MiniPalais Restaurant in Paris
The MiniPalais is a lounge style restaurant in Paris that is located within an outstanding setting in the Grand Palais, which has a view down to the Alexander III bridge that crosses the River Seine and serve French cuisine in an elegant and refined atmosphere.
About the MiniPalais Restaurant in Paris
The MiniPalais found in the Grand Palais has recent undergone a complete renovation by the architects Gilles and Boissier, who have conceived the restaurant to be like an artists workshop and you enter the restaurant through the impressive bronze door of the Alexandre III Rotunda.
Once inside the restaurant you will find a parquet floor, wall fabrics that are set off by elegant black marble details, fully restored mosaics and specially placed mirrors that portray an even larger space.
Plus the ceiling has also been renovated to show the metal structure that has been repainted in the signature colour of mignonette green that was originally trademarked for the Grand Palais. And from the ceiling hang large workshop lights that are able to change colours to provide different ambiences at certain times of the day or for special events.
There are also plaster statues dotted around, a large patchwork that measures approximately 4m X 12m that dominates the dining room, yet goes very well with the refined leather furniture and subtle colours, which make the whole dining experience even more warm, intimate and inviting.
However, the MiniPalais also has a loggia terrace, in other words, a lovely covered terrace that has impressive imperial columns on the edge of the terrace going the full length and there are fully restored mosaics on the floors and walls, which portrays its original elegance, and is therefore a great place on a summers day.
The Cuisine at the MiniPalais
The menu at this restaurant in Paris matches perfectly with the unique setting and stature of its location, and has been designed by a three star Michelin chef to provide authentic French cuisine with lunches, dinners and tasty snacks available throughout the day.
Focusing on fresh produce and also thinking eco friendly to preserve the environment, the menu changes throughout the seasons according to what produce is available, yet you can guarantee there will be no endangered fish on the menu, and only the best quality ingredients.
The French cuisine at Le MiniPalais is kept simple yet inviting and authentic and some of the signature dishes include Snails in cherry tomato browned with almond butter, a Duck fillet Foie Gras burger with truffle sauce, Pearly cod with coriander and citronella perfumed stock, or Tandoori pork pluma with candied onion and potatoes.
However, we mentioned that there are also snacks available and you could choose something like small sardines and an algae butter or a lobster club sandwich, yet perhaps a cup of tea or coffee and a pastry or cake, would be more to your liking.
But we cannot forget about the wine, which is just as important to get the right choices to accompany your meal and here at the MiniPalais there is a good wine menu with many prestigious labels, however, there are also French wines from young wine growers who work in a biodynamic way.
Access to Le MiniPalais Restaurant
Located in what is known as the Golden Triangle, right next to the famous Avenue des Champs Elysees in the 8th Arrondissement of Paris, the imperial columns make it distinguishable straight away, however there are few steps to reach the door, and therefore it is not very disabled friendly.
But the MiniPalais restaurant is open every day from midday through to midnight with lunches and snacks served continually throughout the day. However, if you are thinking about an evening meal within the unique setting of the Grand Palais, then booking is highly recommended.
The nearest Metro stations are the Champs-Elysees - Clemenceau stop or the Franklin D Roosevelt stop on lines 1, 9 or 13 and there are numerous Paris buses that will get you here such as numbers 28, 42, 52, 73, 80 and 93. But the nearest RER station is Invalides on line C, yet you also have the Batobus water bus stop on the River Seine nearby.
However, if you have your own transport, then you will be pleased to know that there is a valet parking service available of an evening, or alternatively there are several car parks close by including one at the Place de la Concorde and another called Rond-Point des Champs Elysees.
More information on the Grand Palais
- The Grand Palais in Paris
- History of the Grand Palais
- Palais de la Decouverte Science Museum in Paris
- History of the Palais de la Decouverte
Related photo images
- Photos of the Grand Palais
Address and Contact Details
Pont Alexandre III
Ile de France
Tel: +33 (0) 1 42 56 42 42
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