Visitors to the Eiffel Tower can now enjoy a dining experience unlike any other at the freshly redesigned Le Jules Verne Restaurant, which opened on July 20.
Located on the second floor, with access via a private elevator on the tower’s south pillar, the restaurant named for the famous author and playwright will offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner prepared by three-Michelin-starred chef Frédéric Anton of the esteemed Paris restaurant Le Pré Catelan.
Architect and interior designer Aline Asmar d’Amman wanted to infuse the space with a modern Parisian sensibility while also creating connections to the tower’s 19th-century beginnings and the literary universe created by Jules Verne. After its six-month transformation, the result is just as chic as you’d expect.
Set 125 meters (about 410 feet) in the air, Le Jules Verne grants guests a 360-degree view of the River Seine, the Sacré Coeur, the Tour Montparnasse, and other beloved Parisian landmarks. The decor blends soft velvet textiles in bone and cloud-gray with dark wood and metallic accents.
Strategically located mirrors help reflect the glow of the sky outside and the surrounding views to all parts of the restaurant, no matter where you’re seated. A photo of the Eiffel Tower taken by Karl Lagerfeld, who was a close friend of d’Amman’s, hangs in the alcove.
As part of the new creative team, many of whom are women, d’Amman wanted to “showcase the best in feminine creativity,” as she told WWD.
“It’s not always easy to be a woman in this field. But I feel perseverance is a very feminine trait: once the machine starts, you can’t get it to stop. I hope this project triggers something within women architects, decorators, and artists, and encourages them to never give up.”
Among the elements in the new restaurant created by women are mirrored wall panels by Ingrid Donat, metal table centerpieces by Marie Khouri, and gold leaf panels in the entrance hall made by several female artisans.
A piece in Architectural Digest offers a deeper look into d’Amman’s creative process, explaining: “While working on the restaurant, Jules Verne’s Voyages Extraordinaires was always close at hand, as were books by Jean Cocteau and about Jeanne Lanvin. D’Amman also kept things light, referring to a children’s book titled A Comme Eiffel, or ‘Like Eiffel,’ throughout her process. These books were needed, as d’Amman puts it, ‘to keep the ongoing dose of [levity], passion, and imagination during the most complex moments of the project.’ Just like her designs, it seems that books really are magic.”
D’Amman founded her firm Culture in Architecture in 2011 in her native Beirut, Lebanon.
As for the food, Chef Anton has pledged to use only the freshest products from specific regions of France, showcasing the country’s finest culinary delights. The menu includes a lobster and truffle ravioli with parmesan, crab with an apple mousse for dessert, and seaweed and fresh cod with fennel alongside some of France’s greatest wines.
Hoping to experience this unparalleled dining experience yourself? You can check out examples of the seasonal four or five-course tasting menus at the Jules Verne Restaurant website.