The chef Benallal Akrame has just opened (6 weeks to be exact) his own restaurant in the heart of Paris, closed to the Arc of Triomphe. Chef Akrame garnered a great CV working at El Bulli with Ferran Adria and then with Pierre Gagnaire before working in the subterranean Konfidential in the 1st district. He now has … Continue reading


Le Meurice, The Ritz and Plaza Athenée, step back. Shangri-la is in town and it is here to stay and make its mark. The Asia-based luxury hotel opened its doors earlier this year as Shangri-la’s first European property. Set in the chic 16th arrondissement, the Shangri-La revamped the 1896 palace of Prince Roland Bonaparte, the … Continue reading

Aux Merveilleux de Fred

I don’t know who Fred is…or how merveilleux (marvelous) he is…but his damn pastries are! I don’t think this is Fred unfortunately… Originally from Lille, the shop expanded to the right bank in the heart of Passy (16th district).The shop is tiny and its successful among the neighbors. The shop creates a range of specially … Continue reading

La Chaumette

La Chaumette is one of those hideaway restaurants only known by locals of the neighborhood that they keep secret themselves from others in the 16th arrondissement. You won’t find tourists here, just friendly neighbors serving traditionally french dishes that one’s grandma might make on a Sunday afternoon. This bistro reminds me of a grand aunt’s living room, … Continue reading


Tonight we enjoyed a meal at Pascal Barbot’s 3-Michelin star restaurant, L’Astrance, a small and 25-seat venue in the 16th arrondissement. Formerly from L’Arpège, Barbot’s kitchen brigade contains many Asian influences, particularly Japanese, Thai and Chinese, which comes out in each and everyone of his dishes. Moreover, there is no menu, Barbot decides what they are … Continue reading

L’ARC Paris

L’Arc Paris Restaurant, Bar and Nightclub is the place to be seen in Paris nightlife.  This refurbished restaurant has a progressive interior design for the swankiest of Paris and lies in the shadow of the Arc de Triomph. The view while eating the meal of Chef Antony Germani (ex- of L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon) is … Continue reading

Paris, 6.30, etc.. etc…

I apologize in advance for not posting this weekend but I haven’t done anything interesting – in the culinary sense of the word until today. As for last friday, our group baked based on dough, and we made quiche lorraine and tarte a l’oignons. Unfortunately due to lack of humidity, the dough was very crumbly … Continue reading

A New Chapter

Tomorrow, will be the first page of a new chapter in my life.I’m feeling all kinds of emotions right now: excitement, happiness, fear, worry (what if I fail?!) – everything! Though tomorrow is just orientation, I’ll be meeting my fellow students in the program so I cannot wait to share my experience at ESCF with … Continue reading