Cafe Richelieu, Maison Blanche, Crillon Patio, Bistro Des Gastronomes & Foodstock Buzz

Cafe Richelieu, Maison Blanche, Crillon Patio, Bistro Des Gastronomes & Foodstock Buzz
Café Richelieu: the new address Located in the former offices of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, Café Richelieu is the new address with large sun-drenched terrace, all set for the long hot summer. Add the essential Eiffel Tower views and that of La Pyramide du Louvre, a comprehensive menu by Angelina, some works by Daniel Buren and Jean-Pierre Raynaud, et voilà. “The Groupe Eliance asked us to create something special,” explains architect Patrick Mauger. So Mauger got together with designer Jean-Marie Wilmotte (Guy Savoy‘s chou-chou) and, together with the above-named artists, they created a pure, contemporary, functional space, open during museum hours. Only catch is you must buy a ticket at the desk of the Richelieu Wing to have access, except the first Sunday of each month when you get the run of the Louvre gratuitement. “But that’s good,” says Jean-Pierre Feller, a Louvre maven who was guiding me around Napoleon’s Apartments. “It’s right next door to the newly launched Café. Napoleon knew a good meal, he was often at Le Grand Véfour with Josephine, so he’d love Angelina,” reasons Feller. Angelina’s Paris flagship on rue de Rivoli is often hidden by long lines of aficionados waiting for tables. It was opened in 1903 by Austrian confectioner Antoine Rumpelmeyer, and the lines have been there since then. Coco Chanel and Proust adored the hot chocolate and wicked Mont-Blanc, made to a carefully guarded secret recipe, both of which are available at Le Louvre Angelina. Tactile screens outside the space translate the menu into seven languages. So pop in for Club Sandwiches, or Tartare de Boeuf Angelina, parmesan, tomates confites, frites, salade verte. Les Grandes Salades for the ladies who do, perfect with a glass of St-Emilion Grand Cru, Château Lamour. Dos de Cabillaud Rôti with cauliflower and lemongrass, a glass of Côtes de Provence, the sunny terrace, Le Louvre, Paris, perfect. Choose from a mouthwatering selection of Angelina desserts, including new additions such as Religieuse Griotte Pistache. Groupe Elior have taken eighteen months to re-look the high-end Louvre restaurants in the Richelieu wing.”It’s interesting to note that restaurants in museums wordwide are now of a very high standard; they have become destinations in their own right. We research new ideas all the time,” the management explain. Le Café Richelieu—Salon de thé Angelina Tel: 01 4927 9331  Louvre, 1st Floor-Richelieu Wing  rue de Rivoli, Paris 1st Métro: Palais Royal, Musée du Louvre Hours: Open from 9AM-6PM, Shut Tuesday; 9AM-10PM Wednesdays & Fridays La Maison Blanche opens Terrace, Montaigne with Seine and Eiffel Tower views La Maison Blanche, perched on top of the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, just opened the new “Terrace, Montaigne.” With wonderful views over the Seine as far as Les Invalides and the Eiffel Tower, it’s a dream address for lunch or dinner. Young chef Sylvain Ruffenach comes from the Alsace region, says his menus are influenced by the Mediterranean of the Pourcel brothers (executive chefs at Maison Blanche). Expect Encornets grillés à la provenҫale, Carpaccio de Wagyu et fine roquette au parmesan Reggiano, Saint-Pierre aux asperges vertes de Saint-Vincent. Mignon de veau au thym-citron et morilles, petits pois et fevettes. Fraises des bois de Malaga et blanc manger à la vanille. Wines are by glass or bottle, with the sommeliers presenting choices of the day with their “casier de dégustation” wine baskets, for tasting “not the label, but the terroir.” From Touraine, Moulin à Vent, Languedoc, Provence, etc. The terrace, revised and corrected by L’Agence, is listed as a Monument Historique, as is the handsome building. The original theatre and terrace, designed by architect Auguste Perret, were inaugurated in 1913. Terrace Montaigne has to feature in BUZZ’s top addresses for les amoureux de l’été 2011 de haute voltige. There’s space for 40, so book ahead. Maison Blanche, Terrace Montaigne Tel: 01 4723 5599 15, avenue Montaigne, Paris 8th Métro: Alma Marceau Valet Parking Shut Sat-Sun Sky Bar from 6:30PM Tues through Sat. Lunch 48-58€ Dinner 69-110€ Wines by the glass 8-12€ New Cédric Lefévre bistro on Left Bank You’ll have tasted Cédric Lefèvre‘s talent at Chez Casimir, Christian Constant and Bistro Volnay. Now he’s created his own Left Bank bistro. If you’re in the ‘hood it’s definitely worth a visit for his market-fresh products cooked in neo-tradi style. Poêlée de couteaux (razor clams) en persillade et croustillant de pommes de terre. Saint-Jacques d’Erquy rôties entieres, relevées au jambon d’Auvergne, purée de céleri. Tarte au citron, with soft meringue, yum! Bistro des Gastronomes Tel: 01 4354 6240 10, rue du Cardinal-Lemoine, Paris 5th Métro: Maubert-Mutualité, Jussieu Shut Sat lunch-MonSunday Buffet Campagnard from 11AM-9PMLunch 22-26€Dinner about 35€ Summer patio dining at l’Hôtel de Crillon The Crillon Summer Patio is a delightful oasis, in an elegant designer setting of statues, sundial and sunshine, a pause from the ardours of serious shopping on the Golden Triangle. Pop in from 10am for light snacks, delicious salads, a glass of champagne or wine, club sandwiches. You’re in the country in the heart of the city.  Afternoon tea from 3.30-6pm, from May-September. Hôtel de Crillon Tel: 01 4471 1615 10, place de la Concorde, Paris 8th Métro: Concorde Open 7/7 Diary Date: Les Veillées Foodstock Where? In the gardens of the wacky Mac/Val museum d’art contemporain of Val-de-Marne at sunset.  When? 7th and 21st May with food (carrot starter, gaspacho printanier with irish crab, main: Irish beef, marinated in Jameson by Grégory Marchand (Frenchie) and dessert crème…

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Born in Hampton, Middlesex, UK, Margaret Kemp is a lifestyle journalist, based between London, Paris and the world. Intensive cookery courses at The Cordon Bleu, London, a wedding gift from a very astute ex-husband, gave her the base that would take her travelling (leaving the astute one behind) in search of rare food and wine experiences, such as the vineyards of Thailand, 'gator hunting in South Florida, learning to make eye-watering spicy food in Kerala;pasta making in a tiny Tuscany trattoria. She has contributed to The Guardian, The Financial Times Weekend and FT. How To Spend, The Spectator, Condé Nast Traveller, Food & Travel, and Luxos Magazine. She also advises as consultant to luxury hotels and restaurants. Over the years, Kemp has amassed a faithful following on BonjourParis. If she were a dish she'd be Alain Passard's Millefeuille “Caprice d'Enfant”, as a painting: Manet’s Dejeuner sur l’herbe !