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Eat the Perfect Soufflé in the 7th Arrondissement

Nothing says French cuisine like a perfectly light and fluffy soufflé. The soufflé was invented in the 1820s by Frenchman Antonin Carâme.

This culinary innovation was only possible because of new oven technology that enabled heat to be circulated through air vents instead of by using coal. Thanks to these new ovens, a consistent cooking temperature could be maintained — an element that is absolutely necessary in order to get the characteristic rise of a soufflé.

Today, the soufflé is known as a dish that is notoriously hard to create but well worth the effort. Soufflés come in both sweet and savory varieties, and the most common types incorporate cheese, lemon or chocolate.

For those who want to take advantage of their trip to Paris to enjoy a top-quality soufflé, there is one restaurant that they must visit. The restaurant is called the Cigale Récamier, and it occupies a posh spot in the 7th arrondissement, close to another foodie haven, the Bon Marché.

The Cigale Récamier is one of those kinds of restaurants that you must know about to find. With an entrance in a small alleyway off of the main road, it is easy to walk right past the address. However, those in the know – including the political and pop culture elite of France — take every occasion to visit this small yet elegant establishment that specializes in soufflés.

The range of soufflés offered by the restaurant varies according to the season. However, one thing that is guaranteed is the possibility to have a soufflé as a starter, main course and dessert. Common soufflés served at the Cigale Récamier include chicken, foie gras, mushroom, salted butter caramel and chocolate. In addition to soufflés, the restaurant also serves classic French bistro food to suit all tastes.

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