Brittany-born Banctel drew upon various strengths to gain this second Michelin star, including his extensive career working in some of the most prestigious kitchens in the world. Trained by Alain Senderens at Lucas Carton, he honed his craft at Crillon and Ambroisie Hotels in Paris before joining La Réserve Paris Hotel, a hot and luxurious hotel that opened in January 2015.
With a gastronomic objective to create deliciously authentic food, it’s clear to see from the execution of the dishes that Banctel’s travels to Japan have also influenced the taste, colours and presentation of his delectable foodie offerings.
Le Gabriel’s glamorous yet understated interiors, created in large by Parisian guru of good taste and style, aka Jacques Garica, meld lovingly with this grand building on 42 Avenue Gabriel, where the restaurant menus offer guests a culinary journey into the realms of that “first time” experience – where the familiar is pleasingly teased into new textures, flavours and appearance.
From the Tasting Menu, for starters, order the green asparagus served with yuzu kosho vinaigrette and cucumber or sample the Norwegian salmon, smoked aubergine with lemon.
Mains include Line-caught codfish, homemade curry, Japanese rice and avocado or perhaps you might prefer to try milk-fed veal, seasonal vegetables and supreme sauce.
Tantalising desserts include blood orange, macha tea and sesame ice-cream or a fragrant Clementine, coconut and coriander sorbet.
Whichever menu you choose from it’s clear to see that Banctel and his team strive to deliver a winning blend of passion, discipline and gastronomic brilliance - all culminating in this much-lauded and rightly deserved award of Two Michelin Stars.
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