Rory Ramsden – Luxury French Property Finder & Buyer's Agent in south west France
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Inside Alain Ducasse’s Ore, the First Restaurant in the Palace of Versailles

A multi-Michelin-starred chef sets up shop within the gilded walls of Versailles—and the resulting restaurant is one anyone could enjoy. On a crisp, October day, a man and his young daughter spent the morning strolling through the gardens of Versailles and watched as the gardeners tore out what was left of summer florals. Around noon, they made their way indoors to catch up over lunch.

Key Takeaways:

  • Ore is certainly impressive, magical even, but for more than the obvious reasons. Working within environs as gilded as Versailles, the designer, Gaëlle Lauriot-Prévost for Dominique Perrault Architecture, could have opted to do up the space as a period piece, matching the opulence so prevalent in the castle.
  • The menu at Ore (which references “pleasures of the mouth” in Latin) is a combination of gussied-up snacks like croque-monsieur and thoughtful market-fresh dishes like spelt and wild mushroom salad or steamed turbot with truffled hollandaise sauce, all priced to fit a range of wallets.
  • Reserved exclusively for private dinners and events, the back room of the Pavillon Dufour transforms into a re-creation of royal dinners, down to the period-specific oval table, fireplace, mirrors and re-edited Marie Antoinette tableware.

“Ore is certainly impressive, magical even, but for more than the obvious reasons. Working within environs as gilded as Versailles, the designer, Gaëlle Lauriot-Prévost for Dominique Perrault Architecture, could have opted to do up the space as a period piece, matching the opulence so prevalent in the castle.”

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About the Author Rory

Rory Ramsden is a French property finder and buyer's agent working for high net worth private clients wishing to buy a chateau, manor or vineyard in the south west of France. He has lived in France for 8 years after spending time travelling the world on business.

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