Chef Jean Imbert at Hôtel Plaza Athénée leans on kitchen surface.
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Jean Imbert’s luxury seafood inspiration

November 23, 2021

Inspired by his beloved grandmother’s fish dish he has enjoyed since childhood, chef Jean Imbert at Hôtel Plaza Athénée shares his popular sea bream gratin 1962 recipe. It brings back wonderful memories for him and he hopes you’ll enjoy it too.
Sea bream gratin in the kitchen of Le relais Plaza restaurant


2 grey sea bream fillets

300g Paris mushrooms

2 shallots

10cl white wine

Juice of half a lemon

1 basil leaf

1 clove of garlic

500g spinach

50g breadcrumbs

230g butter

2g peppercorns


For decoration

20g spinach shoots

20g button mushrooms


Serves two


1. Chop the shallots and place in a pan with the peppercorns and half the white wine then heat to reduce by three quarters.

2. Gradually add 200g of cold butter to the pan, followed by a dash of lemon juice.

3. Add the basil leaf to the pan and leave to infuse for five minutes.

4. Strain the contents of the pan through a sieve.

5. Melt the remaining butter in another pan, add chopped garlic and spinach and cook for one minute to wilt the spinach then drain.

6. Use the same pan to cook the coarsely chopped Paris mushrooms on a high heat.

7. Deglaze the pan with the remaining white wine and cook for another five minutes.

8. Cook the sea bream fillets in olive oil without letting them brown, this will take roughly two minutes on each side.

9. Gather all the ingredients in the centre of a pan with the sea bream on top and sprinkle with breadcrumbs.

10. Grill until golden then decorate with a few spinach shoots and fine shavings of button mushrooms.

Jean Imbert in the kitchen of Le Relais Plaza restaurant

Jean Imbert hopes you enjoy sharing this dish with your family and friends as he has done many times over the years.

If you would like to have this dish cooked for you, visit our Le Relais Plaza restaurant at Hôtel Plaza Athénée next time you’re in Paris.

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