The Concierges’ Gazette

01Sep

What’s new is September?

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Exhibitions

Take advantage of a sunny walk at the Château de Versailles to contemplate Anish Kapoor’s sculptures. Spread throughout the gardens, his oversized and sometimes controversial pieces offer you a poetic and unseen before promenade, between French patrimony and contemporary art. Kapoor Versailles, until November 9th.

The Musée Marmottan Monet introduces the prestigious collection of the Swiss couple Arthur and Hedy Hahnloser with the exhibition Villa Flora, les temps enchantés. More than 70 masterpieces from Bonnard, Cézanne, Giacometti, Manet, Renoir or Van Gogh, shown for the first time in France and telling the story of this engaged and passionate couple, whose house soon became a famous meeting place for artists and art lovers. From September 10th.

Opera

Don Giovanni, this incorrigible and impetuous seducer created by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, will capture the stage of the Opera Bastille. This opera, between tragedy and comedy, deals with all kinds of human nature, wavering between spiritual reflections and the pleasures of the flesh. On a libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte and directing by Michael Haneke, in two acts. From September 12th.

Restaurants

To sip a cocktail, share a board of fine meats or dine on a rooftop, welcome to the Auteuil Brasserie (previously Tsé and Mary Goodnight). This unique place offers several atmospheres: cocktail bar, restaurant, terrace on a rooftop and suggests an Italian-inspired menu (burrata with summer truffle, 18-month refined Parma ham, Romaine-style squids, pappardelle with king prawns, beef tagliata, tiramisu, panna cotta…) with a large choice of pastas and pizzas. Their cocktails are lovely and the service smiley. A young and friendly atmosphere guaranteed at a fair price! Open daily until 2 a.m. (3 a.m. on weekends), from 50 to 60 Euro for dinner. 78 rue d’Auteuil, Paris 16th.

The Restaurant du Palais Royal reinvents itself thanks to a new décor and a new Chef, the young Philip Chronopoulos formed at L’Arpege and L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon. He created his own menu with, for example, the octopus with celery and sweet pepper, lemony olive oil, the crispy sweetbread, turnip leaves and asparagus or the pistachio from Sicily ice-cream and crunchy cocoa. A lovely genuine cuisine in the heart of the gardens of the Palais Royal. Menus from 48 Euro for lunch, count 100 to 150 Euro for dinner à la carte. Closed on Saturdays and Sundays. 110 Galerie Valois, Paris 1er.


01Jul

Our ideas for this summer

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Exhibitions

The Jeu de Paume dedicates a retrospective to the German photographer Germaine Krull, highlighting her artistic vision as well as her strong political commitment: while being the muse of the Avant-Garde movement, she worked for La France Libre and had to go into exile in Asia. This new light on her work assembles 130 original printings as well as numerous copies from books and magazines. Until September 27th.

The exhibition L’Inca et le Conquistador at the Musée du Quai Branly leads us through the key moments of the conquest of the Inca empire in the 16th century, when the Inca and Spanish empires fought for the domination of the South-American continent. Two points of view converge: the one of conquistador Francisco Pizarro and the one of the Inca Atahualpa. Until September 20th.

Festival

The Etés de la Danse at the Théâtre du Châtelet with as a special guest this year: the famous Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, widely acclaimed through the world and named “cultural ambassador of the United States in the world” by the Congress. 27 shows are scheduled, with an Alvin Ailey Best of as well as new productions. From July 7th to August 1st.

Restaurant

After one year, the wait is over! Yam’Tcha is back with Adeline Grattard’ s delicious fusion cuisine (ex Astrance) and the matching tea selection proposed by her husband Chiwah Chan. Menu at 60 Euro for lunch, 120 Euro for dinner without drinks. Advanced booking required! Closed on Sundays and Mondays. 121 rue Saint Honoré, 1st.

The Yam’Tcha shop has now replaced the former restaurant: teas, beautiful dishes (unique pieces)… and “boas”, famous salted or sweet donuts to eat in or to take away. Open from 11:30 am to 7:30 pm. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. 4 rue Sauval, 4th.

Terraces to enjoy this summer

Le Frank in the Fondation Louis Vuitton in the heart of the Bois de Boulogne to taste creations of Jean-Louis Nomicos (one Michelin star at his Tablettes, avenue Bugeaud). Count 30 to 50 Euro for lunch.

