France News Daily: Opera Restaurant at Palais Garnier
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New Paris restaurant, L’Opéra, opening on June 27 at Opéra Garnier
BonjourParis France News Daily
PARIS, June 8—Opéra Garnier is finally getting its own restaurant and the contemporary design by restaurant designer Odile Decq is already drawing notice from restaurant designers and architects.
Owners Jean-Philippe and Pierre-François Blanc invested six million euros in creating L’Opéra, the new restaurant-lounge located in the former palace listed on the National Commission of Historical Monuments. As in the US, working within construction limitations and standards applied to French historic buildings is challenging.
“All our facilities, piers, mezzanines and equipment were integrated into the site without touching the stones,” Pierre-Francois Blanc was quoted as saying in le JDD.
Odile Decq designed a striking décor that appears in architectural renderings as a hovering white cloud above bars and dining areas with brilliant red banquettes, tables and chairs. Add in dramatic lighting and huge white undulating glass panels to create a “wow” first impression when entering the former side door used for season subscribers and VIPs. Some have described the interiors as resembling the 2011 Anish Kapoor “Monumenta” exhibition held at the Grand Palais museum.
L’Opéra will have 170 seats inside on two levels and another 180 on the terrace located opposite the new Apple computer store.
And the food? Chef Christopher Aribert, who possesses two Michelin stars, and Yann Tanneau have created a menu that blends traditional and modern dishes priced in the neighborhood of 40 euros for lunch and 60 euros for dinner, according to Pierre-François Blanc. Going beyond the typical “eat local” food trend, the restaurant will serve honey from bees kept atop the building.
Tél: 01 4268 8680
Place Jacques Rouche, Paris 9th
Hours: plans to open until 12mid
View a photo slideshow about the bees atop Palais Garnier
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