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Last night on a surprise invitation from my visiting friend J I attended the re-opening night of the newly refurbished restaurant in the Grand Palais, titled Mini Palais.
Not the name I would have chosen, either. For one thing, the place is huge.But what can you do. I imagine the board of investors for a deep-pocket place like this would probably fill both dining halls.
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The very contemorary French menu, designed by Gilles Choukroun, contains the expected concessions to museum dining (fried cod; a duck burger) alongside a few ambitious spotlighted darlings that will invariably be shuffled off within the first few weeks of no one ever ordering them. (Pasta with octopus bolognese, for instance. Octopus is just not advisable as an ingredient in a large establishment's token pasta.) There was also a section of menu entitled "ENCAS" that contained small plates and not-quite-meals that will apparently be served from lunch to midnight. This, along with several pre-opening write-ups saying the bar will remain open till 2am, tell me that Mini Palais is making a play for the Champs-Elysées nightclub crowd, of which I am emphatically not a part and with whom I would usually rather die than be seen.
Which makes it all the more remarkable that the slim wine list at Mini Palais is unusually heavy on cru-Beaujolais! It does contain upper-echelon (ahem) Duboeuf, but I feel this is excused by the presence of Marcel Lapierre's 2009 Morgon, which we duly ordered. I was a little surprised that it showed a little bit overripe, without the chewiness and firm fruit I'd expect from 2009 Morgon right now. This is something I'll do a little research on. For now I'll just chalk it up to the first night; perhaps the wine was nervous too.
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