Ducasse opens Bistrot Benoît beneath the Louvre Pyramid
Present around the world and in all areas of the restaurant business, from grand three-star establishments to retro bistros or modern brasseries, celebrity Chef Alain Ducasse is adding to his collection of cafés in cultural locations with the opening of the Bistrot Benoît at the heart of the Louvre beneath I.M. Pei’s famous pyramid. The décor of this spacious restaurant spanning 200 sq. m with seating for 94 will not disappoint, with a charming vintage zinc bar, oak wood paneling, brass railings and red velvet alcove bench seating. A very Parisian bistro atmosphere with a ballet of maitres d’hôtel dressed in black and waiters with bow ties and long white aprons whirling from table to table with flawless efficiency and a kindness that is delightful to see.
The menu, largely inspired by the famous Benoît in Les Halles, a great Michelin-starred bistro institution, has lined up a lovely repertoire of classic dishes for a meal worthy of the name in a museum restaurant – something so rare it is worth mentioning! We enjoyed a nice poultry pâté en croûte with thyme served with celery rémoulade (€13), a lovely slab of pollock à la grenobloise on a bed of spinach (€23) and a perfect crème brûlée with Tonka vanilla and almond tuile biscuit (€9). Around a dozen well-chosen wines available by the glass (from €5 to €12), in 50 cl (from €13 to €30) and 75 cl (from €22 to €54), accompany these iconic French dishes. Prix-fixe menu of main dish + starter or dessert at €29.50 with a glass of wine included. Children’s menu at €13.
Bistrot Benoît au Louvre – Musée du Louvre 9am to 6pm or 9pm on Wednesdays and Fridays Closed Tuesday – Average price: €40.