This September, a gentle wind of change will drift across Places des Vosges, as Pavillon de la Reine – the most intimate 5* boutique hotel in Paris, will reveal a brand-new and long-awaited restaurant, « Anne », with Chef Mathieu Pacaud. The gourmet destination will be a new chapter in the hotel’s story, taking the guest experience to the next level, open to both hotel guests and visiting gastronomes alike.
Pavillon de la Reine is the address for those in search of discrete luxury, in the heart of Le Marais. A private hideaway on Paris’ oldest and most beautiful square, the hotel unquestionably evokes the history of 17th century Paris, with contemporary, chic interiors. All 56 rooms are individually designed and with a lush private garden courtyard, Pavillon de la Reine is one of the most magical spots in the capital.
« Anne » is a nod to the building’s history in honour of Queen Anne of Austria, after whom the hotel is named when she once graced one of its wings. A name that embodies the exclusivity and intimacy of this new space.
Menu by chef Mathieu Pacaud
Pavillon de la Reine has called on the talented and dynamic chef Mathieu Pacaud to work on a fine-dining menu that meets the requirements of a chic clientele. A Place des Vosges native, Mathieu Pacaud was immediately seduced by the idea of collaborating with Pavillon de la Reine.
The menu will evolve according to the seasons and vision of the chef, combining a rich and authentic selection of classic French dishes, with a contemporary twist – to delight the most discerning palates. Young head chef Edouard Chouteau will work under the expert counselling of Chef Mathieu Pacaud. Passionate about French cuisine, Edouard brings plenty of experience to Anne – having worked in the kitchens of Michelin-starred Le Bristol, Pierre Gagnaire and Arpège.
The restaurant will celebrate exceptional cuisine and champion seasonal ingredients: butter is sourced exclusively by the renowned Terroir d’Avenir; whilst fish, meat and vegetables are selected from producers recognised for their excellence. Beautiful dishes offer a voyage from the land and sea: with langoustines, sole meunière, Béarn poultry and Lozère lamb for mains. For dessert, the chocolate soufflé is not to be missed – a Mathieu Pacaud signature dish and a nod to Queen Anne of Austria’s passion for chocolate.
A wine list with a story to tell
Wine expert Gabrielle Vizzavona is responsible for the drinks list. Creative, passionate and unconventional, Gabrielle has immersed herself in the vineyards of more than 30 wine producing countries. Tasting more than 5,000 wines a year, this globe-trotting oenologist is constantly on the lookout for winemakers whose interesting wines she can introduce to a discerning clientele.
The winemakers on the restaurant’s list have been chosen for their sensitive approach to viticulture – perfectly in tune with the setting: the Pavillon de la Reine, a family-run hotel, full of charm and steeped in history. Many of these craftsmen, who represent the excellence of French viticulture, have been making wine for generations, working with the terroir to produce wines that reflect the very essence of their particular region. From rare vintages and bijoux wines, to the stars of tomorrow and the big names… these bottles, produced by family vineyards, are the perfect pairing for Mathieu Pacaud’s inventive cuisine.
A tailor-made room service menu is just the thing for any last-minute cravings, to be enjoyed in the hotel’s beautiful rooms and suites – including a comfort food menu with a luxurious twist – think truffle croque-monsieur, potatoes with caviar and champagne!
An intimate and magical setting, from dawn until dusk
A relaxed atmosphere is set by the restaurant’s interiors, at the hands of architect Didier Benderli (Kérylos Agency) – whose work is seen throughout Pavillon de la Reine. Comfortable seating in a mix of armchairs and banquettes feature bright and colourful upholstery fabric, in keeping with the warm atmosphere of the hotel.
The restaurant is on the ground floor, in the hotel’s private library salon, looking out onto the leafy courtyard. This elegant and warm space, filled with interiors magazines, old novels and notably the works of Victor Hugo – who once lived a couple of doors down on Place des Vosges – available for guests to dip into as they wish.
A secret hideaway in Paris
Warmer days will see guests spill out on to the sun-drenched private garden courtyard – with a backdrop of lush green ivy which covers the hotel’s historic walls. A delightful haven, hidden behind a discreet entrance on Place des Vosges, Pavillon de la Reine is a secret world away from the bustle of Le Marais.
In the winter months, guests meet in the lounge, next to the restaurant – to enjoy cocktails by the fireplace. Gabrielle Vizzavona has also worked on the bar menu, showcasing the crème de la crème of French spirits: cognac, vodka, gin, rum and whiskey – mainly produced by French micro-distilleries. A tribute to Louis XIII who favoured the trade of eaux-de-vie and inaugurated the Place des Vosges on the occasion of his engagement with Queen Anne of Austria in 1612. A lover of fine food and wine, she would have been delighted to have a restaurant named after her…
OPENING SEPTEMBER 2018
Open for lunch and dinner, Wednesday – Saturday, and for Sunday lunch
A la carte menu from 68 €
Tasting menu priced at 95€, midday and evening
To book call +33 (1) 40 29 19 19 or visit www.pavillondelareine.com