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

36 Hours in My Paris

At last! Paris, I am here. I’ve only been away from you for 1 month and a half but it seems like we’ve been apart for years. I was able to get away from work and San Sebastián for 3 days, and I knew I had to make my trip gastronomically memorable among other things … Continue reading


After working for big names such as chef Gilles Goujon’s 3-star Auberge du Vieux Puits in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France then at Alain Ducasse’s 3-Michelin star restaurant in Paris for 7 consecutive years, the young Kei Kobayashi has opened an eponymous restaurant in the old Gerard Besson space in the heart of the 1st arrondissement. The restaurant, named … Continue reading

Les Bistronomes

Bistronomie,  a mash up of the words “bistro” and “gastronomie” describes the new wave of small, non-fancy restaurants who have worked in haute cuisine in France (please see previous post here). Let’s give thanks to a journalist called Sebastien Demorand for the idea, name and new culinary movement. Demorand, a critic at Zurban, coined the … Continue reading

Les Fines Gueules

In culinary school, we’re told that not only does our cooking techniques matter, but for French food to be truly good, it should consists of the freshest available produce so that ingredients shine. I believe that Les Fines Gueules (an equally cozy wine bar and perhaps what might be the best steak tartare in Paris), … Continue reading

Les Anges

Les Anges is tucked on rue Montmartre, off Etienne Marcel train station. The cuisine is light and delicious. You open the menu and are proposed 8 different types of tea; there is obviously coffee as well. The restaurant is famous for its cakes and its ‘special’ dishes such as the “assiette des anges” – an assortment … Continue reading

Le Garde Robe

Le Garde Robe, literally “closet”, is a small wine bar tucked in rue de l’Arbre Sec, across the street from Spring‘s shop, Spring Boutique. Many wine bottles line the brick walls of the narrow wine bar like a library of books. The wines in this bar are ‘nature‘ from independent labels, but you can find … Continue reading


 As much as I wished to have yamt’cha (literally ‘to drink tea’, equivalent to what is known as dim sum) in Hong Kong right now, I have yet to find a restaurant that reminds me of home, until I came to 1-star Michelin restaurant Yamt’cha by Adeline Grattard. I wouldn’t go as far as to … Continue reading

A Perfect Spring in Autumn

Spring, by Chicago-born Chef Daniel Rose, finally confirmed a reservation for lunch today, a very rare occasion at that – as it is almost impossible to get a reservation for the next 3 months! After class, a few of us took the metro up to the tiny but modern restaurant holding no more than 30 … Continue reading