Loulou — Paris, France
Such was the success of Monsieur Bleu in Paris’ Palais de Tokyo, that restaurateur Gilles Malafosse and architect Jospeh Dirand have paired up once again, this time for the launch of a new dining concept in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs.
Located in the former space of the somewhat unremarkable Saut du Loup restaurant, the two-level eatery has been designed to resemble the personal dining room of a decorative arts collector. As such, the lower level - which has been divided into a series of salons - is inspired by the seventies, while upstairs makes the most of the light-filled space with an 18th century slant and a French Art Deco twist. This is all bound together by iconic furnishings including Eero Saarinen Tulip chairs and Philippe Anthonoiz lighting.
The kitchen meanwhile, rolls out an uncomplicated French-Italian ‘riviera’ menu including baked rosé veal carpaccio, asparagus risotto or linguine with fresh clams. And with views overlooking the Tuileries Gardens, the Louvre Pyramid and the Eiffel Tower, it seems the Musée des Arts Décoratifs finally has a destination restaurant befitting of its stature.