Curtains up! Only a 10-minute wander from The Peninsula, this showstopper new Parisian resto has received 5-star reviews since it opened in late September. At minimal-chic eatery La Scène Thélème, chef Pierre Rigothier (of Michi-starred Le Baudelaire) marries vibrant spectacle with equally dramatic plates in a unique dining concept, offering a one-stop-cultural-shop blending gastronomy and theatre.
With its striking photography, beautiful duck-eye blue contemporary chairs, poised cream banquettes and sleek wooden floors, this elegant hybrid restaurant/theatre (occupying the feted former Guy Savoy spot) looks as good as it tastes. On the food front expect luxurious starters of foie gras, langoustines, white truffles and caviar; indulgent mains of monkfish, scallops, veal and venison; and fine cheeses and dreamy desserts featuring Tahitian vanilla, lubricated by top-notch French wines. A compact theatre menu (evenings only) includes a show, or order more elaborate discovery or degustation options.
But before tasting daring dishes and fine-dining cuisine, guests are invited to enjoy a theatrical piece interpreted by a talented young troupe. A restaurant, a theatre, or a theatre in a restaurant? However, you choose to define this place, it’s a pretty radical concept. We reckon it’s certainly a smart solution to rushing your pre-theatre meal to catch a show elsewhere. It also dodges the cliched tourist traps that most dinner/spectacles fall into it. A fresh venue genre is born and we’re converts. Just wow.
La Scène Thélème / 18 rue Troyon, 17th / +33 1 77 37 60 99 / lunch Tue-Fri, dinner Tue-Sat / lascenetheleme.fr