T+L Picks: Four Museum Meals
Published: April 2009
By Anya von Bremzen
Beaux Arts Museum, Brussels (3 Place Royale; 32-2/508-3580; lunch for two $110). Portuguese designer du jour Antoine Pinto and Flemish chef Peter Goossens collaborated on this minimalist brasserie serving updated vernacular Belgian fare, such as pork stewed in kriek beer.
Grand Palais, Paris (Perron Alexandre III, Ave. Winston Churchill; 33-1/42-56-42-42; lunch for two $140). Expect your taste buds to be tickled by rebel chef Gilles Choukroun’s dishes, such as a citrus salad with grapefruit gelée and yuzu tuiles. Book the terrace in warm weather.
The National Art Center, Tokyo (7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku; 81-3/5770-8161; lunch for two $50). Lyonnais legend Paul Bocuse’s first restaurant outside France occupies the museum’s stunning glass-and-steel lobby. It sits atop a three-story inverted concrete cone, but delivers down- to-earth brasserie fare, such
as whitefish-mousseline quenelles in a bisque sauce.
C5 Restaurant and Lounge
Royal Ontario, Toronto (100 Queen’s Park; 416/586-7928; lunch for two $100). The panoramic fifth-floor space, part of Daniel Libeskind’s addition to the museum, sets the scene for Ted Corrado’s progressive cross-cultural cooking. Follow the porcini linguine with a vacuum-poached vindaloo-scented lamb loin.