Decorated French chef Yannick Alleno has opened what could possibly be Paris’ most exclusive restaurant space. The concept is named “Inside” — literally a room inside the state-of-the-art kitchen in Pavilion Ledoyen — one of Paris’ oldest and most prestigious restaurants. This is done in collaboration with Moet & Chandon.
“At Inside, there is no set menu…we will create a new menu each time to fit the chosen wines and our inspirations of the moment,” said Yannick Alleno, a twice three Michelin-starred chef who is currently at the helm of Paris’ Pavilion Ledoyen.
Seating only six guests at a time, Inside is designed for fine dining lovers and champagne connoisseurs. At Inside, guests are able to taste Pavilion Ledoyen’s three-Michelin starred modern cuisine paired with some of the rarest and most sophisticated vintage champagnes from the 90s.
During this collaboration, Alleno worked closely with Moet & Chandon’s Chef de Cave, Benoit Gouez. The latter is in charge of carefully selecting the brand’s most refined Grand Vintage Collection champagnes ranging from 1990 to 2000, which are exclusively available at Inside.
As Alleno mentioned earlier, there is no set menu. “…we imagined this special, unique chef’s table as a space where wines are selected first and then dishes are designed to complement them, instead of the opposite common way,” he explained.
He gave an example of the Morel mushrooms crispy veil, smoked Scarmoza cheese and Paris mushroom custard with citrus fruit butter matching the svelte Grand Vintage Collection 1998. “Our goal is to keep on creating new dishes to invite people to come back as often as they please.”
Hence, for Inside, the guests are the ones in charge. Rather than pick their desired mains as per usual, guests are instead invited to pick the Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage Collection that they wish to taste. From there, the chef’s team will craft a spontaneous and original menu based on the wines’ individual spirit and the team’s current inspiration.
But it’s not just a gastronomical journey that Alleno wishes for guests to experience. “First of all, this experience is a stunning show,” he said. The performance, according to him, is in watching his brigade perform – each of them perfectly known their part, moving around with ease and calm in the kitchen. “It’s like attending a ballet,” he mused.
In addition, the experience is also constantly evolving throughout the dinner. As the wines evolve, so will the actual look of the room. “This tailor-made experience will — we hope — be one of the greatest wine and culinary memories guests will ever have,” declared Alleno.