All posts by The Mouth

Patrick Roger chocolate atelier in Paris suffers a major fire

Big Fire at Patrick Roger Workshop

Purveyors of fine chocolate in Paris are suffering major losses this year. Back in February, Denise Acabo’s beloved chocolate shop L’Etoile d’Or was rocked by an explosion. Then yesterday, Patrick Roger’s atelier in Sceaux suffered a major fire.

There were no (human) casualties in the fire that broke out on around 3pm, but production of those delicious pralines and bonbons has of course ground to a halt.

To more fully grasp how awful this is, check out David Lebovitz’ video documenting the delicious work that took place in (and hopefully will return soon to) this atelier.

Read the article from Le Parisien (in French) or follow Patrick Roger’s Facebook Page for further updates.

Please like & share:
wine tastings

Paris Food & Wine Events

Coming Soon

  • September 27-October 3: after months of circumnavigation and culinary adventures, Harry Cummins and Laura Vidal (both formerly at Frenchie) are returning to Paris for seven collaborative pop-up dinners in the Aligre neighborhood. Small plates from Harry priced at 6-20€, wine pairing by the glass from Laura starting at 5 euros, cocktails from an all-star team of Parisian bartenders including Romain Llobet (Lockwood), Michael Mas (Mary Celeste), and Charlie Brock (Death by Burrito), and music every night from 9pm until late. More information and reservations via the Paris Popup Facebook page or via email at theparispopup@gmail.com.
  • September 30: Autumn Cocktails Meet Up with 52 Martinis. From 7-10pm at the new private club le Kafka inside Club RaYé at  26 rue Dussoubs, 75002. Forest Collins is making the cocktails herself featuring Monkey Shoulder.  RSVP requested.
  • October 4: dozens of Champagne producers will be popping bottles today at the Salon du Champagne at all locations of Julhès. From 2:30-7:30 pm at  54 rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010,  59 rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin, 75010, and 28 rue du Faubourg Poissoniere, 75010.
  • October 5: cocktails, brunch treats, and the blogger himself at a David Lebovitz hosted brunch at Treize. Booking is required and tickets are 75€. From 1-4pm at 16 Rue des Saints-Pères, 75006. Additionally, there will be a book signing open to the public from 12-1pm. 
  • October 8-12: The Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre, celebrates the harvest of the neighborhood’s 1,200+ grape vines with a giant parade, singing children,  poetry slams, and over 160 food and wine stalls.
  • October 22: learn about (and taste) artisanal wines from Eastern France (Jura, Savoie, Alsace) alongside Joshua Adler from The Paris Wine Company.  From 7:30pm onward at The American Library in Paris at 10 rue du Général Camou, 75007. Tickets are 35€, booking is required, and can be done by e-mailing Grant Rosenberg at rosenberg@americanlibraryinparis.org.
  • October 25: day drink with The Chamber, a private cocktail club, at Tea & Tipples.  Sweet and savory nibbles will available, plus bubbly, cocktails and tea. From 1-5:30pm at a private residence in Montmartre, 75018. Booking is required and costs 30€ for members & 50€ for non-members.

Planning Ahead

  • Late October: demos, tastings, courses, and sweets abound at the Salon du Chocolat which hosts more than 400 chocolatiers, chefs, pastry chefs, cocoa experts and budding diabetics from all over the world at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles.
  • November 15 & 16: Le Fooding is putting on Passard et Les Arpégiens, a two day celebration of Alain Passard with lunches and dinners from his famous-in-their-own-right protégés.  There are only 180 seats, booking is required, and tickets go on-sale on October 27th.  Saturday, November 15th, at 12:30pm will be Björn Frantzén of Frantzén and Sven Chartier of Saturne. Saturday, November 15th, from 7-10pm will be Mauro Colagreco of Mirazur and David Toutain of Restaurant David Toutain. Sunday, November 16th, you can look forward to two services from Tatiana Levha of Le Servan and Bertrand Grébaut of Septime at 11:30am and 2:30pm.
  • November 22: day drink with The Chamber, a private cocktail club, at Tea & Tipples.  Sweet and savory nibbles will available, plus bubbly, cocktails and tea. From 1-5:30pm at a private residence in Montmartre, 75018. Booking is required and costs 30€ for members & 50€ for non-members.
  • December 14: day drink with The Chamber, a private cocktail club, at Tea & Tipples.  Sweet and savory nibbles will available, plus bubbly, cocktails and tea. From 1-5:30pm at a private residence in Montmartre, 75018. Booking is required and costs 30€ for members & 50€ for non-members.
  • Early February: La Dive Bouteille will host its 15th annual wine tasting in the chilly cave beneath the Château de Brézé in the Loire Valley, featuring approximately one zillion winemakers.
  • Late February/Early March: the annual Salon de l’Agriculture will be held at the Porte de Versailles expo center.
  • Early March: the annual Omnivore Food Festival will return to Paris with three days of short demonstrations and master classes.

Have an event to share? Send us an email at parisbymouth@gmail.com

Please like & share:
Oysters at Le Mary Celeste in Paris | parisbymouth.com

Le Mary Celeste

 An absolute favorite

Le Mary Celeste is a new restaurant from the people behind Candelaria and Glass. Accordingly, there’s a solid cocktail program and two Brooklyn beers on tap. These will get a lot of attention, as will the rotating cast of mostly wild oysters sold by the piece for 2-5€. But the real story here is chef Haan Palcu-Chang and his menu of eclectic small plates, including Chinese crepes stuffed with pork knuckle and celery, tamarind-glazed endives, guinea hen with tare sauce and ginger (5-12€). Read more in our First Look at Le Mary Celeste.

Continue reading

Please like & share:
paris-by-mouth-food-wine-tours1

Upcoming Food & Wine Tours

ABOUT OUR TOURS

Our tours are lead by English-speaking food & wine professionals who share our passion for eating in Paris. The small-group food tours & the wine bar tour listed below are priced at €95 (including all tastings) and last around three hours. We keep these groups small in order to provide a more personalized experience for you, and to ensure that we are welcome in shops of exceptional quality. You can click the links below to learn more and to book directly online.

A fabulous new tasting space in the Aligre market neighborhood permits us to welcome up to ten guests for the popular French Cheese & Wine Workshop and even larger groups for private and corporate tasting events. We also offer privatized versions of our food tours in Saint-Germain, the Marais and the Latin Quarter. For more information about private tours, just send us an email.

We are happy to accommodate any requests to avoid meat, gluten, dairy or alcohol, just let us know during the registration process.

