What if we tell you there's another reason to get to Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport a few hours earlier other than to get your tax refunds?
Michelin-starred chef Guy Martin has taken it upon himself to kick-start the revolution for those who think that airports are just a transitory space to get to destinations.
It doesn't help that tourists coming from Asia have long been pampered by some of the world's best airports (6 out of the world's top 10 airports in 2015 are located in Asia!) and are a bit disappointed by the aging airport facilities in Europe.
Cue I Love Paris, Savoie-born Martin's one-of-a-kind fine dining venture in Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport's Terminal 2E.
The chef, who helms Parisian institution Le Grand Véfour in the Palais-Royal gardens, hopes the I Love Paris experience could help tourists shape their final parting impression of France before they hop on an exhausting 10 to 15-hour flight home.
Reflected in Martin's new spring menu with an Asian twist is an entrée which showcases his take on the traditional sushi roll where delicate sea bream, in place of fluffy rice, is wrapped around a tofu then topped with pickled radish and crispy fried rice noodles.
The lightly wasabi-infused yogurt is a playful nod to Japanese cuisine with subtle flavors.
This spring, Martin also reinvents the classic French dish canard à l'orange, replacing canard with canette (young female duck) and orange with egg yolk orange kumquats.
Personally, I'm not a big fan of kumquats so I found the tart flavors a little overpowering.
However, the slight acidic bursts of grapefruit in the eggplant caviar helps balance out the richness of the roast duck, served pink, of course, the French way and perfectly paired with a glass of 2012 Frédéric Magnien Gevrey-Chambertin with delightful pepper notes.
For those with a sweet tooth, don't miss his caramelized pineapple with honey. Savour, the crumbly-crunch of the Breton biscuit between icy mouthfuls of pineapple crémeux that tie it all together.
Having just opened in June 2015, I Love Paris is certainly a long-awaited addition to an airport that is lacking decent dining options.
As Martin explains to Paris Chérie, he hopes that I Love Paris will be the perfect spot for holidaymakers to experience French gastronomy one last time before departure – whether it is contemporary or traditional French cuisine – at reasonable prices.
The 70-seat restaurant is also fitted with a luxury sandwich bar for the jet-setting foodie on-the-go who doesn't have too much time to spare before the final boarding call. Just keep an eye on the time between savouring bites so you don’t miss your flight!
I Love Paris by Guy Martin
Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport, Terminal 2E, Hall L
Writer: Wee Ling Soh