BIG CHANGES AT LA GRANDE MAISON, BORDEAUX
Opened in December 2014 by wine magnate Bernard Magrez, La Grande Maison offers a luxurious hotel and gastronomic experience in a stately 19th-century Bordelais mansion. (Read our first-hand review here.) The restaurant, orchestrated by Robuchon’s right-hand man, Chef Tomonori Danzaki, scored two Michelin stars in the 2016 guide. Just two weeks since the official announcement of Joël Robuchon’s departure, Bernard Magrez has revealed that Michelin three-star chef Pierre Gagnaire will take the helm starting June 24.
Already at the head of 13 restaurants around the world, Gagnaire aims to adapt the cuisine to the local economic reality, so there will be a 20-cover gastronomic restaurant alongside a more moderately priced brasserie of 45 seats. Gagnaire has expressed his desire to showcase local producers. Jean-Denis Le Bras, the Michelin two-star chef who managed Pierre Gagnaire’s Hong Kong restaurant, will take over in the kitchen at La Grande Maison.
L’ATELIER DE JOEL ROBUCHON OPENS IN SHANGHAI
The long-awaited, much-anticipated restaurant doesn’t disappoint and caters to the most sophisticated tastes. It’s classically opulent, with its signature black and red setting.
L’Ateliers de Joel Robuchon are already located in cities like Las Vegas and Singapore. Joel Robuchon’s first restaurant on the mainland couldn’t have come at a better time when the local market demands diversity, quality, creativity, and impressive dining experiences.
L’Atelier’s concept was originally inspired by Robuchon’s experience in Japan. The concept combines small plates and dining at the bar. The highlight of the dining space is a teppanyaki surrounded by 32 seats in the signature open kitchen, as well as 16 seats at the tables around, where one can watch executive chef Francky Semblat and his team cook.
The French haute cuisine star recommends the seven-course discovery menu (1,388 yuan/per person) which showcases the restaurant’s best bites. With the menu’s highlights already picked for you, all you have to do is lean back and relax.
HELENE DARROZE COMES TO HOTEL MARIA CRISTINA, SAN SEBASTIAN
Hotel Maria Cristina, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Sebastian, announced that critically-acclaimed chef, Hélène Darroze, will take up residency as a special guest chef from June 8 to October 30, 2016. The pop-up restaurant, Hélène Darroze at Hotel Maria Cristina, will bring a unique celebration of Basque Country cuisine to one of the world’s most renowned epicurean destinations.
With one Michelin star at her eponymous restaurant in Paris and two at Hélène Darroze at The Connaught, her restaurant in London, Darroze has created a style of cuisine where the finest ingredients always take precedence in her kitchen. Quality, provenance, freshness and the producers are all essential considerations for the selection criteria behind each ingredient, and the resulting dishes allow each individual element to shine. This respect for the very best produce is at the heart of the menu at Hélène Darroze at Hotel Maria Cristina, providing diners with an indelible culinary journey.
With more Michelin stars per capita than anywhere else on the planet, San Sebastian is the culinary capital of the world. Hélène Darroze at Hotel Maria Cristina will showcase a menu of pintxos (Basque Country tapas-style dishes) featuring locally-sourced, seasonal produce. Signature menu items will include oyster tartare topped with caviar jelly and served with a chilled velouté of white beans; “Black Rice” with chipirones, chorizo and manchego; duck foie gras poached in sangria wine; and Hélène’s unique interpretation of the traditional ajo-blanco or gazpacho. Sweet offerings will include the iconic Armagnac baba soaked with brandy from the Darroze family distillery.