Last week, France’s iconic Moët & Chandon unveiled Le &, a pop-up luxury restaurant at its historic L’Orangerie estate featuring the cuisine of world-famous Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alleno.
Open now through the month of July, the restaurant combines Alleno’s culinary technique with Moet winemaker Benoit Gouez’s expert understanding of Champagne to offer guests an unprecedented gastronomic experience highlighting Champagne’s versatility with food.
“LE & is a unique experience melding champagne and food, where every aspect of champagne has been considered to go far beyond a simple wine and food pairing,” says the famous champagne house.
Introduced to celebrate the release of Moët’s Grand Vintage 2006, its newest vintage bottling, the restaurant is not only a pilgrimage-worthy attraction for luxury travelers, but it is also a fantastic summer destination.
The Le & pop-up restaurant offers 4 culinary experiences:
· A “7 salt bar” showcases the effects of salinity on Champagne through texture and taste in a series of gourmet appetizers including dim sum with pork extract, Fregola Sarda with shellfish, oyster with cucumber extract and more.
· The Cookooning Cellar is the restaurant’s main dining room connected to an open Molteni kitchen where pike terrine brioche with mushroom extract and butter with lobster coral is prepared to be served with Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage Collection 1985 – a fantastic magnum bottling from the house’s expansive cellar.
· A Blind Shot Room, with all light and sound removed, offers guests the opportunity to heighten their senses of taste and smell while all other senses are deprived, so that they may focus only on the sublime sparks that fly when Champagne is married to gourmet cuisine.
· The Delice Club transforms the 19th-century estate into a contemporary lounge, where Alleno’s dessert courses are served along Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage 1999 and Imperial Rose wines.
Reservations for Le & at Moët & Chandon can be made at www.moet.com, for 450 Euro per person, with a minimum party size of 4 people.