02May

Our May recommendations

Written by chris, the 02 May in category The Concierges' Gazette, 0 comment

Exhibition
The Centre Pompidou is dedicating an exhibition to the American photographer Walker Evans. Recognized as one of the most important of the 20th century, he was obsessed with capturing the human misery of the working class. Through 300 photographs and 100 rare documents, the museum is bringing up a vision of America in the 1930’s. Until August 14th.

The musée du Luxembourg pays tribute to Camille Pissarro. The exhibit Pissarro à Éragny, la nature retrouvée is composed of family records, a hundred of paintings, drawings and engravings, created in Eragny-sur-Epte between 1884 and 1903, and reflexes the politic convictions and lifestyle of this unforgettable artist. Until July 9th.

The Petit Palais is presenting more than 200 French paintings, sculptures and drawings from the Horvitz Collection in Boston. The exhibit De Watteau à David – La Collection Horvitz offers an exhaustive overview of French painting and drawing from the Regency until the French Revolution. The collection has been established over the past three decades and represents the most important French collection abroad. Until July 9th.

Opera

Through amazing opera songs, discover the tragic novel « Eugène Onéguine » from Pouchkine with Tchaikovsky’s interpretation. Willy Decker’s production will transport you to a love story filled with frustration and vanity. From May 16th to June 14th.

Ballet

Cradled by Ravel’s music, the Palais Garnier will make you discover, during one unique show Obbins /Balanchine / Cherkaoui, Jalet, three different ballets in a mix of neoclassicism and neoromantic style. En Sol elaborated by Jérôme Robbins, followed by La Valse created by George Balanchine. And to finish, you will be hypnotized by the famous masterpiece of Cherkaoui and Jalet with their amazing Boléro. Until May 27th.

Restaurants

Just off the Place des Vosges, the new Michelin-starred restaurant “H” for Hubert Duchenne, offers an inventive gastronomic cuisine with Veal fillet, smoked leeks and puree and as a dessert: parsnip, vanilla, crusty rice & cream cheese sorbet. Lunch menus from 30 Euro, 5-course dinner at 50 Euro. 13 Rue Jean Beausire, 4th.


01Apr

Our April recommendations

Written by chris, the 01 April in category The Concierges' Gazette, What's up, 0 comment

Exhibition

To commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the death of Auguste Rodin, considered as the father of modern sculpture, le Grand Palais is presenting an exhibition of his greatest masterpieces: Le Penseur, Le Baiser, les Bourgeois de Calais…. Until July 31st.

The musée de l’Orangerie is exposing the private collection of a Japanese business man, Shojiro Ishibashi. The exhibit Chefs-d’oeuvre du Bridgestone Museum of Art de Tokyo, Collection Ishibashi Foundation gathers major works of art from Monet, Picasso, Cézanne or even Shiraga. Until May 22nd.

Musical

It’s on the scene of the Folies Bergères that the « Choristes » story is going to come back to life. Les Choristes le Spectacle musical is going to stay faithful to the film’s original tale in winch in 1949, Clément Mathieu, an unemployed musician, accepts a job as a supervisor in a boy’s orphanage. In order to calm them he tries a new experience: initiate them to singing classes. Until May 21st.

Ballet

Merce Cunningham & William Forsythe are put in the spotlight at the Palais Garnier. In the show Walkaround Time, created in 1968, Merce Cunningham has staged his most famous moves. The night continues with two ballets of William Forsythe: Trio and Herman Schmerman which push the boundaries of classical dance. From April 14th to May 13th.

 
Restaurants

The restaurant Le Duc is celebrating its 50th anniversary! This marine institution is well known for its incredible selection of fish and seafood and offers you amazing dishes cooked with simplicity such as: raw scallops, fried smelt; garlic squid; cod flavored with steamed seaweed; roasted Dublin Bay prawn flavored with ginger and to finish chocolate cake or rhum baba. Count between 100 and 150 Euro for a la carte dishes, lunch menu is offered at 55 Euro. Closed on Sundays and Mondays. 243 Boulevard Raspail, 14th district.


01Mar

Our recommendations for March

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

Exhibitions

Do not miss Cy Twombly’s retrospective at the Centre Pompidou and admire its destructurized, modern and colorful flowers. About a hundred and forty paintings, sculptures, pictures and graffitis, trace the artist’s long career around three chronological cycles. You will discover a mix between both his cultures: the North American and the Mediterranean ones. Until April 24th.

« 21 rue la Boétie » gathers the famous artists of modern art: Matisse, Braque, Léger, Laurencin and even Picasso. Thanks to the collection of one of the greatest art merchandizer and friend of the artists, Paul Rosenberg, the Musée Maillol presents a large choice of paintings and archives from the 19th century. They offer an historical and political dimension to the exhibition. From March 2nd.