OUR CALENDAR OF UPCOMING TOURS

October

Wednesday October 1

  • Taste of the Latin Quarter at 10am (sold out with wait list)

Thursday October 2

  • Taste of the Marais at 10:30am (sold out with wait list)

Friday October 3

Saturday October 4

  • Beyond Bordeaux:  A Tour of Natural Wines & Wine Bars at 4pm (sold out with wait list)

Sunday October 5

  • Taste of the Marais at 11am (sold out with wait list)

Monday October 6

  • Taste of Saint-Germain at 4pm (sold out with wait list)

Tuesday October 7 

Wednesday October 8

Thursday October 9

Friday October 10

Saturday October 11

Sunday October 12

Monday October 13

  • Taste of Saint-Germain at 4pm (sold out with wait list)

Tuesday October 14 

Wednesday October 15

Thursday October 16

Friday October 17

Saturday October 18

Sunday October 19

Monday October 20

  • Taste of Saint-Germain at 4pm (sold out with wait list)

Tuesday October 21 

Wednesday October 22

Thursday October 23

Friday October 24

Saturday October 25

  • Taste of the Marais at 10:30am (sold out with wait list)

Sunday October 26

Monday October 27

Tuesday October 28 

Wednesday October 29

Thursday October 30

Friday October 31

November

Saturday  November 1

  • All Saints Day- No Tours

Sunday November 2

Monday November 3

Tuesday November 4

Wednesday November 5

Thursday November 6

Friday November 7

Sunday November 9

Monday November 10

Tuesday November 11

  • Armistice Day- No Tours

Wednesday November 12

Thursday November 13

Friday November 14

Sunday November 16

Monday November 17

Tuesday November 18

Wednesday November 19

Thursday November 20

Friday November 21

Saturday November 22

Sunday November 23

Monday November 24

Tuesday November 25

Wednesday November 26

Thursday November 27

Friday November 28

Saturday November 29

Sunday November 30

December

Monday December 1

Tuesday December 2

Wednesday December 3

Thursday December 4

Friday December 5

Saturday December 6

Sunday December 7

Monday December 8

Tuesday December 9

Wednesday December 10

Thursday December 11

Friday December 12

Saturday December 13

Sunday December 14

Monday December 15

Tuesday December 16

Wednesday December 17

Thursday December 18

Friday December 19

Sunday December 21

Monday December 22

Tuesday December 23

Sunday December 28

Monday December 29

Tuesday December 30

January

Friday January 2

Monday January 5

Tuesday January 6

Wednesday January 7

Thursday January 8

Friday January 9

Monday January 12

Tuesday January 13

Wednesday January 14

Thursday January 15

Friday January 16

Monday January 19

Tuesday January 20

Wednesday January 21

Thursday January 22

Friday January 23

Monday January 26 

Tuesday January 27

Wednesday January 28

Thursday January 29

Friday January 30

February

Tuesday February 3

Wednesday February 4

Friday February 6

Tuesday February 10

Wednesday February 11

Friday February 13

Monday February 16

Tuesday February 17

Wednesday February 18

Thursday February 19

Friday February 20

Monday February 23

Tuesday February 24

Wednesday February 25

Thursday February 26

Friday February 27

Please like & share:

Anne-Sophie Pic to open in NYC

Anne-Sophie Pic, one of a small number of chefs to possess three Michelin stars and a vagina, has been expanding in recent months at an almost Ducassian rate. In the past two years, the Valence-based chef has opened a casual restaurant called Daily Pic in that city as well as La Dame de Pic in Paris (right across from the Louvre). In 2015, she plans to open two restaurants in New York.

According to the New York Times, “she plans to open a cafe on the ground floor of 510 Madison Avenue (at 53rd Street) that will be a branch of Metcafé, in Monaco. There will a more formal restaurant, “relaxed yet elegant,” on the second floor, with echoes of her Paris restaurant, La Dame de Pic.”

– Read more about the expansion from the New York Times

– Read more about the expansion on Eater

– Read more about the Paris restaurant on our guide page for La Dame de Pic

Please like & share:

Game on! The hunting season opens in France

wild game

The Pourcel brothers report that the official hunting season opened yesterday in France, so we can expect to see some gibier à plumes (wild birds)  turning up on restaurant menus soon, to be followed later in the season by gibier à poils (wild hare, boar and deer).

An interesting detail: while nearly 580,000 deer and 556,000 wild boars are killed each year in France, most of the wild game sold in France is actually imported from New Zealand and Eastern Europe.

Read the full article from Les Fréres Pourcel

Find additional resources in Our Guide to Wild Game in Paris

Please like & share:

Tous au Restaurant festival begins in Paris

tous au restaurant

The folks at L’Express have created a handy guide to navigating this, the 5th edition of Tous au Restaurant. Just like Restaurant Week celebrations in other cities, Tous au Restaurant (September 22-28) aims to bring more people into restaurants by offering discounted meals – in this case, it’s buy one, get one free. And just like Restaurant Week celebrations in other cities, this is a terrible week for people who normally already visit restaurants (i.e. you, the readers of this website) to set foot in any of the participating restaurants.

Read the full article at L’Express but proceed with caution :)

Please like & share:

New restaurant from Pirouette near Palais Royal: L’Hurluberlu

Laurent Fréchet from Pirouette – a restaurant that has become a quiet favorite of ours – is planning to open a new outpost in the 1st. Construction has just begun in the old Pierre au Palais Royal space at 10 rue de Richelieu, so it will probably be several months before the new restaurant L’Hurluberlu is open.

As chef, they’ve hired a former cook from Le Meurice, according to Atabula, and there are no plans to close Pirouette.

Read the full story from Atabula

Learn more on our guide page for Pirouette

Please like & share:

Eataly to open in Paris

DSC01959Eataly in Rome

Eataly, the super-sized Italian food court/store with outposts in New York, Tokyo, and Istanbul, has struck a deal to open in Paris in 2015 or 2016. In partnership with Galeries Lafayette, Eataly will open their 6ooo m2 store in the Marais (so as not to compete with Galeries Lafayette’s own food hall) right next to the BHV.

While we were scratching our heads while visiting Eataly Rome, wondering why such a superstore was necessary in a city filled with excellent mom & pop purveyors, Eataly Paris seems like a brilliant idea. There are so few sources for good Italian products in Paris, and (we think) a lot of pent up demand. Between this, the opening of Caffé Stern, and whatever projects Giovanni Passerini and Pierre Jancou get up to next, we’re expecting a big wave of Italophilia in 2015.

Read the full story from Le Figaro

 

Please like & share:
10 belles paris photo catherine down

Ten Belles

Just steps from the Canal Saint-Martin, this shoebox-sized café is serving beautiful coffee drinks made from Has Bean (UK) beans with food catered by Le Bal Café. Sometimes cramped and a little uncomfortable, but the scones, healthy sandwiches and devilish sausage rolls make up for a lot.

Practical information

Address: 10 rue de la Grange aux Belles, 75010
Nearest transport: Jacques Bonsergent (5) or Colonel Fabien (2)
Hours: Open every day, 8am-6pm Monday through Friday and 9am-7pm Saturday & Sunday
Telephone: 01 42 40 90 78
Website Facebook

Reviews of interest

Serious Eats (2013) “This charmant spot near the canal is an easy favorite: a rotating selection of beans from different roasters (Has Bean, among others, and they used to use Telescope back when they roasted coffee as well) complement a lovely menu of small lunch items and perfect housemade pastries, all in a sunny-windowed spot along rue de la Grange aux Belles. Those in charge are serious about espresso as well as well-prepared filter coffees. (We tried a Chemex alongside a few lovely espresso drinks.)”

Eater (2013) “Ten Belles is a charming, light, and airy café in the 10th arrondissement that bakes its own pastries in-house. The baristi here are incredibly friendly and knowledgable.”

