Flashback to May 30, 1998. This was a day my boyfriend had planned for weeks prior. Unbeknownst to me, he had crafted a plan to lavish my day with unforgettable experiences. The biggest surprise would come that evening – his marriage proposal on bended knee with the fairy tale background of an illuminated Eiffel Tower. After a marvelous, sunny, morning in the old artist’s quarter of Montmartre followed by an afternoon at a chic French hair salon; I was whisked away that evening to the most memorable and sumptuous restaurant of my life: La Maison Blanche. This restaurant remains at the top of my most decadent places ever dined.
Location of the Restaurant
La Maison Blanche, with Michelin accolades, is situated in the 8th arrondissement in Paris, at the top floor of the Champs-Elysées Theater. This restaurant has breathtaking views of the city from its floor to ceiling windows.
The minimalist interior design of this restaurant lets diners focus on the two main attractions: the delightful degustation of the meal and the majestic view of the Eiffel Tower. At night, the ambiance that surrounds each table is cozy and romantic as the lights are dimmed and candles at each table cast a warm, amber glow.
Dinner started with champagne followed by a plate of appetizers, delightfully called “amuses bouches.” Literally translated, “amuses bouches” means mouth pleaser and I have to admit, my palate was truly amused and left me eager for more.
The next course was paté of foie gras and a haddock and crouton salad. The duck fois gras was exquisitely smooth. The salad – crisp and refreshing – tempered the richness of the foie gras.
The main courses were lobster and grilled beef. The artful presentation of both dishes was enough to be on the front page of Bon Appétit Magazine. The lobster was served with a fruity, sweet Sauterne wine from the Bordeaux region of France. The grilled beef, garnished with petite radishes carved into mice, was tender and moist.
The finale of the meal came with two divine dessert choices: spiced figs roasted to perfection on a skewer and the pièce de la resistance – sublime, molten chocolate cake. The espressos and the gratuitous plate of dainty “friandises” or confectionaries left me utterly satisfied.
The final bill, 1290 French francs or the equivalent of $215 USD, was completely worth the superb meal, extraordinary setting and treasured memories.