Opera

Discover or rediscover the world most played Opera at the Opéra Bastille. Performed by Clémentine Margaine and directed by the splendid Calixto Bieito, Carmen is back, tragic, funny and modern. The beautiful Andalusian sets her heart on a young soldier: Don José, interpreted by Roberto Alagna. Georges Bizet music will transport you in a sublime lyrical work. From March 7th to July 16th.

 

Restaurants

The new Michelin Guide ranking is out! Let’s have a look at the new awarded Parisian restaurants…

One Michelin Star has been awarded to :

–The Orangerie and the George : the new restaurants of the George V hotel
-Les Jardins de l’Espadon at the Ritz Paris
– The old restaurant of Guy Savoy, la Scène Thélème, taken over by Pierre Rigothier
– The Alliance and the Sushi B, two exceptional Japanese restaurants 

A second Michelin Star has been awarded to :

La Table de l’Espadon, le restaurant intérieur du Ritz Paris, avec aux commandes le talentueux Nicolas Sale.
Le Clarence, avec Christophe Pelé en cuisine et Antoine Petrus aux commandes de la salle et de la sommellerie.
Kei Kobayashi pour sa cuisine japonaise, alliant classique et modernité.

Come and visit the restaurant of the Chef Gilles Epié and his wife, located next to the most beautiful avenue in the world, the Citrus Etoile. After working at the Café de Paris in Brussels and directed the Miraville; the Chef has spent over ten years in California where he has served celebrities and received various rewards. You will enjoy, among others, a lobster and potato salad seasoned with lobster vinaigrette, a duck foie gras in a tempura caramelized with port wine sauce, sea scallops with spinach, onion and sweet wasabi, and for desert, the all chocolate Grand Cru: chocolate cookie, crusted mousse with chocolate sauce and ice cream.

Lunch menu from 49 Euro, dinner from 69 Euro. Count 100 Euro à la carte. Closed on weekends.

6 rue Arsène Houssaye, 8thdistrict.

 


28Feb

Renovation and reopening

Written by chris, the 28 February in category What's up, 0 comment

The Relais Christine has closed in order to achieve the last phase of its transformation.

Read more here.


03Feb

Our recommendations for February

Written by chris, the 03 February in category The Concierges' Gazette, Going out, 0 comment

Exhibitions
The Orsay Museum is presenting Frédéric Bazille – La Jeunesse de l’impressionnisme (The youth of impressionism). This young painter from the 19th century, gone too soon, has left behind him a print of his great talent. His work of art is composed with as many blurred moves as portraits and the artist has nothing to envy from his friends Monet or Renoir. The exhibition is also putting forward some of their incredible work of art. Until March 5th.

Very last days to admire the creations of the Bauhaus German School. The museum of Decorative Arts has decided to expose more than 900 furnitures, paintings, and sculptures, a mix between art and craft. During this exhibition you will be able to find famous work of art from Marcel Brauer, Wassily Kandinsky or even Paul Klee. Bauhaus pieces reflect modernism, functionalism and simplicity. Until February 26th

Ballet
From February 3rd until the 23rd the Palais Garnier is hosting the Wayne McGregor’s ballet company. They will perform, together with the Opera of Paris, his new work of art Tree of Codes. A mix of modern dance, at the pace of electronic music beats, and classical dance set in an original decor mainly with huge mirrors. Intense, fast and elegant are the watchwords for this magnificent show.

Restaurants
Enjoy an unforgettable experience with Alain Ducasse at the Meurice: sublime meal in a beautiful restaurant, perfectly served. An outstanding dinner for a two stars restaurant which should be honored with a third one! An overview of the menu: sea scallops from Seine bay, Jerusalem artichokes and tuber melanosporum; lobster from Brittany, potatoes with truffle; saddle of lamb from Lacaune, lightly spiced bulgur; citrus contemporary vacherin. Lunch menu from 85 Euro. Count 350 Euro à la carte. Closed on weekends. 228 rue de Rivoli, 1st.

The Japanese Chef Ken Kawasaki mixes the French cuisine and his country’s gastronomy.. In a refined ambiance, the fourteen seats and the open kitchen will make you feel in your own appartment! You should taste their mackerel pickled with mirin, sweet squash with carrot flowers; arctic char with chanterelles mushrooms, eggplant and white butter, and for dessert, a chestnut mousse, caramelized buckwheat and pear. Lunch menu from 30 Euro. Around 70 Euro “à la carte”. Closed on Sundays, and for lunch on Wednesdays and Thursdays.15 Rue Caulaincourt, 18th.

