Marc Meneau

Marc Meneau
Le Saut du Loup is the hip black and white canteen (design by Philippe Boisselier) located in the Musée des Art Decoratif. On two levels, facing the Jardins of the Carrousel and, with Boisselier’s brilliant play of mirrors, the Eiffel Tower’s everywhere. “Here you can combine culture, sighseeing and gastronomy, which is really exciting”, reflected brilliant superchef Marc Meneau one day this week. The owners of Le Saut du Loup asked Meneau (father of Pierre who, alert readers know, just launched his own Paris canteen “the boy’s doing well”, said Dad.) to brainstorm with chef Jérôme Aubert and create what Meneau calls “Gout du Jardin” or “Le Jardin du Gout”. “We’re not creating grand cuisine here, just simple dishes, using products from the best suppliers, wines from my vineyards. I don’t like the word picnic, it’s English”, he sniffed. So just say that, with the terrace and the gardens, coming here is a “Dejeuner sur l’Herbe moment”. Oui chef. 107 rue de Rivoli, 1st M: Palais Royal-Musee du Louvre T: 01 42 25 49 55 Open 7/7 from 12h-2h Formulas from 28€      

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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 !