Mini Palais Review
Inside the Grand Palais, Mini Palais has gotten it smashingly right. With silvery ceilings, dark wood, and faux classical marble, it's among Paris's most stylish dining rooms, but the menu—designed by superchef Eric Frechon of Le Bristol and executed by protegé Stephane d'Aboville—is the real draw. The burger de magret et foie gras, a flavorful mélange of tender duckling breast and duck foie gras drizzled with truffled jus on a buttery brioche bun underscores what's best about this place: a thoroughly modern cuisine with an old-fashioned extravagance. For a summer meal or a cocktail, the majestically pillared terrace overlooking Pont d'Alexandre III must be the most beautiful in Paris. What's more, it's open nonstop from 10 am till 2 am, an oasis in a neighborhood short on conveniences.