It was one of the chef's most ambitious projects that he had been preparing for a long time and, finally, the day has come. Dani García will land in France with the opening in Paris, on March 23, of his first restaurant in France, La Chambre Bleue, which bears the name of one of Pablo Picasso's first paintings.
The chef from Malaga arrives in the French capital to unleash his culinary art and offer a new restaurant concept in which Paris and Malaga will come together through an avant-garde proposal rooted in Spanish tradition. The restaurant, in the heart of the city, will be housed in the newly renovated Maison Delano hotel, located on one of the most luxurious streets.
In a statement, García explains that La Chambre Bleue aspires to become "a refuge for lovers of authentic Spanish gastronomy, where there is no shortage of fried foods, fish and shellfish", but which will also offer "rice dishes and other options from the Mediterranean cuisine with an international touch".
A walk through the province of Malaga without leaving Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré itself, a very exclusive street in the French capital, known for housing the residence of the President of the Republic, the Élysée Palace.
"La Chambre Bleue is Mediterranean and it is Málaga in Paris. It represents a painting by Picasso, from Málaga and with a highly recognized career in France, and who, moreover, is a world reference in the world of art. The letter represents the sea, the product, but without losing our touch", explains the Spanish chef.
Its gastronomic proposal starts with a series of starters such as oysters and acorn-fed Iberian ham, or fish ranging from anchovies and sardines to fried squid or lobster salpicón.
This is followed by dishes with Spanish DNA such as rice dishes and paellas, whether made with octopus, txuleta or chicken, as well as some others where the national product is the protagonist, including baked sea bass. The Marbella chef, a great lover of bluefin tuna, includes a section dedicated to this marine product, with snacks such as the trio of tartare, tuna croquettes, ventresca or morillo.
The culinary offer of La Chambre Bleue is complemented by a liquid menu that wants to be a direct immersion in the history of the great classic Spanish wines, with an extensive review of the national wine regions. Its cocktail menu, inspired by the work of Picasso, has a selection of 10 cocktails named after 10 canvases painted by the artist during the Blue Period.
With a capacity for around 170 diners, it will also offer breakfast, snacks and cocktails, as is usual in hotel spaces. The space, with open kitchens, combines with the Andalusian and Mediterranean spirit of the table, while respecting the original architecture of the Parisian house.