Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Art and design at the Dali Restaurant of the Le Meurice in Paris

Unique chairs by the entrance to the Le Meurice

This is a framed ice canvas that people can write things on as they pass.
Someone wrote "travelife..."  ;)

In Paris last week, living a Travelife, I booked lunch for us at a favorite local institution at the Le Meurice, which is one of the city's most historic and prestigious hotels.

The Dali is a great favorite of the powerful and creative of Paris because of its location and its provenance.

A Philippe Starck sculpture by the afternoon tea buffet

The Le Meurice is very proud of its history, as it's one of the handful of grand hotels in France that can recall ties to royalty.



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HISTORY PERSONIFIED

It's been right at the center of history and action since its inception, as it is just opposite the former palace and gardens of the kings of France.

Aren't these two of the most striking chairs you've ever seen?

And now, it's a hop and a skip from the fashion districts as well as from the government areas around Elysee Palace, which is where the president of France lives.

So there are very important Parisians coming in and out of this restaurant all day.

Philippe Starck designed the following lamps for the Dali restaurant

A REAL PARISIAN INSTITUTION

So if you want a taste of the real Paris, this is quite a nice place to go.

Tourists often bypass it because the Michelin three-star Le Meurice restaurant is just next door, and the Dali serves pretty plain comfort food in comparison.

However, it's definitely good food.

Artsy stools on a carpet...


THE BEST CLUB SANDWICH 
AND HAMBURGER IN FRANCE

The prestigious Le Figaro newspaper of France chose the club sandwich of the Dali as the best in France (or something like that).

The Dali club sandwich, made famous by Le Figaro

Meanwhile the New York Times chose the hamburger of the Dali as the best in Paris.

A REALLY TALENTED PASTRY CHEF

Observe the hat and hands on top of the dessert fridge

The Dali also has the most talented patissier in town.

Pastries are very personal choices, but the pastry chef of the Le Meurice is really so good. I had the best chocolate eclair ever for dessert here last week.





ART INSPIRED BY DALI
AND CREATED BY PHILIPPE STARCK

A bar with stools made at the end of a piano

But, aside from the food, another reason to visit the Dali is the beautiful art all over the restaurant.

It's named after the great artist Salvador Dali, after all, and it was renovated by Philippe Starck, who used Dali's works as inspiration to make quirky touches here and there.

Observe the hands on the ceiling...

While waiting for our food, I walked around the restaurant to take photos of all the lovely details. Almost everything made me smile.



Someday, I hope everyone who reads this blog will see this most interesting and beautiful Paris restaurant for themselves, and have their own version of a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.



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