 


06Jan

 

Roger la Grenouille is back ! The frog legs specialist since the 1930s, at a 2-minute-walk from the Relais Christine, has been taken over by François Pagot (Ex Costes Maitre d’hôtel) and Marc Lourme (former chef at Churchill, famous bistro in Limoges). The time of tasteless frozen food which damaged the reputation of this iconic local restaurant is finally over: fresh products and meats of French breed are back. There weren’t anything else needed for Saint-Germain-Des-Prés people to urgently get a table there to rediscover the froggy pleasures with the shared dish of meunière frog legs with garlic and parsley and, to match the actual trend, a frog burger with homemade buns, tartar sauce, rocket salad and onion confit. The short menu is completed by bistro classics such as a meurette poached egg with red wine sauce or the beef tartar by Polmard, a guarantee of quality for any 6th district-beef-amateur.

Deserts are also worth it with reworked childhood memories: chestnut millefeuille and Paris-Brest with praline mascarpone.

The décor hasn’t changed a lot to keep this old school charm loved as much by tourists as by the locals, delighted to see Roger la Grenouille getting back his panache of yesteryear.

Lunch set menu at 19€, 30-50€ a la carte, reservations mandatory for dinner.

 

Contact our Concierge to book your table!


01Jan

Our January recommendations

Written by chris, the 01 January in category The Concierges' Gazette, Going out, 0 comment

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Exhibitions

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs is presenting a new exhibition Jean Nouvel, my architect furnitures.  (Jean Nouvel, mes meubles d’architecte. Sens et Essence) entirely dedicated to the works of art of the famous contemporary architect. The pathway will lead you through the middle age and Renaissance galleries to a unique space furnished by Nouvel himself in 1998. Until February 12th.

While there, make sure to visit the exhibition Tenue correcte exigée, quand le vêtement fait scandale dedicated to the scandals that marked turning points in the history of fashion, from the 14th century to the present days. Until April 23rd.

The Musée d’Art moderne pays tribute to Carl Andre, a major American artist of the 20th century. The exhibition Carl Andre – Sculpture as place, 1958-2010 highlights iconic pieces, displayed for the first time, such as sculptures, poems, photography, paper works of art and unclassifiable objects. Until February 12th.

At the Philharmonie de Paris it’s all about Beethoven with the exhibition Ludwig van, le mythe Beethoven that assembles numerous testimonies and over 250 visual and sound pieces in eight rooms, to better understand this major artist. Until January 29th.

Opera

Starting January 18th, one of Richard Wagner’s masterpieces, Lohengrin, will be played at l’Opéra Bastille. In three acts, it raises the question of genius in society, through the story of Elsa who is accused of murdering her brother. With a staging by Claus Guth emphasizing the fragility of the key character to which Wagner identified himself, the production brings together Jonas Kaufmann, Martina Serafin and René Pape under the direction of Philippe Jordan.

Restaurants

 Guy Savoy best restaurant in the world! A unique setting and a marvelous cuisine, with for instance this 12-course menu: chopped oysters, seaweed and lemon; grilled prawn, pepper/turnip/caviar; fillets of red mullet, the sea as a dressing; salmon « fixed » in ice, hot consommé; roasted lobster, red lentils; artichoke soup with black truffle, puff brioche; sadle & rack of lamb « land & sea »; cheeses; crème anglaise; fruits from the orchard; pure chocolate; chariot of ices, sorbets, jars and fruits of yesteryear. From 200€ without drinks. 11 quai de Conti, 6th. Closed on Saturdays for lunch, Sundays and Mondays. 

Tomy & Co.: Tomy Gousset (formerly at chez Pirouette) trained at Taillevent, and with Boulud in New York, has opened his restaurant where he offers a revisited traditional cuisine: ox tongue tartlet, Gribiche sauce & turnips; lobster, chickpeas, chorizo, carrots and galingale; glazed duck façon Apicius, beetroot and fennel as a tribute to Alain Senderens; lovely chocolate tart, fig ice-cream, sugar of Cambodia palm.

22 Rue Surcouf, 7th. 75 to 100€. Lunch menus. Closed Saturdays & Sundays.


01Dec

To do in Paris in December

Written by chris, the 01 December in category The Concierges' Gazette, Going out, 0 comment

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Exhibitions
The Grand Palais is showcasing the largest exhibition dedicated to the Mexican art since 1953. Mexico 1900 to 1950 – Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Rufino Tamayo. Or how after its independence, the country built its identity through paintings, sculptures, architectures, literature and cinema. Until January 23rd.
While there, make sure to visit the other major exhibition of the Grand Palais dedicated to the father of the comic strips character Tintin, Hergé !

The Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme highlights one the main creators of the 20th century: Arnold Schönberg, with the exhibition Peindre l’âme. Composer, theoretician but also teacher, poet and painter, he is viewed as the leader of the Second Viennese School and the inventor of the dodecaphony (twelve-tone serialism). Until January 29th.

