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In France, La Réserve Paris recently opened its second restaurant, La Pagode de Cos. Luxury Travel Advisor's Mary Winston Nicklin reports that the name is an homage to the Bordeaux wine estate Chateau Cos d’Estournel, which is owned by the hotel’s founder. The menu traces the legendary “spice route” across Asia, drawing influences from India, Chian, Japan and Vietnam in dishes by Chef Jérôme Banctel and Olivier Derenne of spice importer Comptoir des Poivres.
Sample dishes: scallops and spicy lemongrass soup; Minced beef, tapioca noodles and coriander; and Pineapple caramelized with Paï Mu Tan tea. Open daily from noon until 11 pm.
Elsewhere in Paris, the Ritz Paris opened earlier this summer with a culinary scene helmed by Chef Nicolas Sale, who won four Michelin stars at the Kilimandjaro and K2 restaurants in Courchevel. L’Espadon, the hotel’s haute-cuisine restaurant, also has a wine cellar of 50,000 bottles, with rare finds including a Château Margaux from 1904 and a cognac from 1834, Nicklin reports. Head sommelier Estelle Touzet, formerly of Le Meurice, oversees the wine menu.
Chef Patron Eric Frechon has created a French menu with several modern and imaginative twists. Highlights include the restaurant’s afternoon tea, which includes a tea sommelier to help guests find the right tea for their palate and to complement the array of sandwiches, pastries and scones. Advance booking is recommended.
To celebrate the new Michelin star the restaurant is offering a limited-time set menu with champagne.
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