The former grand dining room has been restored to reflect the glory of the Belle Epoque era making Le Lobby the perfect setting for lunch
When in need of sustenance in the City of Light, head for the lobby of the Peninsula hotel, one of the Paris business community’s best-kept lunch secrets. Formerly The Majestic hotel – Gershwin composed An American in Paris here – it became the Unesco office after the war before being closed to the public in 1955.
Its six-year journey back to life began in 2009 and Le Lobby restaurant itself took 18 months of painstaking work – but the result is a light, bright space and the food is sublime.
I opted for the light but plentiful Naturally Peninsula menu, starting with tuna sashimi with niçoise salad, followed by a main of scallops with watercress, and finishing with berries.
The Peninsula Hotels’ are famed for Afternoon Tea and Le Lobby continues the tradition with “L’Heure du Thé”. Accompanied by a jazz trio, it features the traditional scones and finger sandwiches together with a collection of enticing cakes and pastries.
Treats include sophisticated new takes on traditional favourites, such as fig roll biscuits and French toast, reimagined with innovative new textures and flavours.
Chef Laurent Poitevin brings an impeccable gastronomic pedigree. The son of a Michelin-starred chef, his own career has seen him cook up a storm at Michelin-starred restaurants across Paris, including Hotel Vernet, L’Angle de Faubourg and Le Taillevent.
Chef Poitevin also completed two assignments as the personal chef to the French Minister of the Interior.
Le Lobby is worth visiting whether you want to impress a client or merely be inspired by its soaring ceilings – and be well fed in the process.