The Concierges’ Gazette


What’s on in January?

Written by james, the 01 January in category The Concierges' Gazette, 0 comment


Last days to admire the prints of landscapes and other pieces of the most famous Japanese artist, Katsushika Hokusaï. Paintings, drawings, engravings… his creations, inspired by traditional principles but also Western influences, perfectly reflect the spirituality of his country. Until January 18th at the Grand Palais.

At the Espace Dali, carte blanche has been given to 20 urban artists to reinvent Salvador Dali’s pieces. A confrontation of universes showing an identical artistic approach: “polymorphic”, “provocative”, “funny”, “iconoclastic”, “non-conformist”, “rebel”, without any boundaries. Dali fait le mur, until March 15th.


Philippe Découflé and his company DCA set the Théâtre National de Chaillot on fire. Contact can be seen as a tribute to the American musicals, with 16 artists on stage who string together dance steps, songs and acrobatics. With videos, light shows, a setting in motion on music by Nosfell and Pierre Le Bourgeois, this show perfectly reflects his creator: total and “totally crazy”. From January 9th to February 6th.


Gare au Gorille! In the kitchen of this new restaurant, Marc Cordonnier, who used to be the second at the famous Septime, will delight you with: croquettes of pig’s trotters with home-made harissa; smoked-anglerfish carpaccio, Gribiche sauce, celery and red endive; raw beef, sea urchin tongues, onion pickles and grated cauliflower; pear soup, honey ice cream and toasted gingerbread. A very promising address! Lunch menu at 25 Euro, from 65 Euro if you choose “à la carte”. Wine by the glass from 5 Euro. Closed on Sundays and Mondays. 68 rue des Dames, 17th.

Mathieu Pacaud (who works with his father Bernard at L’Ambroisie) has just opened Hexagone with an ambition: celebrate the traditional French cuisine, following the style of Escoffier. On the menu, meals “en barigoule”, “en marjolaine” or “Thermidor”, revisited by Julien Lefèvre (from Le Pré Catelan), with Benjamin Roffier’s complicity, Best French Sommelier in 2010 and MOF 2011. Lunch menus at 49 Euro, 90 Euro for dinner. A “cabinet of culinary research” should open in a few weeks. Closed on Sundays and Mondays. 85 avenue Kléber, 16th


To enjoy in Paris in December

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The Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent welcomes Sonic, an exhibition of Hedi Slimane’s photos: portraits in black and white of famous rock singers as Lou Reed, Keith Richards or Amy Winehouse, completed by a videomontage that will transport the visitors into the musical universes of London and California, from 2003 to 2014. Until January 11th.

The first retrospective since 1967 dedicated to Sonia Delaunay is presented at the Musée d’Art Moderne. Les Couleurs de l’Abstraction immerse the public into the colored universe of the artist, and through 400 pieces (paintings, wall decoration, prints, textile and clothes), demonstrate her importance in the European artistic avant-garde and her major role in the abstract art. Until February 22nd.


Until December 29th, the Opera Bastille welcomes one of the most fabulous of Tchaïkovski’s masterpieces: The Nutcracker. A return to childhood, with its enchantment but also its nightmares, with Rudolph Noureev’s choreography and interpreted by the Company and the pupils of the Ballet School. Technical achievements in gorgeous decors.


New address imagined by two former employees of Le Violon d’Ingres: Au 41 Penthièvre. A neoclassic menu in an elegant décor with a very nice service: marinated gilt-head bream with ginger and green lemon; crab with crisp Parmesan cheese; Morteau sausage with a pan-sautéed snails; cod with thinly-sliced chorizo; Armorican-style anglerfish; glazed veal sweetbreads, sauce with muscatel wine; iced meringue cake with chestnuts… Lunch menu at 35 Euro, from 55 Euro “à la carte”. Closed on Saturdays and Sundays. 41 rue de Penthièvre, 8th.

Jean-Louis Nomicos, Chef at Les Tablettes, is now also at the head of the restaurant of the Fondation Louis Vuitton. Its name is a tribute to the architect of this surprising building Frank Gehry: the Frank. The dinner menu is gastronomic: velvety small pumpkin soup with ginger; Caesar salad with caramelized chicken oysters; cod brandade; preserved veal cheek with cep mushroom sauce and tagette. The desserts have been imagined by Emmanuel Ryon (MOF): revisited lemon tart, chocolate tart… For lunch, a light menu is proposed (28 Euro, every day except Tuesdays). For dinner, count 80 to 100 Euro, from Wednesday to Saturday, upon reservation. 8 avenue Mahatma Gandhi, 16th.


