“Come and experience Pandore,” it said, without any further details.
Curious, M and I showed up at the rendez-vous time, backpacked and without a clue what to expect.
As the elevator doors opened on the evening, corset-strapped staff worthy of the most extravagant cabaret greeted us. As they handed over endless glasses of bubbly (One more? Oh only if you insist… :)), it all suddenly made sense: this was a restaurant opening!
A restaurant-cabaret located on the fifth floor of la Vitrine, Pandore promises an evening of seduction and escape. Opened only on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, it offers an Asian X Latino fusion menu (reminiscent of SushiSamba anyone?) concocted by Narith Plong and Jean-François Baril.
The evening was a lavish celebration of many punches and canapés. From charming grilled shrimps to a spicy cucumber gazpacho, not to mention the endless supply of oysters provided by Mother Shuckers, the only appropriate thing to say was “hello aphrodisiacs!” In any case, the culinary highlight of the evening was indisputably the stracchino e parmigiano reggiano cheese fondue. Slightly salty, with an air of black truffle, it was paired with a finger of focaccia. Mmmm.
A few drinks later, M and I happily stumbled home, still enveloped by the mysterious velvet halo of the night.