Plénitude, our review of Arnaud Donckele’s gourmet restaurant at Le Cheval Blanc Paris

Published by Julie M. · Published on 29 November 2021 at 14h49
Le Cheval Blanc Paris is finally opening along with Plénitude, a gourmet restaurant managed by Michelin-starred chef Arnaud Donckele. Set on the first floor of the 5-star hotel, here is – in a nutshell – what one of the greatest new restaurants this Fall 2021 has to offer.

If there is one chef hopping up and down with impatience to get back to the stove, it is Arnaud Donckele waiting for the opening of Cheval Blanc Paris and gourmet restaurant, Plénitude, scheduled on September 7, 2021. For over two years, the Michelin-starred chef – who worked at Cheval Blanc Saint-Tropez – has been working on the menu and the opening postponed many times in one of the most magnificent gems in town.

Set on the first floor of the five-star hotel with unobstructed views on the Seine “within reach”, Plénitude is an intimate place, ideal for a timeless break. The soft and bright décor with yellow and orange hues and comfortable chairs let us think this experience will be extraordinary. We already feel light, far from the Parisian hustle and bustle and the daily worries.

Awarded three Michelin stars and 19/20 by Gault & Millau, Arnaud Donckele comes to Cheval Blanc Paris and is already thinking about serving food based on seasonal and fresh ingredients, giving pride of place to short circuits and local supplies, as usual.

To take the experience to the next level, pastry chef Maxime Frédéric – young pastry genius internationally renown for his light desserts – offers to finish your delicious meal on a delightful and sweet note.

Our review:

Can a venue be a runner-up for best restaurant in Paris? If so, then Plénitude clearly is the dream candidate, so much we loved the experience.

Arnaud Donckele shakes high gastronomy up, the one that invents, surprises, and fascinates. His work on sauces (you are invited to enjoy them separately, prior to each course) sets the tone, and prepares you for an unparalleled gustatory and emotional journey.

Plenitude is also for the senses. From the Chef's table, you can smell the wonderful smells from the kitchen, you can hear the team hard at work. You can touch the magnificent raw wood of the cellar, worked very thoroughly to create this iconic custom hall. Last but not least, the relaxing decoration of the place stands out from the Seine and Paris, and will treat you to a unique moment of...plenitude.

For each detail is the fruit of a perfectly even team work, Plénitude definitely pays tribute to great cuisine in Paris and France.

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
Starts 7 September 2021

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