The Concierges’ Gazette


Our concierges monthly must-do

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


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.


Among our January recommendations!

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

A unique exhibition is dedicated to the “jeweller of Kings and King of jewellers”, Cartier. The brand presents 600 pieces, among which watches, clocks, accessories and the brand emblem, the famous Panther. In the Hall of honour of the Grand Palais, Cartier, creator of brilliant masterpieses, now unveils its story. Until February 16th.

How is the male wardrobe imagined? is the theme of the exhibition “Au Masculin !” presented at La Cité de la Mode et du Design. Why does yesterday’s fashion dictate the style of tomorrow? How is it that these old clothes we gave away come back into our closets? The exhibition will last until International Women’s Day on March 8th !

Elegant, beautiful, sophisticated are the words that come to mind when describing the new Parisian cabaret show “Mugler Follies”! After fashion, Thierry Mugler is back to “review the review” in a mythic theatre room. Erotic & stylish! Until February 28th.

Several gourmet ideas from the Figaroscope‘s favourite list :

Best “future 3 stars” category: Le Meurice, now directed by Alain Ducasse. The epitome of gastronomy served in a magnificent dining room. 228 Rue de Rivoli, 1st.

Best “Japanese” category: Okuda by Toru Okuda, a Japanese star-chef who settled in Paris. A timeless atmosphere with ultra-codified rituals. Dinner menu at 250€. 7 rue de la Tremoille, 8th.

Best “bistro” category: Caillebotte, the sister-address of Pantruche. Contemporary design and truly antidepressant atmosphere. The cuisine is simple and tasty, a regal. 8 rue Hippolyte Lebas, 9th.


To do in Paris in December

Written by james, the 02 December in category The Concierges' Gazette, 0 comment

After 4 years of renovation, the Palais Galliera reopens with an exhibition dedicated to Azzedine Alaïa. This “sculptor of fabrics”, in love with women “who make fashion” whereas he “makes clothes”, has invented new shapes by interplaying with complex stitching. Awarded many times, he brought to the world many top models as Naomi Campbell or Linda Evangelista, and his influence on today’s fashion is undeniable. Until January 26th.

Frieda Kahlo and Diego Rivera are celebrated at the Musée de l’Orangerie with L’Art en fusion. This exhibition shows how the pieces of these 2 Mexican artists are complementary and why their divorce was impossible despite their separation. Until January 13th.

The Opera de Paris welcomes one of the jewels of the heritage of dance, the “ballet of ballets” as Noureev described it: Sleeping Beauty. Created at St Petersburg by Marius Petipa for the choreography and Tchaikovski for music and inspired by Charles Perrault, this “fairy-tale ballet” was restaged by Noureev who kept the original choreography, in 1989. This show, the fight between the Forces of Good and Evil, is full of splendor, in the ensembles and pas-de-deux as well as in the sets and costumes. Until January 4th at the Opéra Bastille.

After La Mutualité, Yannick Alleno has just opened a second Terroir Parisien, at La Bourse in the heart of the Palais Brongnard. He will delight you with his chicken pâté in a pastry crust, his sweatbreads-sausage with spinach, his pear pie with pastry cream named Niflette. Except if you prefer have a snack at the rillettes bar! All the products come from the Ile de France region. Count 50 Euro. Opened every day. 28 place de la Bourse, 2nd.


To do in Paris in November

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

The Musée Marmottan Monnet proposes a previously unseen exhibition dedicated to Napoleon’s sisters: Les Soeurs de Napoléon, trois destins italiens. Through 140 pieces, discover the prestigious universe of Elisa, Pauline and Caroline’s private and public life, from their Parisian time to their Italian reigns. Until January 26th.

The Cité de la Musique pays a tribute to the funk movement with Europunk, an artistic revolution in Europe. It is an occasion to understand the key role of this alternative trend in the European artistic creation in the end of the 70’s (Jamie Reid, Bazzoka, Vivienne Westwood…). Fanzines, posters, flyers, disc covers, clothes… 500 pieces have been selected to demonstrate the vitality of this movement which aimed at making a clean break with the past. Until January 19th.

The Théâtre Mogador welcomes Beauty and the Beast, after 13 years of success on Broadway and 35 million spectators in 21 countries. Eternal story of a dreamy and romantic girl who falls in love with the one she was afraid of, this fabulous show is enhanced by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s songs (awarded by 2 Oscars) interpreted by 35 artists and a live orchestra. A must see! Until March 31st.

New address to enjoy a neobistro cuisine: Rocca, managed by Franz-Olivier Gisbert’s son (a famous French journalist). A nice setting to savour a tuna tataki glazed with black sesame, a burrata cheese spiced with a marinade of acidulous vegetables and a cream with black olives, black wheat tagliatelle with cepes, a bass ceviche, small cuncumber , oxalis and pistachio oil, or a delicious soft chocolate cake with a shortbread, pepper purée, quince jelly  and mint espuma. Count 50 Euro. Closed on Saturdays and Sundays. 31 rue Guillaume Tell, 17th.

