While I’ve been to the musée des Arts Décoratifs (107, rue de Rivoli, right next to the Louvre) many times, I’d never been to their restaurant, Le Saut du Loup, before. I found that it’s a great place to have lunch after a browse in the exhibits, and they have a terrific lunch special of only 17€ with museum ticket stub for the daily plat, plus dessert and beverage. I ordered filet de bar rôti for my main course (I had a choice of two options) and tiramisu for dessert. The food was delicious, the modern décor was sophisticated, and the view over the Louvre gardens enhanced the enjoyment of my meal. There’s also a terrasse where you can eat outdoors in finer weather.
The name of the restaurant comes from a gardening feature that combines a fossé (trench) with a small mur (wall) that creates a boundary in a garden, without interrupting the view, just like the one in the Louvre gardens outside the walls of the restaurant. The name literally means “the wolf’s jump” from the era when these landscape features had a defensive rather than an aesthetic purpose – one’s sheep and chickens would presumably be safer from marauding wolves with such a ditch. This Saut du Loup isn’t meant to keep you out, however. You can dine here with or without visiting the museum and directly from the garden side as well as through the building itself. I’ll definitely be back the next time I’m at one of the museum’s exhibits – good food and good value.
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