With Jules Lapérouse, a new era began. His ambition : culinary excellence, irreproachable service and a distinguished environment. Greatly admired by many of his peers, the new owner’s restaurant became a landmark for the Parisian intelligentsia and socialites of the time. Frequented by Georges Sand, Victor Hugo, Emile Zola, Charles Baudelaire, Guy de Maupassant, Alfred Musset, Gustave Flaubert… it became a literary salon in its own right. Victor Hugo, one of the restaurant’s most prestigious and regular patrons, frequently met with his family and friends over homemade jam and madeleines, the latter being one of his favourite guilty pleasures.