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Le Bus Palladium

Author: Guntis Ērglis0 COMMENTS

Le Bus Palladium

Opened in the 1960s, Le Bus Palladium club restaurant soon became the social epicentre of the Paris creative elite. Salvador Dalí loved to hang out here; Serge Gainsbourg referred to it in the lyrics of his Qui Est In Qui Est Out. Understandably, many were inspired by their example and were only too keen to 'jump aboard the Palladium bus'.
By the 1980s, however, Le Bus Palladium was almost forgotten: while it stayed open, the restaurant seemed to have lost its appeal - until recently, when a bunch of representatives of the progressive Parisian youth decided to shake off the thick cover of dust and inject some new life into the legendary watering hole. With deep respect for the authentic 1960s aesthetics, they contained themselves to refreshing just a few of the details, leaving untouched the subdued club lighting, refraining from polishing the well-worn and somewhat splintery bar counter and retaining the original style and placement of the furniture which, at the time of the opening, had been chosen with some pretence of exclusivity and opulence. There is a hint of the 1960s spirit in the design of the staff uniforms, and yet it steers clear of kitschy artificiality so often present in similar 'revivals' of a past era.
The restaurant housed in the second floor of Le Bus Palladium does not cater to lengthy and indolent dining; the menu comprises only a few categories featuring three dishes each; the meals - booked in advance only - have to be consumed by midnight. Should the staff feel that you have overstayed your welcome at the dining hall - nothing doing! You will just have to swallow the bitter pill of reproof and carry on your lazy coffee-drinking by the bar counter. The fare is simple and delicious, for instance, an omelette with quite a generous amount of fresh truffle shavings.
There is no place for thronging and crushing on the premises of the club; the door policy is very strict, and so the atmosphere of a lively crowd is running high... only on the other side of the entrance - in the street.

6, rue Fontaine
75009,Paris

www.lebuspalladium.com

11/2011


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