Oliver Strand (2012) “So much talent behind the bar: the cafe is a collaboration between Anselme Blayney, Alice Quillet and Anna Trattles (all of le Bal Café) and Thomas Lehoux (a cult barista). Depending on when you go, you might be served by Christopher Nielson, formerly of Sydney’s Mecca Espresso and London’s Prufrock Coffee. The beans are from Télescope’s David Flynn, the sandwiches, cookies and tartlets from Quillet and Trattles, and the clever chairs from Pierre Hourquet.”

Please like & share:

Julien Dumas succeeds Alain Senderens at Lucas Carton

Lucas Carton

The Restaurant Senderens has, with the retirement of the eponymous chef Alain Senderens, reverted to its previous incarnation: Lucas Carton. We’ve been hearing rumblings since January about Senderens retiring and passing the reigns to chef Julien Dumas.

Alain Senderens, now 74 years old, made his name at the restaurant L’Archistrate where he won, between 1968-1978, all three Michelin stars. He took over the kitchens of Lucas Carton in 1985 and brought that restaurant to three-star status, before “handing back his stars” in 2005, re-baptizing the restaurant in his own name, and lowering the prices.

According to the website (we haven’t yet been), prices at Lucas Carton now range from 35-44€ for a starter, and 51-83€ for a mains. The restaurant upstairs, formerly known as Bar le Passage, has been renamed as Le Marché du Lucas and, like before, features a lower price point – 44€ at lunch and 51€ at dinner.

 

 

Please like & share:
Broken Arm Cafe Paris Photo Catherine Down

The Broken Arm

Part concept shop, part café, the stylish space has small plates, cookies, cakes and a tightly edited, but well-prepared, coffee menu. Beans are sourced from Norwegian producer Solberg & Hansen, and beverages can be prepared to-go, as well.

Practical information

Address: 12 rue Perrée, 75003
Nearest transport: Temple (3), Filles du Calvaire (8)
Hours: Closed Sunday and Monday; Open Tuesday-Saturday 9am-6pm
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 01 44 61 53 60
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Soups/salads/sandwiches
Website Facebook

Reviews of interest

Seth Sherwood (2014) “…takes a more maximalist approach, offering a cafe attached to a two-level concept store packed with art books, cushions, accessories and clothing by cultishly admired designers.”

Lindsey Tramuta (2013) “Sometimes I wonder which is the bigger draw here, the goods the Broken Arm trio carries in their commodious concept store or the coffee and stunning natural light in the adjacent café. Of little importance, it’s a fine location to caffeinate with well-trained staff.”

Serious Eats (2013) “Eager baristas here serve Solberg & Hansen espresso and have just begun to expand their program to include filter coffee beverages. Enjoy your enthusiastically prepared cup alongside tasty breakfast snacks like crispy granola and fresh cheese. The cafe’s a bit strange, but highly competent and quite pleasant.”

Eater (2013) “Broken Arm is one of the few specialty coffee shops in Paris with outdoor seating in the Marais Nord. This café focuses on espresso, and the baristi are among Paris’ most skilled.”

Haven in Paris (2013) “The Broken Arm Café differs from the recent spate of Aussie-owned coffee shops in Paris by sourcing their beans from the opposite climate – Solberg & Hansen, a coffee supplier and roaster from Norway. The barista…is pulling beautiful espresso shots with rich crema and, of course, micro-foamed and swirly art-topped lattes. A selection of homey pastries, including the wonderfully lavender-ombred blueberry cheesecake I sampled, accompanies the impeccable coffee.”

Le Fooding (2013) “Chaque jour, une seule soupette (parmesan, croûtons, ciboulette), un seul sandwich baguette (crème de pois chiches, mimolette vieille, courgettes, coriandre), un unique bun brioché au sésame toasté (feuilles de betterave, suprême de volaille, mimolette, ou saumon fumé, cream cheese, citron, aneth et cresson), une salade de légumes ou de fruits et un gros cheesecake aux myrtilles (de chez Rachel) à découper en quartiers. C’est beau, bon, frais.”

Additional Images

Broken Arm Cafe Paris Photo Catherine Down

Broken Arm Cafe Paris Photo Catherine Down

Please like & share:

Porte 12 from André Chiang opens in the 10th

Porte 12 by Andre Chiang in ParisPhoto from the Porte 12 Facebook page

The Pourcel Brothers, Pudlo and Sophie Brissaud all announced over the weekend the arrival of Porte 12, the new restaurant signed by André Chiang. While the Singapore-based chef is certainly attached, it’s Vincent Crepel who will be running the kitchen after working for Chiang at his eponymous Restaurant André in Singapore (currently ranked #37 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list) 2014.

Another sign of the expanding gastro-gentrification in this neighborhood, Porte 12 has opened at 12 rue des Messageries in the 10th, a few steps from either Abri or Albion and a few blocks north of Vivant Table. The intimate space was previously a textile and lingerie atelier and is illuminated by corset-shaped chandeliers.

We haven’t yet been, and have no idea about prices or style of food (“a pure experience conceived on an honest and yet imaginative journey,” according to their website), but we’ll keep you posted.

Read the full article (in French) on the Pourcel Brothers’ Blog

 

Please like & share:
Porte 12 restaurant in Paris 75010

Latest Restaurant Openings

Openings in Fall 2014

Clown Bar (photo Meg Zimbeck)
Clown Bar (photo Meg Zimbeck)

Openings in Summer 2014

His milkshake brings all the boys to the Yard
Yard (photo Meg Zimbeck)

Openings in Spring 2014

Restaurant David Toutain (photo Meg Zimbeck)
Restaurant David Toutain (photo Meg Zimbeck)

Openings in Winter 2013/2014

Bistro Bellet (photo by Meg Zimbeck)
Bistro Bellet (photo by Meg Zimbeck)

Openings in Fall 2013

Frenchie To Go (photo by Meg Zimbeck)
Frenchie To Go (photo by Meg Zimbeck)

Openings in Summer 2013

The Sunken Chip (photo by Meg Zimbeck)
The Sunken Chip (photo by Meg Zimbeck)

Openings in Spring 2013

Le Six Paul Bert (photo by Meg Zimbeck)
Le Six Paul Bert (photo by Meg Zimbeck)

Openings in Winter 2012/2013

Please like & share:

Ducasse re-opens Plaza Athénée as vegetarian(ish)

ducasseLe Marché d’Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée

Alain Ducasse, who is is often described as the “most Michelin starred chef in the world,” lost some twinkle when his eponymous restaurant at the Plaza Athénée closed last year for renovations. It will reopen on Monday with a revamped décor by designer Patrick Jouin and a dramatically re-envisioned menu that celebrates fish, cereals and vegetables. No meat, or rather less meat.

The headlines have been rather splashy. The Guardian told us on Friday that “France’s top chef bans meat from the menu” after free transport rag Metronews reported on Thursday that “Avec Alain Ducasse, le Plaza Athénée devient végétarien.”

The same sort out headlines were trotted out back in 2001 when Alain Passard introduced his first vegetable inspired menu at L’Arpège. It wasn’t true then, and of course it isn’t true now that either chef has eliminated meat. Still, Ducasse’s focus on vegetables is certainly interesting. Is it sincere? Why here and not at any of the other 25+ restaurants in his collection? Is it a way to distinguish the Plaza Athénée from Le Meurice, whose three-star kitchens he is also overseeing?

