Dine in style at The Palace of Versailles

Next time you’re in France, make sure to dine out at ore, Alain Ducasse’s latest restaurant, located in the magnificent palace of Versailles, once home to Marie-Antoinette and Louis XIV. Baroque Access takes a look at the menu

 

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Once again, people can dine like Royalty at Versailles, at Alain Ducasse’s latest restaurant, ore, located in the sumptuous, newly renovated pavilion Dufour. The 21st Century iteration, which opened in September this year, is an elegant French café by day and a one-of-a-kind private restaurant in the evening. Created by architect Dominique Perrault in tandem with the chef Architect of the Palace of Versailles, Frédéric Didier, this restaurant is reminiscent of the Napoleonic era, with the added bonus of a number of contemporary interpretations of historical décor themes.

 

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When Versailles is open to the public during the day, ore is also open to the public.  Called ‘ore’, which means ‘mouth’ in Latin, the restaurant refers to the pleasures of the mouth, i.e. dining. There are three different menu’s; one for breakfast, another for lunch and a teatime menu. Great French classics are available on each of the menus, as well as lighter snacks, gourmet pastries and desserts. There is also a special children’s menu, aptly entitled ‘Prince & Princess’.

 

At night, ore is transformed into an exclusive dining experience, where grand dinners and other exclusive private events are held.

With this new restaurant, iconic French chef Alain Ducasse, who already has numerous Michelin Stars on his belt, is now offering one of the most opulent dining experiences imaginable. But it’s set to get even better. Another fine-dining Ducasse restaurant is in the pipeline; it is part of a project that includes a new luxury hotel, owned by the LOV Hotel Collection, enabling those who can afford it the opportunity to experience what it’s like to stay in the same premises as the king and queen of France in the 18th Century.

 

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The hotel will offer approximately 20 rooms and, with the new Ducasse restaurant, it will encompass three palace buildings in all. Renovation for this project, which is set to be completed in 2018, will be in the region of $16 million.

 

Meantime, those who want a taste of what gastronomic pleasure is to come can enjoy the ore restaurant, located on the first floor of the Dufour Pavillion. The restaurant features exquisite, elegant but extremely minimal décor including curved Ester leather chairs by Patrick Jouin, rounded tables and an informal paper menu.

 

The simplicity of the décor does double duty; it’s perfect for anyone wishing to have a bite to eat, and also doesn’t detract from the splendor of the décor inside the Palace of Versailles itself. Items on the menu include snacks such as Croque-monsieur’, dishes using produce fresh from the market such as spelt and wild mushroom salad and steamed turbot with truffled Hollandaise Sauce. Desserts are updated French classics including the Louis XIV, a long, crisp chocolate and praline dish.

 

Whatever way you look at it, ore is not your typical museum dining experience. According to Ducasse, it’s “a restaurant in a museum, not a museum restaurant”. In addition to the elegant dishes on offer, once the crowds have left Versailles, the back room of ore comes into its own. It’s transformed into a recreation of 18th Century royal dinners, right down to the furniture and tableware.

 

One of the highlights of the evening events will be the Alain-Ducasse/Dom Pérignon series of dinners that will feature a special menu inspired by 16th and 17th Century meals accompanied by Dom Pérignon P2 1998 vintage champagne. These dinners will take place from spring 2017.

 

If you would like to book a private event at ore, or to enjoy a meal and a visit to Versailles during the day, let Baroque Access arrange this for you. We can also find out more about the Dom Pérignon dinners set for 2017. Contact us right away, info@baroqueaccess.com and we will organize your fine dining experience for you.

Haute cuisine in London, at the Lanesborough

The Lanesborough’s esteemed restaurant, Celeste, has just been awarded its first Michelin star. Baroque Access investigates

 

Finally, there’s another stunning, Michelin-starred restaurant to visit in the heart of London! Céleste at The Lanesborough offers creative, modern French food that is as extraordinary as its presentation. With Chef Patron Eric Frechon at the helm (he was originally from the famous Bristol in Paris) and his latest protégé, Executive Chef Florian Favario, who was renowned for his expertise at the Parisian restaurant Epicure, the restaurant has added something worthy to London’s vibrant food scene.  Together these two chefs hold five Michelin stars – that includes Céleste, which has recently earned its first Michelin star.

 

Céleste is not only about dinner. The restaurant is also famous for its afternoon tea, where a professional tea sommelier advises guests on the right tea to suit their palate and to complement their choice of pastries, cakes and sandwiches. The menu, which is certainly imaginative, has just been recreated to celebrate Céleste’s Michelin star. It’s a limited set menu accompanied by champagne.

