Since the reopening of the restaurants, several brands have appeared, to our great pleasure. If the 16th district of Paris abounds in cultural and tourist places, we also find there small culinary nuggets. Acumen takes stock of the new restaurants, from the square in front of the Palais de Tokyo to the Trocadero!
Le Bambini, or the excellence of Italian cuisine
La dolce vita, you dreamed of it, here it is! With the arrival of Bambini, a restaurant of Paris Society, Italy is invited to the Palais de Tokyo. With this new and slightly crazy project, Laurent de Gourcuff, founder of the group, and Romain Taieb, ex-director of Piaf, propose a joyful, uninhibited and, above all, accessible place for all.
Inside the restaurant, the decor is playful and sophisticated, and evokes a festive, free and carefree Italy. This timeless interlude is the work of interior designers Virginie Friedmann and Delphine Versace. Their project, which combines noble and natural materials, translates a simple, traditional and authentic beauty. On the terrace as well as inside, styles and eras coexist harmoniously. From giant rattan hangers to flowery fabrics, pastel colors, majestic balconies and abundant vegetation, this warm and intimate place is a true ode to life and sharing.
On the menu, a generous menu awaits those with a sweet tooth: arancini, those tasty rice and cheese croquettes, creamy burrata, truffle pasta, carpaccios, focaccias and other pizzas, symbols of a sunny and cheerful cuisine, or bresaola and Parma ham. The classics are also found in the glasses, with cocktails such as the Spritz, the Amaretto Sour and the Crazy Bellini signed by Eric Sablonnière, former head bartender of the Crillon Hotel. Not forgetting the little touch of sweetness to end on a high note, with Neapolitan doughnuts accompanied by melted caramel and Piedmont hazelnuts or birthday cakes, tiramisus and homemade ice cream. A pleasure for the eyes as well as for the taste buds, in a daring environment in full effervescence!
13, avenue du Président-Wilson, Paris 16e
Open Monday to Friday: 12 noon to 3 pm
Weekend: 12 pm – 3:30 pm
Dinner : 7 pm – 10 pm
Reservations by email only: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dumbo Park: tasty burgers on the terrace
Dumbo is the specialist of minimalist street-food. To celebrate the reopening of the restaurants and the arrival of summer, the burger joint is setting up its ephemeral “Dumbo Park” on the square in front of the Museum of Modern Art and the Palais de Tokyo until the end of September.
This “meeting between Pigalle and the Trocadero”, as the two owners of Dumbo, Charles Ganem and Samuel Nataf, like to call it, gives rise to an ephemeral terrace of 300 m² managed in collaboration with the Moma Group. The antique furniture rubs shoulders with seats inspired by Dumbo’s stools located in Pigalle, in an all-wooden structure.
With its three spots grouped together, Dumbo oscillates between creation, inspiration and delectation. Indeed, the restaurant specializes in the smash burger, a signature American street-food dish where the meat is grilled flat on a plancha. The two original recipes – the cheeseburger and the classic cheese – will be complemented for the occasion by a vegetarian version. Dumbo’s latest sweet creation, the Ice Cream Sandwich, will also be part of the event: always inspired from across the Atlantic, these tasty ice creams are made by Alain Chartier, world champion of frozen desserts and best worker in France. For lovers of natural wines, the drinks menu offers a wide selection, as well as draught beers and Mexican-flavored granita cocktails made with tequila and mezcal. Often cited for its burgers, recognized as the best in Paris, Dumbo promises an unforgettable culinary experience, in an idyllic setting offering an exceptional view of the Eiffel Tower!
Dumbo Park, by Dumbo Paris
13, avenue du Président-Wilson, Paris 16e
Open every day: 11:30 am – 1 am
Exceptionally closed from June 17 to 28, 2021
Forest, the high-end vegetable
Nothing stops Julien Sebbag, a self-taught, talented and passionate chef. After opening several restaurants in Paris, he joined forces with the Moma Group to unveil Forest, a mecca for plant-based cuisine. Located on the terrace of the Museum of Modern Art, the restaurant offers a generous and benevolent menu.
Julien Sebbag’s cuisine is like him: honest and transparent. He makes it a point of honor to prepare ethical and vegetal dishes, with fresh and seasonal ingredients, in order to respond to the thread of eco-responsibility. Forest’s menu is comforting and invites you to share as well as travel: oyster mushrooms flambéed with Mezcal Union compete with asparagus and pea salad, while zucchini carpaccio and kebab patty with charred eggplant are eye-catching. This authenticity is found even in the drinks, especially the wines, which are deliciously flavored and natural.
Described as an immersive living space, Forest is a creative space in its own right, sheltered from the noise of Paris. The terrace has been thought as a plant parenthesis in a raw and mineral universe, just like the Museum of Modern Art and the Palais de Tokyo. If the plates are highlighted, the place given to the architecture and the scenography is just as important. The musical program has been entrusted to the artistic director Dorion Fiszel, known for his festive and positive atmospheres. With these culinary and sound experiments, Forest should keep its promise to awaken all our senses!
Forest by Julien Sebbag
11, avenue du Président-Wilson, Paris 16e
Open daily: 11:30 am – 6 pm and 8 pm – 1 am