Monsieur @ Parc de St-Cloud
This was one of the highlights of our trip to Paris last week. At the recommendation of Marc and Rosanna, our Parisian side of the family, we headed into the Park St-Cloud on a balmy Friday evening.
St Cloud is a classic park overlooking Paris and was the site of an old Monastry founded by Clodoald in 560. In the late 17C, Monsieur (Louis XIV’s brother) built a chateau here by Jules Hardouin-Mansart, in the 590 hectare park which had been designed by Le Nôtre. It was the official residence of Napoleon Bonaparte, and was burned down by the Prussians in 1871, and razed to the ground in 1891. There is talk of a rebuild.
The view of the city is magnificent, the atmosphere of the park cool and haunting, and the restaurant, well I can only say I have not eaten this well in a long while, with such delicious food, with innovative and beautiful presentation. Christine (who runs the restaurant) hosted our evening, with the welcome addition of her husband Laurent to the table, we chatted and laughed (in French interspersed with Dutch and English) late into the night. I tucked into the Legumes au four, and the filet de Boeuf. And happily ate a few spoons of Marc’s Pavlova (which was to die for!). Sadly I was so overcome by the tastes and general atmosphere, I forgot to take food photo’s but the following shots give you an impression of the atmosphere.
This is the place to head to when the sun shines, but remember like Cinderella - you have to be home by midnight (or face a big fine trying to get out of the park!!)
Allée de la Grande Gerbe, Parc de St-Cloud,
Tel : 01 46 02 44 39