Go Inside Paris’s Latest Hot Spot, Les Grands Verres
Les Grands Verres, the new restaurant in Paris’s hallowed Le Palais de Tokyo art museum, has the refreshingly quirky, funky vibe of hot spots in the Marais. That’s not surprising, since the group behind it, Quixotic Projects, is responsible for many of the chic places that have reinvigorated the city’s once staid dining scene (like speakeasy-taqueria Candelaria). Chef Preston Miller, an alum of the Breslin in New York City, has created a menu of Mediterranean brasserie dishes such as a Lebanese-style chopped salad and house-made spinach bucatini. Sustainability is a theme that carries through both the interiors and the food.
In the heart of the space, architect Lina Ghotmeh (whose past collaborators include Ateliers Jean Nouvel and Foster & Partners) inserted a showstopping 40-foot bar of compacted earth with beautifully preserved layers of sediment. And the kitchen uses every part of the vegetable, like eggplant juices strained from a side dish that get mixed into a foamy verjus-rum cocktail. palaisdetokyo.com