Paris Food Trends: L’Oeuf Mayo Is Back

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Paris Food Trends: L’Oeuf Mayo Is Back

“The oeuf mayo is as useful in the kitchen as a paper-clip in an office.”
— Claude Lebey French Food Critic, journalist founder of Guide Lebey

The late great Monsieur Claude Lebey (1923-2017) is responsible for my love of l’oeuf mayo. For the founder of ASOM (the Association for the Preservation of the Egg Mayonnaise), a day without this traditional entrée was a day without meaning. So I’m intrigued to discover that with what the French call “une belle initiative B Signature Hôtels and Resorts are paying homage to my favorite bistro starter at their fabulous addresses, from Saint Bart’s to Brittany via Paris.

Hôtel Bel Ami  

Chef Jérôme Jullion dedicates “L’Œuf de Marguerite” (€12) not to me, but to French novelist, playwright, screenwriter and experimental filmmaker, Marguerite Duras. “Madame lived next door, at No. 5 rue Saint-Benoit, for more than 50 years,” he explains. Jullion’s dish takes inspiration from La Cuisine de Marguerite, a little jewel of a notebook published after her death in 1996. According to the chef, his “L’Oeuf de Marguerite” is a Paris/Saigon journey, the mayo made with sesame oil, studded with black seaweed, wasabi, chives, accompanied by a carrot, cucumber, and coriander salad, seasoned with pimento.” Match with a Burgundy Chablis (Jean-Marc Brocard, 2020, €16).

7 rue Saint-Benoit, 6th
Metro: Saint-Germain-des-Prés
Tel: 01 42 61 53 53

Bel Ami Mimosa

Bel Ami Mimosa, courtesy of Margaret Kemp

Hôtel Montalembert

The luxurious “L’Œuf Mimosa au Jajik® de chez Petrossian” (€13) sees the mayo seasoned with jus de Kalamansi, before adding the egg yolks, chives and saumon Jajik®, a few salad leaves to garnish and a sprinkle of Petrossian’s Fleur de Caviar® dried caviar with a highly concentrated flavor and a crunchy texture – voila! Try with a glass of Sancerre, Domaine Vacheron, 2016 (€16).

3, rue Montalembert, 7th
Metro: rue du Bac
Tel: 01 45 49 68 68

Montalembert Mimosa

Montalembert Mimosa, courtesy of Margaret Kemp

Hôtel Edouard VII

La Cuisine de l’E7 restaurant has a shiny new dining room designed by the very elegant Christophe Daudré. “L’Œuf Mimosa aux petits pois frais” (€13) showcases summer attitude with seasonal fresh peas and egg yolks sprinkled on top like fragrant mimosa. Pair with a glass of Viognier 2017 (€12).

39, avenue de L’Opera, 2nd
Metro: Opera
Tel: 01 42 61 56 90

 

E7 Mimosa

Hôtel Edouard VII, courtesy of Margaret Kemp

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Hôtel du Domaine de la Bretesche au Club

Jean Pierre Honorin (formerly at the temporarily closed Les Etangs de Corot) presents “Œuf Mimosa déstructuré aux Herbes du potager” (€13), the chef’s spin on the herbs he plucks on his morning walk around the herb garden. Don’t miss the sparkling cocktail “Le Club” (€12), made with St Germain liqueur, Crémant brut, and cream of blackberry.

Relais&Chateaux
44780 Missillac, Brittany
Tel: 02 51 76 86 96
https://www.bretesche.com

Bretesche Mimosa

Hôtel du Domaine de la Bretesche au Club Mimosa, courtesy of Margaret Kemp

Hôtel Manapany

“Mon Œuf” (€21), created by executive chef Anthony Martel, has spicy herb attitude. To sit by the pool and enjoy without moderation and some Havana Club rum, rum and more rum (€22).

Anse des Cayes,  Saint Barthélemy, Caribbean
Tel: +590 590 276655

Manapany Mimosa

Manapany Mimosa, courtesy of Margaret Kemp

Hôtel de Sers

Green asparagus with Truffled Oeuf Mimosa (€21) takes inspiration from the best seasonal products that French market gardeners have to offer. Pair it with the Champagne Charles Heidsieck (€18).

41 avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, 8th
Metro: George V
Tel: 01 53 23 75 75

Hôtel de Sers Oeuf Mimosa

Hôtel de Sers Oeuf Mimosa, courtesy of Margaret Kemp

Hôtel de Vernet

This most romantic restaurant is beneath a stained glass dome designed by Gustave Eiffel. The kitchen, almost open, showcases the theater of culinary arts seen through a large window. Pure magic!  L’Oeuf Mimosa – every which way – a delicious surprise that changes according to the market (€28). “Reinventing in order to rediscover the best of traditional French and international cuisine” is the mission of V, the restaurant of the Vernet. Don’t miss the cocktail of the month (€18).

25 rue Vernet, 8th
Metro: Etoile
Tel: 01 44 31 98 00

Vernet Mimosa

Vernet Mimosa, courtesy of Margaret Kemp

Need to know: The legend of Oeuf Mayo as told to me by Claude Lebey

English nobleman John Doeuf lived in Paris during WWI (1914-1918). “Time passes, only the eggs last” was the family motto. Doeuf had his habitudes and would eat his eggs daily Chez Eugène, rue des Capucines, near the Ritz Hotel, where he was staying. One day Doeuf sat on the next table to William Jones Mayo, a young doctor based at the U.S. Embassy. They discovered, and discussed, a mutual love of eggs and Doeuf complained that, although he loved to eat them, he found the hard boiled variety rather dry. Mayo suggested Doeuf ask the chef to cut them in half and top them with sauce mayonnaise, invented by his grandfather. Thus was born “l’oeuf mayo.” The young doctor subsequently returned to the USA and founded the famous Mayo Clinic, specializing in the treatment of cholesterol. The final word goes to Claude Lebey, “Egg Mayo is good for cholesterol, in case you don’t have enough!”

Lead photo credit : Egg Mimosa © Shutterstock

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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 It.com, 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 !