paris: monsieur bleu restaurant opening


© adrien dirand - restaurant by day and club by night

in a previous post we talked about palais de tokyo's drastic renovation and expansion. the leading contemporary arts venue didn't stop just there and has recently opened the stylish new monsieur bleu restaurant in the new west wing that'll make your visit even more worthwhile. paris-based architect joseph dirand designed a timeless and chic interior that lightly hints art déco, and although it looks a lot more formal than palais de tokyo's initial dining spot tokyo eat, it actually isn't. the lofty setting features slabs of marble, mirrors and tiled flooring. adding a subtle splash of colour to the predominantly black and white colour scheme are the velvety chairs and sofas in various shades of green. voluminous, boxy chandeliers add a theatrical modern edge to the establishment that's currently the talk of the town. 

monsieur bleu is conceptualized as a place where to unwind and meet up at any time of the day, and that's very much reflected by the range of classic, simple dishes on the menu. chef benjamin masson heads the restaurant kitchen while another food expert, alixe lacloche, supervises the cocktail list. from now through coming september [thu-sat / from 11pm] the restaurant morphs into a proper night haunt, thanks to the savvy deejay programming by benjamin cassan and franck maillot, two veterans of the local nightlife scene. adding up to the fun - and paris' stature as the undisputed capital of hedonism - an expansive 650 sqm. [6,997 sq.ft.] terrace with sweeping views of the seine and the iconic eiffel tower is readily available for outdoor fun on balmy nights. location: 13 avenue du président wilson [champs-élysées].

© adrien dirand - we'll take that table in the corner, merci...