Feb 5th, 2019, 05:37 PM

A Bohemian Vibe for a Parisian Price

By Chanet Smith
two chair swings in garden
The entrance to the terrace. Image Credit: Chanet Smith
A winter pop-up experience.

Situated in the center of Paris, a little bohemian abode is tucked away into the Westin Hotel. Themed as “The Winter Garden”, this pop-up restaurant is only open until the end of April. Normally, this location is the Westin’s Le First restaurant, but they have completely redone the décor and the style. Jardin d’Hiver features a relaxed ambiance with a seasonal menu with starters around €20 and main courses around €30.


The restaurant's exterior, Image Credit: Chanet Smith

‘Bohemian’ is a French word meaning “gypsy” and refers to an unconventional nomadic way of life. Now, ‘bohemian’ has become a trendy style expressing artistic décor that is colorful and free-flowing, with an eclectic style. This eclectic space is an enclosed terrace with all-natural sunlight and a bright blue awning structure. You can feel the sun on your skin while staying away from the winter chill. In the center is an open-air patio with swings hanging from the structure, an array of different plants and candles on the ground, and wooden chairs and tables giving a nomadic vibe. String lights are hung throughout the restaurant and outdoor area. Chandeliers made out of wood, woven hanging lanterns, colorful patterns, and massive dream catchers all add into the bohemian décor. You can’t help but feel warm and cozy. It is open for lunch and dinner and features a bar if you just want to grab a drink and swing in a hanging chair.


Bohemian decor, Image Credit: Chanet Smith

Chef David Réal and pastry chef Florence Lesage created a small menu to mimic the vibe of the restaurant, focusing on simplicity and on seasonal flavours. The dishes are categorized into ‘seaside’, ‘inland’, and ‘the essentials.’ Not only was the food cooked to perfection and the smallest of details were accounted for (the avocado was charred on a grill), but it was aesthetically beautiful. It was served like a Michelin restaurant plate. The dishes were a bit small, so it is recommended to order both an appetizer and a main plate. There is a set lunch menu for €39 including a starter, main, dessert, and a glass of wine.


The ember grilled octopus was served with guacamole, dried Bellota chorizo, charred avocado, and pico de gallo with spicy oil. Image Credit: Chanet Smith


The roasted scallops were seared on both sides with a creamy butternut mash on top, and leek confit in a saffron butter sauce. Image Credit: Chanet Smith

Information:

Le Jardin D’Hiver – The Westin Paris - Vendôme

Every day (except Sunday) - Lunch: 12-3pm     Dinner: 6-10:30pm

Address: 3 Rue de Castiglione, 75001 Paris

Telephone: +33 1 44 77 10 20

 

*Tip: booking a reservation through LaFourchette gives a 40% discount.