Located on the 6th floor of the Philharmonie de Paris, Le Balcon offers you a panoramic view of Paris. Conceived as an informal and relaxed contemporary bistro in an aesthete environment, Le Balcon has 180 indoor seating places spread across several different areas. Le Balcon also features a furnished terrace with a view over the entire Parc de la Villette.
In the realm of Jean Nouvel’s visionary, science fiction-inspired architecture, the newly unveiled Philharmonie de Paris, nestled in the 19th arrondissement’s Villette quartier, has indeed redefined the musical landscape of the city. With the cherished Salle Pleyel concert hall in the 8th arrondissement bidding adieu, many Parisians, residing in the affluent western or Left Bank arrondissements, now find themselves traversing to this somewhat distant location on the city’s north-eastern periphery to indulge in classical performances and an array of musical genres.
In light of this logistical undertaking, the significance of Le Balcon, the recently inaugurated 150-seat restaurant at the Philharmonie, cannot be overstated. With concert-goers often arriving by car and dining options in the vicinity limited, the restaurant plays a pivotal role in endearing the Philharmonie to the hearts of Parisians. Fortunately, it accomplishes this with a delightful culinary finesse.
Under the direction of the talented young chef, Karil Lopez, the menu unfolds as a refined tableau of contemporary French comfort food. Within the ambiance of a softly lit dining room adorned with widely-spaced tables, complemented by vibrant, shaggy camouflage-like upholstered chairs, and offering a distinctive view of Paris from afar, the menu is centered around three principal ingredients. During my visit, these manifested as cod, Ancenis chicken, and Charolais beef, each thoughtfully presented as both starters and main courses, showcasing diverse preparations.
Notable among the culinary delights savored during a recent dining experience were an individual tourte featuring exquisitely seasoned, minced Charolais beef, accompanied by a velvety, mahogany-hued jus de boeuf—a truly gratifying starter. Equally impressive were the roast cod with chorizo emulsion, the roasted chicken breast with Parmesan cream, and a remarkably refreshing citrus-fruit aspic with Muscat wine. For those with time constraints, Le Balcon offers an excellent fish’n’chips and a Charolais burger, along with curated cheese and charcuterie plates.
Le Balcon, situated on the 6th floor of the Philharmonie de Paris at 221 ave Jean Jaures, Paris 19th, invites patrons into a world of gastronomic sophistication. To savor its offerings is to partake in an evening of culinary artistry. For reservations, kindly contact +33 1 40 32 30 01. Open daily for dinner only, the average à la carte expenditure is approximately €45.