Tout ce qui vient de la mer

Tout ce qui vient de la mer - octopus

Tout ce qui vient de la mer - octopus

Last weekend I was invited to a fabulous party at Maison Prunier on Avenue Victor Hugo, a well known Parisian caviar house and spectacular Art Deco delight, designed by Jaques Grange in 1925.

The party filled the main room  – a dramatic space with walls of black marble and ornamented with oyster shell inlay in overlapping circles of tiny circles, like bubbles under the sea. The generous, marble bar has large carved scalloped edges, where huge ice buckets display the catch of the day.  The beautiful floor continues the deep-sea theme in turquoise mosaic, glittering with gold inlay. I have always wanted a black dining room, and this is one of the most beautiful black rooms I have seen to date.

Curious to see more, I peeled my way out of the fun party and discovered another private dining room upstairs, just as beautiful as the main one but entirely different. This dining room was entirely gold!  (My tip of the day: The Prunier website says it sits 12 to 14 guests and is available for intimate private parties). I took these pictures of some details in the gold leaf paneling with paintings of stunning sea animals and plants. The pictures do it no justice whatsoever. This gold dining room is exquisite and one of the finest examples of its era and has to be seen to be believed.

The divine menu: caviar on potato cake followed by grilled red snapper on a tomato compote, followed by the obligatory tarte aux pommes.

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