News for Restaurants in Paris
A new barman now officiates at Restaurant Laperouse, on the ground floor and behind the blue and golden front of the famous venue. Bertrand Merlette learned his job in the Hotel Plaza Athénée, and for twenty years worked in the bar of the Hotel Raphael. Among his favourite cocktails to prepare are the whiskey sour, dry martini, gin fizz and Bloody Mary. His guests will succeed Orson Welles and the Duke of Windsor, former regular visitors of the establishment. Restaurant Laperouse, 51, quai des Grands Augustins, 75006 Paris, 01 43 26 68 04.
Le Meurice's Galette des Reines will return for the fourth year. Pastry chef Camille Lesecq has composed a chocolate galette filled with frangipane sprinkled with chopped hazelnuts, and topped with whole hazelnuts. Hidden inside the galette this year is a special key charm made by Tiffany & Co. This treat will be available at Le Dali from January 2-22 and will be priced at € 14 per slice. Le Dali, Hôtel Le Meurice 228, rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, 01 44 58 10 10.
Formerly Le Bristol, the gastronomic restaurant of the eponymous hotel has changed its name and is now called Epicure. The new dining room, decorated by Pierre-Yves Rochon, overlooks a French formal garden featuring huge magnolias. Epicure, Hôtel Le Bristol 112, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris, 01 53 43 43 40.
Cookbook connoisseurs, authors and publishers all unite at the Paris Cookbook Fair in conjunction with the 2012 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, rewarding the best cookbooks in the world from more than 140 countries. Learn about the global cookbook market, promote international cooking, discuss new food trends and peruse more than 4,000 titles at Le 104 in Paris. Bookshops, cellars and workshops will be showcased while ideas, conferences, recipes and tips will be shared daily. For more information, visit www.cookbookfair.com.
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