 

The restaurant itself has a delightful setting. The dining room is plush, naturally lit during the day through a domed glass roof, and at night it’s seductive under a glow of light from a series of elegant chandeliers. The guests change with the light; Céleste is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as high tea.

The menu has been carefully selected by its chefs to offer a creative mix of delicate flavour and captivating presentation. Whatever you order is guaranteed to be as delicious as it is beautiful to look at. The special tasting menu that has been created by these two Michelin-starred chefs to celebrate Céleste’s own Michelin star features five different courses. It features innovative, flavoursome dishes using seasonal British ingredients.

 

If you would like to savour fine food at The Lanesborough’s latest Michelin-starred restaurant, why not consider staying at this prestigious establishment next time you’re in London, to facilitate your dining pleasure?

The luxurious The Lanesborough offers superior service in an elegant, historic 18th Century building that was originally a private residence. Located in the posh London area of Knightsbridge, the hotel looks onto Hyde Park and is right next to Buckingham Palace, making it an ideal base from which to explore the city’s many attractions.

 

Choose from comfortable luxury rooms or suites, all offering 24-hour butler service, chilled bubbly in your room on arrival, breakfast every morning at Céleste as well as a five-course tasting dinner for two to sample the cuisine of this newly appointed Michelin-starred restaurant. Your luxury stay includes lots more, so contact Baroque Travel right away, info@baroquetravel.com and we will give you all the details. Even if you’d just like to book a meal at Céleste for when you’re next in London, let us make the reservations for you. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

Dining at the prestigious Mosimann's Club

Housed in a building that was once a Presbyterian church, Mosimann’s Club in London’s plush district of Belgravia is one of the world’s most prestigious dining establishments. Baroque Access finds out all about it

 

Originally built in 1830, this tiny building is sandwiched between two bigger ones, still boasting a steeple. Originally a Presbyterian church, Mosimann’s club then became a meeting place for spiritualists, before being transformed into London’s famous luncheon and dining club that is renowned the world over. With legendary chef Anton Mosimann at its helm and his sons Mark and Philipp assisting, this prestigious dining establishment is the place to go for gourmet fare paired with wines of distinction. Here, the service is bespoke and the atmosphere unrivalled.

 

The exquisitely renovated church, located in the heart of Belgravia, offers not only a grand Main Dining Room, but also seven beautiful Private Dining Rooms and a relaxed Balcony Bar. A family-run business for more than quarter of a century, the Club is owned by Anton Mosimann, the only child of Swiss restaurateurs who plied their trade in their restaurant in Nidau, near Biel in Switzerland. The senior Mosimann developed a love of food and a talent as a chef. In fact, by the age of 25, he was one of the youngest chefs in the country to receive the Chef de Cuisine Diploma.

 

By the time he was 28, he was working at London’s Dorchester Hotel as Maitre Chef des Cuisines, the youngest chef ever to hold this position. He spent 13 years there and was awarded two Michelin stars. Then, in 1988, Anton bought the church and created Mosimann’s Club.

 

He also established a catering service, to which he held the Royal Warrant of Appointment to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales from 2000. Then he bought a renovated Victorian school in the area of Battersea and created the Mosimann Academy, which boasts an enviable selection of cookery courses as well as one of the most extensive libraries of cookbooks in the world (there are more than 6,000 that date back to the 15th Century).

 

Mosimann’s Club offers an unsurpassed culinary experience, a form of cuisine that the chefs label ‘cuisine naturelle’ because its low fat wherever possible, lighter than haute cuisine, and the natural flavors are enhanced.

 

Mosimann’s opened its doors at the beginning of October, 1988, and within a few months the Club boasted more than 1,000 members. Those people are still members to this day, although the number has increased exponentially to include many celebrities, heads of state and Royalty from more than a dozen countries. In fact, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had their wedding dinner cooked by Mosimann’s at Buckingham Palace. This was followed by the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee luncheon at Westminster Hall… need we say more?

 

After 28 years in the limelight, Mosimann’s continues to shine brightly. If you’d like to experience this prestigious dining experience, let Baroque Access arrange it for you. Contact us right away, info@baroqueaccess.com

DINING OUT IN MILAN

Baroque Access checks out some of the most popular places to eat during Fashion Week in Milan this weekend

 

Alla Cucina delle Langhe

The fashion savvy have probably already booked their tables here at this stylish Corso Como restaurant. In fact, Tom Ford rents a table for Fashion Week every season, and the rest of the place teems with models, fashion editors, actors, football stars and other celebs. Known locally as “Le Langhe”, this hip restaurant offers classic Piedmontese specialties on its menu that are served with aplomb in a retro 1930s atmosphere, resplendent with period posters. Whenever you visit this trendy establishment, it’s busy and vibrant. What to eat? If you’re not worried about your figure, savor every calorific morsel on offer. It’s not only the atmosphere that keeps this restaurant hopping!