In Paris this month

Written by james, the 01 November in category The Concierges' Gazette, 0 comment


The fall in Paris is rich with artistic news! There are many great exhibitions to visit, from which we selected a few below. Among them, there are two major openings this month, not to be missed:

– After five years of renovations, the Musée Picasso has just reopened and the display of its collection, the largest in the world, has been completely rethought. Located in the heart of the Marais district, in the largest hotel particulier of the area, the Hôtel Salé, the museum presents close to 500 works by Picasso, among the 5000 of its collection.

– The Louis Vuitton Foundation has finally been unveiled to the public! It is a new world reference for contemporary art, offering visitors a permanent collection (constituted by the personal owning of its president, Bernard Arnaud), temporary exhibitions and debates. Located in the Bois de Boulogne, its majestic building has been imagined as a sailing boat by the master Frank Gehry, whose work is honored in a dedicated exhibition at the Centre Pompidou. The creations of this truly revolutionary architect are regarded as icons due to the social and cultural role he gave them. Until January 26th.

The exhibition “Baccarat, la légende du cristal” is a must see at the Petit Palais until January 4th, 2015. This retrospective dedicated to the most illustrious cristal manufacture in the world, also pays a tribute to an ancient know-how and puts together close to 300 pieces, numerous drawings, archive documents and stunning statements by the artisans. Follow the fascinating history of this legendary French brand.


At the Théâtre de Chaillot, a brilliant scene for contemporary artists, you will discover two extraordinary shows : Now, the new virtual contemporary poesy by Carolyn Carlson, and, dedicated to a younger public, Paradis Lapsus by Pierre Rigal, a theatrical play in which words and bodies fall out of synch. Now, from November 6th to 16th. Paradis Lapsus, from November 12th to 15th.


Located under the famous Alexandre III bridge on the banks of the Seine, Faust is THE new Parisian place-to-be. In the old naval warehouse of the Royal Guard, this restaurant also offers a magnificent terrace, a bar and a night club. On the menu, a luxury brasserie cuisine in the French tradition with oysters, steak-frites (of manioc), fish of the day… The Chef Christophe Langrée previously worked for the Prime Minister. A chic and casual atmosphere. Opened every day, brunch on Sundays. Pont Alexandre III, Port des Invalides, 7th.


In Paris this October…

Written by james, the 01 October in category The Concierges' Gazette, 0 comment


Until February 2nd, the Grand Palais pays tribute to Niki de Saint Phalle. Visuel artist, sculptress, paintress and film-maker, she became world-famous with her “Nanas”. The exhibition also shows her political involvement – she was a radical feminist – throughout her life.

The art of Eating, rites and traditions at the Musée Dapper takes us to Africa, Insulindia and Oceania. An opportunity to discover the traditions in the preparation and the consumption of food. The exhibition also highlights the knowledge and the actions that were practiced every day and on special occasions, during ceremonies and rituals. From October 15th to July 12th.


The Barbier de Séville is back to the Opera de Paris. This masterpiece, which gave Rossini his international renown, is probably the most famous opera buffa, which will never get us bored. It is presented here in a new production, with a staging by Damiano Michieletto, who makes his Paris Opera debuts. Until November 3rd, at Bastille.


After Senderens, Passage 53 and In de Wulf in Belgium, the Chef Ryuji Teshima has just opened his own restaurant: Pages. He will delight you with his famous beef from Kobé, with new potatoes and girolles. On the menu too: guinea fowl from Patis with carrots covered with egg yolk and quackgrass, and for the dessert, a sorrel sorbet, verbena and sudashi. Menus at 40 and 65 Euro for lunch, 80 Euro for dinner. Closed on Sundays and Mondays. 4 rue Auguste Vacquerie, 16th.

