Beef in the buff? Paris opens its first nudist restaurant serving lobster, foie gras and snails to diners dressed in nothing but slippers

Mail Online | 12/7/2017 | Rod Ardehali For Mailonline;Afp
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Leave your coats, your pants and your inhibitions at the door: a Paris restaurant has begun serving up classic French fare to diners in the nude.

Located down a quiet side street in southwest Paris, O'naturel - billed as the French capital's first nudist restaurant - is the brainchild of twin businessmen Mike and Stephane Saada.

Insurance - Salesmen - Opportunity - Country - Reputation

Former insurance salesmen - though not nudists themselves - they spotted a money-making opportunity in a country that enjoys a reputation as a top naturist holiday destination.

'People only get to be nudists in the summer,' said Stephane, 42, suggesting that his restaurant offers the perfect experience during colder climes.

O'naturel - Decor - Menu - Bistro - Cuisine

O'naturel boasts a minimalist decor and a menu of upmarket French bistro cuisine - lobster, foie gras and snails with parsley cream sauce - priced at $57.50 for three courses.

A large white curtain over the windows shields diners from gawpers outside.

Clothes - Cloakroom - Phones - People - Photo

Clothes must be left in the cloakroom along with mobile phones, to prevent people from sneaking a photo of their fellow customers.

The diners are then provided with slippers to wear, though women - who make up 40 percent of the clientele, according to the managers - may keep their heels on.

Chair - Covers - Sittings

The black chair covers are discreetly changed between sittings.

O'naturel is considerably warmer in November than the roughly 460 designated outdoor nudist spots around France, most of them beaches and campsites.

Capital - Area - Bois - Vincennes - Park

The capital trialed a nudist area in its Bois de Vincennes park in October, while Parisians can swim in the buff several times a week at a public pool.

But Yves Leclerc, the president of the French Naturist Federation, was thrilled at the idea of being able to strip off for dinner.

Heart - Paris - Surreal - Restaurant - Tables

'We're in the heart of Paris and we're eating naked. It's a little surreal,' he said, sitting at one of the restaurant's 20 tables.

'It's like when we're on holiday,...
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