Le Bar des Prés
The Portrait of the Chef
Born and raised in the Aveyron region of France, Cyril Lignac has always enjoyed the pleasure of a large table full of friends and family. Therefore it was only natural for Cyril to go to university to obtain his CAP for chocolate, ice cream, pastry and cooking.
His passion drove him to Paris. Cyril evolved alongside three- star chef Alain Passard at Arpège and pastry chef Pierre Hermé.
In 2005 Cyril obtained his first post as chef at La Suite and he began his television career with Oui Chef! He also launched his first restaurant, Le Quinzième, which 7 years later was awarded a star in the Michelin Guide.
In the meantime the Chef revealed his entrepreneurial skills.
In 2008 he took over Le Chardenoux, an institution of Paris and a traditional bistro. In 2011 Cyril inaugurated Aux Prés, an emblematic Parisian bistro in place of Claude Sainlouis, before opening Le Bar des Prés in 2016 next door, with Asian influences.
He also began a sweet adventure with pastry chef Benoît Couvrand. Together in 2011, they created La Pâtisserie, a local shop where traditional and contemporary creations take pride of place; and in 2016 La Chocolaterie, a lively place dedicated entirely to cocoa. The duo is now overseeing 7 Parisian boutiques.
Cyril is always looking for opportunities to expand in the field of gourmet pleasures and to evolve his team. His entrepreneurial rigor and charm have enabled him to be elected ‘France’s favourite chef’.
The facade recalls old neighborhood cafés in the spirit of St-Germain during the Belle Epoque.
Inside, the focal point is the inviting bar made of Italian Giallo Real marble. On one side is the bar, on the other the kitchen. These two parallel worlds are placed side-by-side here for the customers to see.
The atmosphere is warm and softly lit, making the place feel like something of a secret.
The menu is short, lively and spontaneous.
The exclusive creations combine the chef’s French roots with his discoveries overseas, especially in Asia. The sashimi, sushi and maki are made to order by a Japanese sushi chef.
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