My Paris: Interview with André Terrail of La Tour d’Argent

My Paris: Interview with André Terrail of La Tour d’Argent
Since 2003, when André Terrail took over the legendary Tour d’Argent (created in 1582) from his late father Claude Terrail, he’s made a number of additions: the brasserie, La Rôtisserie d’Argent; the bakery, Le Boulanger de la Tour; the grocery, La Petite Epicérie de la Tour; and a luxurious Tokyo outpost. Though the restaurant is closed for big renovations until March 2nd, 2023, a number of experiences are taking place outside the centuries-old walls during “La Tour En Balade” with Executive Chef Yannick Franques: On the River Seine for a dinner cruise, in the cellars of Champagne House Maison Ruinart, at La Maison Camus at Château Lafite Rothschild, Cap Estel, and in Japan with the four-hand gastronomic event at La Tour d’Argent, Tokyo. A graduate of Babson College, USA and INSEAD, France, André Terrail has traveled the world. But Paris, he says, is where he belongs. For BP he explains why… while also sharing some superb Paris addresses. André Terrail’s late father Claude Terrail Where were you born? The American Hospital, Neuilly on July 20th, 1980. My father Claude Terrail was French, my mother Tarja from Finland. Who would you like to share an “I Love Paris” cocktail with? Ernest Hemingway. Although I’m sure there would be more than one cocktail! A local personality past or present you admire? General Charles de Gaulle, president of France from 1959-1969 . What he did for France, and the world, was extraordinary. “One day, aboard the steamer Caledonien sailing from the French Antilles to Tahiti, the general offered his companions a rare glimpse into his past: “When we were children,” he reminisced, “we often played war. We had a fine collection of lead soldiers. My brothers would take different countries: Xavier had Italy: Pierre, Germany. Or they would swap around. Well, I, gentlemen, always had France!” General Charles de Gaulle Your favorite Paris quartier? The Latin Quarter, of course, where I live! It has it all: jazz clubs, unique boutiques, excellent bars and restaurants. And, I find it incorporates the perfect vibe between students (La Sorbonne), tourists (The Panthéon), locals (Jardin des Plantes) – an exciting multicultural mix. Favorite building? Notre-Dame de Paris Favorite month? September. The weather’s good. Everyone’s happy and tanned post holidays, new restaurants are opening, new exhibitions. It’s La Rentrée- a new beginning, and not long until Christmas! You can’t live without? My precious, black Mont Blanc Pen. Notre-Dame © ArtHouse Studio at Pexels

Lead photo credit : Portrait of Andre Terrail © Pierre Emmanuel

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