If it is good, then all this cynicism will melt away (like cholesterol from a newly converted vegetarian’s heart).

Read the full article at The Guardian

Practical information and past reviews on our guide page for Alain Ducasse at the Plaza Athénée

 

Please like & share:

Septime alums to open new bistro in the 17th

bertrand grebaut septime marco gare au gorilleGrébaut’s former sous-chef Marco (at right) will be opening Gare au Gorille in October

Good news for people (like us) who have a hard time getting into Septime: two alums have joined forces to open a new bistro in October on the rue des Dames.

Marco, who was second to Bertrand Grébaut at the time of Septime’s opening, will be running the kitchen at Gare au Gorille. Louis, who is known by Septime fans as “the really tall and nice one,” will be taking care of the front of house.

Please like & share:
le baron rouge

Paris Restaurants Open on Sunday

Judging by the listings in our own Guide to Paris, at least half of Paris restaurants are closed on Sunday.

We’ve put together this list – organized by neighborhood and whether you need a reservation – to help you find a great meal on this very tricky day of rest. Our absolute favorites are highlighted with a heart.

Bon dimanche!

75001

Walk-Ins Welcome

Kunitoraya

Kunitoraya – A favorite address for udon and rice bowls that recently moved to a narrow but beautiful space. Open all day. Reservations are not accepted, so be prepared to queue unless you go early.

Willi’s Wine Bar – Mark Williamson’s landmark wine bar turned 30 in 2010. It’s packed with suits from the Bourse at lunch, and an Anglo-heavy crowd in the evenings.

Book a Few Days in Advance

Kunitoraya 2- Slurp your udon in style at this new branch of the rue Sainte Anne classic, housed in a renovated brasserie. Menus range from 18€ at lunch to a hefty 70€ at night.

Camélia – Thierry Marx’s second restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental after his flagship Sur Mesure. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

75002

Walk-Ins Welcome

frenchie to go

Frenchie To Go – Open for breakfast, lunch or a mid-afternoon snack on Sundays. This Anglo-inspired eatery from the chef at Frenchie features excellent Reubens, flavorful fish and chips, sweet treats, housemade ginger beer, and one of the best beer lists we’ve seen in Paris.

Hokkaido – A basic and busy noodle bar near rue Sainte Anne, serving gyoza and ramen. Be prepared to queue for lunch and dinner.

Liza – Brunch only on Sundays. Lebanese goes chic (and a little pricey) at Liza.

Book a Few Days in Advance

Drouant – This historic restaurant, now run by Antoine Westermann, serves a poulet frites special at lunch on Sundays (roast chicken and fries), and more elegantly updated classics, including great seafood, at dinner.

75003

Walk-Ins Welcome

le mary celeste

 Le Mary Celeste – Some of the best cocktails in the city  from the team behind Candelaria and Glass. On the food front, you can expect an eclectic menu of small plates from chef Haan Palcu-Chang, and a rotating cast of mostly wild oysters sold by the piece for 2-5€ during the season. Open for drinks and dinner.

 Café des Musées – There’s a lot to like about this bustling corner bistro: The cooking is honest, the location is easy, and it’s open every day for lunch and dinner. Last minute reservations are usually okay.

 Candelaria – With its bright, bare-bones kitchen, crowded counter, communal table, and addictive salsas — all mercifully un-Frenchified — this upper Marais spot has people are lining up for tacos and agua fresca. Go through the unmarked door next to the stove and you’ll find a serious bar. Sunday brunch means huevos rancheros and cocktails in the back bar.

Café Pinson – Fashionable health food freaks can get their fix at this (surprisingly?) popular vegan hangout. Open for brunch only.

Happy Nouilles – Hand made Chinese noodles, at very happy prices, for both lunch and dinner.

Al Taglio – It’s pizza sold by weight for lunch and dinner at this Rome-inspired spot. Bright lights, high stools and cheap wine by the carafe.

Bob’s Kitchen – Open every day but for breakfast and lunch only. Lunch at Bob’s might include a wheatgrass smoothie, a plate-sized pancake, a spicy veggie burger, or a colorful curry. All natural, all organic.

Pink Flamingo – “Pas comme les autres,” is the motto at kitschy cool Pink Flamingo Pizza. Take-out and delivery for lunch and dinner is available at all locations.

Rose Bakery – Open for lunch only, you’ll find colorful salads, Neal’s Yard cheeses, strong coffee, and a stellar carrot cake at this super-bobo British bakery.

Chez Omar – Closed for Sunday lunch but open for dinner. Go early, or be prepared to queue up with the  masses at this perennially popular address for couscous.

Glou – Pedigreed and organic ingredients rule the menu, and pretty waitresses run the loft-like, two-level, room. Last minute reservations are usually okay for either lunch or dinner.

Book a Few Days in Advance

breizh cafe

 Breizh Café – Lacy buckwheat galettes, artisanal ciders, briny oysters, and salted butter caramel crêpes, all for under 20€ a person. Open all day.

Dessance – Life is short. Eat dessert first. And second. And for every other course at this desserts-focused restaurant where the small plate sweets are nuanced and occasionally savory. Open from midday to midnight.

Grazie – Serving pizza in a low-lit space with industrial loft décor and decent cocktails. Open for lunch and dinner.

Book a Few Weeks in Advance

Les Enfants Rouges – Bistronomie from a young Japanese chef who trained under Yves Camdeborde near the Marché des Enfants Rouges. Open for lunch and dinner.

L’Ami Louis – It’s possible that this legendary address serves the most famous — and ridiculously expensive — roast chicken in the world. A roster of VIP regulars (hello, Bill Clinton) make this a difficult reservation for us plebes. Open for lunch and dinner.

75004

Walk-Ins Welcome

 L’As du Fallafel – Cheap, messy and seemingly obligatory – regularly cited as the best falafel in Paris.

Miznon – Another pita place for the Marais – this annex of an Israeli chain has far more creative offerings than your corner kebab stand. Notable options include grilled cauliflower, grilled sweet potato, and beef bourguignon. Open all day.

Brasserie de l’Isle Saint Louis – This classic brasserie has been in business since 1953, is open for lunch and dinner, and is still run by the same family.

Maison David – Squeeze into this tiny butcher shop for lunch only (1-3pm) and watch owner Michel Kalifa in action.

Chez Marianne – This mainstay of the Jewish quarter is popular for its platters of salads, breads, and lovely terrace, though many line up here for falafel, too. Open all day.

Jaja – From the team behind Glou comes Jaja, a contemporary bistro open for lunch and dinner that features top notch organic products, a serious wine list, airy urban decor, and… hot dogs.

Book a Few Days in Advance

Benoît – Open since 1912, this picture-postcard Paris bistro is part of the Ducasse group. Open for lunch and dinner.

