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Jim Haynes' may have been the first, but his is hardly the only supper club in Paris. As in so many other world-class cities - London and Hong Kong (where they are called speakeasies) spring to mind - they are popping up like toadstools after rain all over the French capital. But where dîner chez Jim is less about the food and more about socialising, the newer clubs focus on multicourse gastronomic meals (eg Hidden Kitchen) and visiting the "in" adresse (restaurant) of the moment with a local foodie (eg Paris Supper Club). You will get an excellent meal and they are still great places for meeting people. The following are the names and locations of some of the most popular ones. Expect to pay from 80 euros per person and be sure to book well in advance. If you do not get a spot bear in mind that many post on Twitter if they have a cancellation or last-minute place available.

Chez Nous, Chez Vous (116bis rue St-Charles, 15e; 01-45-30-5892; www.cheznouschezvous.com)

Hidden Kitchen (28 rue de Richelieu, 1er; www.hkmenus.com;)

Paris Soirees (06-43-79-3515; www.parissoirees.com) Twice-weekly Paris events hosted on the Île de la Cité by Patricia Laplante-Collins.

Paris Supper Club (www.thepariskitchen.com/paris-supper-club) Run by the excellent local dining blog The Paris Kitchen.

Talk Time (01-43-25-8655; www.meetup.com/TalkTime) Michael Muszlak's Saturday night food-and-bilingual-chat in the Latin Quarter, organised through the New York based group Meetup (www.meetup.com).

 

 

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