Recommended by a Parisian friend in-the-know: MG Road, a new restaurant in the Marais inspired by late 19th century, when Persian immigrants opened exotic-looking cafés all over the city. Owner and interior designer Stephanie de Saint Simon used wood chairs from Bombay, white marble tables from Agra (the Indian city home to the Taj Mahal), bamboo shades, and colored glass pendant lights in the restaurant’s design; many of the pieces are available at her online shop, Ouma Productions.
Above: Simon’s other business, Ouma Productions, sources unique furniture and accessories (Charpoy benches, colorful tin stools, and suitcases) from India.
Above: The bright restaurant is anchored with patterned cement tile and Bombay chairs, and accented with colored glass pendant lights.
Above: The Brass Shades are available for €250 ($280) each at Ouma Productions.
Above: Simple tableware includes Covered Brass Flatware; €39 to €66 ($44 to $74) per box of six spoons, knives, and forks.
Above: An antique cabinet and wall shelf are stocked with Indian cooking provisions and tea.
Above: A wall decorated with modern and antique Indian artwork.
Above: The lunch service at MG Road is served up in traditional stacked tiffin tins. (See our post Object Lessons: The Trusty Tiffin Box for more on tiffins.)
Above: Simon started MG Road after feeling that Paris was missing a creative Indian restaurant. She called on London-based chef Manoj Sharma to create the menu, which is a blend of Indian, Parisian, and Persian.
Above: The name MG Road comes from the street signs of Bombay, originally named after Mahatma Gandhi. The restaurant can be found at 205 Rue Saint-Martin in the Marais.
For more Indian design, see our India Song issue and the below posts.
- Horn Please: A Playful Indian Canteen in Melbourne
- The Rose Hotel: A Creative Hub in New Delhi
- 5 Favorites: Tiffin Tins
- Serenity Now: A Guesthouse that Channels the Spirit of Gandhi
- Steal This Look: A Serene Bedroom Inspired by Gandhi