Restaurant Maison Blanche
Restaurant Maison Blanche
The world-renowned Théâtre des Champs Elysées is quietly perched on 15 Avenue Montaigne in Paris, as if not being aware of the sunrise and sunset, nor the ever-changing clouds across the sky. It is only when there is an opera performing that a little bit of noises can be heard in this neighborhood. Next to the theater’s gate on one side, there is one unassuming small door. Only the ones carefully searching for it would know that this is the entrance to the celebrated Michelin-starred Parisian restaurant – Maison Blanche (The White House).
After entering this small door, guided by a courteous waiter, we first walked through a dimly lit corridor, and then at the end of the corridor, we took an elevator ride to the sixth floor. There is a saying in Chinese: “the winding path leads to a secluded enchanting view”. Initially, we imagined that this “White House” should be immersed in a dark and mysterious atmosphere. However, when the restaurant actually presented itself in front of our eyes, it was entirely different from the ambiance of the entrance – the restaurant was spacious and well-lit. The wall that would have prevented the diners from appreciating the City of Lights’ spectacular view was replaced by a large bay window, which was bright, natural yet elegant, low-key and very neat. The window resembled a large movie screen showing the entire Paris to the diners, who were laughing and talking jovially.
People familiar with the Parisian restaurant scene would know how hard to come by such spaciousness in restaurants. Here, the dining space had been divided into upper and lower levels. The bay window on the lower level was overlooking the entire portion of Paris southeast to the Champs Elysées. Over the distance, there stood the famed Hôtel des Invalides and Tour Montparnasse. The upper level of the restaurant featured a color-changing bar, which enabled the restaurant to start its fashionable scene at night. If you dine on an outdoor terrace, then the Eiffel Tower on the other side of the Seine would be within your touch. After sunset, the entire tower would be lit up with flashing lights for the first 10 minutes of every hour, adding color to the fine cuisine and the visage opposite to you. One has to admit that this restaurant is endowed with a unique geographical location.
In the restaurant, the proper distance was maintained between tables, so the guests could fully enjoy this comfortable and intimate environment. White tablecloths hung from the roundtables; there were candles and flower petal decorations on the tables; glasses of different types, knives and forks were neatly arranged on both sides of the printed plates. The restaurant staff’s attentiveness was revealed everywhere.
Excellent wine and dainty food, wine glasses going gaily around... every single dish on the table was a work of art. The clean-colored fresh ingredients emitted a glistening flare. They were indeed “great delicacies on jade platters”. Inside the dishes, there were unimaginable fresh flavors with amazing combinations of different tastes. The dishes were light without being insipid. The vegetables’ smell of grass had been ingeniously disposed of. Then the vegetables were mixed with sauces smelling of special aromas, to go with orange-colored plump shrimp. The appropriate amount of fresh saltiness and a little bit of sweet-and-sourness exhibited abundant layers of taste in the mouth, overflowing with happiness. Step by step, people could not resist but to become a loyal patron of Maison Blanche.
This is the so-called French high-quality gastronomy (Haute Gastronomie Française). A dish of dainty delicacies or a side dish, for which a chef has racked his brains, is just an exquisite little bit. From the appetizer to the entrée, from the main course to the dessert, after four courses and six dishes, your stomach would still not be completely filled. There is always a little room left, a little bit unsatisfied for you to look forward to an “encore”. This is like our case. After having enjoyed a Maison Blanche feast, we are still mesmerized in its infinite aftertaste.
This hugely popular restaurant belongs to the Michelin-starred chefs – twins Jacques and Laurent Pourcel. With the mindset of “making ourselves happy from making the diners happy”, they tirelessly study and develop an innovative French cuisine based on the Mediterranean flavors. From one single restaurant named Le Jardin des Sens in southern France, today, the twin chefs’ upscale dining restaurant group has expanded to 20 restaurants on three continents, including places such as Paris, Geneva, Dubai and Shanghai. The Shanghai-based restaurant is named Maison Pourcel and calling the historic building Red House home. It has become a favorite of the celebrities from mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Address: 15 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 - Paris
Phone: 01 47 23 55 99
Hours: Monday to Friday: 12 noon to 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday to Sunday: 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.