Japan, Part 3: Tokyo

My self-guided food trip around Japan led me to my final destination, and capital of Japan; Tokyo. Tokyo is an eclectic city, filled with a mix of old and new, high tech gadgets and cartoon mascots. It was even more crowded than Osaka and Kyoto (probably combined) and it’s wackyness never leaves you bored. A … 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

The H Restaurant

The letter H of The H Restaurant stands for the initial of the last name of former owners, Gérard and Karin Herisson who opened this casual French bistro in Sunny Isles Beach. Headed by chef Julien Herisson, the owners’ son and Chef Ralph Colon, the menu boasts a reasonably-priced bistro style menu with appetizers such as Escargots … Continue reading


This new venture from the young Chef Bertrand Grébaut has created a huge buzz and excitement in Paris’ gastronomic scene. Back in the day, gastro-bistros as they were called would be the hottest ticket meals in town as well-known chefs who had closed their fancier places for a smaller dining room serving traditional French food … Continue reading

Sensing de Guy Martin

Important Note: Please be forewarned that this dinner was specially tailored for me , so it is possible that my experience is different and more positive than a regular visit.   When Guy Martin, chef of 2-star Michelin Grand Véfour, opened his first restaurant in 2006 called Sensing (now 1-star Michelin); he envisioned his restaurant to be different; it would be modern, sleek, … Continue reading


Frenchie…where to begin. Since my arrival in Paris in September 2010, I have been wanting and endlessly trying to get a reservation. Every time I call, a voice answers on the other side; alas, it is not a person but a machine advising me to call back between the hours of 2.30pm to 3.30 pm…recently … Continue reading

La Petite Cour

La Petite Cour is a ravishing restaurant hidden between the Churches of St-Germain-des-Prés and St-Sulpice. The restaurant hides a green garden, a beautiful charming fountain and a patio with exotic plants surrounding you, giving you access to a shelter of peace from the lively area and making La Petite Cour one of the most romantic and … Continue reading

Sola par Hiroki Yoshitake

In the shadows of the Notre-Dame Cathedral, lies Sola; that is Sola by Hiroki Yoshitake, a refined and creative Franco-Japanese restaurant lying in the short rue de l’Hotel Colbert. From outside, nothing special is felt about the restaurant. Once you enter, however, the polished and modern decor immediately takes your breath away and that’s when … 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