75005

Walk-Ins Welcome

Terroir Parisien

 Terroir Parisien – Yannick Alleno (of Le Meurice) revives reasonably priced Parisian classics, with Ile de France ingredients, at this chic, airy bistro. Open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Le Bistro des Gastronomes – A neighborhood bistrominique from chef Cédric Lefevre, who previously worked for Thierry Breton and Christian Constant. Note: the Sunday service is a buffet, not the regular menu.

Book a Few Days in Advance

Lengué – An Izakaya joint, serving small plates, Japanese beer and cocktails, in the heart of the touristville. Open for dinner only.

Anahuacalli – A well-regarded Mexican address in the 5th, serving specialties like huitlacoche quesadillas, tortilla soup, mole and tamales. Open only for lunch on Sundays.

75006

Walk-Ins Welcome

 L’Avant Comptoir - Crêpes up front and pork (Ibaïona) in the rear. It’s standing room only at Yves Camdeborde’s recently renovated tapas and wine bar, a hit since it opened in fall of 2009. Go during the off hours or be prepared to be get to know the person next to you very, very well. Open for lunch and dinner.

 Huitrerie Régis – Régis’ fantastic oysters come from the Marenne-Oleron and are available for dégustation on the spot in the pale blue and white dining room for lunch or dinner, or to take home. Included in our list of Five Great Places for Oysters.

steak frites

Le Relais de L’Entrecôte – The choices here are steak and… really that’s it. Served with crisp fries in outrageous quantities, the only question is how you want it cooked. Reservations not accepted, so go early or be prepared to wait on the sidewalk.

Little Breizh – Hidden in plain sight on a street of tourist traps, this charming crêperie features organic ingredients, nutty galettes flecked with buckwheat, tender dessert crêpes, and sweet service. You can get out for under 20€, barring a cider bender.

Le Comptoir du Relais – Yves Camdeborde’s beloved bistro, once neo and now classic. During the week you’d have to book months in advance for a no-choice dinner, but on weekends you can just queue up for the so-called brasserie menu.

Cosi – The sandwiches at this shop — run by Juan Sanchez and Drew Harré of Fish — are made with a focaccia-like bread, right from the oven, with fresh fillings and plenty of vegetarian choices. You can eat on-site or take your sandwiches to go for lunch or dinner.

Eggs & Co. – Eggs rule the roost at this sunny spot in Saint-Germain, where brunch is not only for Sundays. Open from 10am-6pm.

La Rotonde – Currently closed through the end of March 2014 for renovations, this is a classic Montparnasse café and brasserie, serving standards like onion soup and steak tartare all day every day, along with oysters and other seafood in season. When it re-opens, it’s open all day.

Pizza Chic – Devotées love the artichoke pizza for lunch and dinner at this (very) sixth arrondissment address, which features a wood-burning oven, and contentious pricing. Open for lunch and dinner.

Book a Few Days in Advance

 Semilla – A contemporary bistro with an MOF chef in the open kitchen and a menu featuring an array of market-driven plates served in full or half portion. Space to eat at the bar and a fantastic wine list, which is what you’d expect from the team behind Fish, Cosi & La Dernière Goutte.

 Fish (La Boissonnerie) – A left-bank haven for Anglos, wine lovers, and food writers on their day off. The bar area makes Fish ideal for solo diners, too. Open for lunch and dinner.

Fogón – A popular, contemporary Spanish table. Open for lunch and dinner.

Le Chardenoux des Près – A second outpost of Cyril Lignac’s Chardenoux. Prices are trés Saint-Germain. Open every day, lunch and dinner

Allard – The sepia-toned dining room at this historic bistro remains the same, but Alain Ducasse and protégé Laëtitia Rouabah have taken over the kitchen and the accompanying carte of classic Burgundian dishes. Reviews are mixed. Open for lunch and dinner.

75007

Walk-Ins Welcome

coutume salad photo meg zimbeck

Coutume – Part of the new wave of good cafés, Coutume serves serious coffee drinks along with light & healthy brunch or lunch fare.

Café Constant – Christian Constant is the unofficial mayor of rue St. Dominique. His casual, no-reservations café is open all day, starting at 8 in the morning.

Les Cocottes – Though the breezy service and long counter are reminiscent of an American diner, they are not slinging hash at Christian Constant’s Les Cocottes. An easy, no-reservations choice for lunch and dinner in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower.

Book a Few Days in Advance

La Ferme Saint-Simon – This long-established restaurant near the Musée d’Orsay has been recently redesigned and updated – both in the kitchen and the dining room. Open for lunch and dinner.

Les Fables de Fontaine – The specialty is seafood at this lovely rue St. Dominique address. Open for lunch and dinner.

La Fontaine de Mars – The Obamas ate here! The Obamas ate here! This perpetual favorite, a mainstay on the crowded rue Saint-Dominique, offers classic cooking with a southwestern inflection. Open every day for lunch and dinner.

Thoumieux-by-Meg-Zimbeck

Thoumieux – The Paris brasserie reinvented by Jean-François Piège. Open all day.

Pottoka – A tiny Basque joint from the duo behind Les Fables de la Fontaine.

Book a Few Weeks in Advance

 L’Atelier Saint-Germain de Joël Robuchon – The original L’Atelier, in what’s now a global empire. Known for a particular brand of relaxed fine dining, our contributors nonetheless voted it on to our list of Five Great Steak Frites in Paris. Note: Reservations are ONLY accepted for the first seatings of each service.  Otherwise, it’s first-come-first-served.

Le Jules Verne – Perched high in the Eiffel Tower, the restaurant was taken over by Ducasse, and his chef Pascal Féraud offers a menu of classics, befitting of the location (foie gras in many forms, escargots, tournedos de boeuf, Bresse chicken, savarin a l’Armagnac). One Michelin star.

75008

 Walk-Ins Welcome

le mini palais

Le Mini Palais – Eric Fréchon of the Bristol is the consulting chef of this contemporary, chic brasserie. Book a table on the terrace when weather permits. Open every day, all day

Garnier – This posh brasserie near the Gare St. Lazare is one to remember when you’re craving oysters. Or sole, or daurade, or rougets.

Charbon Rouge – From Wagyu beef to bacon burgers, this is classy carnivory for the golden triangle set. Included in our list of Five Great Steak Frites in Paris. Continuous service throughout the day.

La Maison de l’Aubrac – This classic off the Champs-Elysées is open 24 hours a day, serving up burgers, tartare, and aged steaks that will please carnivores.

Book a Few Days in Advance

Napoleone – The latest addition from Chef Christian Etchebest (from the Cantines de la Cigaledu Troquet & du Troquet Dupleix) may not be his best, but it’s certainly better than most of what you’ll find along the Champs-Élysées. The neo-bistrot has a striking terrace, a beautiful Art Nouveau interior, a classic menu and is open late.

Les 110 de Taillevent – Taillevent has reconceived their second restaurant (formerly L’Angle du Faubourg) with a focus on wine pairings. There is a 44€ menu at lunch and dinner, but à la carte prices will put you in the 50-100€ range, before le vin.

Book a Few Weeks in Advance

lazare photo meg zimbeck

Lazare – Open all day, seven days a week but requiring advance reservations and suffering, by many accounts, from atrocious service that undermines Fréchon’s delicious Norman-inflected cooking.

