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Did you try eating in a castle ?

Dinner in a Castle ? Yes, of course !

In the Casa Loma Castle, the Blueblood Steakhouse open its doors every evening for dinner.

You will dine in manor-like designed rooms, elegant and chic. Surely you will notice the presence of some anachronistic artwork, like Dali or Warhol, which make a very interesting contrast. Far from being repetitive, each of the rooms has a different ambience.

You will certainly find something to your taste in their extensive cocktail list as well as in their impressive wine collection in which figures our Masson-Blondelet Pouilly-Fumé Villa Paulus. As Nick Di Donato said, they took their time in order “to create one of the most spectacular wine lists in the city.”2

Such diversity permits to find the perfect pair to go with the menus, always presenting high quality ingredients. In their selection of meat, you will find classics and pieces from around the world, like their Wagyu beef from the United States, Australia or Japan. The menu also have its share of fish and seafood : beet-cured salmon, tuna tartare, oysters and king crab.

The atmosphere, the serving, the refined plates, everything is here to make you feel precious !

You can see here from left to right, the chef de grille Eddie Chung, the corporate executive chef & vice president operations Michael Ewing, and the chef de cuisine Meagan Andrews. The team also counts Natalie Pope, sommelier and wine director and Oliver Stern, bar manager and famous mixologist.

When people come here they can appreciate the artwork, the history of Casa Loma and of course, the culinary experience2 — Nick Di Donato

 

Sources (Text and photos) : 1 http://www.bluebloodsteakhouse.com/; 2 https://dolcemag.com/general-interest/restaurant/blueblood-toronto-classic-steakhouse/25725 ; https://torontolife.com/food/restaurants/whats-menu-blueblood-humongous-new-steakhouse-casa-loma/ ; http://www.dinemagazine.ca/2018/02/dine-now-blueblood-steakhouse/#more-20864

Information :

BlueBlood Steakhouse : Casa Loma – 1 Austin Terrace, Toronto ON M5R 1X8

Sunday – Wednesday 5pm – 12midnight (kitchen closes at 11pm)
Thursday – Saturday 5pm – 1am (kitchen closes at 11pm) Telephone: +1.416.353.4647

 

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Pouilly-Fume, Sancerre and Globetrotter !

Le Versance - DevantureThis is a “master stroke“1 for Samuel Cavagnis, who opened his own restaurant ten years ago. Located near the Place de la Bourse, in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris, Le Versance is today awarded with 2 toques Gault & Millau.

All the team warmly welcomes you in this “intimate and elegant setting”2 where “exposed beams and stain-glassed windows”2 coexist with design furniture. A “romantic and chic” atmosphere, perfect for an intimate dinner for two. However, nothing stops you from enjoying the “simple and refined cuisine” 3 of the Chef for other events : the lounge dedicated to apéritif lends itself to evenings with friends whereas the private lounge upstairs will be more appropriate for business lunches. During summer, you could also enjoy the sun on the elegant terrasse located in the pedestrian street.

In the kitchen, the Chef Samuel CavagnisLe Versance - Chef Samuel Cavagnis offer you globetrotters’ dishes. Effectively, this one travelled all over the world during several years – from Chicago to Vietnam, through Australia, Lebanon or even Taiwan3 – to meet worldwide cultures and flavors. And after his “atypical career shaped from all corners of the world”2, he finally decided to settle in Paris. Now, he creats dishes with “French roots tinted of exotism”4, between modern and tradition.

Le Versance - Salle du Haut

Endowed with an remarkable cellar, Le Versance also proposes you more than 120 references, “from exceptional grand Crus to suprising wines”3. And now, you can find on the wine list our Pouilly-Fumé Les Pierres de Pierre and Les Angelots as well as our Sancerre Rouge Thauvenay. These wines will perfectly match the “sensitive and inventive cuisine”2 of the Chef Cavagnis : Blue lobster rosted with curry and its sauce with Vin Jaune, Calf sweetbreads and its stilton cake and pears with spices, or even a fantastic dessert offering a variety of apples nuances4.

The favourite quote of the Chef Samuel Cavagnis : “Inviting someone is taking care of his hapiness during all the time he is in your household.” (Brillat-Savarin).

