THE Pierre Gagnaire restaurant

Hello everyone, thanks for your wonderful comments on the pic of the Red Dress. My Mother has found the URL to my blog – so all posts will now have to contain some form of censor-ship! For a glimpse of the rest of the red dress – will have to wait for our wedding reception! Surprise, of course!

We have got into Amsterdam yesterday, checked out the red light districts and OF course, the Coffeeshops. It feels really liberating over here, where the people seem pretty laid back and kinda hippy-ish.Was absolutely knocked out last night and its now about 8.45am the next day.

But more on the Dam later, this post is supposed to concentrate on the amazing Pierre Gagnaire meal we had 2 nights before. A little back ground on the French Chef from Wikipedia.

Pierre Gagnaire (9 April 1950 in Apinac) is a well known French chef, and is the Head Chef and owner of the eponymous Pierre Gagnaire restaurant at 6 rue Balzac in Paris (in the 8th arrondisment). Gagnaire is an iconoclastic chef who was at the forefront of the fusion movement. Beginning his career in St. Etienne where he won three Michelin Stars, Gagnaire tore at the conventions of classic French cooking by introducing jarring juxtapositions of flavours, tastes, textures, and ingredients. His influence on cooking has been worldwide.

The restaurant is considered one of the finest in France, specialising in ‘modern French’ cuisine, and has garnered three Michelin stars. Gagnaire is also Head Chef of SketchLondon. In 2005 both restaurants were ranked in the top 20 in the world by industry magazine Restaurant with Pierre Gagnaire ranking third chef in 2006 and 2007. in

Gagnaire’s new concept restaurant Pierre at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Hong Kong opened in October 2006.

On his website Pierre Gagnaire gives his ‘mission statement’ as the wish to run a restaurant which is ‘facing the future but respectful of the past’ (‘tournĂ© vers demain mais soucieux d’hier’).

Ron and I were at the PG restaurant at Hotel Balzac just behind the Champs Elysees (I later found out). I think this hotel is home to Middle Eastern families, we saw some of them moving in and out. And the food I must say, is something that really assaults the senses. The food was unique and service again excellent.

Just before entering - our last night in Parie! Sigh....

Just before entering - our last night in Parie! Sigh....

Another cosy table in the corner

Another cosy table in the corner

The Pierre Gagnaire restaurant - a masculine feel

The Pierre Gagnaire restaurant - a masculine feel

My Entree` - mushrooms and baby turnips boiled in pot of herbs for many hours before being put into this dish, and doshed with Foie Gras soup!!!!!

My Entree` - mushrooms and baby turnips steamed in pot of herbs for many hours before being put into this dish, and doshed with Foie Gras soup!!!!!

As above mentioned, the mushrooms and baby turnips in the herb pot

As above mentioned, the mushrooms and baby turnips in the herb pot

Part of our entree` - A feast on the senses. You are advised to start with the Tomato puree thingy (center) and work round clockwise to finish the 5 dishes. I cannot remember what they all are, but the flavours are wild!

Part of our entree` - A feast on the senses. You are advised to start with the Tomato puree thingy (center) and work round clockwise to finish the 5 dishes. I cannot remember what they all are, but the flavours are wild!

ANother part of the entree` - Cannot remember what these were, but the brown almond biscuit was doused with heaps of cognac, and the bowl was covereed with delicious rice paper roll.

ANother part of the entree` - Cannot remember what these were, but the brown almond biscuit was doused with heaps of cognac, and the bowl was covereed with delicious rice paper roll.

The main - sliced duck on top of some kind of pate, covered in beautiful sweetish sauce. Duck was excellently tender and juicy. Awesome.

The main - sliced duck on top of some kind of pate, covered in beautiful sweetish sauce. Duck was excellently tender and juicy. Awesome.

Im getting hungry just looking at these. Another thing to add – their deserts are served in either 5 or 9 types. We skipped these because we were too full!!! But we did say I dont think we can go on for yet another French delicate cuisine if we had to go on another night. Our tummies are already crying out for regular bak kut teh!

The Pierre Gagnaire logo was in a form of a table, as one of his friends had given him a painting of a table. He uses this logo on his cutlery as well. Notice reflection on the brass plate.

The Pierre Gagnaire logo was in a form of a table, as one of his friends had given him a painting of a table. He uses this logo on his cutlery as well. Notice reflection on the brass plate.

Meal completed - BURRPP!

Meal completed - BURRPP!

This was the highlight of our trip. The taxi driver called by the restaurant sang along to songs on his CD player. Once we both started singing, he gave us SONG SHeets!!! See his hand in the front - he was waving it about conductor-style! Hilarious!

This was the highlight of our trip. The taxi driver called by the restaurant sang along to songs on his CD player. Once we both started singing, he gave us SONG SHeets!!! See his hand in the front - he was waving it about conductor-style! Hilarious!

OK sorry my posts lately have been more pics than words, and postings have been pretty short. There is just not much time to blog although Im keeping all my mates updated with my carry-ons – its not comprehensive. Well, I might just bore everyone to tears if i did, wouldnt i?

We are both quite exhausted already from the trip and being in Amsterdam, we are just feeling so relaxed right now. A good massage will do!

Funny ad we saw in our hotel. Notice it has to emphasize NON EROTIC? Welcome to the DAM!!!! More to follow on the next post.

Funny ad we saw in our hotel. Notice it has to emphasize NON EROTIC? Welcome to the DAM!!!! More to follow on the next post.



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One thought on “THE Pierre Gagnaire restaurant

  1. I love fine dining…and the food at Pierre looked aweeesome!!! Andrew loves good food too!! Must tell us where to go makan when we do go to Paris. Apparently in 2011 wor….but Andrew’s parents will be there… Hehhee… I think it’s good to do the couply thing once in a while without his parents around. Hey, was the foie gras very filling.. I’ve had foie gras differently but was wondering how it tasted as a soup.

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