Okuda – The first restaurant outside of Tokyo from chef Toru Okuda (of the Michelin-starred restaurants Okuda and Koju). Lunch for €180 and dinner for €250.

Epicure – The gastronomic table at Le Bristol hotel has been renamed, but revered chef Eric Frechon remains at the stove. The dining room has been renovated, too, offering a view onto the hotel gardens. Three Michelin stars. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

L’Atelier Etoile de Joël Robuchon – Joël Robuchon’s empire expands again with the opening of another Atelier, this time on the Champs Elysées. This one is bigger than the left bank outpost, with an actual dining room in addition to the trademark counter seating. Open for lunch and dinner.

Le Cinq – Haute cuisine in the George V hotel for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

75009

Walk-Ins Welcome

Le Richer – An offshoot of one our absolute favorites L’Office, Le Richer was named as Le Fooding’s Best New Bistro for 2014. Stop by this former corner café at all hours of the day and night (sans reservation) for snacks, small plates, decent coffee, cocktails, or an evening meal.

Buvette – Manhattanite Jody Williams has brought her well-loved French “gastrotheque” back to the city that inspired the original rustic-chic café. The appealing drinks menu includes artisanal cider, organic beer, a tight selection of wines, and pages of cocktails and apéritifs.

l'orient d'or

L’Orient d’Or – Craving a little heat? Head to this address for chili-laden Hunanese fare. If you want their chicken Zuo Zang-tong — General Tso’s chicken — be sure to call a day in advance and let them know.

La Tute – This rustic bistro offers heart-stopping fare from the Pyrenees for lunch and dinner.

Les Coulisses – A neighborhood bistro in the heart of the 9th, open for lunch and dinner.

Rose Bakery – Open for lunch only, you’ll find colorful salads, Neal’s Yard cheeses, strong coffee, and a stellar carrot cake at this super-bobo British bakery.

Hôtel Amour – Fashion types flock to to this boutique hotel for brunch or dinner in the secluded back garden.

Chartier – Do not, we repeat, do NOT go to Chartier for the food. Do go for the atmosphere (and prices) of a bygone era.

Book a Few Days in Advance

Professore – Lasagnas, carpaccios, vegetable plates, and very large balls of mozzarella are offered at this scene-y Italian trattoria from the team behind GraziePizza Chic and L’Altro. Follow up dinner with a cocktail at Gocce, hidden library themed bar tucked inside. Open for lunch and dinner.

Le Dépanneur – The team behind the food truck Cantine California was hired by owner Olivier Marle to capitalize on all the Parisian food trends of the moment: burgers, tacos and cocktails.  The food can be disappointing, but the outdoor seating, well-crafted cocktails and extensive tequila list are notable. Open for brunch and dinner.

75010

Walk-Ins Welcome

The Sunken Chip – Michael Greenwold of Roseval and James Whelan of L’Inconnu have opened the first dedicated fish and chips shop in Paris. Hake, pollock or catch of the day are available alongside thick chips and mushy peas. Pickled eggs, fish nuggets, chip butties (french fry sandwiches) and candies from across the chunnel make for an authentic Brit lunch or dinner.

bibimbap

La Taverne de Zhao – Cheap and cheerful cooking for lunch and dinner from the Shaanxi province, courtesy of Zhao, who hails from Xi’an. Get the pork-filled flatbread.

La Cantine de Quentin – You’ll be surrounded by an array of tempting products if you decide to lunch at this canal-side épicerie. Bottles to go, too. Lunch only.

elnopaltacos

El Nopal – A crowd queues at this sliver of a taqueria off the canal for Claudia and Alejandro’s tacos, burritos and quesadillas. There are only two stools in the tiny place, so plan on taking it to go. Open for late lunch or early dinner.

Krishna Bhavan – The vegetarian Tamil cooking at Krishna Bhavan is generous, aromatic, colorful, and cheap. Open every day from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Louloucam – Brunch only on Sundays. The chef at this neighborhood bistro worked at La Tour d’Argent and Le Meurice.

Pink Flamingo – “Pas comme les autres,” is the motto at kitschy cool Pink Flamingo Pizza. Take-out and delivery available at all locations.

Bob’s Juice Bar – Bob’s is the place to detox with fresh juices, veggie sandwiches on homemade bagels, soups and salads. Open for brunch and lunch.

Saravanaa Bhavan – Before getting on the Eurostar, stop for pan-Indian vegetarian fare in this bright, packed hall, part of an international chain. Open for lunch and dinner.

Maria Luisa – A popular one for pizza near the canal, with outdoor seating. Lunch and dinner.

Au Comptoir de Brice – After success on Top Chef, and with a grant from the city of Paris (for “alimentary encouragement”), Brice Morvent opened this counter-service resto in the marché Saint Martin, serving unfussy contemporary cooking. Open for lunch only.

Voy Alimento – Not just vegetarian, but totally vegan and organic, this canal-side canteen specializes in “superfoods”. Detox here. Lunch or mid-afternoon snack available.

Book a Few Days in Advance

Le Verre Volé – A relaxed hole-in-the-wall near the Canal where you can buy a bottle from the shelf and share a cheese plate, some boudin noir, or octopus carpaccio.

Chez Casimir – This bustling annex of Chez Michel offers hearty seasonal cooking and a heavy dose of old Paris charm. Open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays with an all-you-can-eat brunch.

Book a Few Weeks in Advance

Le Conservatoire de Cédric Casanova – Round up your friends and book weeks in advance for a Sicilian “picnic” in olive oil impresario Cédric Casanova’s new épicerie. Minimum five people, eight max, 30€ per tête.

75011

Walk-Ins Welcome

 Clamato – A seafood and shellfish-centric joint from Bertrand Grébaut of Septime. Expect small plates of pristine marinated fish, platters of oysters, silky crab fritters (accrabes) and maple syrup pie for dessert. Wines are natural and well-selected, just like at Septime. One of our favorite new restaurants of 2013. Open for lunch and dinner.

A-La-Renaissance-Shrimp-and-Avocado-Salad--e1375655170715

À La Renaissance – Great natural wines by the glass, fresh well-prepared food, and congenial service at this simple bistro near Bastille. Open for lunch and dinner.

Jeanne A – This eat-in epicerie and wine shop from the owners of the classic Astier offers classic comfort food, to stay or to go, at reasonable prices.

Freddie’s Deli – Kristin Frederick (of the food truck Le Camion qui Fume) has opened up a stationary restaurant serving hot American style sandwiches. Open for lunch and dinner.

Deux Fois Plus de Piment – The place for pepper-laden Chinese fare. Open for dinner.

Al Taglio – It’s pizza by the kilo for lunch and dinner at this (vaguely) Roman-style spot. Bright lights, high stools and cheap wine by the carafe.

Thank You, My Deer – This sweet coffee shop uses alternative flours like corn, rice or quinoa to make gluten-free homemade breads, waffles, cakes, and other treats for the gluten-intolerant. Open for brunch, lunch and afternoon snacks.

Sassotondo – Dinner only at this Tuscan address from Frederic Hubig of Astier and Jeanne A.

Book a Few Days in Advance

Blue Valentine – This sweetheart of a modern French bistro offers Sunday brunch and dinner along with charming service, good cocktails and pedigreed ingredients.

