Paris – city of dreams and gastronomic delights, a magical and idyllic place to which The Bustronome treats its guests by night or by day.
The Bustronome is a restaurant bus with a 360° panoramic terrace, so its guests can enjoy a fairy-tale setting right in the heart of Paris. It was founded in 2014.
Guests are immersed in an atmosphere of exploration and gastronomic tradition for over two hours as they sit comfortably at their tables enjoying gourmet food. And to bring the moment to perfection, they are treated to a musical selection that draws inspiration from the places they visit, further enhancing the feeling of getting away and relaxing. All they have to do is revel in the architectural wonders slowly passing before their eyes, while savouring a succession of delicious dishes.
Although The Bustronome was chiefly developed so guests could share a friendly moment together, it also offers discreet and individual guided tours with Audiopen. That way, the more curious guests can enjoy fuller descriptions of various places along the route.
The routes are based on Paris’s most famous sites. But they can be modified to incorporate key events in the City of Light’s calendar (fixed dates or on request), such as the “Magic of Christmas” route (night-time illuminations in December and January).
The Bustronome will astound both the taste buds and the eyes. Paris’s first moving restaurant immerses us in a contemporary culinary universe, drawing on the expertise of a prestige partner : Fleurs de Mets. Vincent Thiessé, the enthusiastic chef, has a background in gourmet catering and has succeeded in adapting his culinary vision to the unique environment of the Bustronome – one that is modern, inventive and light, where dishes are prepared simply and generously. Vincent frequently changes the menu with the seasons. It features a whole range of flavours, the tastes it offers are authentic and it is perfectly balanced. The chef offers a sampling menu of his carefully selected products: “à la carte”, a selection of four dishes for lunch or a series of six dishes for dinner, served with wines by the glass specially chosen for each meal. The Bustronome regularly invites prestigious names from the world of gastronomy or young up-and-coming chefs to help with a particular event or to add their own variations to the menu.
The Bustronome is also modular and can be hired out. It has been designed to cater to the needs of a varied public from a range of different backgrounds.
Review : Whether you are a Parisian, an expat or a tourist, The Bustronome will most definitely appeal to you ! The only things you need to love are beautiful sights and excellent food ! I am a Parisian and despite knowing all the main sites, I enjoyed very much spending over 2 hours being reminded how beautiful my hometown is ! I was lucky to experience all of this with my husband and I’m forced to admit that The Bustronome is probably best for couples as the setting is very romantic. It can be a nice thing for a family too but most people seem to come as a couple. It started for us at 7 :45 (1st service of the evening) Avenue Kleber. You are welcomed with a glass of champagne if you took the wine option with your meal. It was completely dark at that time and Paris by night is obviously the best. The lovely staff explained to us how the audiopen with the map worked. Very useful for people who don’t know much about the main sites and want to learn more !
The 6 courses were exclusively with seasonal ingredients such as chicory, pumpkin, guinea fowl or quince. It’s something I really appreciated as it shows the menu is made with fresh products. Overall a lovely mix of fish and meat with delicious Spanish cheese and an apple dessert. The portions for each course seem small at first but we were full by the end of the meal – it was six courses! The wines (one glass of white wine and a glass of red wine) were excellent. You can think that it’s tricky to drink on a bus and be worried your glass falls but they thought it through and your glass won’t move (much) during the bus ride. It can get slightly annoying when the bus stops for traffic etc but it is still pretty smooth! Of course, the most magical moment is when they stop by the Eiffel Tower just in time for it to sparkle! They let you get off the bus and take some pictures. After coffee, you are back on Avenue Kleber and it’s time to say ‘Bonne nuit’ ! A wonderful night in Paris!