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Le Meurice announces new design for its restaurants and bar as well as a new menu

Le Meurice restaurant
This month sees a subtle redesign of some of Le Meurice’s public spaces. Reinforcing the hotel’s rich history, general manager, Franka Holtmann, has once again entrusted contemporary designer and architect, Philippe Starck, to redesign the hotel’s restaurants and Bar 228; and world renowned chef Alain Ducasse to introduce a new menu at Le Dalí.

Nine years after the first redesign, Philippe Starck, was appointed to reimagine the surrealist ambience for which Le Meurice is renowned and deliver a revised contemporary experience for guests through a gentle redesign keeping with the hotel’s style.

Echoing Dalí’s ethos: ‘My entire life is determined by two conflicting ideas: the top and the bottom’, Starck uses depth to recreate a surrealistic vision at Le Dalí restaurant by unveiling a new carpet designed by his daughter, Ara Starck, that reflects the ceiling canvas she originally designed in 2007. The restaurant’s new look draws out copper tones with lampshades in light coloured natural silk and tables with Arabescato marble tops. Original pieces such as the swan chair and the rocking chair remain while new surrealist elements have been introduced, including a tilted mirror, lighting with crystal droplets and new chairs adorned with canvas drawings by Ara.

At Le Dalí, this change in interior has come with a change in cuisine. Alain Ducasse has created a menu that combines the traditional Parisian brasserie with Mediterranean cuisine. With a continued focus on provenance and quality of ingredients, the new menus which offer half portions, encourage a convivial style of dining by sharing plates tapas style and enjoying great conversation.

Adjacent to Le Dalí restaurant, Starck has also reworked the counter at Bar 228 using Carrara marble, pink copper brass and stainless steel. Known for its English Club atmosphere, deep leather armchairs and dark wood panelling evoking 18th century France, the reworked counter adds a touch of modernity. The Galerie Pompadour, now an extension of Bar 228, captures the surrealist spirit with a carpet designed by Ara Starck and portraits of 18th century personalities featuring on the back of the leather armchairs. Phillipe Starck uses pink copper as the base for the new marble-topped tables and mirror frames.

At the gourmet restaurant le Meurice Alain Ducasse, Starck enhances the Versailles-inspired interior by adding decorative elements to complement the existing features. Starck has added elegant modern touches with the use of crystal, rose copper on the furnishings and a new custom-made carpet in harmony with the 18th century inspired fresco ceiling. Two screens incorporating a framework of photos and sketches from Starck’s private collection heighten the sense of seclusion and privacy. Chairs that used to evoke Louis XV era have now been replaced by the iconic Eero Saarinen Tulip chair. Led by executive chef, Jocelyn Herland, the restaurant offers exceptional French cuisine, implementing Ducasse’s philosophy of preserving the taste of each ingredient. Highlights on the menu include, a turbot fillet cooked on a slice of bread with a truffle and spring onion sauce, served with olives and salad; or a veal medallion with marinated anchovies, served with seaweed and Swiss chard.

Commenting on the new design, Le Meurice’s general manager, Franka Holtmann, said: ‘We are delighted to revive our relationship with Philippe Starck to redesign our interiors as well as work with Alain Ducasse to further evolve our gastronomic identity. Both men are exceptional visionaries in their fields and have succeeded in recreating a contemporary atmosphere whilst maintaining the spirit of Le Meurice.’

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