L’Auberge Flora – Flora herself does the cooking at this urban inn, offering a range of shareable small plates, or a heftier menu (at higher prices). Open for lunch and dinner.

Le Chardenoux – Celebrity chef Cyril Lignac took over this historic bistro in 2008. Open for lunch and dinner.

Astier – This classic, checkered tablecloth bistro is famous for its cheese tray.

75012

Walk-Ins Welcome

Le Baron Rouge – Join the rest of the neighborhood here on Sunday afternoons for a post-market glass of wine (direct from the barrel), a plate of cheese or charcuterie or, in winter, a dozen oysters. Bottles to go, too. Closed for dinner.

Shan Goût – This tiny, highly regarded Chinese restaurant veers from the usual family style format, offering a limited-choice, three-course menu.

rose1-e1388937697326

Rose Bakery – Open for lunch only, you’ll find colorful salads, Neal’s Yard cheeses, strong coffee, and a stellar carrot cake at this super-bobo British bakery.

Pink Flamingo – “Pas comme les autres,” is the motto at kitschy cool Pink Flamingo Pizza. Take-out and delivery available for lunch and dinner at all locations.

Clasico Argentino – This Argentinian restaurant and traiteur specializes in empanadas and helado — ice cream. Open for lunch and dinner.

75013

Walk-Ins Welcome

Au Petit Marguery – A delightfully unmodernized table, especially good in game season, when you’ll find roast partridge, grouse, wild duck, and lièvre à la royale. Finish with the Grand Marnier soufflé. Dinner only.

pho14table-e1391351245689

Pho 14 – It’s easy to find Pho 14. Just look for the line. Open every day from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Les Delices de Shandong – A well-regarded Chinese table open for lunch and dinner, run by a Qingdao native, specializing in the cuisine of the Shandong province, in eastern China.

Lao Lane Xang 2 – A much-loved address for Laotian, Vietnamese, and Thai specialties at lunch or dinner.

Likafo – A favorite for authentic Cantonese cooking. Open for lunch and dinner.

Tricotin – A bustling Chinese canteen, known especially for dim sum. Open all day, every day.

Book a Few Days in Advance

nuba-nightclub--e1374978443684

Nüba – Probably the best nightclub food in all of Paris. Japanese, Swedish and French fusion in bento box form from chef Alexandre Morin. The décor is somewhat sterile, but it barely matters when the backdrop is a waterfront view from the rooftop of Les Docks. Open for Sunday lunch.

75014

Walk-Ins Welcome

La Cantine du Troquet – Arrive early (doors open at 7pm) to avoid a wait at this casual, no-reservations bistro run by chef Christian Etchebest. Open for dinner every day.

Le Dôme – Le Dôme, with its sparkling platters of fruits de mer, remains an address for power lunches and tourists looking to rub shoulders with Hemingway’s ghost while getting their fill of zinc and iodine.

Le Bistrot du Dôme – The smaller sibling of the grand brasserie Le Dôme, just around the corner. Open for lunch and dinner.

Book a Few Days in Advance

LAssiette-cassoulet

L’Assiette – French bistro food, expertly executed by chef David Rathgeber. Classics like cassoulet, tête de veau and escargot, created with fresh ingredients for local clients. That’s a rarity in Paris, these days. Open for lunch and dinner.

75015

Walk-Ins Welcome

La Cantine du Troquet Dupleix – Lusty Basque fare, affordably priced. Arrive early (doors open at 7pm) to avoid a wait at this casual, no-reservations bistro run by chef Christian Etchebest which is only open for dinner.

Book a Few Days in Advance

Axuria – A contemporary gastro-bistro, with an emphasis on fish. Open every day for lunch and dinner.

Le Marcab – The room feels posh, but the prices are reasonable at Le Marcab. Open every day.

photo-70-e1391352032401

Les Trois Garçons – A solid neighborhood neo-retro bistro with a notable emphasis on seafood dishes. The large, shady terrasse facing a quiet square makes up for the lackadaisical service and makes this a local favorite for outdoor dining.

Book a Few Weeks in Advance

Ciel de Paris – Reopened with a sleek new design, a table at this resto on the 56th floor of the Tour Montparnasse affords sweeping views over Paris.

75016

Book a Few Days in Advance

Les Tablettes – In the old La Table de Joël Robuchon location, Les Tablettes reopened with a new chef (Jean-Louis Nomicos) and a pop attitude. Open for lunch and dinner.

Book a Few Weeks in Advance

La Grande Cascade – This Michelin one-star is in a grand pavilion in the Bois de Boulogne for lunch and dinner.

Shang Palace – Haute Cantonese cooking in Paris.

LiLi – Cantonese cuisine in a luxe setting at the recently opened Hotel Peninsula Paris. Former Top Chef contestant Jean-Edern Hurstel is almost exclusively using high quality French ingredients.

75017

Walk-Ins Welcome

L’Huitrier – Claires and Belons are on the menu at this sleek address in the 17th, included in our list of Five Great Places for Oysters.

Book a Few Days in Advance

Agapé Bis – An upmarket bistro from the team behind Agapé and Agapé substance. A new chef arrived in May of 2011.

75018

Walk-Ins Welcome

Le Bal Café – At this café/exhibition space on a quiet impasse near Place de Clichy, a pair of former Rose Bakery cooks are giving modern British cooking a very good name (particularly for brunch) and a serious barista is serving some of the best coffee in town.

chicken-pineapple-arepa--e1386079498141

Bululu Arepera – Essentially just a take-out counter and four tables, Bululu has a vegetarian-friendly menu of handmade arepas stuffed with avocado, Venezuelan cheeses, plantains, beans or meat. Open for brunch.

Jeanne B – A cheerful clone of Jeanne A for the underserved Montmartre neighborhood – this casual eatery and take-out épicerie is open seven days a week with continuous service. Continuous service all day.

Le Coq Rico – It’s all about the bird at Le Coq Rico. Open for lunch and dinner.

Le Grand 8 – Natural wines and simple cooking rule at this low-key Montmartre bistro. Open for lunch and dinner.

Le Petit Trianon – The menu at Le Petit Trianon is typical café and brasserie fare: Croques monsieur et madame, salads, and tartines. Open 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day, continuously.

Pink Flamingo – “Pas comme les autres,” is the motto at kitschy cool Pink Flamingo Pizza. Take-out and delivery for lunch and dinner available at all locations.

Marcel – Another brunch spot with an Anglo accent, in this case both British (porridge, scones, an English breakfast) and American (fluffy blueberry pancakes, a BLT).

Miroir – Lunch only at this neighborhood bistro in the heart of tourist-ville.

Book a Few Days in Advance

Chamarré Montmartre – Chef Antoine Heerah draws from the flavors and ingredients of his native Mauritius — and all around the Indian ocean — and fuses them with French technique. Open for lunch and dinner.

75019

Walk-Ins Welcome

Au Boeuf Couronné – Meat is king at Au Boeuf Couronné, a restaurant across the street from the Parc de la Villette (previous site of the Paris slaughterhouse). It’s a beautiful old brasserie and a reliable place (open every day) for steak lovers in search of a slab. Open for lunch and dinner.