Corso Como, 6, tel: 39 02 655 4279

 

Carlo e Camilla

No, you haven’t entered a large scale modern art installation. Carlo e Camilla is a restaurant with a dramatic vintage cum industrial setting in a vast, naked space, where spotlights shine on magnificent crystal chandeliers that loom above a long table in the shape of a giant white cross. One of the three owners, Michelin star Chef Carlo Cracco prepares a small selection of artfully inspired delights served on mismatched  crockery to the coolest people in town. The restaurant, which opened in the first few months of 2014, had its first incarnation as a sawmill.

Via Giuseppe Meda, 24, tel: 39 02 837 3963

 

Da Giacomo

Every Fashion Week, this old world trattoria is always packed to the rafters with stylish patrons hankering after exquisite traditional Tuscan cuisine. The restaurant, which has been around since 1958, is a popular celeb spot, where the likes of George Clooney and Giorgio Armani come to enjoy fresh and savor white Alba truffles in season. Best to book if you’re in town during any fashion season, but well worth a visit if you can get in.

Via Pasquale Sottocorno, 6, tel: 39 02 7602 3313

 

Dolce & Gabanna Gold

Fans of food and fashion flock here throughout the year, not only during Fashion Week – and for good reason. Dolce & Gabanna Gold is where you’ll find superstars as well as fashion royalty sampling delectable delights under Murano glass chandeliers. This multi-purpose establishment, which includes a stunning restaurant, bar, bistro and effervescent nightclub, has been glittering with glamorous patrons since it opened in late 2006. The food is southern Italian at its finest, and if you prefer, you can order from the diet menu. The street level bar is a popular spot to meet after hours any time of the year and there’s even a little bistro, where you can sample simpler fare than the restaurant itself. Again, it’s best to book before the fashion crowd hits town.

2a Via Carlo Poerio, tel: 39 02 757 7771

 

Peck

It calls itself an “Italian temple of gastronomic delights” and those who have dined at Peck tend to agree. This food and wine emporium has been delighting patrons since it opened as a deli in 1883. Nowadays it boasts a dining room and bar upstairs and a wine bar as well. And the offerings are quite sublime – Peck is more of a gastronomic delight than a deli these days, but you can still pick up a stunning selection of goodies to take home, from chocolates to olive oils and balsamic as well as superbly matured cheeses. The restaurant is where you can savor those items you can’t take home on the plane, delightful dishes that require instant gratification. Head upstairs for light food and beverages in the tea room, or go down one level to the wine cellar to sample some fine Italian and international vintages.

Via Spadari, 9, tel: 39 02 802 3161

 

FR\AME: Combination of Californian cachet and French flair, this new Parisian restaurant is causing a stir


This brand new restaurant is open and inviting, modern and unique, a combination of Parisian elegance and style, blended with Californian simplicity and sass. US chef Andrew Wigger creates innovative Californian dishes with a definitive French influence. The Franco-Californian brasserie is open from breakfast right through to dinner, so the opportunities are endless, the variety sublime.


 Following the French love of freshness and flavor, the restaurant has its own herb and vegetable garden, where fragrant flavors are added fresh from the soil. Then there’s the fact that you’re enjoying your food a stone’s throw away from the Eiffel Tower… dining here is a unique experience, already being savored by many.

 Architect Christophe Pillet has created a modern, timeless space that is welcoming and beautiful, a West Coast idyll in a Parisian setting. Décor is minimalist and inspired by nature, with wood, marble and leather combined with a bronze patina. There’s an open kitchen, bar, wine area and stunning terrace as well as a private dining room for special functions. Every ingredient for a perfect meal.

 So what’s to eat? The extensive menu combines Parisian savoir faire with Californian cachet. The dishes effortlessly combine French, Californian and Mexican flavors using only the freshest ingredients . Chef Andrew gives the hamburger a brand new twist – Gruyere cheese, tomato, red pepper jam and rocket salad are unique additions, as well as avocado fries and home-made coriander mayo. The Mexican touch includes Cod Tacos with tequila, mango, guacamole and cabbage, while you can also savor a Californian-style flatbread with goat’s cheese, pear, rocket and a balsamic dressing.

 That’s just a taste of the varied menu, which you can wash down with an assortment of exotic cocktails and a choice of the very best French and Californian wines or French bubbly by the glass.

  

FR\AME - 28 Jean Rey, 75015 Paris

www.framebrasserie.fr

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