When Gustave Eiffel unveiled the Eiffel Tower in 1889, we wonder whether he knew a century later it would house remarkable dining experiences for those visiting Paris - one of which is Madame Brasserie.
Madame Brasserie, located 57 metres above ground on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower, is a hidden gem for those looking for an unforgettable experience in the city.
Offering priceless views of the arrondissements of Paris and, of course, a chance to beat the queues and dine inside the iconic landmark, it's a truly unique and unmissable place, so what are you waiting for?
The restaurant, with a menu named after Eiffel's wife, is designed to reflect the elegance and sophistication of the Belle Epoque era. The menu features French cuisine with a modern twist, using only the freshest and highest quality ingredients in the country.
In addition to the fantastic food and breathtaking views, Madame Brasserie offers impeccable service and a relaxed yet refined atmosphere. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or simply looking for a romantic dinner with your partner, you are sure to lose yourself in the 360 panoramic views, with the River Seine on one side and Versailles on the other.
Biophilic in design, in contrast to its industrial quarters, it's less bistro and more fine dining. Perhaps this is due to chef Thierry Marx being at the helm. Marx, known for molecular gastronomy, also runs the swanky Mandarin Oriental Paris. At Madame Brasserie, he brings his innovative gastronomic menu to the Eiffel Tower. If you are not averse to the Michelin-starred French chef's notoriety, check out Food Lab (a Parisian concept of designers, architects, artists and scientists) or his carefully curated menu for the French astronauts and their crew.
Interiors led by Encore Heureux's architect Ramy Fischler balance nature's grace with the genesis of Paris' industrial revolution. Fischler has chosen to exhibit the gallantry of the era the Eiffel Tower was conceived, with a graceful nod to the planet.
The grounding and calming influences of vegetation provide sensory variation through the effortless, careful consideration of materials used inside. Thick neutral tone carpets, rich velvets, leather chairs, fresh wood panelling, and stone furnishing help guests disconnect from the hustle and bustle of city life and gain some much-needed reconnection with the elements that ground us.
From the flavourful tapas to the signature dishes of Chef Marx, every bite is a delight for the senses. The seasonal set menu is a celebration of local ingredients, prepared with a commitment to sustainability and culinary responsibility.
The Père Fabre goat cheese tarte is a standout dish, with its vibrant colours and artful presentation. The combination of beetroot and hazelnuts adds depth and complexity to the creamy goat cheese filling. The butternut squash with smoked duck magret is another must-try, with its succulent texture and rich flavour. The velouté, a traditional French soup, adds a touch of warmth and comfort to the dish.
For the main course, the fillet of yellow farm chicken with truffled celery mousseline is the star. Chef Marx's renowned molecular gastronomy is on full display in the light and airy celery mousseline, which is infused with intoxicating truffle flavours. The dish is a true testament to the chef's skill and creativity.
Finally, indulge in the intense dark chocolate mousse for dessert, accompanied by a surprisingly soft biscuit. The Devaux Champagne, known as the "widow's champagne," is the perfect pairing for this decadent finale.
At Madame Brasserie, you'll enjoy a dining experience that is as stunning as the views from the Eiffel Tower. The menu is a true celebration of French cuisine, prepared with passion and creativity by one of the city's most talented chefs.
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Madame Brasserie located in the Eiffel Tower
Address: Eiffel Tower, 1er, 75007 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 45 55 20 04
Photographer Victor Bellot
Words by Jheanelle Feanny