7.09.2012

262. La Bauhinia | Shangri-La Hotel, Paris


La Bauhinia
Shangri-La Hotel, Paris

10 avenue d’Iéna
F-75116
T: (33 1) 53 67 19 91

On my second last day in Paris, I went for lunch at La Bauhinia; one of the three restaurants inside the Shangri-La Hotel. My visit to the hotel left quite a lasting impression, and I must say this meal was my favourite of the entire trip. In addition to an excellent three-course meal, I was very happy to be dining at one of my favourite hotel chains - the Shangri-La - especially their location in Paris, housed in a building of great historic significance.

They were fully booked when I was there, but I'd love to stay here on a future trip to Paris. The hotel is located at one of the best areas; in the 16th arrondissement within distance of Trocadero and across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower. Most of the rooms/suites have AMAZING views! Perfect for a romantic getaway in Paris.

I was welcomed by very friendly and courteous staff as I walked into the lobby. It was so beautiful I remember the first thought that popped in my head was: "wow!!"

Before I go any further, here's a bit of interesting history about the hotel:
It was originally built in 1896 as the home of Prince Roland Bonaparte; the grand nephew of Napoleon. Years and years later, Shangri-La acquired the building and spent four years to renovate and restore it. They ensured that the integrity of the original home was preserved. The hotel officially opened its doors in December 2010, becoming the first Shangri-La hotel of Europe.
The lavish interiors are reminiscent of the Bonaparte family. If you observe closely you can see their imperial insignias and ornate monograms incorporated into the details.



Located at the far end of the lobby, past this stunning staircase, you will find La Bauhinia. Decorated in Bordeaux reds and jade tones, the restaurant is directly underneath a glass cupola. This let in lots of natural lighting which, combined with music from a baby grand piano, created a perfect atmosphere for my lunch.

The executive chef is Philippe Labbé (aka Cuisinier of the Year in 2013 by Gault Millau!). The menu consists of both South East Asian and French cuisines. I love French food and seeing as I was in Paris after all, I went for the French dishes. I started off with this amuse-bouche. I regret to admit I do not remember what it was exactly, but I do remember it being absolutely delicious.



THE FOOD: Here's what I ordered. A very satisfying meal. Everything was well-prepared, well-presented, and tasted very fresh. I regret not writing this review sooner as none of what I ordered can be found on the menu anymore (I was here one month ago). I am not sure how often their menu changes but you can view what they currently serve here.

THE SERVICE: As you can usually expect with any upscale restaurant, the service was excellent. The servers were very friendly, attentive, efficient and knowledgeable about the menu. The food also arrived very quickly, with the waitress explaining every dish as they came.

BEST FOR: Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, business meal, an anniversary, etc. Although I didn't get a chance to have dinner here, I think this place is better during the day (when it's bright thanks to the glass ceiling). If I was to have dinner at the hotel, I think L'Abeille would have a better evening atmosphere.

THE COST: €€€€
A bit on the pricey side, it would be difficult to spend less than €100 ($130) per person on a three-course meal; wine, tax, and tip excluded.

Here are a few photos I took during the small tour I got after lunch.


Le Bar; cozy and elegant. I LOVED the horse paintings.



Walking around the salons/ballrooms, I felt like I was touring a grand palace like Versailles.
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79 comments

  1. What an impressive place! And the food looks delicious. I may try it out next time I'm in Paris. xoxo

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  2. beautiful!!! now I'm hungry and miss Paris....

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  3. Thanks for your comment sweety :) You have a great blog... Cant believe I didnt find it earlier...

    Following you now :) Hope you follow back.

    Have a wonderful day.

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  4. What an amazing hotel!
    Thanks for sharing these gorgeous pics!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  5. OH WOW!!!JUST WOW!AMAZING!!!
    XOXO



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  6. Ciao Tiffany!! Beautiful place and photoes! I hope you'll follow me back,kiss Paolo

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  7. Yes amazing pictures!!

    Love the ceiling :)

    Love,

    Jen

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  8. This place is amazing! Thank you for your comment! Of course we can follow each other! Now I follow you with google friend connect and bloglovin! Hope you'll do the same! I wait for you in my blog! Kisses!

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  9. Thank You so much for visiting my blog :) ...it seems You spent great time in this impressive restaurant :)

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  10. Amazing photos, you are making the rest of us very jealous!!

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  11. The hotel looks so beautiful and the food just looks heavenly. How I wish I have a chance to visit this place in the future!!

    Liz
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  12. Wow this looks like such a great place, the food looks really really delicious!
    great post!

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  13. Just Stunning! :) I Love Paris! I´ll be back again, I´m sure!

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  14. omg so beautiful =o im in awe over the last ballroom photo those ceilings and the wall detailing makes me go all swoony lol
    Ahh who wouldnt indulge if theyre travelling ?! Food looks great and the hotel itself is so pretty!

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  15. Amazing hotel!

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  16. that place is really stunnig! and the food, too:)
    and thanks for your nice comment


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  17. One of my favorite restaurant in Paris! I live in the 16ème arrondissement and I pass every day in front of this amazing place. Delicious food and lovely atmosphere.
    From Paris with love!
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  18. Gorgeous!!! This place looks beautiful! Ugh I totally regret not having afternoon tea now, I only had one set afternoon tea and it was awful!!! =(

    I've never tried Kusumi tea before!....at least I don't think I have hahaha but if I ever see them I'll have to give it a try then! I practically made Laduree's a tourist destination on my trip, like the lourve or something lol Luckily the bf likes sweets too =P

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  19. amazing pictures !!! :):)
    and great blog ;))

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  20. wonderful post....
    this hotel and your menu seem to be fantastic!
    a big kiss dear Tiffany!

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  21. Thank you so much for your comment :D
    Lovely pics!!


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  22. Absolutely stunning Tiffany! I bet that dessert was every bit of amazing!

    xo
    Quiet Luxury


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  23. great pictures :D

    I will also follow you :)

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  24. wow! Amazing pictures!

    wana visit

    <3 Una

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  25. That place look amazing-1 the food looks great but I love the hotel!

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  26. What a stunning place, there's nothing like a privileged life!

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  27. Hey thanks for your sweet comment :) You look fabolous :) I'm your new follower. Hope you follow back :)

    xxxxx

    P.S. Looking forward to seeing more posts of you :)

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  28. those pictures are so cool and inspiring i love this place<3
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  29. gorgeous pics!

    xx

    jess
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  30. The hotel looks absolutely amazing, I bet it's expensive as well haha! Great photos!

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  31. The hotel looks amazing! I'm very impressed!
    I read many of your older posts, and I must say that I loved your blog! You have a very interesting lifestyle, and I really liked all your photos and reviews...:)
    Thank you so much for commenting on my blog!

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  32. love love love the pictures

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  34. this is such a stunning place xxx

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  35. wow! So fancy. I want to go back to Paris now... :)
    Thank you for commenting on my blog, yes, we can follow each other! I'm following you now.

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  36. Thanks so much for your comment :) I love your blog too, it's so glamorous! I'm following you now too!

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    xx

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  37. Thank u so much for stopping in my blog giving ,e the possibility to follow yours...... You have an AMAZING blog, I 'm your newst follower!!

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  38. omg that's gorgeous tif!! I love the hotel it looks so expensive :)

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  39. so many great photos, hope you've got a great time !

    Kisses

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  40. such a stunning hotel & wow those asparagus look like tree trunks! Xox <3 hautepinkpretty.com

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  41. Just followed you (it shows up as Jimmy, my cat, instead of Nicole) Thanks for the sweet comment! You were one of the first to comment on my new blog that was not a personal friend of mine :) As you could see, I am really JUST starting. I would love to follow each other.

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  42. wow so luxurious!

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  43. Amazing photos!

    Thanks for commenting on my blog.

    I am now following you!

    Jess xx

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  44. This is the most gorgeous hotel I have ever seen in my entire life. Everything is so elegant and glamorous, and the food!!!

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  45. What a beautiful hotel!! I want to go back to paris now hihi.

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  46. wow! what a luxury...
    thanks so much for visiting my blog ;-)

    xxx Ros.e.

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  47. Hey darling I love this hotel! thanks for sharing your experience xoxo ES

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  48. This all looks so amazing! Btw thanks for nice comment :)

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  49. Amazing place, so luxurious and chic!
    I've just discovered your blog :) I'm following!

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  50. wow. such a grand hotel,,The food looks yum and decor so luxurious! Thanks for the review! Hope you are having a wonderful day!
    -Jyoti
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  51. What a beautiful hotel! The food looks so delicious.
    Paris is my city, so i know this hotel.
    Love your pictures, they are so nice.
    I am following you now, follow me back?

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  52. Great pictures!!!Amazing hotel!!!!

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    xoxo

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  53. Paris!? I am VERY jealous! these pictures look amazing and I am doing to go!


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  54. Paris is really too beautiful! And so is this hotel, simply amazing & very impressive!

    XO, Imke

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  55. The food looks incredible! Have I told you how jealous I am of your travels? Following you now dear, hope you'll visit me again sometime.

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  56. woww so chic!! maybe the Ritz's predecessor, now that it is closing for 2 years!

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  57. very impressive place!
    now i'm hungry...
    xx nia

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  58. what a gorgeous place and delicious looking food. Ah I want your life. :)

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  59. the hotel looks beautiful!! want to go to paris too ;)

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  60. This place looks like a dream! s

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  61. Wow! It's such a beautiful hotel and the food looks delicious! Hope you had a perfect time in Paris!
    Following you and hope you'll follow me back! =)
    Kisses


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  62. GREAT FOOD, STUNNIN INTERIOR, PURE ROYALTY :)

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  63. Thank you so much for your sweet comment :)

    Wow what a beautiful hotel, stunning photos!

    I`m your newest follower:)

    X Camilla

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  64. Amazing place! And the food, oh drool :P

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  65. what a beautiful hotel! and the food looks delicious :)

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  66. This is beyond pretty! The food also looks amaaaazing :))

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  67. this hotel is so beautiful! thank you so much for following back:)

    xx chris

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  68. This is one of my favourite places in Paris. So happy you enjoyed it!

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