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


The first two times I went to Passage des Panoramas, only good things happened: L’Arbre a Canelle and Passage 53. My third visit in this landmark passageway still did not fail to please me. This time, I paid a visit to Racines, a tiny narrow wine bar which serves natural wine and market-inspired cuisine. The wine is … Continue reading

Le Baron Rouge

Wine Bars are a great way to find your hidden niche and blend with locals in Paris. They are also great venues where the food is enjoyable. Le Baron Rouge has come to be one of the outstanding wine bars I have been to. Right off, the Aligre market nearby, you’ll spot a crowd of … Continue reading


Just let go and put yourself in the hands of Pierre Jancou (food-wise and yes wine-wise); formerly from Racines and now proud owner of Vivant, his new venture in the cool and hip 10th arrondissement. Pierre himself greets clients, takes their orders and even has the time for a small chat. He’s very well-versed in … Continue reading

Astier and Jeanne A.

When I had dinner at the Hidden Kitchen a couple of months back, I met a couple who raved about Astier and Jeanne A. I remembered the American woman telling me the 3 good reasons to go to Astier: 1. the generous cheese platter plunked on your table where you can eat as much as … Continue reading


If you know me well, you know how much I love pork. Like actual L.O.V.E kind of love. I love all parts of the pork: head, ears, belly, pork loins, pork chops, ribs, pork knuckle…you can make boudin noir, boudin blanc, rillettes, terrines, all kinds of lovely sausages, you name it! How can people not … Continue reading

Le Dauphin

We’re back with more news on Chef Inaki Aizpitarte, who to some is a culinary genius and an up-and-coming Chef on the Parisian food scene, while others think it’s just all overrated.  I’m not an adoring fan of Chef Inaki but his cooking is good.  I’ve blogged about the Chef previously, after my visit to … 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

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