The newly re-opened Paris-based La Ferme Saint Simon is a restaurant with a great heritage. In 1933 the restaurant opened its doors for the first time on Saint-Simon street, named after the famous French writer Louis de Rouvroy, Duke of Saint-Simon. At that time the restaurant, located close to the Musée d’Orsay and the Louvre, was named Au Bougnat. Subsequently the restaurant was acquired by the famous duo Denise Fabre and Francis Vandenhende who renamed it and made it a legendary Parisian address. Years later, in 2007, Ferme Saint Simon was acquired by Dario Dondelli, and finally in 2013 it was acquired by Marcelo Joulia and Laurent Limouzin, friends and associates through their Group Food & Fun. Joulia and Limouzin have updated the concept, while maintaining its founding elements: a classic and easy cuisine by chef Ali Iguedlane in an entirely new elegant decor, designed by French architecture and design agency Naço Architectures.
Cuisine-wise the restaurant has a clear focus on adaptations of classic recipes which once created the reputation of La Ferme Saint Simon, complemented by new dishes from French culinary heritage, always minute cooked. True quality of a true craftsmanship combined with the choice of the best products, is the new philosophy which should bring the new La Ferme Saint Simon its former reputation. In the words of co-owner Marcelo Joulia:
Back to this classic French cuisine with simplicity. The terroir, retaining only the essential: quality, purity of taste. Respect for the product.
Joulia is architect and restaurant owner and has great passion for many things in life. In his projects, he obviously combines design and architecture, but also music, photography and gastronomy. He founded Naço Architectures twenty years ago. After opening the Argentinian restaurant Unico restaurant and the wine bar El Galpon in Paris, Marcelo launched the sophisticated restaurant Unik in Buenos Aires in 2011. More recently in 2012, he opened at the same time the restaurant Clandestino in Paris, the famous Unico by Colagreco in Shanghai with Mauro Colagreco, and received two Michelin stars for his restaurant Mirazur in Menton. A highly productive and impressive list!
We love the beautiful history of La Ferme Saint Simon and can’t wait to visit it ourselves! For more information see here.