegetarian dinner we walked upstairs to the lounge where I spoke with Alican, one of the three founders of Steaking. They came up with their brilliant idea as all big cities have their whiskybars: New York, London, so why not Paris? The cigar lounge is up on the third floor and the interior is everything you want for a good smoke: dimmed lights, chesterfields sofas, a mirrored wall with the most exclusive whiskybottles and some chique interior accesoires. The whisky menu is quite impressive with big names from Scotland, Japan, Taiwan, Sweden, Ireland, Wales and the US. I asked Alican for a recommendation and he poured me the Taiwanese Cavalan Sherry Cask (at 34 euro per glass, ouch). Worth every penny, as it was delicious every drop. And as me and Martijn walked around with our shopaholic girlfriends all days, we decided this was a good way to refill our masculinity again.
3 Rue du Sabot, 75006
Open: Everyday but Monday only for dinnerservice
Metro: Line 4 to Saint-Germain-des-Pres