Grand Cœur in a central courtyard in the Marais, with the gastronomic cuisine of Mauro Calogreco (two Michelin stars at the Mirazur in Menton). Closed Sunday evening and Monday. Count 50 to 80 Euro. 41 rue du Temple, 4th.

Bateau Playtime at the Cité de la Mode et du Design: a restaurant, a bar, a terrace, a heated pool, exhibitions with DJs and concerts. An ideal place to party! On the menu, tapas or more traditional dishes, created by Franck Baranger. Count 50 to 70 Euro. Open from Thursday to Monday. 34 Quai d’Austerlitz, 13th.


01Jun

Our suggestions in June

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

Exhibitions

For the first time, the Grand Palais presents a large retrospective dedicated to the Spanish painter Diego Velàzquez. The exhibition shows the variation of his styles and subjects in his first paintings, and his transition from naturalism to caravagism. It also reveals his great skill to paint landscapes as well as portraits or historical pieces. Velàzquez, until July 13th.

The Centre Pompidou welcomes Le Corbusier with an exhibition gathering 300 works of this architect, visionary urbanist, painter and sculptor (drawings, paintings, sculptures, models, films). The occasion to discover or re-discover this man who deeply marked the 20th century by reshaping the architectural creation and the “way to living”. Until August 3rd.

Show

Sounds of Congo resonate at the Musée du Quai Branly with Au-delà, from DeLaVallet Bidiefono, a figure of modern dance. In this show combining dance, theater and live music, the company Baninga delivers a powerful and magnetic performance, as these warriors animated by an incredible vital energy. Until June 14th.

Restaurants

Have a delicious “bistronomic” experience at Les Chouettes. In these former workshops created by Eiffel in the heart of the “Haut Marais”, and under a 20-meter-high glass roof, the Chef Alban Devret (George V, Laurent) will delight with his bonito fish and haddock shavings; his crispy rabbit with broad beans and duxelles and for the dessert, with a grilled-sesame mousse, caramel and linen ice cream. On 3 levels with a cocktail bar, a library area and club chairs on the walkway, this is a very nice new address! Count 45 Euro “à la carte”, lunch menu at 28 Euro. Open every day from 8 am (for breakfast) to 1 am. 32 rue de Picardie, 3rd.

For a gourmet break during a shopping session, stop by the Maison Plisson, a “grocery-restaurant” opened by an ex-fashionista who has imagined a really great place! Nice décor but mainly, marvelous products discovered at small producers’. Bakery, butcher, fish shop, fruits and vegetables… and a restaurant supervised by Bruno Doucet from La Régalade: cold tomato soup with Espelette pepper; chicken and peas balls, boulgour with meat juice and dill; rice pudding… A family meal is served on Sundays. To drink, enjoy a lemonade, a home-made juice or a beer La Parisienne. From 25 to 45 Euro. Open every day from 8:30 am to 9 pm. 93 boulevard Beaumarchais, 3rd.


30Apr

What’s on in May?

Written by james, the 30 April in category The Concierges' Gazette, 0 comment

Exhibitions

The Musée du Luxembourg honors the Tudors’ dynasty for the first time in France. The exhibit pays homage to this major family through a selection of paintings, valuables, clothes and manuscripts. The conflictual relations between France and England during the 16th century are also approached. A splendid immersion into the British Renaissance with The Tudors, until July 19th.

Street art is highlighted at the Pinacothèque with Pressionism, the Masterpieces of Graffiti on Canvas from Basquiat to Bando. The major pieces displayed range from the 70’s to the 90’s (Phase 2, Rammellzee, Dondi, Futura 2000 ou encore Bando, Ash et Jay) and retrace the history of this artistic and nonstandard movement, not recognised yet as it should. Until September 13th.

Ballet

The Opéra Garnier welcomes Paquita until May 18th. This jewel of classical dance tells the story of two lovers in the romantic and picturesque Spain of the 19th century. Betrayal, abduction, duplicity and family secrets… The character dancing, with its technical virtuosity, is interpreted at a hectic rhythm. Direction and choreographies by Pierre Lacotte after Joseph Mazilier and Marius Petipa.

Restaurants

A very exciting opening is expected on May 19th! Guy Savoy’s restaurant, located rue Troyon, is moving into one of the most prestigious Parisian monuments, the Monnaie de Paris. On the riverbanks of the Seine, this gastronomic table will have a wonderful view on the river and its landmarks, and will keep the same spirit: conviviality and pleasure. We cannot wait! 11 quai de Conti, Paris 6.

New restaurant in the heart of the Bonne Nouvelle district: L’Ancienne Maison Gradelle. The Chef Jonathan Hamel, coming from the Atelier Maître Albert, creates generous dishes, as tasty as they look. Enjoy a carpaccio of veal knuckle, candied grapefruit with Timut, baby beet leaves as starter, a Racan pullet from Julien Plesel, amber-yellow wine sauce as main dish, and to finish a royal chocolate and nut praline. A nice place with a good selection of wines and a delicious coffee. Menu from 26 Euro for lunch, 38 Euro for dinner. Count 60 – 70 Euro à la carte. Closed on Saturdays for lunch and on Sundays. 8 rue du Faubourg Poissonière, Paris 10.

The Pudlowski Guide is turning 25! A great birthday celebrated together with the issuing of its 2015 prize list, among which:

Chef of the year: Christian Le Squer, the former Chef of Ledoyen, at Cinq (Paris 8)
Event of the year: Hexagone (Paris 16) by Mathieu Pacaud (his father is the Chef at L’Ambroisie)
Revelation of the year: Porte 12 (Paris 10) by Vincent Crépel
Bistro of the year: Chez Monsieur (Paris 1) by Denis Jamet and Carole Colin (owners of Les Climats)
Best “value for money” of the year: Oka (Paris 9) by Raphaël Rego, and Messugues (Paris 17) by Grégory Page and Thomas Quilbeuf …


01Apr

Going out this April in Paris

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Exhibitions

At the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, the exhibition Piero Fornasetti : la folie pratique is presented in the nave until June 14th. It is the first retrospective ever devoted to this prolific and object-addict artist: painter, designer, sculptor, interior decorator, but also printer, editor, collector and seller, with sets of trays, umbrella stands, trumeau, and of course his drawings and paintings.

Back to the 70’s at the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent with Yves Saint Laurent 1971 – La Collection du Scandale. This Spring-Summer collection, with its references to the fashion of the war years, was heavily criticized: short dresses, platform shoes, square shoulders, exaggerated makeup… A retro trend that would quickly conquer the street. Until July 19th.

Opera

100 years after the last production, Le Cid by Massenet is back to the stage of the Opera de Paris. Inspired by Corneille’s masterpiece, this opera, which can be seen as a conflict between love and honor, sometimes flouts the conventions of Grand Opera but is really flamboyant. Directed by Michel Plasson with Roberto Alagna in the role of Rodrigue. Until April 21st at the Opera Garnier.

Restaurants

Thanks to his experience in London, at the Ritz and at Senderens, Stéphane Pitré has just opened his restaurant: Louis. A gastronomic cuisine in the spirit of the times, light with Asian savors: shredded button mushrooms, cocoa, miso ice cream and foie gras shavings; carpaccio of scallops, snow crab, oyster tempura and Daishi broth; chocolate cream, sorrel emulsion… The setting matches the plates: sober and contemporary. Lunch at 32 Euro, tasting menu at 48 Euro. Closed on Saturdays and Sundays. 23 rue de la Victoire, 9th.

Jérôme and Stéphane Dumand, the owners of La Pizzeria d’Auteuil, L’Auberge Bressane and Paris 16, have just taken over Les Marches, just down the Palais de Tokyo (formerly Aux Marches du Palais). A very smiling welcome and very simple but delicious plates: Antibe-style egg, tuna mayonnaise; mimosa leeks; andouillette with wine from Mâcon; veal liver; fish and chips; caramel mystery… Happiness and good humour! Closed on Saturdays and Sundays. 5 rue de la Manutention, 16th.


01Mar

To see in Paris in March!

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

Exhibitions

After its huge success in London, the exhibition “David Bowie is” has now settled at La Philharmonie de Paris, the new cultural spot dedicated to the symphonic music with an exceptional acoustic. An immersion into the glam-rock universe of this androgynous singer through videos, private objects and costumes. From March 3rd.

The Palais Galleria celebrates Jeanne Lanvin, the founder of the oldest French house of Haute-Couture still existing. This retrospective presents about one hundred vintage pieces and highlights the success story of this discreet woman with an exceptional destiny. From March 8th.

