This is the unexpected new address, pleasant surprise signed Paris Society ( Parruche , Giraffe , Bambini …) in the heart of the Bois de Boulogne . And for good reason: it's the extraordinary terrace, already very popular, of the ParisLongchamp racecourse , to monopolize on race days for a crazy atmosphere or quiet after a walk in the gardens of Bagatelle.
A dream terrace
Whether you get there by bus or after crossing the woods and the shores of its pretty lakes, the Brasserie Paris Longchamp and its huge terrace are easily spotted when entering the racecourse, immediately on the right. On one side: very romantic white garden tables and chairs, à la Downton Abbey . On the other: a rather Parisian bistro mood with braided chairs and green marble tables. For both: impeccable service.
We settle in the shade of the parasols or in the sun to start a tan that is still too discreet and, depending on the day chosen, we take advantage of the ambient calm or we let ourselves be carried away by the crazy atmosphere of the races. Proper attire required: here, we are among chic people… It's now or never to bring out your pretty straw hat. Note inside: an astonishing library filled with “ Horse racing calendar ” from the beginning of the last century to the present day, and other bibles for the perfect racegoer.
A la carte
If the address chooses not to highlight a particular chef, the dishes are clever and gourmet, ready to satisfy foodies like meat lovers ready to do battle with their steak and fries of the weekend. One watchword, however: seasonality and careful sourcing.
Among the fresh starters: green asparagus from Vaucluse, light mayonnaise (€17) or a sea bream avocado tartare, delicious (€18). If we saw our neighbors greedily diving into their linguine with truffle cream (€24), the ballottine of free-range poultry, mashed potatoes and mushrooms with parsley (€26) or the cobblestone of pollack, flavored rice and smoked cream will satisfy good appetites. Finally, the joy of desserts with good strawberries with whipped cream (€16), a crème brûlée according to the rules of the art (€16) or ice cream and sorbets from Philippe Faur (€10).
Reservation recommended on race days. Wednesday to Friday 12pm-3pm and 7pm-10pm, Saturday 12pm-10pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm