If I was to sum up Le Dalí, I would say it is a restaurant where Parisian, gorgeous opulent and quirky decor meets fabulous dreamy food, under the helm of executive chef Jocelyn Herland and desserts (which I was most excited by) orchestrated by pastry chef Cédric Grolet.
I had seen many of Cédric’s creations on instagram and was so excited to be able to finally try them. To add to the wow factor, the menu at Le Dalí has been created by one of the greatest chefs there is – Alain Ducasse.
On our recent trip to La Ville Lumière (City of Light as Paris is fondly known), we made the decision to dine at Le Dalí at literally the spur of the moment. We had originally decided that we would dine at a classic French Bistro, but as we walked past the grand exteriors of Le Meurice, on our way to the Tuileries Garden on rue de Rivoli, we suddenly changed our minds and wanted a fine dining experience, where we could dress up. We were in Paris after all!
As we walked in to the hotel towards the restaurant, we kept our fingers crossed that they would have a table available that evening for 2 – and we were in luck! Plans were quickly switched and the bistro became our lunch venue instead whilst we counted down the hours to have dinner at Le Dalí.
The quirky interiors are a tribute to Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí, one of the most outstanding artists of the 20th century, and one I have had a keen interest in lately, having seen his work exhibited at a dear friend’s house.
As we sat down, we were blown away by the beauty of the dining room. Very Parisian, chic and very fancy! Although it was so lavish, we felt so at ease and the service was excellent.
We had some bubbles to start, as it had been a warm sunny day, and decided what to order from the menu.
Whilst we waited, a lovely gentleman brought over a selection of breads to choose from. I went for Focaccia whilst Aftab went for Olive bread. What was awesome, was that as soon as we finished he was back again offering us more. Bottomless bread is the real deal!
French butter is also my favourite and I loved the presentation of the butter at Le Dali. Aftab is not a massive butter fan and so I had no shame in devouring it all by myself.
The menu we were choosing from was themed around flavours from the Mediterranean and really fascinating.
For starters, I fancied the Patatas Bravas, and when they arrived I was mind blown. Firstly, on appearance, they didn’t look like your ordinary Patatas Bravas. These looked like little shots and were filled with black mayonnaise, cognac and aioli. I ate each one as a whole and the explosion of flavours in my mouth totally mirrored a patatas bravas. It was incredible.
Aftab went for Beef carpaccio which looked stunning and presented beautifully. It was topped with pine nuts and greens and served on a gorgeous glass plate.
Both Aftab and I had been in Tuscany the week prior and so both eyed up the more Italian sounding mains. They had such interesting flavour combinations and we were super excited.
I chose the Gorgonzola cheese gnocchi with delicate green pea and fava bean cream.
It was comfort food at its best and so satisfying! The gnocchi literally melted in my mouth and had a wonderful texture.
Aftab went for Green asparagus “raviolotti” with Parmesan and lemon velouté, which was indeed a dreamy velvety sauce with a little zest.
Both really happy we were determined to try Cédric Grolet’s desserts. I am choux girl and so I went for the Peanut Paris-Brest. This was just everything I dreamt of. Trust me deciding on a dessert was one of the most difficult choices of the evening as the server brought over a tray lined with the evening’s selection and they all looked spectacular.
Aftab is a huge lemon fan and I know this having dined with him several times, and so it was absolutely no surprise to me that he selected the Lemon tart.
After dessert we were spoilt rotten with some lovely petit fours and after that, all full and happy, we headed back to our hotel, the Westin Paris Vendôme to watch the Eiffel Tower twinkle in the alluring Parisian night sky.