Thursday, December 17, 2015

Paris Adventures | KONG

A Visit to KONG in Paris, France | Candyfloss & Persie
Two similar things that bring me great joy in this world are movie/TV show quotes and seeing things in real life that I saw in such mediums.  I’m really bad at a lot of things but where I do shine (in a talent that does nothing to better my life), is in my ability to recall – most of the time in a verbatim capacity- lines and scenes. With the precision and skill of a heart surgeon saving a life, I can tell you the exact inflection a character used when they uttered their script, what was said following it and inform you of nuances such as if “next” or “then” was used. What can I say? It’s a stupid, useless talent that I’ve always been pretty darn good at.

So let’s get into why I’m telling you this mindless drivel. That’s because when we were in Paris, I used all these special skills and desires to guide two kicking and screaming men into the restaurant where the opening scene of the “Sex and the City” series finale was filmed which was surprisingly only about a 15-minute walk from our flat. Perhaps it was the anticipation of watching the LAST EPISODE EVER or just the daydreaming about what life in Paris was like as I watched Carrie turn into a lady who lunches with her manfriend’s ex-wife [first part of scene HERE], but I definitely instantly took note of its aesthetics. Ghost chairs adorned with done-up model faces. Traditional walls replaced with one transparent, decadent cave of glass. And a thriving spot where many sat and enjoyed wine and cigarettes (though, the latter is never of interest to me) amongst the hubbub. What was this place?
Well I can now tell you it is called KONG and it was just as gorgeous and dreamy as it looked on your flat screen. And in the spirit of full discretion, the boys had no issue stopping here either. After all, Paris is about roaming and stopping at cafes and we had done 1,000 of them by this point. Why not switch it up and do the mandatory satiating at a less traditional Parisian location?
^iPhone snaps compliments of the waiter
^"They're hideous. Hideous."

As we settled into the KONG vibe, I was able to figure out a bit more about its personality not evident from its silver screen debut. It’s an Asian-Fusion restaurant which has more than one floor. The traditional bar is downstairs and this room is the upscale restaurant. The waitresses are insanely gorgeous. We had snacked on bread and cheese prior to our arrival but we figured it was vital to nosh on something alongside our wine.
^Fresh foie gras terrine & toasts ordered by Jay & his bro. When I asked what ‘foie gras’ was, they stated “honestly, you probably don’t want to know”. Okay then.

^Edamame for my order
^Bread and a light jelly
^Don't whine, just wine
^Happy eaters
One of the coolest things about being there was seeing that the SATC production company did virtually nothing to change the interior for the show. I know it had always been important to them to depict NYC spots as they are and clearly they made no exception across the pond. 
^Only pic of all 3 of us here (and it's from my phone, dangit!)

The view outside was the right one (see the LV that’s behind Carrie in the video?), the chairs adorn the same “hideous” face and the paint color is as vibrant green as it was in the opening credits. This wasn’t a contrived Paris spot, this was Paris in all her glory.

I could have spent much more time there but we had things to do and places to see. But I’m supremely glad I went. After a week of so many traditional attractions, this contemporary one was a little close to my heart as a movie/show stalker.
^Blooper reel.

And in all honesty, had this place never been on television, I still would recommend it. Just a fabulous vibe in the city of lights, no matter what Aleksandr Petrovsky’s ex says about it now.
^I'll be back someday to see you again, KONG.

Have you ever sought out somewhere you've seen on screen?
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Pat Hatt said...

Your stalker list is growing, now you have seen that and the Home Alone house haha hey, it's a good talent to have though.

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I love seeing things in real life that were in movies and shows. To the point where I was fan girling over the house in freaking She Devil. LOLOLOL

This is much more awesome! I'm glad you sought it out.

Unknown said...

Such gorgeous decor, I thought I recognised it as well! Love your photos, sounds like you had a lovely time x

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Kate at Green Fashionista said...

How gorgeous is this restaurant?! Definitely adding to my list <3

Green Fashionista

Kati Rose @ Constantly Seeking Wonder said...

I love that you seek out places from pop culture. Any time I travel somewhere one of the first things I do is research if any movies/tv shows were filmed there and if the locations sound fun to visit. Probably explains why I'm working on a certain series for my own blog too.

Ashley Lillis said...

The only reason I went to SUR when we were in LA last year was because I watch Pump Rules! I love going to places that you have some tie to, whether it's because of a TV show or a movie, it just makes them that much more special. I'm glad that Kong lived up to your expectations from SATC! It looks like a gorgeous place to visit, and a non traditional restaurant too!

BLovedBoston said...

What an interesting restaurant! I dont know why I didn't think to go to that restaurant when we were in paris last year, but we did go to the one in Amelie - my husband loves that movie!

Emily @ Martinis | Bikinis said...

This place is gorgeous and sounds amazing! I love asian-fusion type places.

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

this is so fabulous! i suck at remembering lines and such, but i totally remember this restaurant from that scene. how cool! i love seeing things in real life that i have seen in movies and such. it looks like a very interesting place :)

have you seen bridget jones? i saw the building used as her apartment hahaha. i was super excited over that. and i think in england the australian embassy or something is used as the gringotts bank in harry potter, so that was nifty to see as well.

Jax said...

Omg that's amazing!!! I'm so jealous, but that place looks fabulous!!!

Have I? Yes, but nothing as exciting as yours. Remember when R-Dow went to the waffle house in the movie Due Date? Well, I HAD to go there. In my defense, as NY-er, The Waffle House was foreign to me.

The Siberian American said...

I love seeing places from TV shows and movies! This restaurant is so gorgeous! :)

Katie Elizabeth said...

Ahhh, this is so cool! KONG looks like an amazing restaurant and your pictures are gorgeous!

Melissa @ Always, Lissa said...

I have always wanted to go there. Freaking love Sex and the City.

my favorite TV show all time is called Twin Peaks, it is on Netflix, all two seasons of it. It's from 1990 and slightly corny but I love it. It's kind of like a supernatural murder mystery. Anyway it's set in Washington and was actually filmed out here. Almost 2 years ago I got the chance to go out to the town where they filmed and that was actually pretty awesome.

Unknown said...

Ahhh I understand this on sooo many levels. I am 100% that movie quoting, location stalking girl too. I will admit I had to watch the clip because for the life of me I can not remember that episode at all!?! Weird! xx

julie @ said...

Ahh SATC...! Loved these pictures, gorgeous!! Hehehe, its funny how places from shows become such sought out places... And well, with good reason!!

Anonymous said...

You know.. this is kinda a cool talent. I'd love to find places from my favorite shows, but I likely wouldn't realize it if I were there unless someone told me haha

I never watched Sex in the City, so I have no idea what this is about but this is a beautiful place! I would be down eating here!

Unknown said...

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