The Duke’s Bar at the Westminster Hotel

The Union Jack proudly flies above the entrance to the Hôtel Westminster signaling an oasis of British tradition planted between the Place Vendome and Garnier’s Opéra.

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The Union Jack proudly flies above the entrance to the Hôtel Westminster signaling an oasis of British tradition planted between the Place Vendome and Garnier’s Opéra.

Step into the Duke’s Bar and you are at once in an elegant Mayfair men’s club–mahogany bar, oversized green leather club chairs, deep green fabric covering the walls and a monumental white stone fireplace.

I first arrived at the height of the 2007 Rugby World Cup and the bar and waiters were outfitted in Rugby gear as I settled in for a luncheon from the same kitchen as the one Michelin star Le Céladon.  My colleague, Albert Nahmias, a legend in Parisian dining circles and my personal guide to elegant Paris joined me.

A coupe de champagne was immediately placed before us and an amuse-geule compliments of Chef Christophe Moisand. For an entrée I selected cepes fresh from the market and redolent of the forest sitting on top of the thinnest slices of jambon and garnished with lightly sautéed parsley for crunch and color.

For a main course I opted for rouget with carmelized fennel and cerise tomatoes-light and luscious with a glass of premier cru Chablis. Albert enjoyed my favorite Paris steak, onglet, accompanied by the same fennel and a puree of sweet potatoes.

A café, a piece of chocolate and this first of many delightful lunches was a memory.

Dinner available from 7:30 PM


The Duke’s Bar
Hotel Westminster
13 rue de la Paix
Paris France 75002

Metro: Opèra
01-4261-5746

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