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Monsieur Bleu at Palais de Tokyo. Photo: Adrien Dirand

Monsieur Bleu at Palais de Tokyo. Photo: Adrien Dirand

Monsieur Bleu at Palais de Tokyo. Photo: Adrien Dirand

Monsieur Bleu at Palais de Tokyo. Photo: Adrien Dirand

Monsieur Bleu at Palais de Tokyo. Photo: Adrien Dirand

Address Palais de Tokyo, 20 Avenue de New York; 75116 Paris
Neighbourhood 16th Arrondissement – Quai de Seine | See on map
Metro Iéna [M9]
Telephone +33 1 47 20 90 47
Website http://www.monsieurbleu.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Monsieur-Bleu-Palais-de-Tokyo-Restaurant/449308821803708
Price EUR 50-80
Hours Mon-Sun 12-02
Notes Terrace open May-September

Considering how offbeat its exhibitions can be, Palais de Tokyo might seem like an odd place to go for a dose of Parisian chic. Yet, the artsy museum in the 16th is exactly where you’ll find Monsieur Bleu, the most fabulous opening in the French capital in a while – and that’s without even mentioning its stunning views of the Eiffel Tower.

It’s sceney and gorgeous: Model-esque staff are decked out in bowties and Charleston dresses. Architect Joseph Dirand has brilliantly brought back the original 30s Art Deco glamour of the place. The crowd is a wonderfully eclectic mix of old and new money, tastemakers and agenda-setters, celebrities and wide-eyed tourists. This is Paris at its best.

Still it isn’t all scene and setting. OK, it actually is, but chef Benjamin Masson of Pétrus has nonetheless put together a menu that befits the diverse clientele, with dishes in every price range from American comfort foods (lobster roll, fried chicken sandwich) and French brasserie classics (steak tartare, frogs’ legs) to a full caviar and raw bar selection. Food may be secondary but it’s good.

The place is open every day of the week until two in the morning and DJs come on at night. So book a late dinner slot around 22, stay for cocktails and make a proper night out of it. Unlike the hosting art museum, the appeal of this masterpiece is wide.