Suffice to say this may be the most beautiful restaurant I have ever been in. Monsieur Bleu, the restaurant in the Palais De Tokyo (It’s kind of hard to find as there are two other eateries on site. This one is on the Avenue de New York, on the river, around the corner from the entrance to the Palais.)
French architect Joseph Dirand envisioned and shaped the space around a fictional character, Monsieur Bleu. Elegant and cultivated, mysterious and suave, Monsieur Bleu is a true bourgeois gentleman, artist, gastronome and dandy that lives simultaneously within and outside the codes of the city, culture, conventions and everyday life. The restaurant is designed as his playground – a space for lunch dates and parties and rendezvous.
The design here is classic Dirand, the new Modern, with clean lines and a color palette thats grounded with black and white but way more interesting than that. Subtle grays, greens and coppers are layered together. (A great way to do color is to layer the same color in different shades over it self.) Look at the floors – in the bar area it is green marble, but in the dining, it is white oak punctuated by black marble. Look how high those ceilings are. Seriously everything about this room was so french, so modern, so clean and so beautiful. It’s Art Deco minimalist glamour at its finest. Despite how “fancy” the space is, its actually quite comfortable and casual to be in. Its largely unadorned so it doesn’t feel stuffy at all.
The food was also SO GOOD! I took some of these on my iPhone, and I supplemented with photos by Adrian Dirand, the interiors photographer who is also Joseph’s father. They are below. The views are of the Eiffel tower. Also, museums in Paris are open at night, so you can go after dinner.
Opening hours :
Everyday from 12pm to 2am
T. (+33) 1 47 20 90 47
Terrace open from May to September
A la carte between 30€ and 50€
Lunch (except weekends) : 25€ or 30€
Valet parking service: 20, avenue de New York 75116 Paris