One of the most beautiful terraces in Paris is located in the Mini-Palais restaurant in the Grand Palais. Opened a few years ago, Mini-Palais was supposed to be a pop-up restaurant for six-months to promote the Mini-Cooper car from BMW. It was such a run-away success, it is now open all the time.
I had dinner at Mini-Palais a few times in the past and enjoyed it very much. The pastry chef Eric Frechon had the clever idea of installing an ice-cream bar for the summer, scooping over 20 flavors of handmade ice cream and sorbets. He has intensified classic flavors like vanilla and coffee by turning them into Madagascar Bourbon vanilla and Arabica coffee plus he has created some exotic flavors such as Absinthe, violet, Poire William, and bergamot.
I was with my friend Michael House and it was a perfect warm, sunny day to have an ice cream. I decided to go exotic and ordered Verveine and Honey Rosemary. I had to have at least two scoops in order to do my precious research for my readers. Michael chose two scoops of Praline Rose. When they arrived, Michael’s certainly looked prettier than mine with two pretty summer pink balls of ice cream nestled in a clear glass dish as opposed to mine, which was more tone on tone with one beige and one off-white scoop. I was expecting a lemony taste to the Verveine but it turned out to be more of a strong liqueur taste, much like licorice. The Honey Rosemary was more subtle and just a hint of the Rosemary came through. I felt as though I made the wrong choice, as one flavor was too strong and the other too subtle. I may have been better off with the more classic flavors. I had a taste of Michael’s and it was more flavorful and I liked the crunch praline inside the rose flavor.
Verveine and Honey Rosemary
I didn’t care so much about the outcome of my ice cream choices, as I was immensely enjoying the cool cross summer breezes on the beautiful terrace, which overlooks the magnificent Petite Palais. The terrace is quite long and has about 30 tables, which are well spread out, and the sky-high ceilings and intricate mosaic floor tiling plus the beautiful pillars and statues make the terrace so outstanding.
So take in the last great days of summer and indulge in some scoops on the grand terrace of the Mini-Palais. Each scoop is only 3 euros, a pittance for such luxury.
Mini-Palais Ice Cream Bar
Till September 30
Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008
Metro: Champs Elysees-Clemenceau
Open everyday 10AM till 2AM
Tel. 01 42 56 42 42
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Cost: 185 euros per person (about $240)
Time: 9:30AM- 2PM (approximately 4 1/2 hours)
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