Mickaël Blanchet Takes on Paris’ Club Rayé

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Charlotte Aimee Hulme
Sunday's Aquarian. This blog is a jumble, a sunday's mish-mash, a box of surprises and a place I come to when I want to talk about cute, quirky places I have found, amazing food I have eaten, great books that I have read or, simply, places that I have recently travelled to. sundaysaquarian has no theme or guidelines but like life, my blog is constantly changing, unpredictable and doesn't stay the same. I hope you enjoy reading and please contact me via e-mail: [email protected] or instagram: charlotteaimee I study English at university in London and I will be studying my masters in Journalism in Edinburgh when this is completed. Edinburgh is a second home to me as it's where my boyfriend, Cameron lives and owns a restaurant 'Forage and Chatter', and so I spend a lot of time there. I love to write, travel, work out and take photos and I hope to become a magazine editor once my university work is done! If you would like me to advertise your products, cafe, clothing line, blog, activity group, book or anything at all then I am more than happy to do so, if I feel it is right! This year I have extended to YouTube and you can now find me vlogging: My channel is also named Sunday's Aquarian

Paris is a city that screams vibrancy and class. I’ve visited this city a handful of times and the beauty of the French capital has captivated me each time, constantly feeling as though I’m seeing it through a fresh pair of eyes.

Talented chef Mickaël Blanchet has recently moved back to Paris, after five years of exploring and developing his talent in England. I first met Mickaël at The Pig, Brockenhurst – a country house in the heart of the New Forest with a rustic-styled restaurant – where he worked as a chef. Since working at The Pig Mickaël took his culinary skills to Grow 40 in Brighton, situated in the heart of the bohemian North Laine. He successfully opened their kitchen using his own recipes inclusive of a French influence and the restaurant boasted a kitchen garden found at the top of the building, overlooking the quirky, colourful streets of the English seaside town.

However, going back to his roots, Mickaël has since returned to France and the city of Paris to take over the kitchen at Club Rayé. This cocktail bar, owned by Kein Cross, is located at 26 rue Dussoubs, is currently ranked at number 22 for night life in the city – a huge achievement! Despite the Parisien atmosphere inside, there lingers that classic New York lounge feel that screams 1920s and Prohibition. The drinks perfectly mirror the quirkiness of the bar, with cocktails inclusive of the ‘Japanese Courage’ with Sake, Genever Gin, Ginger Liquer and Honey Syrup, and ‘Judgement Day’ which incorporates Pisco, St Germain Elderflower Liquer, Lime Juice, Simple Syrup and Egg White.

Upon asking Mickaël about the restaurant he says he plans to upscale it and introduce what he knows best into Club Rayé’s kitchen. He started recently, on 1st March this year, however his expertise has allowed him to share with me some delectable dishes in order to display the essence of the food being produced. Mickaël has started simple, yet hopes to introduce some more quality as he goes; after the length of time spent in England he was able to learn under some acclaimed chefs in order to further his talent. However pursuing a career in his homeland is what he truly hopes to do.

I asked him what his favourite part of the job has been thus far at Paris’ Club Rayé: “to go everyday to all the little shops nearby and get fresh ingredients. We get our stock every morning from the big market ‘Rungis’ which one (if not the) biggest in Europe”. All of the dishes Mickaël produces are his own and below you can see the exquisite dishes he is producing. I asked him to describe three dishes for me which I picked at random – to be quite honest, all of the food looked delicious – however, here are my choices:

  1. Superfood Quinoa and Chicken

    Quinoa

    Pomegrante

    Courgettes

    Red Onions

    Butternut Squash

    Coriander

    Mint

    Rosemary

    Spring Onions

    Organic Chicken Breast

    2. Manupua

    Bread flour

    Water

    Yeast

    Squid Ink

    Minced beef

    Shallots

    Cumin 

    Coriander Seeds

    Salt and Pepper

    Curry Paste

    Fresh Mango

    3. Pearl Barley

    Pearl Barley

    Carrots

    Leeks

    White Onions

    Peas

    Mint

    Rosemary

    Veal Stock

    Lamb Saddle.

The interior of Club Rayé screams class yet also points towards that French striped stereotype. They also have their own champagne delicately labelled with the same theme that is replicated throughout the bar. The combination of this intricate interior coupled with the delicious looking food and the rave reviews makes Club Rayé a place to visit! So, lovely readers, when and if you’re next in Paris go and check it out!

You can find the website for Club Rayé here: http://clubraye.com

You can find Mickaël’s website here: https://www.facebook.com/clubrayeparis/?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf

 

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Charlotte Aimee Hulme

Charlotte Aimee Hulme

Sunday's Aquarian. This blog is a jumble, a sunday's mish-mash, a box of surprises and a place I come to when I want to talk about cute, quirky places I have found, amazing food I have eaten, great books that I have read or, simply, places that I have recently travelled to. sundaysaquarian has no theme or guidelines but like life, my blog is constantly changing, unpredictable and doesn't stay the same. I hope you enjoy reading and please contact me via e-mail: [email protected] or instagram: charlotteaimee I study English at university in London and I will be studying my masters in Journalism in Edinburgh when this is completed. Edinburgh is a second home to me as it's where my boyfriend, Cameron lives and owns a restaurant 'Forage and Chatter', and so I spend a lot of time there. I love to write, travel, work out and take photos and I hope to become a magazine editor once my university work is done! If you would like me to advertise your products, cafe, clothing line, blog, activity group, book or anything at all then I am more than happy to do so, if I feel it is right! This year I have extended to YouTube and you can now find me vlogging: My channel is also named Sunday's Aquarian

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