Just a stone’s throw from the Place Victor Hugo, Jean-Louis Nomicos has opened his first restaurant in this establishment formerly run by master-chef Joël Robuchon. Decked out in new finery, Nomicos’s Les Tablettes serves cuisine from the south. To provide the perfect setting for his sun-kissed flavours, the interior draws inspiration from the form and texture of a basket, in a metaphor that is threaded and braided : interlaced strips of walnut cover the walls and ceiling, weaving a vault over the diners’ heads. Corseted by a backlit canvas, the flexible ribbons of light-grey wood let through slivers of light, giving this strange covering the appearance of a starry sky. The vast wall-mounted mirror, and the stainless steel framing the three alcoves, reflect ad infinitum this warm, abstract environment. Silver-grey carpet, orange-leather wall seats, muffled footsteps, and mellow muted voices set the tone in this original and enchanting restaurant, ideal for fans of starry skies and/or Michelin-starred chefs. The entire project, from the initial contact to the restaurant’s opening just before Christmas 2010, was completed in eight and a half weeks.