Le Versance - Plats (Large)

Sources (Text and photos) : 1Guide Michelin, 2 lafourchette.com, 3leversance.fr, 4Gault & Millau

Information :

Le Versance – 16, rue Feydeau – 75002 PARIS – 01 45 08 00 08

Open from Tuesday to Friday from 12:00 to 2:00 pm and from 8:00 to 10:00 pm, and on Saturday from 7:30 to 10:00 pm.

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Hachette Guide 2017 : our Pouilly-Fumé awarded…

Couverture Guide Hachette 2017Last week, the Hachette Guide 2017 has been published and this year, our Pouilly-Fumé Villa Paulus 2014 has been awarded as well as our new cuvee Pouilly-Fumé Le Clos du Château Paladi , the Coup de Coeur of the year 2017, with the following wine-tasting notes :

Pouilly-Fumé Le Clos du Château Paladi 2014 Etoile Hachette 2Etoile Hachette 2Coup de Coeur Hachette 2

Label Pouilly-Fumé Château Paladi 2014“The Masson-Blondelet Family […] creates a wonderful Pouilly-Fumé made from a plot of old vines located in the heart of the village, on which is built the Château Paladi. In the glass, this wine presents a beautiful floral composition (rose, poeny), embellished by vegetal touches and peach bush notes. Very harmonious, the palate associates intensity and elegance to perfection.”

Ageing : 2016-2021. To pair with roasted scallops.

Pouilly-Fumé Villa Paulus 2014 Etoile Hachette 2

“This cuvee is called with the Roman name of Pouilly-Sur-Loire and pays tribute to the great-grand-father Paul. A very fruity wine with a touch of candied fruits (pear, orange, passion fruit), round and concentrated on an acidulous basis which brings firmness.”

Ageing : 2016-2020. To pair with tagliettes with goat cheese.

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Pouilly-Fume Villa Paulus at the Maison Rostang**

What could be better than a cuisine history that continues? The gastronomic restaurant of Michel Rostang, created in 1978 became today the double-starred Maison Rostang, where now four hands cook to delight our taste buds.

Portrait Michel Rostang - Nicolas BeaumannThe establishement gathers the Chef Michel Rostang, whose “cuisine gradually became in line with the greatest tables”1 and its acutal Chef, Nicolas Beaumann. For Michel Rostang, son, grandson and great-grandson of Chefs, gastronomy is a family business. Moreover, this one has learned the job in the most famous restaurants – Lasserre et Lucas-Carton in Paris or even Pierre Laporte in Biarritz. Together, they continue “great classics and contemporary creations”2 through refined plates made from raw and seasonal products.

These flavoured dishes perfectly match “nectars from the restaurant’s cellar”4. The wine list contains no less than 1300 references – 50.000 bottles carefully selected by Michel Rostang and his loyal Sommelier Alain Ronzatti, for who wine is a pleasure rather than an emotion. Thus, we can find “pearls of winemaking arts”3 but also wines from all the regions of the world such as our Pouilly-Fume Villa Paulus 2014, harvested on Kimmeridgian marls.

Then, you could combine it with some specialities such as the croque with Truffles, the soufflé of pike quenelle and its lubster sauce or even the poached Foie gras in a well-seasoned soup, with spring vegetables, sesame oil, mint and wild thyme4. In dessert, the crunchy cigare made of Tabacco from Havana, mousseline of Hennessy Cognac and Marsala ice cream has already made the success of the establishment.

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« More than a gourmet break, a rendez-vous of aesthetes ! », Guide Michelin 2016

Salon Robj - Maison Rostang

Four private rooms are available to customers in that “luxurious and unsual”1 decor : the Salon Art nouveau, Lalique, Robj ou Art contemporain3… All are embellished by amazing art collections selected by Michel Rostang himself. As you can imagine, the Chef is passionate about beautiful objects. And to honour this intimist place, be aware that formal dress is required!

 

Sources (Texte et photos) : 1 Guide Michelin 2017 ; 2 lesgrandestablesdumonde.com ; 3 maisonrostang.com ; 4 lafourchette.com ; 5 Elle Magazine.

