At the heart of the famous 'Cité radieuse', designed by Le Corbusier in the 1950s, is this surprising gourmet restaurant, named after the Peter Greenaway film, The Belly of an Architect. Decorated in white wood and grey marble, the space is intimate, relaxing, and timeless. The terrace, with its exceptional view, resembles a ship's passage, with its wooden bridge, 1930s iron chairs and Jean Prouvé-like 'compass' table.
This is an authentic place with authentic cuisine by the talented chef Jérôme Caprin, whose use of local products is elegantly showcased at a very affordable price. In the evening, the gourmet offerings include roasted scallops with saffron potatoes and "burnt" leaks, eggplant caviar with cashews, zucchini, mint, Espelette pepper and honey, or a low-temperature cooked filet of bull with potatoes en gratin, truffle and black pepper sauce. For dessert, honey-roasted butternut, light vanilla mousse and caramel ice cream will bring closure to a delightful meal.
Le Ventre de l'Architecte
280 boulevard Michelet
+33 (0)4 91 16 78 23
Menu: around 32 EUR for lunch, 59 EUR for dinner