It is rue des Petits Champs, a stone’s throw from the Palais Royal, above his Chocolate Factory that Alain Ducasse has opened the Salon des Manufactures, a highly scrumptious new venue in an enchanting setting worthy of the greatest Viennese tearooms.
Once you are in and climbed up the stairs, you might feel like Sissi the Emperess. Have a seat in this muted place with flower-patterned carpet, wonderful vintage mirrors and coper baking molds are displayed as if they were announcing all the tasty things we are about to enjoy.
Facing the window looking on the Palais Royal, where writer Colette used to live, discover a short luncheon menu including two starters, four mains, four desserts. This Salon des Manufactures is the occasion for Alain Ducasse to gather all his skills in one place. One realizes each dish is served with an ice cream or sorbet made by the Manufacture de Glaces set just a few steps from here. Dish and ice cream pairings that sound convincing and bring a lot of depth, boldness and unexpectedness to each dish.
Moreover, chocolate comes to foodies’ table, for dessert, of course, as well as raw, in chocolate candies, and in the staple hot chocolate. Same for coffee served as a condiment in a dish and available at the end of the meal or for an afternoon cup of coffee with the espresso by Maison de Café Ducasse.
When we came, we enjoyed a fresh and invigorating starter based on yogurt, cucumber and mint (€12), and a starter based on lentils, red onions and finger lime (€13) in which we dipped socca chips. Delicately beautiful, covered in colorful powders and topped with oils, both starters were a gorgeous start.
Then, we went for the burnt eggplant with a black garlic and pomegranate seed condiment (€15) served with pomegranate-mint sorbet and barely cooked skipjack, prune and verbena (€18) with an almond granita of an incredibly authenticity; and the seabream ceviche with avocado and basil (€16), served with a green apple-basil-lime sorbet. A very healthy-driven menu far from letting go of scrumptiousness and flavors.
Moving on to dessert, because this is the season, we went for raw and baked figs, lime and shisho (€15) and their lemon sorbet; and of course, a staple French gastronomy dessert likely to delight all cocoa fans, the 70% Peruvian origin chocolate soufflé (€13) and chocolate ice cream.
Please note the Salon des Manufactures Alain Ducasse is also open in the afternoon. From 3 p.m. one can enjoy a special menu between ice creams and chocolate from the varied manufactures of the Michelin-starred chef! On the menu, a few pastries, madeleines and hot chocolate, chocolate bonbons and a small selection of very indulging ice creams.
Dates and Opening Time
Starts 4 November 2021
Le Salon des Manufactures Ducasse
11 Rue des Petits Champs
75001 Paris 1