10Oct

New season, new menu!

Written by james, the 10 October in category At the Saint James' Restaurant, What’s up?, 0 comment

Autumn has arrived, bringing its delicious seasonal flavours! A great opportunity for our Chef Virginie who just launched her a new dinner menu at the Saint James Paris! Here is a few of her creations.

- Starter: preserved duck foie gras from the Landes region, light fig jelly, fresh hazelnuts, Parisian brioche
- Fish: scallops cooked in their shells with seasonal butter, slow-simmered leeks and Charlotte potato with curry
- Meat: roast mallard duck with juniper berries, red cabbage braised in a red wine, crisp leg and thinly-shredded potato, braising juice
- Seasonal suggestion: scallop and oyster tartare, borage leave and flower, Astara caviar, lemon cream sauce

… Not to mention her famous cod cooked with young vegetables, Melissa butter sauce, the “signature” dish of Virginie Basselot at the Saint James Paris.

The Pastry Chef Mathias Alet will also delight you with his Sultane figs from “La Maison Baud” poached in a red wine, with a mulberry sauce, crisp condiments and a fresh cream cheese sorbet. Among his other sweet surprises!

Access the dinner menu here.

See you soon at the Saint James Paris!

Reservations recommended at 01 44 05 81 81 or [email protected]
From Mondays to Saturdays from 7:30 p.m.

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25Sep

The Louis Vuitton Foundation

Written by james, the 25 September in category Going out, 0 comment

Conceived as the new high place of contemporary art, the Louis Vuitton Foundation will finally open to the public on October 27th, 2014.

The Foundation will present permanent collections, but also plans to organize temporary exhibitions and to host debates and seminars. A unique new hot spot for contemporary art in Paris.

The Louis Vuitton Foundation, located close to the Saint James Paris, at the edge of the Bois de Boulogne, is surrounded by nature and benefits from the fresh air of the “lung” of the capital. Looking as a real “space ship”, it seems to have just landed between lakes and streams, just off the restaurant La Grande Casccade, in the heart of the most relaxing place of the western part of Paris.

This amazing building has been imagined by Frank Gehry like a boat sailing through the trees of the park, wrapped by twelve glass veils. A big challenge combining tradition and modernity. Creator of the impossible, Frank Gehry has accomplished today’s technological prowess and designed forms that had never been imagined before, juste like the project of Bernard Arnaud, CEO of LVMH : unique, creative, innovative.

Take advantage of your stay at the Saint James Paris to visit the Louis Vuitton Foundation.

8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, 16ème arrondissement de Paris.

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07Jul

The one and only Tiffany Diamond a Paris

Written by james, the 07 July in category Going out, 0 comment

Tiffany & Co”, one of the most important jewellery houses in the world, exhibits the legendary “Tiffany Diamond” in Paris for a limited period.

On the 3rd floor of the newest Parisian Tiffany & Co’s shop (the first one in France) the public will have the opportunity to admire the biggest and most famous yellow diamond of the world.
Normally presented in the mythical boutique of the 5th Avenue in New York, the inestimable treasure will be exceptionally highlighted on the Champs Elysees to inaugurate the largest Tiffany & Co’s shop in Europe.

Paris knows the incredible and invaluable stone already, when 130 years ago it was cut by the gemmologist of the brand. After a very detailed work, the rough stone of 287 carats has turned into a sublime and unique diamond of 128 carats with 82 facets (a diamond has traditionally 58 facets). Never seen before!

This exceptional jewel – Mary Whitehouse and Audrey Hepburn have had the luck to wear it so far – can be admired on the famous Avenue des Champs Elysees (nr 62). The period is “limited” and no end-date has been communicated, so make sure not to miss it!

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27Jun

Masques, mascarade, mascaron

Written by james, the 27 June in category Going out, 0 comment

This summer, the Musée du Louvre presents « Masques, mascarade, mascaron » and highlights these mysterious objects supposed to seduce, scare, imitate or deceive. This exhibition reveals the paradoxical function of these emblems of illusion.

Through 100 pieces from the antique and modern departments of the museum, this incredible art catalogue explores the different significations and roles of the mysterious ornaments, throughout artistic and literary movements. Drawing, carving, painting and printing are presented.

The exhibition also approaches the sacred and religious sense of the masks, its perennial and expressive force, but also its representation and complexity.

Until September 22nd in the Musée du Louvre.

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True to the spirit of “La Fete de la Musique” the Saint James Paris will highlight a new talent!
With her sparkling eyes and smile, our colleague Laetitia Jullian will sing the most beautiful songs of her repertoire.

Originally from Tahiti, after studying at the Conservatory, she now sings French variety as well as soul and jazz music. Laetitia will interpret La Vie en Rose, La Javanaise, Le Tourbillon de la Vie, La Complainte de la Butte… but also some international songs like The Girl from Ipanema, Fly me to the moon, Just the two of us… accompanied by a guitarist. A jazzy and soft voice for a truly acoustic evening, perfect to try the creations of Chef Virginie Basselot at the restaurant and to discover our Rosé-wine bar.

Do not miss this new edition of “La Fete de la Musique” and discover the new talent we are very proud to introduce!

Saturday June 21st 2014, from 8:30 p.m.
Advance bookings are required at +33 1 44 05 81 81 or by mail.

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30May

“La Jeune Rue”, the “new” Place To Be

Written by james, the 30 May in category Going out, 1 comment

Cedric Naudon, nicknamed Mister X, reveals his identity for the first time with his new concept: « La jeune rue » (“the young street”).