 

Ballet
From December 5th to 31st, the mythic Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky will run at the the Opéra Bastille. This nostalgic masterpiece where dream love proves impossible has been transcended by Rudolf Noureev’s choreography: he brought a new psychological dimension to the characters and imagined a tragic ending more in accordance with the score.

 

Show
If in Paris between the 7th and the 11th, make sure to see Varekaï, the latest, and as usual fabulous, show of Cirque du Soleil. The story takes place in a mysterious and enchanted forest full of fantastic creatures. It pays a tribute to the arts of the circus with breathtaking performances and artists who have brilliantly transcended themselves.

 

Restaurants
Forth address in Saint Germain des Prés for the Chef Yves Camdeborde, with the Comptoir du Marché, located in the center of the Saint-Germain market. In this tapas restaurant, you will enjoy his specialties such as: pig’s trotter and buckwheat beetroot and for desert a coffee blacked Alaska. Open every day from 12:00 pm until 11:00 pm. Count between 25€ and 40€ per person. 14 rue Lobineau, 6th.

Daniel Rose (Spring) now oversees a true institution of the ancient Halles of Paris: Chez La Vieille (“at the Old Woman’s”). The American Chef is elaborating a traditional French cuisine such as: veal kidney with mustard from Brive or veal stew in white sauce with basmati rice and almonds. For desert, savor a vanilla cream pot. Lovely wine menu, with bottles starting at 30€. Count between 45€ and 70€ for a generous meal. Closed on Sundays and Mondays. 1 rue Bailleul, Paris 1st.


02Nov

To do in Paris in November

Written by chris, the 02 November in category The Concierges' Gazette, Going out, 0 comment

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Exhibitions
Until January 15th, the Grand Palais pays tribute to the outstanding comic strips, Belgian author, Georges Remi, also known as Hergé. The exhibition retraces the life story of this 9th art key figure throughout his main character, Tintin, and by exposing some pieces of his contemporary work of art. To the great delight of visitors, paintings of his personal collection are displayed.

The Orangerie museum invites you to explore the American art in the 1930’s throughout fifty outstanding canvases. Organized in collaboration with the Art Institute of Chicago, this retrospective, entitled American Painting in the 1930’s – The Age of Anxiety demonstrates the preoccupation of the population facing the biggest crisis of the 20th century. Until January 30th.

 

Opera
Until November 27th, l’Opéra Bastille invites you to assist to the majestic opera of the Hoffmann Tales. The ultimate master piece of Offenbach is an adaptation of the three famous tales of Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann which portrays the German poet as both narrator and hero recounting his love affairs with Olympia, Antonia and Giulietta.

 

Restaurants
Former Chef  at « Le Sergent Recruteur », the Chef Antonin Bonnet has just opened his own restaurant, Le Quinsou. The Chef will delight you with his specialities: mackerel covered with pear vinegar, almond praline and eggplant cream and for dessert roasted apple with spices, granola and ice cream. Lovely wine menu. Closed on Sundays and Mondays. Menu starting from 28 € for lunch and 48 € for dinner. 33 rue de l’Abbé Grégoire, 6th.

To enjoy a fine dining experience for a reasonable price, encounter the Restaurant Boutary, a house founded in 1888 specialised in caviar and in wine making. In the kitchen of this new « bistro chic », the Chef Jay Wook Hur is transforming seasonal products in a French and Asian fusion outstanding cuisine. You will discover: potatoes with Boutary caviar, seaweed butter and for dessert a chocolate praline pudding. Closed on Sundays and Mondays. Menu starting from 27 € for lunch and 69 € for dinner. 25 rue Mazarine, 6th.


12Oct

The FIAC your own way!

Written by chris, the 12 October in category The Concierges' Gazette, Going out, 0 comment

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To all the contemporary art lovers staying at the Relais Christine, here is a new partner that will make your FIAC 2016 an even more unforgettable edition than the last ones!

With Curagenda, live an extraordinary experience with exclusive visits of the 3 major art fairs that will take place at the same time in Paris from October 20th to 23rd (FIAC at the Grand Palais, Paris Internationale and Asia Now Paris) but also expert-guided tours of famous Parisian art galleries in Le Marais and Belleville, VIP previews and events, behind the scenes and meetings with artists and gallerists… This year, the program is rich with citywide events at the Petit Palais, Musée de l’Orangerie, Palais de la Découverte, Musée du Louvre. Many exciting festivities that you will have the possibility to visit with a privileged status!

Contact our Concierges Clefs d’Or to build your tailored experience with Curagenda.
concierge@relais-christine.com

From 1 000 Euro per person. Upon availability. 48-hour advance booking necessary.