La Maison Blanche – Hello Mister President!
As the theatre was built at the beginning of the 20th C, it is quite fragile nowadays, and what could be a drawback comes out to be an advantage: the restaurant has thus been built like a suspended bridge. This gives its guests a feeling of freedom which is incredible! It is also wonderful to see it, nearly floating on the buildings of the Avenue Montaigne…
The restaurant in itself has an excellent reputation. First of all, the welcoming is nice, not overwhelming; the discretion seems to be the word to define the staff. Maybe they could sometimes be a little more friendly, but their explanations are quite clear, and if you need something, they will come within a minute. We ask for a service, not for friends, so it is all right!
On the other hand, they are very helpful with the menu, and explained us for example that what is the most important for the Chefs is mixing the savors to delight all our senses. This is why all the dishes mix sweetness/sourness, softness/crunchiness and the colors. The reason of this is the Chefs are twins and always try to be complementary through different ways, especially in the cuisine. They are thus playing on contrasts and affinities.
Their cuisine is very refreshing, because made of organic products most of the time, and their inspiration comes from the South of France. There is a lot of choice, for example, you can choose as a starter the truffles, the chanterelles, or a burrata, foie gras… Everything is very tasty and looks beautiful. The fishes and meat are worth being tried because they are very well cooked and delicious; we tried the roasted burbot and the veal filet mignon. If you are still hungry, try to have a dessert such as the Vacherin à la fraise or the cheesecake which we found amazing.
It is definitely a nice place to go, for a romantic dinner above the Eiffel Tower, or for a business dinner. The wonderful view will make you forget the rest!
We loved: the cuisine, very tasty; not having to wait too long before getting the plates.
Top tip: the view, astonishing! Try to go there at lunch, the menus are quite affordable.
Location: 15 avenue Montaigne, Paris 8th – 01 47 23 55 99
Prices: at lunch, menu at 48/58EUR/person, menu “gourmet” for 69EUR/person and menu “degustation” for 110EUR/person.