This visionary has become the owner of 36 shops in the heart of the 3rd district to redecorate them with the help of the trendiest architects and designers.

Each of them has the mission to embellish a shop to his/her style and to make it aestetically unique.

Every type of food shops will be represented: a cheese shop, a butcher’s shop, an oyster bar, a fishmonger, but also a wine bar and bistro, as well as several others.

Each of these shops will offer exceptional and natural products, the most part of which will come from French farms. It is the promise of a real return to fundamentals and to the values of our fantastic French gastronomic heritage.

“La Jeune Rue” will have also a Concept store, a hardware store, a covered market, an art gallery and even a cinema! At this time, 3 shops have opened:

- “Medle”, a cheese shop, 11 rue du Vertbois

- “Gopang”, a Korean street-food restaurant, 13 rue du Vertbois

- “L’Ecorcheur”, a steack-house, 50 rue Volta

Further openings will follow gradually to make this area one of the hot spots of the capital!

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21May

Ephemeral rosé wine bar

Written by james, the 21 May in category What’s up?, 0 comment

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At the Saint James Paris this year, the arrival of summer will be celebrated with the opening of an seasonal rosé wine Bar! On the bucolic terrace and surrounded by hot-air-balloon-like arbors, take an enchanting break and see life through rose-colored glasses!

On one hand, the sommelier Micaël Morais has selected 2 wines: a fresh and elegant Côtes de Provence Château d’Esclans, served in a Jeroboam, and an IGP Collines Rhodaniennes, nicely called “La Vigne en rose”, Domaine du Monteillet, with a sweet flavor of red fruits and spices.

On the other hand, Judicaël Noël, our new barman, has imagined two summer cocktails: the “Pink Panthère” with vodka, coconut liqueur, ginger and strawberry, and la “Rose des Vents” with pineapple, cranberry, raspberry and basil, an original one without alcohol.

Our Chef Virginie Basselot, newly awarded with a first Michelin star, has also been inspired by this girly color and has created some fine recipes with noble products, seasonal fruits and vegetables. On the Bar menu, enjoy a King-prawn carpaccio with beetroot sauce and crispy vegetables, a Semi-cooked foie gras with a strawberry chutney and Beaujolais rosé wine, or a Charolais beef tartare with pink berries, mixed salad leaves and home-made French fries. The sugar addicts will also be pampered by our Pastry Chef Mathias Alet who designed an attractive Raspberry macaron, light Timut-pepper cream with a flavor of lemon and grapefruit.

An ephemeral outdoor bar to see life in pink!

Open daily starting June 5th, 2014, from 7 pm.


13Feb

Walk around the “Petite Ceinture”

Written by james, the 13 February in category Going out, 1 comment

Paris is full of secret places! The Clefs d’Or Concierges of the Saint James Paris recommend a green and mysterious walk in the upscale 16th district.

The “Petite Ceinture” is an old railway that surrounded Paris at the beginning of the 20th century. It was used to carry passengers and goods. Abandoned in 1985, it now offers a quiet and peaceful place, given back to nature.

One part of this disused railway has become a 1.5-km-long bucolic walk. Located between Porte d’Auteuil and Porte de la Muette, this ecological corridor offers a lot of original landscapes and welcomes many animal species. A new must-see of the Parisian heritage, even if still unknown!

A real green line, unusual and full of history, at a few steps only from the Saint James Paris!

Addresses for departures:
In front of 77 boulevard de Montmorency
In front of rue du Ranelagh,
36 boulevard de Beauséjour
(Paris 16th)

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At the Saint James Paris, we make dreams come true! Our Valentines offer includes one night in a Junior Suite, a bottle of champagne Deutz Amour, and full breakfast (in bed or at the buffet). This offer is valid from February 11th to 15th, 2014, upon availability, at the exceptional rate of 600 Euro per night. Book now !

And for an extra touch, plan a romantic evening on February 14th!

Our Chef Virginie Basselot imagined a Gourmet dinner that you will enjoy in a Brazilian ambiance with singer Cynthia Abraham and pianist Manuel Rocheman. Spend Valentines with us! +33 1 44 05 81 81 or [email protected].

Valentines’ Menu

Appetizer

Duck foie gras from the Landes region, candied hibiscus and lemon marmalade

Scallops in an aromatic broth, tapioca beads flavoured with beetroot

Roast Challans duckling with kampot pepper, onions and mango,
preserved leg in salad

Ossau-Iraty and cherry jelly

Lemon and rose dessert, buttermilk mousse, litchis and grapefruit
A partager en amoureux

Coffee and delicacies

(130 Euro per person without drinks)

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17Jan

A tribute to Jean Cocteau

Written by james, the 17 January in category Going out, 0 comment

Until February 23rd, the Musée des Lettres et des Manuscrits pays a tribute to a multi-talented artist: Jean Cocteau. The exhibition “Jean Cocteau le magnifique: les miroirs d’un poète” presents his ingeniosity fifty years after his death.

150 pieces are presented: manuscripts, letters, works and drawings to relate the carrier of this passionate and sensible multi-talented artist. Among the masterpieces of this retrospective, the famous manuscripts of “Beauty and the Beast” considered as a “Trésor National” and which decors inspired Bambi Sloan in her vision of different spaces at the Saint James Paris. Also on display are his correspondences with his closest friend Edith Piaf and with his great love, the actor Jean Marais.

Fifty years after his death, Jean Cocteau continues to inspire the artists of today.

 

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