Information :

La Maison Rostang, 20 Rue Rennequin, 75017 PARIS – +33(0)1 47 63 40 77

Open from Monday night to Friday noon from 12:30 to 2:00 pm and from 7:30 to 10:00 pm.

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Pouilly-Fume Villa Paulus and Basque Cuisine

Axuria, it means milk-fed lamb in Basque… And it is no coincidence that the chef and owner, Olivier Amestoy named his Parisian restaurant like that : the Basque Country is where he comes from!

Axuria

In 2011, after 8 years as a Chef, he decided to take over the restaurant he worked for, formerly known as La Chaumière. Today, a natural atmosphere prevails at Axuria, decorated with clear and bright colours – nuances of beige and blue – embellished  with pebbles and pieces of driftwood. The entire place is an invitation to relax and pleasure.

Axuria - EntréeAlso in the plate you will find gourmet Axuria - Entréedishes. Noble fishes have the place of honour –  Red Mullet or St Jacques scallops – the Chef Olivier Amestoy always chooses them with “experience, taste and knowledge”1. Concerning meats, he prefers those from the Basque Country – duck, beef or veal « blonde d’aquitaine »1. But first, he uses only high quality and local products, following the seasons to offer you an authentic and generous cuisine, influenced by coast flavours and “Basque terroir”2.

Axuria - Plat viandeCreative, he revisits classic dishes for Axuria - Souffléyour “eyes and taste buds delight”1. Besides, the establishment has been awarded with one Toque Gault &Millau. Then, you can enjoy small foie gras and truffles raviolis served with boletus cream sauce and a bass fillet accompanied with a creamy risotto. And finally, the unforgettable specialities of the restaurant : the roasted milk-fed lamb with garlic and thyme, and the Grand Marnier soufflé as a dessert.

« Flirting with the spirit of the times, without forgetting tradition »3, these creative dishes will perfectly matched our Pouilly Fumé Villa Paulus 2014, now available in this restaurant.

Sources (text and photos) : 1 www.axuria-restaurant.fr ; 2 www.gaultmillau.fr ; 3 www.gillespudlowski.com ; www.restaurant.michelin.fr.

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Pouilly-Fume Pierres de Pierre at Magnolias

Two years have passed since Les Magnolias - DevanturePierre-Henri Morel and Jean Morel took over the Magnolias, renowned restaurant in Perreux-Sur-Marne, East of Paris.

In this gastronomic adventure, the young Chef Pierre-Henri Morel is accompanied by his father, Jean Morel. Previously hotel manager for the Accor Group, he wanted to give his son a little help by offering him to run the Magnolias.

However, it is not easy to succeed starred Chef Jean Chauvel, who “turned this suburban table into an institution, a place full of gastronomic discoveries”1. But, for the Chef Pierre-Henri Morel, the star of his predecessor is not an obsession. First, the father-son duo tries to maintain the renown of the establishment as well as its cuisine. And it is already done as the restaurant is actually awarded by 3 toques Gault & Millau.

Les Magnolias - SalleMost of the team continues to operate in welcoming the finest gourmets in this “refined and chic setting” 2. In this cosy atmosphere, velvet seat covers and woodwork are appropriate. Besides, the elegance of the place lends itself to temporary exhibitions of painters and sculptors that are regularly settled in the main room.

In the kitchen, the Chef Pierre-Henri Morel busies himself so that customers could enjoy a “sincere cuisine”1 made of creative, visually appealing and delicious dishes. Indeed, the Chef, who worked previously in famous restaurants such as le Crillon or la Plaza Athénée, is attentive to the presentation he gives to his Asian-influenced plates3 and makes sure to use high-quality products coming from Ile de France region. For this, he selects his providers in Rungis “through a meeting and a trust-based partnership of excellence”4.

« Pierre Henri Morel knows how to make chic and spectacular without forgetting flavours », Gault & Millau 2016.