Book a Few Days in Advance

Le-Chapeau-Melon-interior-by-Meg-Zimbeck

Le Chapeau Melon – Olivier Camus (the former husband/co-owner of Le Baratin) runs one of the most respected, if out of the way, natural wine shops in the city. Most of the week is a four-course, no-choice menu but Sunday nights are à la carte. The selection of bottles that line the walls makes this a delight for any wine lover, and the cooking remains a steal for the price.

75020

Book a Few Days in Advance

Chatomat – Open only on the first Sunday of the month for dinner. One of the few Modern French tables that offers a choice for every course, rather than a tasting menu.

Please like & share:

Julien Duboué sells Dans les Landes, opens A Noste

dans les landesDans les Landes was sold in July

Earlier this summer, Julien Duboué sold his easy-going tapas restaurant Dans Les Landes (included in Our Guide to the Latin Quarter) in order to open a new place near the Bourse. A Noste opened this week at 6 bis rue du 4 Septembre, and John Talbott shared his enthusiasm in a review entitled “Wow, wow, wow, this place is hot, hot, hot.”

There is a taloa truck parked inside, and they seem to be serving the Basque corn tortilla snacks on the ground floor along with tapas and drinks. One floor up, they’re serving a fixed menu that features giant meat skewers carved table side.

As for Dans Les Landes, we haven’t been back since it was sold in July. However, we did revisit Afaria after Duboué sold it, and promptly removed it from our guide (it was terrible). Let’s hope Dans les Landes doesn’t sink in similar fashion.

 

 

Please like & share:

Pierre Sang Boyer opens 2nd restaurant

After two years in Oberkampf, chef Pierre Sang (a former contestant on the French version of Top Chef) has opened a second location at 6 rue Gambey, 75011.

Just like his first restaurant, reservations are not accepted and hopeful diners should expect to put in plenty of time on the sidewalk. Open Tuesday-Saturday for dinner only. He tends not to stick to a single format, but for the moment is charging €49 for five small plates.

 

Please like & share:
kraft singles from the jeepers flickr

Pasteurized Cheese Recalls in the U.S.

Just in time to ruin Labor Day barbecues in America, Kraft recalled over 7,500 cases of “pasteurized prepared cheese product” Kraft Singles due to storage temperature concerns. This is the third such recall this year for the company including a Velveetacheese stuffed hotdog and cottage cheese mishaps. Good thing it wasn’t raw milk…

You can find more info on the recalled products here.

Photo via Flickr by JeepersMedia

Please like & share:
cocktails

Our Guide to Paris Cocktail Bars

Whether you’re looking for a nightcap or an apéro, an old fashioned hotel bar or a new wave dive, here’s our guide to the best craft cocktails organized by arrondissement. Happy tippling!

75001

Beef Club
Fish Club
Bar 228 at Le Meurice

75002

Experimental Cocktail Club 
Lockwood
Harry’s New York Bar
Silencio

75003

Candelaria 
Le Mary Celeste 
Grazie
Little Red Door

75004

Sherry Butt 

75005

Curio Parlour

75006

Prescription Cocktail Club

75008

Le Forum

75009

Artisan
Buvette
Dirty Dick 
Glass

75010

Le Coq

75011

L’Entrée des Artistes
Moonshiner
Red House

Please like & share:

Café des Abattoirs in The New York Times

Café des Abattoirs (75001) Lindsey Tramuta reported on Café des Abattoirs in the Times this week, calling it a “modern grill-meets-Lyonnaise bouchon” run by the Rostang sisters who “uphold their father’s penchant for simple dishes prepared with top-tier ingredients, in a family-friendly environment that has a whiff of nostalgia… Despite a few missed opportunities — a short, predictable wine list and uninspired desserts — this is feel-good Rostang cooking at its finest.”

For practical information and additional reviews, see our guide page for Café des Abattoirs

Read the full review in The New York Times

Please like & share:

Pietro from Retro’Bottega opens a new wine Squatt

Squatt (75011) Looking for an antidote to the ubiquitous Nicolas chain? Aaron Ayscough suggests the brand new “junkyardy wine shop and épicerie” from Pietro Russano, the owner of Retro’Bottega, which is “stuffed with unusual French and Italian selections, not to mention sincere personality… The selection is a 30% – 70% split between Italian and French wines.” Beware though as “Squatt’s French selection is presently a little patchy.”

Read the full review on Not Drinking Poison in Paris

Please like & share:

Posh cocktails with a panoramic view

L’oiseau Blanc (75016) LiLi isn’t the only new opening at the Hotel Peninsula Paris, there’s also a rooftop bar with “360 degree view of Paris in a sophisticated and staid space. The drinks menu features around a dozen drinks ranging from appropriate classics (Aviation, anyone?) to twists on classics like their Take Off (gin, sweet vermouth and bitters). Here you’ll find the excellent service and hush hush feel that high-end hotels are known for.” Forrest Collins recommends going early as she suspects many of the best terrace seats are reserved for hotel guests.

Read the full review at 52 Martinis

Please like & share:

Lobrano loves the new Cantonese LiLi

LiLi (75016) Alexander Lobrano thinks this brand new Cantonese restaurant will be one of the biggest hits of the rentrée with “an extravagant but carefully edited program of temptations that debuts with dim sum, including the juicy Shanghai style soup dumplings below and also other more delicate and tantalizing versions of the genre, including the lobster-stuffed caviar-dressed single dim-sum that was so good I ate it in one excited bite.”

Find practical information and additional reviews on our guide page for LiLi

Read the full review from Alexander Lobrano 

Please like & share:

Yam’Tcha to close & relocate

Yam'Tcha Paris

Stephane Davet reports today that Yam’Tcha – the celebrated and nearly impossible-to-book restaurant from chef Adeline Grattard – will be closing at some point in the next few months in order to reopen in a larger space. The new restaurant will also be in the Les Halles neighborhood but will pass from 20 to 35 covers and have space for four cooks instead of three. Anyone who has seen their current set -up can understand why she might want some more elbow room in the kitchen.

Read the full story in Le Monde

 

Please like & share:

Wine geek finds new refuge in Haut Marais

Monsieur Henri (75003) Natural wine scene fixture Dzine Breyet has opened a new wine bar in the haute Marais, featuring “harsh lighting, a low ceiling, and ill-advised primary-coloured wine storage cages,” according to Aaron Ayscough. However, “the value of a divey geek wine bar like Monsieur Henri lies in individualist eccentricities [like multiple Jura white being offered by the glass that night]. Monsieur Henri contains magnums of challenging wines. It offers cult eau de vie de cidre. It is perceptibly run by someone with a passionate investment in the scene.”

Read the full review at Not Drinking Poison in Paris

Please like & share:
PageLines- Ruth-Reichl-and-Nancy-Silverton-on-the-Tour-de-Fromage-cheese-tour1-e13849654542211.jpg

Praise for our food & wine tours

what-been-saying

Curious about our tasting tours? We’ve been recommended by The New York Times, USA Today, Time OutDavid Lebovitz and Ruth Reichl, and you can read below what some of our wonderful clients have said about their experiences. Be sure to check out our calendar of upcoming food & wine tours and or just send us an email with any questions. