The renewal of Maison Fournaise, Chatou’s Ile des Impressionnistes restaurant

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Published by My B. · Photos by My B. · Published on 1 June 2022 at 12h41
Maison Fournaise – the guinguette that inspired Renoir’s “Luncheon on the Boating Party” – rises again with a new décor, a new chef and a new menu. Treat yourselves to a bucolic break by the water.

Set a few minutes from Paris, on the Ile de Chatou – also known as the Ile des Impressionnistes – the Maison Fournaise restaurant is an iconic venue rising again after 2 years of works thanks to Olivier Maurey – president of Ludéric group – and Stéphane d’Aboville – the new chef.

Although the exterior is still highly charming, the restaurant enjoys a new indoor design. For the décor, the spaces have been renovated in order to keep the spirit of the place which building is listed as historic monument. One discovers a brighter dining room in an modern Art Deco ambiance.

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About 150 seats indoor and about a hundred outdoor on the terrace are available. On sunny days, get a seat on the covered terraces with unobstructed views on the Seine.

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Chef Stéphane d’Aboville – living in Chatou and in love with the place – gives a new lease of life to the kitchen of this place packed with history. After working in the kitchens of the Bristol as Eric Fréchon’s sous-chef, and working for 11 years in the kitchen of the Mini Palais, chef Stéphane d’Aboville keeps from his past experiences the precision of taste and serves a new menu with traditional but updated recipes.

Maison Fournaise menu:

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On the menu then, fried smelts with parsley, rabbit terrine and frogs’ legs. As for us, we got the seared bluefin tuna served horseradish and fennel ice cream. A great dish mixing the roundness of tuna and the peps of horseradish to arouse the taste buds. As for my partner, they got the tasty semi-cooked duck foie gras with artichoke, a great blend.

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As for mains, enjoy the traditional beef tartare, creamy zucchini risotto and veal’s kidneys. We got the red wine zander matelote with button mushrooms, and the exquisite pork belly grilled with herbs, brilliantly uplifted with mustard condiment and beetroot for a perfect sweet-savory pairing and some homemade mashed potatoes.

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Then, let us move on to cheeses and desserts. Get the Coffee and gourmet desserts or the Chocolat noir croquant in espuma and sorbet with bitter orange core that is a real show when hot chocolate is poured over to unveil the iced heart.

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Note the restaurant provides the daily special: starter + main or main + dessert for €28, and €35 for the starter, main and dessert menu. Children can enjoy the €12 menu mixing chicken, tartare sauce and fries, chocolate brownie and Stracciatella ice cream.

For the record, Maison Fournaise is Alphonse Fournaise’s wife iconic inn who was a boater in Chatou. Renoir, Degas, Monet, Courbet and Manet have all been there. These major impressionist painters from the late 19th century all made of the Ile de Chatou – or Ile des Impressionnistes – their favorite source of inspiration. This guinguette was the place for the great society of painters and writers like Maupassant or even Flaubert.

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Today, the place houses the new restaurant and the Musée Fournaise displaying exhibitions about contemporary art movements from the impressionist era. It also keeps a collection about the history of the house and the golden age of the Seine riverbanks.

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Shall we treat ourselves to a beak in the heart of impressionist inspiration?

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From 1 June 2022 to 1 June 2025

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    Location

    undefined Ile des Impressionnistes
    78400 Chatou

    Recommended age
    For all

    Official website
    www.maisonfournaise.com

    Booking
    www.maisonfournaise.com
    01 47 59 57 30

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