Le Cinq | Expect the Unexpected
EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED
It’s been my passion. Over the years. To track excellence and celebrate it. And while doing so…it’s the unexpected that kickstarts my adrenalin. And here in this magnificent Parisian landmark, I thrill to expect the unexpected. For almost a century, George V has been the epitome and the definition of Parisian luxury and elegance.
Le Cinq, it’s gastronomique restaurant been showered with three Michelin stars continuously. The sheer stratospheric excellence impeccable luxurious detailing has set a global benchmark. It has been home to the who’s who of the world. Located in the most luxurious part of Paris (where its secret aristocracy has lived for ages) the legendary Hotel George V reigns in its Franco-British aesthetic splendour. And amidst this exquisite Parisian splendour are two superlative surprises…Le George a down-to-earth Mediterranean restaurant and an amazing all-vegetarian menu in LOrangerie, it’s other restaurant.
A DOWN TO EARTH MASTERPIECE
Simply superb. Superbly simple.No two ways about it. It’s the worlds most luscious onion, plump with flavour and melt in the mouth too. It took the brilliant chef Simone Zanoni four whole days to cook it to his magical secret recipe, handed down to him by his grandmother. And this is just the beginning of the amazing masterpieces that’s sashay in. The brilliant young chef focuses on organic, local and grows his own vegetables and herbs. I taste one amazing creation after another infused with the chef’s personal influences and inspirations, such as the signature Le George dish the onion tarte tatin with parmesan sorbet. His creation of the Tomato tart with cacciopepe icecream dazzles.
Having worked with Gordon Ramsay, Chef Zanoni now helms Le George which has been making waves ever since it opened and also received i. Le George serves up Mediteranean magic
And does so amid shimmering priceless Baccarat chandeliers, mirrors and Lalique crystal. Healthy and light fare is all about “harmonious cuisine from the heart” an amazingly balanced and healthy menu (plenty of vegetarian too). This Le George more than lives up to the royal legacy it has inherited, after all it is born to the iconic George V, the hotel of kings and the king of hotels.
Chef Zanoni’s pasta is perfection. He generously shares the recipe
Tortelli Ricotta Lemon and Mint Recipe
-550g of flour type 45
-350g of egg yolk
-5g salt, 5g olive oil
-500g of ricotta
-70g grated Parmesan cheese
-40g of pecorino grated
-20g of egg yolk
-Sel, pepper PM
Make the dough by mixing all the elements with the robot cut, knead, well squeezed and let rest in the fridge 2 hours.
Make the stuffing by mixing all the elements in a container and then remove in pastry pockets.
Spread the dough using a rolling mill to have a parte about 2mm thick, arrange the dough on the worktop and prepare hazelnuts of ricotta stuffing the size of your cookie cutter on the half of the dough then fold the dough on itself, then cut the tortelli with the help of your cookie cutter.
Cook the tortelli in salted water for 1 minute,
prepare a pan with water and half-salted butter, a pinch of pepper and 2g of organic Sicilian lemon peel, remove the tortelli in the pan containing the mixture then finish cooking in the pan and at the end added chopped mint, then set on plate.
Great news! The one Michelin starred Lorangerie is presenting the most fascinating and gourmet vegetarian menu Ive ever tasted. When I wrote and researched the Worlds first vegetarian guide to Paris (published by Times of India and partnered by GeorgeV) I ate my way through my beloved city for two years. But this is the first time I actually watch the creation and innovation of a series of stunningly sublime vegetarian dishes.
And I do so in a modern conservatory of 7-metre high glass and–steel structure, which blends seamlessly with the architectural Art Deco style of the hotel with stunning views of the Courtyard dotted with orchids.
Creative Sublime wizardry of simplicity... finest of seasonal ingredients dazzle. Take a bow brilliant chefs!
The genius Christian Lesquer of their gastronomique restaurant and Alan Taudon coax amazing flavors out of the freshest and finest of vegetables and present them with panache. Delicate gems of wizardry dazzle. And sparkle!
Along with Jean Claude Wietzel we taste our way through the concise, seasonal menu in which tradition is updated thanks to elegant, perfumed notes and a delicate blend of flavours.
The chefs reliably turn what’s already enjoyable into something very remarkable. And pure vegetarian too!
LEAD PHOTO: Chef Simone Zanoni: Garden fresh and Pasta Perfect
SECOND PHOTO: Vegetarian masterpieces: Chef Lesquer and Jean Claude Wietzel