One of France’s favorite chefs is crashing the Beijing restaurant scene. Yannick Alléno of Le Meurice fame debuted a new restaurant concept last year called S.T.A.Y (short for “Simple Table Alléno Yannick) at The One & Only The Palm in Dubai and the Royal Mansour in Marrakech. All about comfortable sophistication and the best possible service, the eatery champions sharing delicious cuisine with friends. In fact, there’s a Communal Table just for that purpose.
The dishes are traditional, yet contemporary. (On the menu in Dubai: Dublin bay prawn ravioli with Savoy cabbage and black truffles; Black peppered wagyu beef fillet ‘Café de Paris’). Boy does this dude like to play with his food! A major culinary trendsetter, Alléno has brought classic French cuisine to life at the palace hotel Le Meurice in Paris. (He has three Michelin stars to his name.)
A trademark feature at S.T.A.Y: The Pastry Library, a beautiful and sleek space where the hand-crafted desserts are showcased behind glass. Guests are encouraged to peruse the selection, and even choose the final toppings, thereby “personalizing” their dessert choice. Come September 2011, guests of the Shangri-La Hotel Beijing will be counting their lucky stars.