Davé’s Mythical Fashion Canteen | Saturday Night Dinner
Davé Restaurant is the fashion world’s best-kept secret but if you can get past the front entrance (do not worry there is no cheap Chinese Brothel behind the red velvet curtains) and secure a top table in this clandestine Chinese restaurant in the middle of Paris, you can be sure you’re at the cutting edge of style. The first thing that startled me when I first entered this insider place is that no one (neither Davé himself nor the waiter) is going to hand you menus, you just have to ask for your casual order like in any Chinese restaurant. Secondly, you may be impressed by the walls full of pictures of stars who visited the place. Anyway, no menus means no prices but count around 40€ per person, but the cool experience definitely is worth it!
Interesting excerpt from an itw in the Guardian: “Davé Cheung opened his restaurant exactly 20 years ago : There is such a thing as luck in this world,’ he told me. The old restaurant was near the Jardin des Tuileries, where all the fashion shows were held. Helmut Newton came in, and so did Grace Coddington, the creative director of American Vogue . ‘Everything followed from that. They came back with their friends. Then the rock people came; Duran Duran were there every day. And Azzedine, Yohji, and Rei [the designers Azzedine Alaia, Yohji Yamamoto, and Rei Kawakubo]. People started to have parties. It just went from there.’”
12 Rue de Richelieu 75001 Paris
Book a table if you think you can: 01 42 61 49 48
Metro: palais royal-musée du louvre (line 1&7)
Credits to Olivier Zahm and Purple Magazine for the pics.