While staying at the Park Hyatt Paris Vendome, our Parisian trip was made complete by a wonderful dinner on our last night in Paris at Le Pur Restaurant.
Describing itself as a “five-star cuisine in a modern and elegant contemporary setting”, Pur Restaurant is led by Chef Jean-François Rouquette. And this wonderful establishment has been awarded a star by the Michelin Guide.
In keeping with the hotel’s overall vibe and ambience, Pur Restaurant has a very intimate and elegant setting. The first thing I noticed were the spacing between tables. They were really wide (wide enough for another table to be in between).
The table settings are laid out in a strategic way so dining customers won’t have unnecessary eye contacts with each other (those who are of course in different parties, do not know each other and are seated in different tables)
I found this to be true. The place was almost full when we were there yet it still felt very private. almost as if Zombie and I were the only ones in there. If you need to talk about something confidential, there’s no need to whisper or lower your voice. You can speak normally and believe me, the next table won’t be able to eavesdrop, and vice versa.
Similar to the restaurant (and hotel’s) surroundings, the serivce at Pur Restaurant is very efficient and customer-focused without being intrusive.
The staff are all very intuitive and go the extra mile in terms of service. Case in point, when I asked one of the staff where the restroom is, not only did he give me clear instructions, he actually waited for me (well, I only planned to know first where it is, then later go) and then walked me to the restroom. I’m quite glad that he did though, because the restroom was actually in the hotel (not inside the restaurant) and it involved a series of turns here and there.
And then I tried to walk my way back to the restaurant, I may have made just one tiny wrong turn when a staff of Park Hyatt Paris Vendome picked this up right away, and then escorted me back to Pur Restaurant. Geez, the staff here seem to have extreme ESP! I didn’t even need to ask. Well perhaps its the lost look on my face, but nevertheless it was very reassuring customer service on both Pur and Park Hyatt Vendome. Bravo 🙂
Now the meal service itself is a whole form of art on its own. The dinner was an 8-course meal and every course/plate served was done by 3 people.
One staff marches from the kitchen with a tray of the next course plate, and when he gets close enough to the table, he stops (always the same distance) and then 2 other staff promptly swoop over to take the dish and serve it to our table. It’s almost like a formal dance. And as with every formal dining service, each plate and accompanying wine is announced. With meals, the key ingredients are advised, on top of how they are cooked. With wine, where the origins are, how old it is, and why it goes well with this and that certain dish.
Now with that said, who’s ready to dine? I certainly am. Here’s looking back on the 8-course dinner meal:
My favourites among this would be the Foie Gras broth, bass with green tea, and both dessert plates 🙂
Chef Jean-François Rouquette himself later walked to every table to introduce himself and ask how we found the dinner.
It was nice to see the Chef himself who reflects about his philosophy behind his signature menu degustation:
“I like my cooking to be tasty, genuine and bear my personal stamp.When I am creative, I seek inspiration from my imagination, my personal roots, my deepest feelings.”
The dinner was certainly an amazing way for us to cap off our last night in Paris, as the city leaves fond memories not only in our hearts but in our stomachs as well 🙂
5, Rue de la Paix,
We were graciously hosted for this dinner by Park Hyatt Paris Vendome. This has not swayed my views about the experience and All opinons of the service and meal are my own.
Sam @ Travellingking.com says
Just had a similar experience at the Palazzo Versace on the Gold coast = true fine dinning.
How did the “Glazed Pigeon” taste? Would have been interesting
Jean Holy Smithereens says
Hi Sam, I’d been wanting to check out Palazzo Versace! I’ll wait for your updates on the blog and your review 🙂
I have to say the pigeon wasn’t really my favourite among the course. But then I am not a fan of dark meat any given day.