The lift doors open to reveal the pure white interior of the Maison Blanche, and you feel as if you’ve risen to the Pourcel brothers’ interpretation of heaven, populated by impossibly handsome men and gracefully chic ladies. The painted floors, high ceilings and fabric-draped columns dazzle in this modern extension, which sits on top of Le Théatre des Champs-Élysées. An expanse of glass allows the diners, like gods, to watch over a magnificent Parisian panorama. The Pourcel brothers focus on a gastronomic juxtaposition of contrasting textures, the idea being that all five senses should be stimulated in one dining experience. The contemporary French haute cuisine mixes dichotomous flavours with contradictory textures, such as deep-fried courgette flower glazed in honey on a bed of saffron infused purée. One’s sixth sense might feel that this is a gimmick, but at the Maison Blanche, the concept works. The one problem with a pristine white interior is everything visibly scuffs – so come in the evenings when Paris, all lit up, shines through the huge window, giving the restaurant a blue glow.