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

Japan, Part 1: Osaka

I am still surprised I haven’t slipped into a food coma. I’m alive and well and I am able to tell the tale of my gastro tour to Japan. My trip there wasn’t so much planned as it was spontaneous especially in terms of eating. People go to Japan for several reasons, to hike mountains … 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

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

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

French Basque Country

The French Basque Country, also known as “The North Side” (Iparralde” in Basque), is situated within the western part of the French department of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, and is equally part of the northeastern part of Basque country. Stretching from the border of Bilbao, Spain, French Basque country begins at the border with Spain until Bayonne and Biarritz, both … Continue reading

Racines

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

Christophe

Behind the Pantheon in the 5th arrondissement and overcrowded with students from nearby high schools and universities, sits Christophe; a quaint restaurant holding 20 covers in what appears to be your run-in-the-mill bistro. You wouldn’t enter this restaurant unless someone vouched for it.    The Chef, Christophe Philippe, is a stickler for good and fresh ingredients … Continue reading