If you are looking for a place to have diner in the area, do not search further! Just down the Gavarni Hotel, you will find La Petite Tour, a cozy restaurant that will cook fine food for you, linking quality with trend, all in a warm atmosphere. Thus, we met Gary Palanque, Chef and owner of the place.
Gavarni Hotel – Tell us the story of your restaurant, why having chosen the area of Passy?
Gary Palanque: The restaurant was born in 1939. I bought it 5 years ago, after having been seduced by its beautiful bar in the entrance. I grew up in the neighborhood, that is a place I truly have in my heart, that is why I decided to open my restaurant here.
Gavarni Hotel – Where does this love for cooking come from?
G.P.: My taste for cooking came to me a long time ago, because my mother did not enjoy it very much! That is why I used to do it myself, and it did not take long before culinary art began a passion, so much that I wanted to make it my job.
Gavarni Hotel- How do you work on your menu?
G.P.: It changes with the seasons. It is actually a system that was obvious to me, considering that our wishes change along the way, depending on the different ambiances that succeed themselves in 365 days. When it is cold, we usually like cooked courses, and on the contrary, during summer, it is all about freshness. We also lead our clients to taste new things, that they are not used to eat, by replacing our blue chips such as the braised artichoke and the scallops fried Provence style.
Gavarni Hotel – In which measures are you sensitive to ecology?
G.P.: We take care of sending all our oils to an ecological company that recycle them. I always preferably choose organic products, it tastes different and allow to rediscover some savors. For example, we also propose organic wines.
Gavarni Hotel: You are the president of the shopkeepers who work in the Rue de la Tour, what is your role in the animation of the neighborhood?
G.P.: It is more about thanking the usual or punctual clients of the street’s stores, for example by organizing an annual cocktail, and we unwrap a red carpet for the occasion! That way you can go from shop to shop and come enjoy a drink with finger food. We are also used to illuminate the street for Christmas, in order to do that, we agree with the city council.
Restaurant La Petite Tour
11, rue de la Tour
T.: +33 (0)1 45 20 09 97
Open everyday from 12am to 2.30pm and from 7.30pm to 10.30pm.
Meal Starter + Course OR Course + Dessert = 25€