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Restaurant Visit: Veggies as Decor at Tekés in Paris

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Restaurant Visit: Veggies as Decor at Tekés in Paris

September 21, 2022

In recent years, the place to be in Paris has been, at any given time, one of a string of Israeli restaurants. It began with Balagan, then Shabour, with rough-hewn interiors and a Michelin star. (Vogue France proclaimed it “our new favorite restaurant in the heart of Paris” in 2019 and noted that you’re likely to be greeted at the door with a glass of bubbly.)

Now the team behind the two eateries—including chef Assif Granit—has opened Tekés, “an ode to plants and to the ancestral cooking methods of Jerusalem,” according to the Tekés site, and all vegetarian. The restaurant’s name means “ceremony” in Hebrew, and indeed, the interiors by Rodolphe Albert from Cent 15 Architecture feel like a site for quietly chic celebration. Take a look.

Photography courtesy of Tekés.

tekés is located on rue saint sauveur in the \2nd arrondissement, just a s 9
Above: Tekés is located on Rue Saint-Sauveur in the 2nd arrondissement, just a stone’s throw from Shabour. Tall glass windows swivel open to connect the dining room to the street. Photograph via Frama.

To enter, “there are two doors, depending on your mood,” according to Tekés. The first enters through Klay, the swanky sports club founded by Arthur Benzaquen (also a part of the team behind Tekés). “The other door leads to the restaurant, with its bold earthen colors.”

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Above: “We didn’t want to fall into the cliché of vegetarian restaurants with plants everywhere but did want to highlight the elements that allow them to grow: light, water and soil,” Cécile Lévy (executive chef) and team told The Socialite Family. Note the tiers of potatoes just beyond the entrance. Photograph by Frama.
the interiors are built out with organic feeling custom millwork. photograph by 11
Above: The interiors are built out with organic-feeling custom millwork. Photograph by Adel Fecih.
the bar and table seating is by frama: the chair 0\1 and bar chair 0\1, both in 12
Above: The bar and table seating is by Frama: the Chair 01 and Bar Chair 01, both in warm brown birch. Photograph by Frama.
a mix of terra cotta, recycled and repurposed materials, and plaster niches fil 13
Above: A mix of terra cotta, recycled and repurposed materials, and plaster niches filled with ceramics “reconcile the city dweller with traveling,” Tekés says. Photograph by Adel Fecih.
the ceramic wall and table lights are all by paris based villa arev. photograph 14
Above: The ceramic wall and table lights are all by Paris-based Villa Arev. Photograph by Adel Fecih.
the open kitchen is situated in the restaurant&#8\2\17;s center. photograph 15
Above: The open kitchen is situated in the restaurant’s center. Photograph by Nawel Odin.
meals are served in indian terra cotta dishes. photograph by marine mackowiak. 16
Above: Meals are served in Indian terra cotta dishes. Photograph by Marine Mackowiak.
veggies are employed as decor throughout. photograph by nawel odin. 17
Above: Veggies are employed as decor throughout. Photograph by Nawel Odin.
the terrace by candlelight. photograph by benjamin rosemberg. 18
Above: The terrace by candlelight. Photograph by Benjamin Rosemberg.

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