For a gourmet break during a shopping session on the Left Bank, we recommend La Table, new restaurant in La Grande Epicerie de Paris (at Le Bon Marché). In this light-bathed place under a large glass roof, you will have the choice between 3 menus “à la française” depending on the time of your visit: for example for lunch, a fillet of sole covered with herbs followed by an apple tentation, at tea time, a brioche “like a French toast”, orange marmalade and vanilla from Madagascar (except if you prefer a farm ewe-milk yogurt, with Alsatian quince jelly from Christine Ferber?), and for dinner a gourd soup with goat milk and chestnuts. Everything is refined and light. Dishes from 3 to 27 Euro. First floor of La Grande Epicerie, from Monday to Saturday, from 10.30 am to 7.30 pm.


What’s on in September?

Written by james, the 01 September in category The Concierges' Gazette, 0 comment


At the Musée du Quai Branly, rediscover the Polynesian culture with Tiki Pop, l’Amérique rêve son paradis polynésien. A flashback to the 50’s in the US, when the Americans, despite their success and richness, were dreaming of a gentle life in the South Seas, without any pressure. 400 objects are presented, mainly from American private collections. Until September 28th.

Christian Dior, Balenciaga, Chanel, Givenchy, Pierre Cardin, Yves Saint Laurent… The Palais Galliera pays tribute to the most famous designers with Les années 50, la mode en France, 1947-1957. The French elegance was at its zenith – bodice, corolla skirts, pointed stiletto, flowered or striped prints, pencil skirts… – and at the same time, a more relaxed fashion was starting, with breeches and tight sweaters… In a way, like today’s fashion! Until November 2nd.


This month, the Palais Garnier welcomes two productions: Two Cigarettes in the Dark by Pina Bausch, interpreted by the company of the Tanztheater Wuppertal, and Lander / Forsythe, gathering together three pieces interpreted by the Ballet of the Opera, and appearing as a reflection on the history of the technique of classical dance. From September 1st to 7th, and from September 20th to October 4th.


For the new season in the three-Michelin-star restaurant “Ledoyen“, Yannick Alleno has imagined a menu with exceptional products: agnoliti with artichokes and parmesan cheese, roquette-Chantilly cream and black truffles grated at the table ; blue lobster studded with lemon verbena, potatoes with girolles and apricots ; turbot in two services ; chocolate fondant under a tangy Mikado, seaweed biscuit and yuzu sorbet. Just perfect. 1 avenue Dutuit, 8th.

Jérémie Tourdjman has just opened his new restaurant, in place of the famous Passiflore in the 16th district. After making his classes at Le Carré des Feuillants and Le Louis XV in Monaco, he became Chef at Le Violon d’Ingres. He will now delight you with his cream of garden peas with mint, his saffron orzotto (small pastas) with sautéed small squid and chorizo, or his roasted apricots with almonds and vanilla ice cream. Menus at 40 Euro for lunch and 65 Euro for dinner. Closed on Saturdays for lunch and on Sundays. Jérémie, 32 rue de Longchamp, 16th.



The Musée des Arts Décoratifs pays tribute to the Belgian designer Dries van Noten. The exhibition is like a journey in the heart of his universe and an immersion in his sources of inspiration, in order for us to enter his creation process. Until November 2nd.

Take advantage of the sunny days and take a walk in the gardens of the Château de Versailles! This summer, the paths are surrounded by the contemporary artpieces of the Korean artist Lee Ufan. While there, do not miss the magnificient show Les Grandes Eaux Musicales and explore the fountains and groves with their water features on the rhythm of music. Lee Ufan until November 2nd, Grandes Eaux Musicales until October 26th.


As each year, the Paris Jazz Festival will take place at the Parc Floral. A very rich program has been put together to celebrate its 20th edition: famous artists, week-ends on the themes of French Touch, Explorations, Jazz Afrique or Classicism… All the jazz-addicts will be contented! Until July 27th.


The Guinguettes
This summer, “guinguettes” are back in vogue! Immortalized by the Impressionnists, here is our selection (more for the ambiance than the gastronomy)! The most authentic one is Chez Gégène in Joinville-le-Pont, a real institution with its “bal-musette” and its mussels with French fries. For a more bucolic ambiance, the best choice is the Guinguette de Neuilly on the Ile de la Jatte with a bistro cuisine.

The Terraces
Start your terrace exploration by visiting ours, with its hot-air-balloon-like arbors! Experience our ephemeral Rosé Wine Bar. See life in pink this summer! Until September 30th.

We also recommend the Petit Palais at the Grand Palais, Monsieur Bleu at the Palais de Tokyo, Wanderlust at the Cité du Design (loud but with a nice atmosphere), the Closerie des Lilas (an institution and the favorite address of the intellectuals).

