Perhaps there are no restaurants in Moscow that could be proud of combination of excellent French cuisine, an aristocratic interior and an ineffable atmosphere proper for establishments of highest standards.
The “Parisienne” restaurant is located in the Tsar’s Pavilion, the one which was built especially for tsar’s family by the start of XV All-Russian Trade and Industrial and Artistic Exhibition that took place in the year of 1882. Seven-meter-high ceilings, refined silver moulding, original ornamented tiles – all this breathtaking splendour perfectly harmonizes with modern but superb furniture, with a counter laid with mirror plates, and with high wine cabinets in which the best examples of wine-making of France, Italy, Argentina, Chile, California are kept.
There is no ordinary definition that would be proper for the atmosphere of the “Parisienne”. “Cosy”, “pleasantly”, “comfortably” and even “stately” – each of this words is right, but even all of them taken together are not able to pass the feeling which you experience thinking that just in this pavilion, in 1896, was held a formal dinner in honour of the coronation of Nikolay II. Moreover, the “Parisienne” successfully continues centuries-old history of this mansion and without breaking traditions serves to its clients original French cuisine – so beloved by the Romanoffs.
The building, in which the restaurant “Parisienne” has been located since 2003, keeps the memory of the magnificence and luxury of its first guests – the emperor couple of Alexander III.
Just then, more than a hundred years ago, the majestic Tsar’s Pavilion , intended for relaxation of the emperor family during the great street festivities on Khodynka – and therefore hidden from the public eye, was erected by famous Moscow architects Kaminsky A.S. and Veber A.Y. It was the main building of the enormous complex of constructions of XV All-Russian Trade and Industrial and Artistic Exhibition of 1882. Presently all that left from this ensemble demonstrating the might, honour and glory of Russia, is only a stone building of this pavilion. It was taken care of and used for ceremonies with the participation of emperor persons in tsarist Russia. The last great event on Khodynka was the coronation festivities of the emperor Nikolay II. The emperor himself described these events in his person diary: “Alix [the empress Alexandra Fyodorovna] and I went to Khodynka to be present on this… «public festive occasion». From the pavilion we looked on the huge crowd surrounding a stage on which the hymn and «Slavsya» were being played”. And tragic events of Khodynka jam attending the coronation of the emperor was explicitly described by a journalist Gilyarovsky who was a constant and attentive guest of a “Khodynka society” - the poor folk.
In the Soviet epoch proletariat couldn’t bring himself to destroy these bourgeois splendours of the tsarist house, also the building remained undamaged in the Great Patriotic War: areas of the pavilion were used as a nursery school, then as a pioneer palace, and by 80th the “ceremonialism” of this building was inherited by a party committee which was quartered here in a dignified way. It seems impossible that over this whole period the interiors of the ex-tsarist pavilion were saved almost in the raw.
In 90th the building became a private property. Almost immediately its owners decided on the purpose of the mansion: here will be a restaurant. Firstly American cuisine of a “California”, then in less than a year – a Russian restaurant “Tsar’s Pavilion” and at last in 2003 – the “Parisienne”.
The main principle which was defended by founders of the original French cuisine restaurant – by the way, the beloved cuisine by the Romanoffs emperor house – is a harmony of a form and essence. They wanted to inspire to this ever aristocratic house with long-lost meaning and exquisite taste. They wanted to – and they succeeded to.
Best Moscow stylists added modern interiors into the antique building with great care, trying not to damage but to emphasize naturalness which has reigned henceforth. Bearing walls were left untouched, as were the original seven-meter-high ceilings, huge windows and moulding, mirror fireplaces restored according to drafts of emperor architects. And paintings and antique photographic images of a pre-revolutionary company “Sherer, Nabgoltz & Co” were purchased from private owners to lock guests in the atmosphere of pompous baroque, high society, a festival – “for chosen ones”. Everything here was taken into account: from silverware to crème color tableware, from massive empire armchairs in which you deeply immerse to snow-white tablecloths.