Al­fresco Din­ners

Where Paris - - Dining -

With the end of sum­mer near­ing all we dream of do­ing is pro­long­ing the bliss of warm sum­mer nights with the slight breeze ca­ress­ing us as we en­joy a glass of chilled wine, and the chic rem­edy to cure us of the end of sum­mer blues is an al­fresco din­ner at La Cour Jardin at the Plaza Athénée. The ephemeral restau­rant, which closes its doors for the year at the end of this month, is one of the most charm­ing, and fa­mous, ad­dresses in the French cap­i­tal. The sea­sonal restau­rant, which opens an­nu­ally from May through to Septem­ber, is nes­tled in the heart of the ho­tel’s court­yard, and it is mag­i­cal, with its hang­ing gar­den, sig­na­ture red awnings and flow­ers, and el­e­gant ser­vice. This year chef Mathieu Emer­aud has put to­gether the per­fect sum­mer menu with dishes in­clud­ing a tangy and creamy ar­ti­choke and lemon risotto, chilled blue lob­ster re­freshed with crushed co­rian­der, and Alain Du­casse’s sig­na­ture cookpot of veg­eta­bles, a med­ley of wild mush­rooms, baby pota­toes and green as­para­gus. The ho­tel’s pas­try chef An­gelo Musa has also cre­ated a sweet dessert menu with in­ter­est­ing pair­ings in­clud­ing the cho­co­late and black car­damom de­light served with a driz­zle of to­bacco liqueur. – S.I.

La Cour Jardin Plaza Athénée Ho­tel 25 ave Mon­taigne (8th), 01 53 67 65 97

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