Roxie…? Like in Roxie Hart, the hero of the Chicago musical? Yes, indeed. This new, elegant and trendy restaurant is really named after the cabaret dancer who killed her husband and has opened in rue de Ponthieu.
This restaurant covered in red tissue pays tribute to this heroin of the Chicago Prohibition that used to party between the two World Wars.
In terms of food, at Roxie, we enjoy classics of the French gastronomy with a few American twists, everything is homemade and based on fresh produces. On the menu, we find for instance a sea bass ceviche, bourbon-flambéed lobster, pizzetta, King Crab salad, Black Angus, Mac&Cheese, a butter-roasted sea bream, a mille-feuille to share and even a pecan pie.
As a starter, we went for the gravlax salmon and whipped cream for 18euros. The fish is simply super good. Blinis served along are slightly lukewarm and it's honestly a good idea.
For main courses, we go for a classic burger (for 28euros, please!), the Roxie Burger which originality lays in the sauce: a whiskey mayonnaise, a bold but tasty mix; and for the scallops served with a Champagne emulsion and crispy vegetables (38 euros). Scallops are delicious and perfectly cooked. As for the Champagne emulsion, it's as light as a cloud... A foretaste of heaven.
Since we love good food, we order desserts. A chooclate cake with vanilla ice cream (16 euros). Delicious. As well as a rum baba (16 euros too), perfectly made and it's not simple to cook a baba.
Roxie offers a large selection of whiskeys and bourbons from Paris as well as an international wine list including all French classics. As well as a list of signature cocktais (20 euros) with indicative names (Shirley Temple, Louis Armstrong...) and with inventive recipes. The choice isn't easy but we go for the Roxie Harts (vodka grey goose, vermouth, raspberry purée, cranberry soda, cherry bitter) rather sweet and very feminine like the celebrity it pays tribute to and for the Charlie Chaplin (gin bombay sapphire, apricot liquor, lemon juice, egg white), an exquisite beverage for which we could go for all night long.
Like Roxie Hart in American cabarets, at the Parisian Roxie, one eats and drinks of course, but dances too, all night long at the rhythm of the Version Originale live band, a six-artist band with a repertoire includes classics from the 50’s to nowadays. On the menu: Aretha Fanklin, Adele, Lenny Kravitz and even Joe Cocker – to name a few. Live band often preceded in the night by a solo singer. It was the case for us. Our warm up act was a singer mastering all genres. He managed to lull and rock our night, the audience singing along with him.
Running the Roxie? The same team as for the Piaf, another restaurant bar in the 8th arrondissement: Laurent de Gourcuff and Olivier Salem who come up here with a restaurant in tribute to music hall.
As you got it, we spent an incredible night at Roxie thanks to the atmosphere with live artists, the cozy and confidential atmosphere and the very helpful staff, as well as thanks to the cocktails and the meals we enjoyed.
Even though it's rather expensive, the quality, the atmosphere and the staff require a price (at Roxie, there's even a doorman opening you the door to the bathroom!). And to be honest, you should treat you well sometimes.
Let’s face the winter cold and test this new place.
From 9 January 2019 to 29 December 2019
23 Rue de Ponthieu
75008 Paris 8
Métro Franklin D. Roosevelt (lignes 1 et 9) ou Saint-Philippe-du-Roule (ligne 9).