The Concierges' Gazette

January in Paris

Exhibitions

Last days to admire the prints of landscapes and other pieces of the most famous Japanese artist, Katsushika Hokusaï. Paintings, drawings, engravings… his creations, inspired by traditional principles but also Western influences, perfectly reflect the spirituality of his country. Until January 18th at the Grand Palais.

At the Espace Dali, carte blanche has been given to 20 urban artists to reinvent Salvador Dali’s pieces. A confrontation of universes showing an identical artistic approach: “polymorphic”, “provocative”, “funny”, “iconoclastic”, “non-conformist”, “rebel”, without any boundaries. Dali fait le mur, until March 15th.

Dance

Philippe Découflé and his company DCA set the Théâtre National de Chaillot on fire. Contact can be seen as a tribute to the American musicals, with 16 artists on stage who string together dance steps, songs and acrobatics. With videos, light shows, a setting in motion on music by Nosfell and Pierre Le Bourgeois, this show perfectly reflects his creator: total and “totally crazy”. From January 9th to February 6th.

Restaurants

Gare au Gorille! In the kitchen of this new restaurant, Marc Cordonnier, who used to be the second at the famous Septime, will delight you with: croquettes of pig’s trotters with home-made harissa; smoked-anglerfish carpaccio, Gribiche sauce, celery and red endive; raw beef, sea urchin tongues, onion pickles and grated cauliflower; pear soup, honey ice cream and toasted gingerbread. A very promising address! Lunch menu at 25 Euro, from 65 Euro if you choose “à la carte”. Wine by the glass from 5 Euro. Closed on Sundays and Mondays. 68 rue des Dames, 17th.

Mathieu Pacaud (who works with his father Bernard at L’Ambroisie) has just opened Hexagone with an ambition: celebrate the traditional French cuisine, following the style of Escoffier. On the menu, meals “en barigoule”, “en marjolaine” or “Thermidor”, revisited by Julien Lefèvre (from Le Pré Catelan), with Benjamin Roffier’s complicity, Best French Sommelier in 2010 and MOF 2011. Lunch menus at 49 Euro, 90 Euro for dinner. A “cabinet of culinary research” should open in a few weeks. Closed on Sundays and Mondays. 85 avenue Kléber, 16th

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