Épure

Finding a wine bar in Paris isn’t such a hard thing to do, but having a GOOD wine bar, not overpriced, serving great wines, is. I tend to think wine bars, nowadays, sort of pressure you into ordering a full meal, but thankfully at Epure, this is not the case. I’d call Epure more of a … Continue reading

Vivant Table

Pierre Jancou (of Vivant) is back. With a proven track record of successful ventures such as Racines, La Cremerie and La Bocca; he closed down Vivant to upgrade its look and come back with a new Chef and a different menu. What was wrong with the ‘old’ Vivant? It was never broken. The restaurant decor … Continue reading

Le Baratin

When I first moved to Paris, I was new to the culinary scene. It almost seemed intimidating. I would ask myself: where should I go to eat, what should I order, should I return back? etc…I had made up a list of restaurants after reading more than a dozen different food blogs focused on Paris … Continue reading

An Ode to Paris

I cannot believe it has been 2 years since I first moved to Paris. I remember arriving in the city of lights full of hope, fear, excitement, joy…well a mixture of feelings really, not knowing what to expect, not knowing where I would be in 6-months time, how would I cope with my new adventure, … Continue reading

La Régalade Saint-Honoré

When I was living and going to culinary school in Paris, one of my missions was to visit different kinds of restaurants in different kinds of neighborhoods. One of them was La Régalade in the 14th arrondissement. It was a bit out of nowhere, horrid to Parisian standards, had a very homey feeling, and the food was … Continue reading

Ace Gourmet Bento

It took me a year and a half to get back to this place. I remember having it one night, in my friend’s house on Rue de Richelieu. I had just finished a late night in culinary school and recalled that all I wanted was to go out and have fun. However, I hadn’t eaten … Continue reading

L’Office

Unpretentious, pleasant, simple, good food…that’s pretty much what I look for in a bistro; and that’s what you’ll get at L’Office. For the past year or so, there’s been a lot of buzz around this restaurant, headed by American chef (and Del Posto trained) Kevin O’Donnell. A 10 minutes walk from two landmark department stores, Galeries Lafayette … Continue reading

La Table d’Aki

Having lived in Paris for about a year, I have visited many restaurants in Paris; bistros, michelin stars, neo-bistros and cafes but never have I encountered a one-man show. Well, I finally found it at La Table d’Aki. Here, nestled in the 7th district, lies a 16-seater hidden gem. The chef, is L’Ambroisie (3-Michelin star restaurant … Continue reading

Bistro Volnay

If your tired shopping legs (I’m talking to you, ladies) gave up on Rue de la Paix, between Opera and Place Vendome, you’ll be happy to find Bistro Volnay, on a side street nearby.  The chic old glamour restaurant is beautiful, set with dark wood, art-deco type mirrors and simple yet elegant tableware.  With a … Continue reading

Another visit to…Agapé Substance

Earlier last year, when I was still living in Paris, I visited Agapé Substance 2 weeks after its opening. Then, the restaurant was quiet, the food memorable but it was more relaxed. Having kept in contact with Chef David Toutain the last couple of months, I decided to pay the restaurant another visit. Since my review … Continue reading