In Bel Canto, arias are served up alongside lobster risotto, and vanilla panna cotta with a dash of soprano solo. Because once the sun goes down in this Paris restaurant, you can tumble back into the glamorous, golden days of opera.
A quartet of singers, who hail from the Paris Conservatory, double as waiting staff, serenading you over a lavish, three-course Italian dinner as they weave between tables, bursting seemingly spontaneously into song.
Attuned musical ears will recognise the works of Bizet, Mozart, Puccini, Rossini and Verdi. But even those new to opera can’t fail to be impressed at the high As accompanying their apéro, or resist being swept away by their surroundings, typical of a grand 19th century opera house, complete with ornate gold and red velvet furnishings, and costumed mannequins.
There are two branches in Paris, in Nueilly and Hotel de Ville, as well as one in London.