Hotel management schools’ training restaurants are a great deal to enjoy affordable and gourmet cuisine, while helping students to get trained. Today, let us share a favorite location, only open for lunch, and set by Clichy-la-Garenne, by the Saint-Ouen metro set on the line 14.
First, you see the glazed building of the Luxury Hotelschool hotel management school. The only clue, a sign displaying the price of the starter, main, dessert menu for €28. Inside, you simply have to say you have a reservation at the Le Charles. From there, you will be ushered to this hidden restaurant. You will be offered to let your belongings to the cloak room before being walked to your table. And this is where the surprise starts!
You will discover a trendy setting designed by DUNES Architectes that worked in many major venues in Paris, like the renovation of the George V hotel spa, the rehabilitation of the musée Carnavalet and even the Citizen M by the Gare de Lyon. For the Le Charles, DUNES has recreated the atmosphere of a gourmet restaurant new generation. A clear herringbone wood floor, peacock blue walls covered in perforated panels and golden pipes reminding us of an organ. Maybe this is a way to remind the life of a restaurant or a hotel is enlivened by an ensemble of talents working harmoniously to enable guests to have a good time.
Every day, you are served a unique menu. When booking, you are invited to specify allergies so an alternative can be available. Recipes are created by a teacher-chef and the preparation of dishes is completed by students. As for drinks, you can even enjoy wines for a cellar price, selected by Tieng Ma, the manager of the Le Charles. When we came, we discovered a menu created by Paul Pracisnore including creations mixing Asian and Reunion inspirations.
Please note that in addition to the starter, main, dessert set menu, the menu also includes a hearty appetizer. As for us, we got the soft-boiled egg laying on golden and buttery white bread and topped with crunchy bacon. Then, the starters were served. And to be honest, we loved everything!
The scallop carpaccio topped with avocado tartare, covered in sesame seeds and passion fruit. When tasting, we even got a hint of vanilla to enhance it all. At the same time, we also tasted some very smooth beef tataki glazed with revisited soy sauce and wasabi mash, but without the spice: so good.
The culinary journey went on with main courses and the Rossini beef with pan-fried foie gras, served with Bordelaise sauce, toasted white bread and mini-eggplants. This iconic dish revisited by Paul Pracisnore is surprisingly lighter than usual, while being terribly scrumptious. Another great recipe that can be enjoyed at the Le Charles, the cod and green curry sauce with coconut milk served with mini-eggplants and zucchinis. A balanced dish for this flavorsome lunch break!
Well, we definitely loved our break at the Le Charles, and even desserts! The latter were rather hearty, and we can say this affordable menu has been made well-profitable! We finished the lunch on a sweet note with a lovely red berry pavlova garnished with whipped cream. Another dessert, a fruit salad that has nothing common, covered in chocolate lace we gladly smashed open, served with kiwi sorbet for a flavorful pairing.
Careful though, although the Le Charles sounds like a good deal, you must go in a benevolent approach and be understanding in case of awkwardness. This restaurant is first and foremost a way for students to train and improve themselves, so let us encourage them in their passion! Meet from mid-October to mid-March to discover this fantastic and hidden gem!
Alcohol abuse is bad for your health, please drink responsibly.
This test has been carried out as part of a business invitation. If your experience is different from ours, please let us know in the comments.
Dates and Opening Time
From 18 October 2021 to 18 March 2022
Ecole Supérieure d’Hôtellerie de Paris - Le Charles
76 Rue Villeneuve
Métro ligne 13 station "Mairie de Clichy", RER C station "Gare de Saint-Ouen"
Formule entrée plat dessert: €28
Ouvert uniquement le midi en semaine