Enjoy summer at the Saint James Paris!


June in Paris : mark your calendars!

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The Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent highlights the Femmes Berbères du Maroc and the richness of the Berber heritage. Its language, its savoir-faire like pottery and weaving still exists thanks to the women who passed along their learning. The exhibition also offers you to admire the beauty of the Berber jewellery and its variety depending on the region. Until July 20th.

Le Trésor de Naples is revealed at the Musée Maillol. In 1527, an unusual pact was signed between San Gennaro, who had died more than 1 200 years before, and the people of Naples. In exchange of protecting them from the plague and the eruptions of Vesuvius, the Neapolitans had to gather a treasure and build a new chapel in the cathedral. The exhibition shows the masterpieces of this exceptional treasure. Until July 20th.


At the Palais Garnier, do not miss the Incoronazione di Poppea (The Coronation of Poppoea). In this opera about desire and seduction, Poppea’s beauty bewitches Nero, kills Seneca and provokes the banishment of Othon and the repudiation of Octavia. The message: only love can change the face of the world. The music is delightful, as the staging by Robert Wilson. From June 7th to 30th.


Replacing Rino from Giovanni Passerini, we recommend Les Déserteurs. Who are they? Daniel Baratier and Alexandre Ceret, coming from Le Sergent Recruteur (one was the second and the other was the sommelier), who got together to delight us! Aspargus, garlic cream and wild garlic; Fera fish from Leman lake in yuzu broth, tiny artichokes “poivrade”; Cheesecake with a sorbet of oranges from Kalamata. The wine menu suits perfectly! Lunch menu at 28 Euro, from 45 to 60 Euro for dinner. 46 rue Trousseau, 11th.

After working at Apicius, Drouant, Ze Kitchen Galerie and Pan, the Philippine Chef Aaron Isip now serves his delicious creations at the Dix Huit: sea-bream ceviche, radish pickles, red onions and grapefruit mousse; Turbot and its foamy coconut-milk sauce with cockles and clams, pak choï, purslane and crushed vitelotte-potatoes; Strawberry gazpacho, peppermint leafs and litchi. In the wealthy area of Ternes, this new address should quickly be approved unanimously! Lunch menu at 24 Euro, 39 to 44 Euro “à la carte”. 18 rue Bayen, 18th.


To do in Paris in May !

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The Grand Palais and the Musée Rodin celebrate one of the most talented photographers, Robert Mapplethorpe. While one presents his first retrospective with 250 pieces, the other stages an unexpected face-to-face between his carreer and Rodin’s. An unprecedented dialogue between two geniuses of the body language, obsessed with perfect curves. Until July 14th at the Grand Palais and until September 21st at the Musée Rodin.

At the Musée Jacquemart André, De Watteau à Fragonard, les fêtes galantes will transport you to lovely rural settings with luxurious vegetation. The exhibition is dedicated to this pictorial movement, initiated by Watteau at the beginning of the 19th century, that highlights the feeling of love. Especially elegant and refined artpieces with curved lines and bright colors to admire until July 21st.


The Théâtre du Châtelet welcomes John Adams with his opera A Flowering Tree. Inspired by an Indian tale, it relays the story of a young woman transformed into a tree, who will recover her human appearance only with the love of her prince. Ordered at the occasion of the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s death, the resemblance with The Magic Flute is deliberate! A rich score, directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, a movie maker from Bollywood. From May 5th to May 13th.


Balm is a new restaurant just near the Ministère de la Culture which belongs to the owners of Tahim (rue Richelieu). Scallop carpaccio, beetroot tartare and granny Smith apple; cod cooked in rosemary vapour, baby spinach leaves, olive oil sauce; and for dessert a caramel éclair with speculos and coffee. This is fresh and delicious! Count 70 to 80 Euro, menus at 48 and 78 Euro. Closed on Sundays and Mondays. 6 rue Valois, 1st.

The brasserie Flandrin, located in the station Avenue Henri Martin has just reopened and unveiled a new setting created by the designer of Monsieur Bleu. The classic and bourgeois cuisine can also be savored on a very nice terrace in summer: leeks, soft-boiled egg, vinaigrette sauce with mustard from Orléans; whole bass oven-baked, purple artichokes, olive oil sauce with coriander; reversed lemon tart… Count 80 to 100 Euro. Open every day. 4 place Tattegrain, 16th.


