Following on from Laïa and Francette, the Fuga Family strikes even harder with Riviera Fuga, its insanely chic new barge at the foot of Pont Alexandre III. This sexy barge with its haute-couture decor is the ultimate kif on the water, serving up Italian-Japanese chef's cuisine that's just right for summer. Andiamo!
Facing the Grand Palais, with the Eiffel Tower and the sublime Alexandre III Bridge in its sights, Riviera Fuga offers a postcard landscape and a cinematic atmosphere designed by Belgian studio JP Demeyer. The inspiration? A healthy dose of Riviera with bright blue and sunny yellow striped fabrics, all-over chic, yacht club spirit with blue lacquered tables with rope legs and a hint of Japan on a colorful, graphic patterned carpet.
Where to sit? Inside or out, on the foredeck or aft deck, on the bench or around the central bar, all options guarantee maximum pleasure. For lovers? Go for the unique little table on the side.
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At the helm? The buddy duo of Quentin Garreau de Labarre and Pierre Doublet, both driven by the desire to offer Parisians addresses with character. In 2020, they opened their first restaurant, Laïa, in the 11th arrondissement, a spot nestled in a garden between the walls of a former distillery, with a rooftop vegetable garden and Mediterranean cuisine on the menu. A year later, they doubled their money, took to the open sea and inaugurated Francette, a barge moored at the foot of the Eiffel Tower with a festive rooftop and local bistro-style cuisine.
In June 2023, Riviera Fuga confirms their expertise and pushes the bar even higher, welcoming Brazilian chef Daniel Ortiz Maldonado, who has worked with William Ledeuil at Ze Kitchen Galerie and Greg Marchand at Le Frenchie. His signature style? A sunny, fusion cuisine d'auteur.
What's for lunch?
Coquettish dishes bursting with flavor and spiced up with audacity, a rarity on the menu of the péniches on the quays of the Seine. There are some nice surprises right from the starters, with cannoli of beef tartare seasoned with grilled shiitake and red kosho mayo (€15) and a refreshing crudo of sea bream with yuzu vinaigrette and pine nuts (€14).
We stayed the course with delicious agnoletti stuffed with squacquerone cheese, orange sabayon and shredded bottarga (€16) and on the delicate saffron risotto, here perfectly cooked (€17). For meat lovers, the menu offers a kilo of Tomahowk beef rib with home fries for 4 (€160). In the sweets department, a big crush for the babasaké (€11) and a big mention for the panettone perdu and its ricotta dolce et limone ice cream (€12).
It place for July 14th: far from the asphalt, Riviera Fuga offers one of the best spots to admire the fireworks in "chill chic" mode, with no set menu.
For those who like to show off, there's the option of taking a private cruise on the Seine, boarding a small electric boat from the barge. From €660, up to 12 people.
Open daily from 12pm to 1am.