One of my favourite restaurants in the world is finally coming to town. Yes! Le Petite Maison, part of the world 100 best restaurants is opening in Lebanon next month. In a couple of weeks, Hotel Le Vendôme Beirut will have completed a transformation that promises to ensure a variety of new experiences at the hotel. An extension of 31 rooms will be added to the building and will comprise 11 rooms and 20 suites.
At the same time treatment rooms and roof top swimming pool are being incorporated into the refurbishment, along with a fresh look for the famous Sydney's Club Bar & Restaurant, as well as the introduction to Beirut of the hugely successful international restaurant group La Petite Maison.
The home of Cuisine Nicoise, whose origins lie in old Genoese cooking, is the old town of Nice where French Mediterranean cuisine has blended and evolved with the influences of Ligurian Italy across the border. Combining the best fresh seasonal ingredients with the culinary influences of the Côte d’Azur and neighbouring Liguria, Chef Patron Raphael Duntoye offers an inspired yet simple and delicious interpretation of French Mediterranean and Niçoise cuisine. La Petite Maison Beirut, Official Website Le Petite Maison Beirut, Facebook page I already visited La Petite Maison twice in Dubai with an experience I can never forget. I am so happy they're opening in our capital. You'll understand why I'm this happy.
RAPHAEL DUNTOYE Chef Director Nigerian born Chef Patron Raphael Duntoye changed course in 1995 from hischosen career of engineering to follow a life-long passion for food and cooking. Joining Butlers Wharf Chef School heembarked on a journey that would lead him to become Chef Patron of an award winning kitchen at Le Petite Maison.Raphael spent a defining 5 years working at the side of Pierre Koffman at the 3 Michelin Star La Tante Claire. Soon ready to spread his wings, take on new challenges and cuisine, Raphael went on to work as Executive Sous Chef at Sketch in Mayfair and later Senior Sous Chef working with Rainer Becker at Japanese restaurant Zuma in Knightsbridge. Having built a reputation for subtlety, sureness, a lightness of touch and a reverence for the best fresh produce, Raphael with his pedigree in French cooking was an obvious choice for a new French/Mediterranean project La Petite Maison planned by Arjun Waney. It was in June of 2007 on a light filled street corner of Brook Mews in Mayfair that Raphael created his defining menu of simple French food made from the best handpicked produce and La Petite Maison was cemented firmly as a favorite amongst London's most discerning diners.