La Bulle du Collectionneur: Chez Loulou, Paris & All About Yves

La Bulle du Collectionneur: Chez Loulou, Paris & All About Yves
Do you know the La Bulle du Collectionneur? The former Hilton on rue de Courcelles, opposite Parc Monceau, has 478 rooms and suites, Philippe Daigneaux’s Le Safran restaurant: chic “Purple” bar, Spa (Decleor & Carita). And it’s all in magnificent neo-art-deco “Normandie” cruise ship style. For the holiday season reserve dans La Bulle du Collectionneur, an incredible design construction, located in the middle of the Andulusian terrace, where you can meet, greet and eat all day. Probably best to reserve, only room for 30. Book guest-chef Clément Bruno of Lorgue’s Truffle King style dinner with champagne the 12th or 19th December (about 190€) Lunch (49€) showcases a single seasonal product, say, salmon, foie gras, scallops. Mouthwatering, limited edition “Collectioneur” Eclairs by Christophe Adam matched with Moet & Chandon’s Grand Vintage white and rosé champagne.  Very exciting and original, darling. And, if you don’t feel like leaving, get a room (see above). La Bulle du Collectionneur, Hotel du Collectionneur, 51-57 rue de Courcelles, 8th M: Monceau T: 01 58 36 67 00 If you knew Loulou like I know Loulou…. Benoit Chagny’s worked for the greats, chez Vigato at Apicius, Le Crillon with Christian Constant, Pavillon Ledoyen, he lives, eats breaths cuisine and dreams of launching something fun in Morocco one day. Benoit’s Loulou bistro mirror’s his life, his hobby finding tschokes for the restaurant in various Paris flea markets such as Marché aux Fleurs, Ile de la Cité, great conversation pieces. The menu’s short and seasonal : begin with honey drizzled foie gras,  warm bread from the local baker. A glass of « Entre Amis » Côte de Gascogne. Soothing lentil soup, foie gras and gingerbread : Salade de mesclun, ris d’agneau au xéres : Melted goat’s cheese, smoked ham and spices. Benoit pops out to see if everything’s OK. It is. Continue with delicate chived Charlotte of potatoes and fresh crab. « Comme un Pizza » with raw tuna and tomates confites : slow cooked Hachis-parmentier. « You must taste my brioche », insists Benoit. « Are you prepared to go all the way ? » A wedge of brioche covered in choco/chestnut topped with home-made ice-cream. Lovers of French Toast, order now. And, if you’re looking for New Year’s Eve ring in 2014 with Benoit (under 100€). « I really love to party here », he grins. Bistrot Chez Loulou, Benoit Chagny, 3 rue Mouton Duvernet, 14th M : Mouton Duvernet, T : 01 45 42 29 59 Open 7/7 Average spend 16€-35€ All about Yves : « Have you seen Yves Camdeborde’s chalet ? » asked chef Chagny. So off I go to have a look. It’s part of the Christmas Village (with skating rink and plenty of Santas) which runs from Place de la Concorde (and the big wheel) up to the Rond Pont. Camdeborde created La Regalade, which he passed on to Bruno Doucet, and now runs a hotel complex at L’Odeon showcasing the most difficult reservation in town, « Comptoir de l’Odeon ». Book the hotelHotel du Collectionneur and you may skip the waiting list. Who knows, go figure. YC’s resigned from TV1 Masterchef as of 2014, « je ne veux pas que la télé soit mon métier”, explique-t-il. “I’m a chef de cuisine”. This rugby mad chef from the South-West always comes up with original ideas, the first of Generation Constant to set up an Alpine Chalet at the Champs Elysées village (two minutes from Le Crillon where he once worked). Wonder if they’ll all be there next year? Ducasse, Passard, Robuchon, Alleno & Co. Expect to taste all his signatures and there’s live music. So pull on the UGGS and get down there tres vite cheri/e. It’s the most Christmas fun you can have with your clothes on !   Until January 5, 2014 Champs Elysées, near Place de la Concorde Open 7/7

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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 !