A fashionable joint in a high-class area, La Cantine is an example of what happens when the French abandon traditional restaurant style in favour of the modern look. The décor is contemporary nightclub, with DJs, video screens and an open kitchen that overlooks the dining room and the menu runs to a wide selection of international dishes. American hamburgers, Chinese noodles and Italian pasta are all represented. At lunch, there is a choice of reasonably priced set menus. At dinner, the à la carte menu gives you the option of adding foie gras to your cheeseburger, ordering a big plate of sashimi or just tucking into the caviar, with a corresponding hike in the final bill. Depending on your viewpoint, this is either a witty modern arrival on the Paris scene or an ideal trendy hangout for Eurotrash.
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