For the Japanese-food addicts, the Chef Okuda, very famous in Japon, has just opened his restaurant, in the place of  Al Mansour. Fabulous food for a journey to the Land of the Rising Sun, with high rates: menu at 175 Euro for lunch and 250 Euro for dinner. Open every day. 7 rue de la Trémoille, 8th.


To do in Paris in October

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

The Grand Palais presents one of the major exhibitions this fall. Felix Valloton: le feu sous la glace highlights a unique artist, close to the Nabis despite his very personal style, with his precise drawings and sophisticated colors. Portraits, nude, landscapes or still life: amazingly modern works, exuding restraint and distance. From October 2nd to January 20th.
The Palais de Tokyo pays a tribute to the genius of designer Roger Vivier with the exhibition Virgules, etc. Dans les pas de Roger Vivier. Discover the world of this master of shoes, rather creator than shoemaker, and his successor Bruno Frisoni. A fairytale and sculptural setting has been imagined to celebrate him who was one of Yves Saint-Laurent’s only collaborators, and who designed shoes for the most famous figures of his time. A symbol of the Parisian chic! Until November 18th.

Half-a-century since it was last shown, Aida is back at the Opera de Paris. While ordered to celebrate peace among the people, Verdi’s masterpiece is far from peaceful, between bloody battles and the inner struggle of the characters. A flamboyant work, without a doubt among the master’s very bests. Until November 16th at the Opera Bastille.

The best excuse to miss your train is certainly to visit the latest opening of Eric Frechon. The triply Michelin-starred Chef of the Bristol has just opened Le Lazare inside St-Lazare station. In a warm décor mixing wood, leather and copper, taste delicious dishes that are reasonably priced: ratte potato salad with Andouille sausage from Guéméné, egg mimosa with tuna and crab, T-bone veal steak from Corrèze with parsley butter and chanterelle mushrooms. As a dessert the future classic “Paris-Deauville”. Open daily. Parvis de la gare St-Lazare, courtyard, 8th.


To do in Paris in September

Written by james, the 02 September in category The Concierges' Gazette, 0 comment

The Centre Pompidou dedicates an exhibition to Roy Lichtenstein: 124 paintings, sculptures and prints to honour the one who has been at the avant-garde of pop-art and remains a great master of American painting. Until November 14th.

From September 13th, the Musée Jaquemart André proposes Désirs et Volupté à l’époque victorienne, with masterpieces from English painters during the reign of Queen Victoria: Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Sir Frederic Leighton, Albert Moore… who had the common desire to celebrate the “cult of beauty” by representing nude and sensual women in sumptuous decors, in spite of the puritanism of this period.

The Théâtre du Châtelet welcomes the Natinoal Ballet of China for some representations of Swan Lake, in Natalia Makarova’s choreography inspired by the version of Marius petipa and Lev Ivanov (1895). After “Nixon in China” last year, this is the second time the Parisian audience will have the pleasure to enjoy the influence and the quality of this talented dance company.

Yoni Saada, a talented chef who gained a public awareness in the TV show Top Chef 2013, has just opened Miniatures where he will delight you with a cosmopolitan cuisine: goatfish tempura, pan-sautéed squids on a bed of green papaya and celery. Just delicious! Menus at 29 Euro and 57 Euro for dinner. Closed on Sundays and Mondays. 31 avenue de Versailles, 16th.

To combine love of good food and solidarity, go to Manger, born from an initiative of chefs like Pierre Gagnaire, Yannick Alleno, Christophe Michalak or Akrame gathered in the association Toques & Partage. Their goal? Help jobless people to reintegrate professional life by working in the restaurant industry. Each Chef offers a recipe in order to create a complete menu supervised by William Pradeleix. For example: maigre tartare with ginger and soya marinade, glazed duckling with spices and kumquat chutney, half-cooked chocolate cake with coffee in a cappuccino style, meter of cake… Chef Dinner at 55 Euro. Closed on Sundays and Mondays. 24 rue Keller, 11th.


To do in Paris this summer

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

The Cité de l’Architecture & du Patrimoine dedicates an exhibition to the Italian architect Rudy Ricciotti. 30 projects are presented: some are built, others are under construction; some change the heritage (Grands Moulins de Paris, Islamic Department of the Musée du Louvre…), others are art works (footbridge of the MuCEM in Marseille, Pont du Diable in Gignac…). A very interesting itinerary showing the essential link between the project and its context. Until September 8th.

Go to the Chateau de Versailles and admire its enchanting gardens! Explore the groves and their water features spouting to the rhythm of music with the Musical Fountains Shows (until October 27th) and discover the art works of the Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, which emerge as plants made of bronze (until October 31st).

Until July 28th, the Parc Floral will live at the rhythm of the Paris Jazz Festival! This year again, the program should please every aficionado! It includes among others: 2 concerts by night, a “revolutionary” week-end of July 14th and an extraordinary ending with a ciné-concert with the projection of the film Body & Soul. Do not miss this new edition!

