Guests at Brasserie Pavil Friday evening met with Rene Bajeux, the restaurant’s new executive chef. One of just 50 French Master Chefs in the country, Bajeux comes to San Antonio from La Sammana Resort on St. Martin. The French Master Chef designation is awarded by the Maître Cuisinier de France.
Trained in his native France, Bajeux cooked in Luxembourg and Canada before coming to the United States in 1979. He worked at the AAA 5-Diamond-rated Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans before joining the Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel, where he presided over the kitchen at Rene Bistrot. Esquire Magazine named it one of the top “20 Best New Restaurants” for 2002.
After the restaurant was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, Bajeux became lead chef and partner of another classic French restaurant, La Provence in Lacombe, La.
On Friday, guests roamed through several rooms, chatting with the tall, cordial chef as they sampled some of the brasserie’s casual French food, wine and Champagne.
The classic tastes ranged from buttery garlic-simmered mussels to smooth slices of pâté served with rustic breads, Duck Confit Shepherd’s Pie, Lobster Bisque, Swiss fondue and fig crêpes.
Brasserie Pavil is located in the Plaza Las Campanas center at the southeast corner of Huebner Road and Loop 1604. It is owned by the Watermark Hotel Company founded by Patrick J. Kennedy. The restaurant is re-opening for lunch, is open for dinner daily, and for brunch and dinner on Sundays.