But that’s not all that happened in these “petits salons.”
While the times may have changed, many remnants of the restaurant’s past remain untouched — like a room of mirrors, etched with names and hearts.
“One very famous thing is that rich men would spoil their mistresses with jewelery,” she said. “They were given diamonds and the best way to prove it’s a diamond? You scratch it on the mirror, and if it scratches it means it’s real. Otherwise, it’s just glass.”
Going behind the scenes
“As a photographer, I always think of inspiring ideas for pictures; I always try to recreate scenes,” von Unwerth says. “So when I come here I just imagine all the things that happened in the room. It’s really wonderful.”
Watch the video above for a look behind the scenes at Lapérouse.