It might sound strange. To dress up nicely to go out at night and head to the City Concorde. To park your car in the underground car park, to walk through the shopping mall, to go up to the top floor. But all this is absolutely fine. The atmosphere of the shopping centre will be quickly forgotten as soon as you enter the SKYBAR.
Christopher RAHME, the manager, is not a first-timer. After having opened, among others, the Downtown Café and the Café des Capucins in the city centre and the Avenue in Kirchberg, Christopher Rahme threw himself 200% into this rather crazy challenge. “People around me were sceptical, imagining such a restaurant in a shopping centre, but I didn’t want to launch a restaurant that didn’t suit me. You always do the things you love better.”
His passion can be found in this welcoming place, sublimated by a sophisticated decoration, to house the owner’s clear ambition to offer a varied, surprising and elaborate cuisine.
The decoration of the room was entirely imagined by Christopher Rahme. “I have been supported by professionals in my previous projects, which has given me the experience to manage everything here.”
On the ceiling, a painting that lies between the plant and aquatic worlds, hand-painted by the artist Samuel Lévy, invites you to daydream. The drawings in fluorescent colours make it a living painting, giving a sensation of movement depending on the lights. On the walls, the bold choice of long planks of black burnt wood adds character without being austere, thanks to the multiple reflections, matt and shiny, of the wood.
The owner has also found many vintage pieces in the Paris flea markets, such as the 1950s mirror frames and a 1970s light fixture that looks like a sea urchin. The benches are covered with numerous cushions whose designs were created by painters from different worlds.
An open kitchen adds depth to the 90-seat restaurant. “The layout of the tables has been designed to optimise the number of customers without infringing on their privacy.”
Since opening in November 2019, the restaurant has attracted a loyal clientele. Open during the same opening hours as the City Concorde, you can go up to the Skybar to enjoy a cocktail prepared with professionalism by the waiters trained in these techniques by a mixologist, devour a menu of the day or take your time during a dinner with friends or lovers.
The Skybar, as its name suggests, is on the top floor and has a terrace that can seat 130 guests. There are no buildings around, but fields as far as the eye can see, ideal for dining while watching the sun go down, leaving behind a pink and purple sky. “We hope to expand the offer on our terrace soon, with a bar so that workers can come and have an afterwork drink while eating tapas prepared by the chef’s brigade.”
On the kitchen side, the manager carefully selected Chef Renaud Nols. “I wanted someone who was ready to take on many challenges and who could offer French cuisine with oriental and Asian inspiration.” And the chef has taken up these challenges, having had to learn, among others, about Peruvian and Lebanese cuisine during organised theme evenings. “These experiences have allowed me to discover new products, other ways of cooking, and I now bring this knowledge into my recipes.”
You will never hear Chef Nols say “we’ve always done it this way!” because he is fighting precisely against a static cuisine. “The menu changes every six weeks to continually rethink my cooking and to be able to work with the right product at the right time.” So, apart from the octopus and the beef tartar which remain on the menu all year round, the chef lets his creativity speak for itself. Surprising dishes to open up new culinary horizons, such as a Luxemburgish Wagyu in a shabu-shabu broth, mushroom baklava or tiramisu prepared with… truffles. It’s all about surprises at Skybar, the kind of surprises that don’t disappoint – so let yourself be surprised.
80, rte de Longwy — L-8060 Bertrange
Tel. +352 / 26 44 14 14