Les Magnolias - Plats

For the wine, a young sommelier has joined the team : Mickaël Haelling, who worked before at l’Atelier de Joël Robuchon. This one continues add wines of vignerons indépendants to the 230 references of the cellar but also organic wines1 and makes sure that there is at least one wine of each French regions. Today, our Pouilly-Fumé Pierres de Pierre 2014 has been selected to complete the restaurant cellar. Thus, you can combine it with crayfishes “Pattes rouges”, with orange-perfumed baby carrots or a crunchy semi-cooked tuna with Japanese plums, young vegetables and nettle exctractions4. And for the finest gourmets, the best is to let the Chef leading you with his Menu Découverte.

Sources (text and photos) : 1 Gault & Millau 2016 ; 2 lafourchette.com ; 3 Guide Michelin 2016 ; 4 lesmagnolias.com ; 5 leparisien.com

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Pouilly-Fume Villa Paulus at the Auberge du Père Bise

Actually centenarian, the Auberge du Père Bise had become through the years a key place of the French gastronomy. Created in 1903 by François and Marguerite Bise, this family institution maintains its “sweet life” in the village of Talloires.

Auberge du Père Bise

Père BiseToday, the Chefs Charlyne and Sophie Bise, last members of the family, and their team welcome you in a unique place in the banks of Lake Annecy . Having lunch in a summer garden with an exceptionnal view on water or having dinner by the fireside? The choice is yours…

 

After one century of culinary traditions, the establishment has lost none of its renown and keeps maintaining its Michelin star. Here, “elegance and simplicity” are the watchwords. Sophie BiseA traditional ambience, as well as the search of excellence prevail. In the kitchen, the Chef Sophie Bise ensures that authenticity is kept while imposing her personal touch. Creative, this one proposes refined dishes on the menu, realised with regional and local products, in the respect of seasons. The menu “conformed with her taste and aspirations” is a genuine “invitation to pleasure and tasting”. “I want people to find emotional values of past generations. But I can’t renounce to my personnality and desirs by bringing boldness and creativity”3 , she reveals to Relais&Chateaux.

Guide Michelin 2016 : And in the plate, the great classicism competes with modernity, with delicacy, flavour and precision.”

Père Bise Plats

Père Bise RestaurantConcerning wine, the Auberge du Père Bise provides a list of wines from “an exceptionnal cellar”2 composed of “historical crus”2 as well as regional wines and from now on, of our Pouillly-Fumé Villa Paulus 2013, that you can combine with a steamed Wild Turbot or a Crayfish of ‘our lakes’, in Marguerite Bise’s style.

 

Sources (text and photos) : 1 : www.lafourchette.com ; 2 : www.perebise.com ; 3 : www.relaischateaux.com ; www.iloveemotion.com.

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Our Sancerre Thauvenay White and Redin a 5-star Hotel

What about enjoying our Sancerre Thauvenay White and Red on a terrace in the shade of a pine, lulled by the chirping of cicadas ?

Now, this is possible in “one of the pearls of St-Tropez”1, the Benkirai Hotel, actually awarded 5 stars on the Michelin Guide.

This “authentic Mediterranean architecture”1 houses an interior, entirely designed in a contemporary style by the famous French designer Patrick Jouin. Hence, “Provençal tradition and modernity” perfectly match together. Refined lines, marine colours, made-to-measure furniture… The all interior tempts you to rest. And the same applies to the exterior, where you can enjoy a fabulous view on the Mediterranean landscape.Benkiraï Plats

In the kitchen, the Chef Bilal Amrani will delight you presenting this year a menu with sunny flavours, marked by Mediterranean influences. Since 2015, the former chef of the Sivolière, Courchevel or the Messardière or the Bistrot à la Truffe, St-Tropez signs a delicious, healthy and coloured cuisine. And now, you can combine a gilthead seabream, a grilled lobster ‘a la plancha’ or a risotto with our Sancerre Thauvenay White 2014 or enjoy a carpaccio, a grilled meat with our Sancerre Thauvenay Red 2012.

You can also enjoy the numerous leisure activities suggested by the Hotel : massages, cosmetic cares, heated pool…  And if you want to visit around, be aware that the Hotel is located near the centre of St-Tropez, not far away from the Pampelonne and Salins beaches.

 

Sources (text and photos) : 1 : www.hotel-benkirai.com ; 2 : www.voyageprive.com ; Magazine Pure Saint-Tropez, Août 2015, Carine Roux