Musical

A “must-see” American musical is scheduled at the Theatre du Châtelet: Singin’ in the rain. It relates the destiny of three artists in Hollywood during the 20’s, while silent films were disappearing in favor of speaking films. A new production staged by Robert Carsen with numerous special effects! From March 12th to 26th.

Restaurants

The last edition of the famous Michelin Guide has just revealed the new Parisian stars. And the winners are:

Les Climats, near the Musée d’Orsay, higly recommended for Burgundy lovers. A tribute to the French cuisine and a superb selection of wines, in a décor imagined by Bambi Sloan.

Garance, between the Musée Rodin and the Assemblée Nationale. An inventive cuisine by two former cooks of L’Arpège.

David Toutain, close to the Invalides. Delicacy, creativity and a range of flavored and flowered expressions that perfectly suit the latest culinary trends.

La Table d’Eugène behind Montmartre. One of the rarest neobistrots with this distinction, very well-deserved!

Helen near the Faubourg Saint-Honoré. A magnificent seafood cuisine with very good products coming directly from small fisheries.

Paneti al Baretto close to the place de l’Etoile. A splendid and contemporary Italian cuisine composed by Alberico Penati, a reference in the transalpine gastronomy.

After Pirouette, Laurent Fréchet opens his second restaurant: Zebulon. The young Cameroonian Chef Yannick Lahopgnou, who made his classes with Yannick Alleno and in several Japanese Michelin-star restaurants, creates a promising and gourmet cuisine: game pie, Brussels sprouts, foie gras and veal sweetbreads; poultry, Jerusalem artichokes and Tonka bean; preserved sea bream with persimmon and grilled sesame; and for dessert pears with honey and marjoram, almonds and lemon-marjoram ice-cream. The wine selection is mainly from Burgundy and Rhone Valley. Around 52 Euro à la carte. Closed on Sundays. 10 rue Richelieu, Paris 1st.


01Feb

Parisian going out in February

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Exhibitions

The Musée Marmottan-Monet presents an unseen exhibition dedicated to an unusual theme : La Toilette, naissance de l’intime. The major pieces displayed range from the 15th century to our times (Dürer, Pierre Bonnard, Bouchet, Manet, Berthe Morisot, Toulouse Lautrec…) and present the rites of the toilette, illustrating the art of cleanliness and revealing intimacy in paintings. From February 12th.

The Château de Versailles displays « 18ème, aux sources du design, chefs d’œuvre du mobilier 1650 à 1790 ». The exhibition retraces the art of furniture through the Ancien Regime: the transformation of forms and techniques, decors and materials, the birth of colours, the triumph of curves, the creation of secret mechanisms… A revolution in the history of French furniture. Until February 22nd.

Opéra

The Opéra Bastille presents Pelléas and Mélisande by Claude Debussy, a lyrical drama in 5 acts and 12 tableaux. The piece develops a story of love destroyed by the jealousy of two brothers. This masterpiece is directed for the first time by Philippe Jordan, with the staging and magical decors by Robert Wilson. From February 7th to 28th.

Restaurants

After Vivant, Pierre Jancou is back with Heimat. Firstly, this French-Italian restaurant is singled out by a unique decor : a hotel particular right in front of the theatre du Palais Royal. Secondly, their creations will truly please the gourmets : tortellini with oxtail, leeks broth, salmon eggs; rigatoni with poultry offal, artichoke and pecorino; mackerel with cabbage and tapenade; scallops with citron and dandelion leaf. As a dessert: bitter chocolate tart and yogurt sorbet. Lunch formula at 26 or 34 Euro, count 55 Euro for dinner. Closed on Sundays and Mondays. 37 rue de Montpensier, 1st.

A new tea house has opened close to the Saint James Paris: You Decide. It serves organic products, burgers with homemade buns, quiche, soup of the day, pastries. Not to miss : their delicious coffee, considered as one of the best in the 16th district. Ideal for a gourmet break while on a shopping mission! Open from 8 am to 6 pm, closed on Sundays. 152 avenue Victor Hugo, 16th.


01Jan

What’s on in January?

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

Exhibitions

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.

Dance

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.

Restaurants

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


01Dec

To enjoy in Paris in December

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Exhibitions

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.

Ballet

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.

Restaurants

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.


01Nov

In Paris this month

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

Exhibitions

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.

Dance

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.

Restaurants

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.