[Translate] We had lunch at Le Cinq at the very posh Four Seasons George V hotel in Paris. I was generally excited for this particular meal is because of Executive Chef Christian Le Squer currently cooks here and I recalled of the wonderful lunch I had in 2010 when he worked at Ledoyen. We opted for the 4-course lunch (145€ per person) since we still have a long day of eating. Starting off our meal was a “mises en bouche” of a plate set with a ginger jelly balloon, raspberry truffle has a liquid center, and a crispy jigsaw shaped..
[Translate] When you think of foie gras, you’d normally associate a very high price tag but at Au Petit Sud-Ouest is one of those rare, family owned restaurants that serves lots of foie gras dishes (and a few classic French bistro dishes) but in an casual, unpretentious setting at reasonable prices and it’s close to the Eiffel Tower. The matron running the front of the house is incredibly warm and charming lady that understood that we had to leave a bit early to see a show when we made reservations. (The photos were taken with my iPhone since we’re heading..
[Translate] For the hip and buzzy restaurants in Paris, Clown Bar is one of them. I’ve read and heard from a wide range of various bloggers, respected food websites, and food magazines that this place is the place to eat. The kitchen is led by a Japanese chef Atsumi Sota which explains the Asian touches on the menu while grounded on French cuisine. The Belle Époque décor is present but not over the top but there’s a distinctive hipster feel to it. The dark wood tables at the front of the restaurant were in close proximity to each other (if..
[Translate] My recent trip to Paris, Monaco and Nice restaurants are mostly influenced by me but there were some input from my travel companion as well. Since it was his first time to Paris, he wanted to experience some rustic, mostly traditional French cuisine and La Régalade Saint Honore was one of them. This was on his radar since his parents (who are frequent travelers) ate here before and had a good dinner experience and because of the housemade terrine served instead of butter for your bread. For our purposes, this location was conveniently close to the Louvre and the..
[Translate] We had a pit stop, so to speak, to another French Riviera city of Nice, France. Though Nice was about a half hour drive from the super glamorous Monte-Carlo, there is a distinctive relaxed feel when you walk on the main seaside promenade, Promenade des Anglais. Strolling through the Cours Saleya market near the old city inspired me to cook, seeing the beautiful, overflow of seasonal produce, locally made baked goods, cheeses and charcuterie. (I almost wished I didn’t have a dinner reservation and was staying at an apartment with a decent kitchen to cook.) Toward sunset, we headed..
[Translate] When my traveling companion and I were in Paris, we stayed at the grand Five Star Hôtel du Louvre, a Hyatt property. The hotel is located at the busy intersection of the Avenue de l’Opera and Rue de Richelieu near the famed I.M. Pei pyramids at the Louvre. It’s very conveniently close to the Opéra Garnier and the Palais Royal. Place Vendôme, Place de la Concorde, the Marais neighborhood, and the Tuileries Garden. Built in 1855, this hotel is one of the oldest in the City of Lights (it was a former mansion of the Champagne family Taittinger). It..
[Translate] I respect the European and most of the Asian cities’ Michelin guides for a long time after my numerous dining experiences when I travel abroad. My traveling companion on this trip was largely a skeptic with the mentioned red book and I understand his point of view given the fact that New York City’s ratings are mostly wonky. I won’t discuss about my qualms on the NYC Michelin ratings here but the point is, since this was our first Michelin restaurant in Paris we’ve dined together was at Restaurant David Toutain, it started to make him believe in the..
[Translate] For the past several years, Paris was and still is having its trend for a really good cocktail and bars (like New York City) for the past several years. We managed to squeeze in time for one particularly excellent cocktail bar called Little Red Door out in Marais on the 3rd arrondissement. When you arrive to the front door of Little Red Door, you will encounter a nondescript building with double doors with one of them being a little red door with black and white checkered flooring, hence its name. This door is actually not functional as we found..
[Translate] Gontran Cherrier is one of the few creative boulangers (bread bakers) in Paris, creating globally inspired flavors of bread but still the loaves are deeply rooted in traditional French recipes. Of course, there baguettes sold here (and they are very good) but I’m curious about his creations. (more…)