BUZZ EXTRA: Le Petit Trianon, Paris 18th

By Margaret Kemp

Le Petit Trianon. Photo courtesy of Le Petit Trianon.

Vuitton, Dior, Gaultier, YSL and various must-have brands recently showed collections in the amazing space that is Le Trianon Theatre, Montmartre. The multi-story building, by architects Joseph Cassien-Bernard and Gaston Cousin, dates back to 1896, when it was one of the Bo-Ho hot spots of Montmartre where the likes of Toulouse Lautrec, Scott Fitzgerald, Salvador Dali, Coco Chanel and Mistinguett were regulars.

Today the handsome building has been reborn after vast renovations. No expense has been spared to make it look as if there's been no expense at all, read: designer shabby chic. Kate Moss loves it.

On the ground floor Trianon Café looks set to become an “oh, darling you must go” addy. The upper floors are a vast bar with incredible original décor and the theatre where, say, DJ Shadow puts on thumping light and sound shows.

Le Petit Trianon. Photo courtesy of Le Petit Trianon. Le Petit Trianon. Photo courtesy of Le Petit Trianon.

The Trianon Café concept is by Abel Nahmias, son of super-chef Olympe Versini and uber-gastronome Albert N. A successful film producer (Cinéman, Blood: The Last Vampire, etc.), the boy Abel says he always steered away from matters culinary because he was raised in restaurants, but when he saw Le Trianon, he realised the terrific potential of the location.

"Montmartre is the second most visited destination in Paris, after Notre Dame," he explains. So, with a little help from his friend Julien Labrousse of Hôtel du Nord, mum's recipes and Linda, a talented chef, trained by mum, they've been packing them in since May 2011.

Le Petit Trianon. Photo courtesy of Le Petit Trianon.What Shall We Eat?

Just pop in for Sex on the Beach (a cocktail, darling), beer, glass of wine, Martini Moment, Tartines and Clubs made with delicious bread by award-winning baker Arnaud Delmontel or go for the full monty. Artichoke Vinaigrette, L'Oeuf Mayo, Salade Trianon (for the ladies who do), Assiette de légumes verts, sauce verte. Drink a brave little Argentinian Chardonnay, Bodega Fontelli (19€), or a Côtes du Rhône Quatre Filles 2010 (25€). Nice with a hamburger or tartare, puréeCabillaud grillé, naked, sauce virgin olive oil, vinegar and capers served on the side, as we like it. Classic desserts include Oeuf à la Neige, Crème Brûlée citronnée, riz au lait and outsize red fruit tarts. Read: delicious address your bank manager/husband/lover will adore. Don't hesitate.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Le Petit Trianon

Tél: 01 4492 7808

80, boulevard Rochechouart, Paris 18th

Métro: Anvers

Open 7/7  9am-2am Service nonstop for snack menu.

Lunch: 11:45am-2:30pm  Average spend: 13.50€

Dinner: 7pm-12midnight Meal Deal from 19h-21h 16€

A La Carte 25-45€

Breakfast 7.80€

Margaret Kemp is a British-born Cordon Bleu graduate who traveled the world and worked in the kitchens of the world's top chefs in Australia, Asia, the USA and France before becoming a food and restaurant writer. Her Sunday BUZZ columns feature interviews with prominent chefs plus the latest restaurant and entertainment news published exclusively for BonjourParis Premium Members.

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