Destination: France: Paris
With the arrival of gifted chef Jean-François Rouquette, the Pur’Grill, at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme hotel, has become an interesting contemporary restaurant. Rouquette, former sous-chef to Philip Legendre at Taillevent, has designed a cosmopolitan menu with deep culinary roots in the most exacting techniques of French haute cuisine. Dishes include: lobster Caesar salad; steamed petit gris snails in an intriguing sauce of red radishes, for texture, and horseradish, for a racy contrast; grilled scallops with sauce of buttermilk and lovage (a brilliant way of underlining the natural sweetness in the bivalve); spit-roasted pigeon with Swiss chard and Turrón (almond brittle) butter. Desserts are scrumptious, too, including gelée of aloe vera with lychees and kumquats. Don’t be confused: to make a distinction between lunch and evening dining, the hotel calls the restaurant Les Orchidées during the day; Rouquette is in charge of lunch and dinner menus. Open daily. Métro: Opéra.
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