Mad About Paris, Much more than a guide
In the Bar of the Plaza Athénée everybody strangely looks as if they have been cast for a Paris-based episode of “Sex in the City”. Except the Indian Sikh with his black turban, sitting elegantlyat the ice-cube shaped bar. Though he would be perfect for one episode.
This is the place to be, so I’ve been told. So you better get over your nervousness and walk into the Five-Star-Palace on Avenue Montaigne as if Sarah Jessica Parker was there waiting for you.
It’s the very famous Patrick Jouin, a kind of personal designer to cooking star Alain Ducasse and trained by Philippe Starck, who designed the whole thing. The decor is an intriguing mixture: wooden panelling that dates from the time when Madame de Sévigné held her receptions mixed with artificial flames and constantly changing colours on the walls to match the sophisticated tastes of the I-generation.
Even the cocktail menu comes in a digital version: you can choose between classical drinks or the stupendous creations of bartender Thierry Hernandez like his most requested “Rose Royal” (raspberry puree with Champagne and three other secret ingredients he won’t reveal). Or go for the “flower power”, the completely alcohol-free famous potion that’s also sold at “Colette” and the “Grande Épicerie” of the “Bon Marché” in a packaging designed by Ora-Ito. Sounds like name-dropping but everything is meant to be top-class here. Like the prices. 29 Euros for glass of Billecart-Salmon Rosé Champagne? You definitely don’t go there to get drunk.