Category Archives: Paris

Chablis with some age on it

Got a text message from JM. He had missed his connecting flight in Hong Kong. Had to fly through Rome and then onto Paris. But he was determined to make it to lunch at the Tour d’Argent. Who wouldn’t be? … Continue reading

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Those Brittany boys….

“White and purple !!” I exclaimed, truly shocked. “Where do these sea urchins from?” “Brittany.” Replied Colette “I’ve never seen anything like these !” “Neither have I.” She admitted, almost as shocked as I was by her own remark. If Colette has … Continue reading

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Colette and the sea urchins

No one picks out sea urchins like Colette. She’s got it down to an art. Picking them up delicately and with the slightest shake of the wrist, she weighs each one in her knowing hand. Oui, là, ils sont bien … Continue reading

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Saturday morning breakfast @ Batignolles Organic Market

On cold blustery days (the kind we’ve had a lot recently) the tarps covering the market stalls look like they’ve been pulled extra-tight together, huddling up close in solidarity. On the nicer, sunnier days, there is a little jazz trio … Continue reading

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Tang, Coquilles and St Julien

I’ve mentioned Resturant Tang before as one of my absolute favorite places in Paris. I know a lot of his dishes, but on my last visit, he surprised me with this scallop and spicy soy sauce recipe. Scallops (Coquilles St Jacques, … Continue reading

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Tang : Bordeaux with Chinese food

Taro root with white truffle oil This is one of his signature amuse bouches. The sweetness of the taro is a perfect vehicle for the gamy complex (almost intoxicating) truffle. Noodles with shitake mushrooms Very South-East Asian in style. Some … Continue reading

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Le Chamarré de Montmartre: magic from the islands

  I happened to be tasting through the wines of Thierry Despres, of Grande Maison in Monbazillac. Whose wines can rival the most expensive and notorious sauternes at a fraction of the price. I know. I’ve done blind tastings before … Continue reading

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Last rays of summer sun at Sonia and Carlos

  I like this place for its simple, homey food and atmosphere.  Although Giles Chiraiaux (owner and chef) has a printed menu, the black board has the daily suggestions and is the way to go. Starters are very traditional, with … Continue reading

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Dutournier’s Carré des Feuillants luncheon menu: a 2-star steal

    His pistachio and trout roe amuse bouches were superb. The bitter-sweet aspects of both ingredients married perfectly. The prawn, melon and curry combo was interesting. The prawn was just slightly over cooked, but the sweet melon and the … Continue reading

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Random find: L’Entêtée, a pleasant surprise

I fell upon this restaurant on a side street off of the pedestrian rue Daguerre, an area of Paris that I know very little while running an errand in that part of the 14th. What caught my eye was the … Continue reading

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Sunday lunch at La Tour d’Argent

Number One: The Tour d’Argent has the best wine list in Paris and is one of the top 10 in the world. The wine list is a veritable book in which wine lovers and afficionados can plunge with pleasure (and … Continue reading

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Restaurant Le Diapason moves to its summer quarters on the roof top Terrace

  Arguably the best restaurant in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, a stones throw away from the bustling rue des Abbesses, the excellent Diapason restaurant moves into its summer quarters on its unique roof top restaurant. Up and coming young … Continue reading

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Best Bouillabaisse in Paris @ Charlot : Le Roi des Coquillages

Best Bouillabaisse in Paris @ Charlot : Le Roi des Coquillages   Usually it is served in 2 different times : First the soup (liquid part) with the Rouille (which means ‘rust’ in French is made from garlic mayonnaise-like sauce) and cheese … Continue reading

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