Our concierges monthly must-do

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The Musée du Quai Branly pays a tribute to Les Indiens des Plaines. The exhibition highlights the aestheticism of this people and the continuity of its art from the 16th to the 20th century despite the cultural and political changes. 140 objects and pieces of art are presented, among them paintings, drawings, sculptures, embroideries, feather adornments, costumes… From April 8th to July 20th.

Relive the most prosperous times of Paris at the Petit Palais with Paris 1900, la Ville Spectacle! As the city welcomed the Universal Exhibition to celebrate the 20th century, the whole world looked to the French capital, the city of luxury and of “art de vivre”. Paintings, art pieces, costumes, posters, pictures, films, furniture, jewels… The exhibition transports us to the fascinating Paris of La Belle Epoque. From April 2nd to August 17th.


The Opéra Bastille welcomes The Magic Flute, Mozart’s ultimate piece. This popular fable tells the story of a man who left to free his love from a tyrannical sorcerer. Altogether a marvelous tale and a popular comedy, this masterpiece is considered as Mozart’s lyrical legacy. Until April 15th.


New restaurant in the place of Passiflore, just off the Saint James Paris: Le Jérémie. The Chef, who made his classes at Le Violon d’Ingres, Le Louis XV and Le Carré des Feuillants, proposes: Small ravioli with lobster, Scallops with courgette orzotto, Big Burger by Jérémie, Vanilla millefeuille… Good wines at reasonable prices. Count 50 to 70 Euro. Closed on Saturdays for lunch and Sundays.
33 rue de Longchamp, 16th.

The famous Thiou (who left her eponymous restaurant) now welcomes you at Mary Goodnight (the former Tsé), in a décor reminding of Shangaï in the 30’s! You will enjoy a delicious Thaï cuisine: Chicken salad with coco milk and galanga, Prawn Pad Thaï cooked with thin noodles, “Tigre qui pleure” (from her original recipe created at Les Bains Douches). Nice and trendy atmosphere! Count 60 to 90 Euro. Opened every day, brunch on Sundays, and DJ on Fridays and Saturdays.
78 rue d’Auteuil, 16th.


To do in Paris in March!

Written by james, the 04 March in category The Concierges' Gazette, 0 comment

Architecture and drawing lovers, make sure to visit the exhibition « Peupler les cieux » at the Musée du Louvre. From the conception to the decoration of ceilings, drawing has always played a central role and inspired many French artists and painters, from Simon Vouet to Charles le Brun’s students. The projects of Palais Mazarin, Palais du Louvre and even of the disappeared Tuileries palace are presented with explanations all through the exhibition. Until May 19th.

May the force be with you! This is the theme of « Star Wars Identity », an interactive exhibition dedicated to George Lucas’ Saga, presenting 200 costumes and original pieces, and giving us the opportunity to explore our personality through an original animated adventure. At the Cité du Cinéma, until June 30th.

The Palais Garnier proposes a combination of contemporary ballets, created by two pioneers of modern dance: « Mademoiselle Julie » by Birgit Cullberg and « Fall River Legend » by Agnès De Mille. Two pieces for a moment made tragic and poignant by the bodies in movement and the passion of their tortured characters. « Cullberg / De Mille », until March 30th.

The event of the year for the gastronomy lovers is the release of the famous Red Guide by Michelin. Its 2014 edition has just been published! This year again, many Parisian restaurants have been awarded with stars. Here is our short list:

Let’s start by mentioning our Chef Virginie Basselot, who has been awarded her first star thanks to her tasty, aerial and truly seasonal cuisine. She succeeded in this challenge with her brigade and accompanied by the great service of Nicolas and David, their maîtres d’hôtel and their staff. Congratulations!

Jin (1st) with the Chef Taku, for his fresh Japanese cuisine.

The Septime (11th), the Parisian neo-bistro, the trendiest of this moment, with the Chef Bertrand Grébaut.

Goust (2nd), an original address imagined by Enrico Bernardo, named world best sommelier, with the Chef José Manuel Miguel and his Spanish inspirations.

Last but not least, a second Michelin star has been awareded to Akrame (16th) and his Chef Akrame Banallal for his sublim and creative dishes.