Good surprise at Table! Just opened by Bruno Verjus, critic and blogger, this new address has a particularity: the Chef is not a professional. Cookings are just perfect, fresh products are respected. You will be delighted! A quick look at the menu: roasted chuck of beef ; mozzarella, rhubarb and smoked eel ; roasted line-fished meagre with wild garlic ; seasoned carrots with its tops ; sliced pineapple and ice cream. Closed on Saturdays and Sundays. 3 rue de Prague, 12th.

A new butcher’s in the 16th district for the famous Hugo Desnoyer! Located just near the Mallet Stevens Square and its beautiful Art Deco houses, it is also a table d’hôte for those who want to have a drink and taste his delicious meat, cooked by a chef who used to work at the Crillon : beef from Limousin, pork from Vienne or Normandy, lamb from Lozère, veal from Corrèze or Bazas, free-range pork from South West, chicken from Bresse or from the Landes… And do not miss the cooked meats! Closed on Sundays and Mondays. 28 rue du Docteur Blanche.

The restaurant Les Tablettes de Jean-Louis Nomicos, just off the Saint James Paris, is opened every day this summer. A very nice address to enjoy a delicious Mediterranean-inspired cuisine.



To do in Paris in June

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

Until September 8th, the Pinacothèque hosts two different exhibitions:  on the one side, the first retrospective of French Art Nouveau, and on the other, Tamara de Lempicka, an icon of Art Déco. Very social and theatrical, she was one of the first to represent the female figure with a transgressive image.

For a unique experience, go to the Nave of the Grand Palais, transformed into a drive-in from June 10th to 21st. Cinema Paradiso will appeal to all the nostalgics of greaseballs and flounce skirts for a cinema show, sat in their car (Fiat 500) or on an artificial hill! On the bill: Grease, Taxi Driver, Pulp Fiction, … while eating a delicious American burger! Advance booking advised.

The Opéra Bastille will witness the Twilight of the Gods. Wagner’s masterpiece is considered as one of the most monumental works in the history of music. A tragic work, magnified by a striking musical and theatrical breath. Until June 16th.

The former Telegraphe has become Les Climats, with a new red-and-white décor by Bambi Sloan who has given a new life to this old house. The 1905 building is classified and has beautiful Art Nouveau stained glasses, between a garden and a glass roof. On the menu, delicious dishes: frog legs, potatoes emulsion ; veal tartare, garden peas and broad beans purée and ice cream ; milk mousse and red fruits in millefeuille style with green tea. The wine selections come exclusively from Burgundy and run from 15 to 7 000 Euro. Menus at 36 and 45 Euro for lunch, and 75 Euro for dinner. Count 60 to 70 Euro “à la carte” without wines.
41 rue de Lille, 7th.


To do in Paris in May

Written by james, the 03 May in category The Concierges' Gazette, 0 comment

Until August 18th, the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris is devoting the most important retrospective ever presented to Keith Haring. Famous as a subversive and militant Pop icon, he often stayed in Paris. The 250 exhibited pieces on canvas, tarpaulins and from subway walls show the causes he was fighting against: racism, homophobia, violence, the AIDS epidemic, …

At the Musée de l’Orangerie, you will discover Les Macchiaioli 1850 – 1874 – Italian impressionists? This group of rebellious artists, coming from Tuscany, was at the origin of a new form of pictorial expression which broke with the academic creations, and is considered as the first modern Italian painters. Until July 22nd.

Until June 3rd, the Opéra Garnier invites us to admire the reinterpretations of some of the most famous classical ballets: The Firebird by Béjart, Debussy and Mallarmé’s Faune by Nijinsky and then Robbins, and finally Ravel’s Bolero by the visual artist Marine Abramovic and the choreographers Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet, their first production for the Opéra Ballet.

Go to La Bastille and discover le Café Français, the newest Costes spot.The décor has been imagined by Indira Madhavi: different areas, each with its own atmosphere, one bar and one lounge will welcome you, whereas the cuisine, supervised by Jean-François Piège and Thierry Burlot, will delight you: marinated Tosazu salmon, hard-boiled egg with mayonnaise, burrata cheese, poached green asparagus, Colbert whiting with tartare sauce, farm hen from the Armoise cour, sirloin steak with matchstick potatoes, Paris-Brest, giant chocolate éclair, … The finest products to celebrate the renewal of the Parisian brasserie! 35 to 65 Euro. Open every day from 7 am to 2 am. 3 place de la Bastille – 4th.

Back from South Africa when he spent some years, Christophe Chabanel (ex La Dînée and Le Dandrelin) has just opened his new restaurant: Invictus. A traditional and simple cuisine which will offer you a delicious experience! Royal-style chestnuts, foie gras and poultry emulsion ; poached smoked haddock, baked potatoes, juice with chives ; raspberry and pistachio financier, … Menu at 21 Euro for lunch and 25 Euro or 32 Euro for dinner. Open from Tuesday to Saturday (dinner only on Saturdays). 5 rue Sainte Beuve, 6th.