by Paige Donner Announced by the French Press (Le Point) just hours ago, the Eiffel Tower, affectionately known by the French as La Dame de Fer, will have two new resident French chefs as of January 2019. Chef Thierry Marx, … Continue reading
There’s a new dining experience on the Seine in Paris and it’s all about Local Cuisine and Local Spectacular Sights. Starred Chef Tateru Yoshino follows the rhythm of the seasons and sources his vegetables from organic, local producers to provide his guests with a menu that is completely “terroir” while staying true to his Japanese heritage.
Olivier Jamey (left), Owner of La Compagnie de la Seine, pictured with Master Chef Tateru Yoshino, Michelin Star
Every Sunday evening, for an hour and a half, Paris lovers and Lovers of Paris can indulge in a gourmet meal while taking in the breathtakingly beautiful sights along the River Seine: Le Grand Palais, Assembleé Nationale, Eiffel Tower… and everything along the way and inbetween.
The Paris en Scene boat is configured a little differently than its predecessors: It’s intimate seating for two, four or small groups; Its leather, elegant chairs and its floor-to-roof glass walls are all conducive to fine dining and romance. All for the very reasonable price of 50 Euro per person. And the departure is from St. Michel, just steps from the Notre Dame, which makes it unique among the Dinner Cruises along the Seine. They have also partnered with local businesses so that after your 1 and 30 minute dinner cruise, for an extra Euro or two you can take in a movie in the area or a theater show. Be sure to ask about what’s on offer when you make your reservations.
For Spring the menu that Master Yoshino proposes is:
Richelieu en croûte, médaillon de foie gras, – A humble starter for what follows
Saumon « Stella Maris » mi cuit sans peau, – This salmon melts in your mouth. It is salmon cooked so perfectly that your mouth doesn’t know if it’s sashimi or if it’s simply heaven.
crêpe de Vonnas & tomates au thym, – little cherry tomato pops of herb flavors a la Provence
Mont Blanc « maison », crème de marron & glace – if your only reference to Mont Blanc is Angelina’s this will leave you gasping. So light, so flavorful, so classic and innovative all at once.
And while the food is amazing it is the landscape that will have you continuously turning away from your dinner companion. The 6:30 dinner cruise is timed just perfectly to catch the Eiffel Tower when it lights up in twinkling sparkles. For reservations: www.paris-en-scene.com
Why just visit the Eiffel Tower when you can dine at the Eiffel Tower? The Alain Ducasse restaurant 58 Tour Eiffel, located on the “First Level” of the Eiffel Tower lets you savor not just the taste of palatial views at panoramic heights, but also the Parisian version of a lunchtime “pique-nique” or at dinnertime, contemporary “French Brasserie” fare.
Every detail from the color schemes of red iron ocher contrasting with deep chocolate browns to the shapes of the glasses to the ornamental and decorative motifs on doors and menus and kitchen tiles…everything is taken from, and inspired by, the Eiffel Tower. Collaborators on the restaurant’s design are Chef and restauranteur Alain Ducasse himself and also Pierre Tachon.
Lunch will run you 17.50 Euro to 22.50 Euro and gives you a choice of appetizer and main course or appetizer, main course, dessert. Choices include creamy, chilled, green pea soup; seared salmon; Chocolate/nuts Crousti Eiffel. The midday picnic concept is that you are given a picnic basket with your cold items when you arrive at the restaurant and are seated, then your server brings you your hot plate items and drinks.
By 5:30 p.m. the music changes to lounge as the lights dim and the restaurant transforms into a chic and seductive Parisian Brasserie. You may want to ask to be seated on the second floor of the 58 Tour Eiffel, and, if you can, overlooking the Trocadero for that world-famous view. Dinner menu includes choices of the Menu Opera at 65 Euro and at 80 Euro, the difference mainly being whether wine is served with your meal. If you do order a’ la carte, you have additional choices that include lobster salad, seared scallops or sauteed veal chop and then a selection of French cheeses for dessert which is really something I wouldn’t dream of passing up.
Museum of Wine, Paris
Today you can find the Musée du Vin installed in the old vaulted cellars below the 14th century Abbey of Passey and also below Honoré de Balzac’s house. The ceiling even contains a trap door that he used to escape from his creditors!
Located in the 16th arrondissement of Paris near the Eiffel Tower, this museum is a must for all who enjoy wine and would like to know more about how it is made and the tremendous variety of different types of wine from different wine regions. Today, these cellars that house the Musée du Vin, exhibit old bottles, vats, instruments, objects and tools that all relate to viticulture and wine producing in ancient times. The exhibits appear to have everything possible connected with wine… from corkscrews to decanters, glasses to barrels, wine presses and so much more; And a section showing old photographs, articles, portraits, and drinking songs. There is even a hymn to Saint Vincent on display, and he is one of the main Patron Saints of wine!
In this historic setting of the Musée du Vin you can also choose to take a two-hour wine tasting class with a wine specialist or by prior arrangement even organise lunches for groups, dinner parties or have lectures on the fascinating subject of “wine.”
By indulging yourself in a tasting class with the aim of providing amateurs with a better understanding of different wines, you will end up knowing what to pick and what not to, to accompany your food choices. And although most of the tasting sessions are in French, it is also possible to book English wine tasting sessions as well.
There is also a restaurant that is situated in the cellars that has a fantastically cosy atmosphere and there are different menus to choose from, all with traditional food.
Also upon request there is an option of having a wine tasting session of the famous Grand Cru wines and talks by the experts. Guide books in different languages are available for purchase from the museum.
Open from a Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Closed on Mondays and on bank holidays.
Musée du Vin Rue des eaux, 5 Square Charles Dickens 75016 Paris, France
Telephone: 1 45 25 63 26