Versailles has recently emerged as a seriously good food town. Beyond being renowned for France’s most famous royal palace, it’s also an affluent bedroom community, along the lines of Greenwich, Connecticut. This means that beyond the tourist throngs, well-heeled residents sustain an increasingly inventive and diverse dining scene, which is making the town appealing to aspiring young chefs.
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has a Michelin star for his underwhelming eponymous restaurant at the Waldorf Astoria Versailles - Trianon Palace. But the local culinary talent to discover is Jean-Baptiste Lavergne-Morazzani, a young chef who now has two excellent restaurants, the Michelin-starred and gastronomically ambitious La Table du 11 and a convivial and reasonably priced bistro, Le Bistrot du 11, along with a lively wine bar, La Cave du 11, that offers a menu of small-plate dishes.
La Table du 11
The first time we went to this stylish restaurant, the chef’s father, who’s also a restaurateur, was running the dining room and was rightly bursting with pride in the talent of his offspring.