With Jules Lapérouse, a new era begins. His ambition : culinary excellence, irreproachable service and a prestigious setting. Highly admired by many of his peers, the new owner’s restaurant becomes 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 becomes a literary salon in its own right. Victor Hugo, one of the restaurant’s most prestigious and regular patrons, would enjoy family reunions over homemade jam and madeleines, the latter being one of his favourite treats.