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My love-hate relationship (mostly love) with Paris is not known too many. It is a city that has brought me incredible bad luck that it is almost impossible for me to go there without anything crazy happening. Those stories, however, are reserved for my book. Let's just say I can give the Talented Mr. Ripley a run for his money. Seriously.
For now, I will be talking about my favorites during my pre-specialty board exam trip in Europe. First one is all about dining with a view at L'Oiseau Blanc, Paris's hottest dining destination. It is located on the 6th floor of the newly-restored and ultra-luxurious Peninsula Paris -- a stunning 1928 Haussmanian building near Champs Elysees.
L'Oiseau Blanc is an aviation-themed French restaurant with a 360-degree view of Paris and its most famous structure, of course. Acclaimed Alsatian Chef Sidney Rebel is at the helm of this beautiful restaurant. He once worked for celebrated Chef Pierre Gagnaire before transferring to Avenue Kléber. Booking a table was not that hard as I thought but it would still be advisable to book at least 3-4 weeks ahead (I made a personal booking the night before. That meant I was there physically to secure everything). If you want the best table in the house, make sure you get Table number 17. It is the perfect setting for a special romantic evening in Paris. You will not go wrong with any table though.
The Veal from Limousin was special - exceptionally succulent and tender (I had more photos of the food in my phone but it crashed recently).
The gorgeous desserts lived up to my expectations as well. Executive Pastry Chef Julien Alvarez is the man behind all these beautiful and decadent treats. The first one I got was the Chocolate Star. The praline and macae ice cream were the perfect ending for lunch. I also recommend the signature L'Envol -- a beautiful cake with a propeller on top of it. It is basically chocolate biscuit and custard, raspberry sorbet and hazelnut streusel.
During summer, you can could have a fabulous brunch in the terrace with a panoramic view of Paris.
Aside from the food and views, the highlight of this restaurant is a replica of L'Oisseau Blanc, the plane that Charles Nungesser and Francois Coli used as they attempted to cross the Atlantic Ocean in 1927.
L'Oiseau Blanc is certainly one of the best palace hotel restaurants in Paris now. It hasn't earned its Michelin starts yet but I wouldn't be surprised if it will one day.
L'Oiseau Blanc (Hotel Peninsula Paris)
19 Avenue Kléber, 75116 Paris, France
Hours: Lunch 12:00 (noon) - 2:30 PM
Dinner 7:00 PM - 1030 PM
Bar/Terrace 12:00 PM - 1:30 AM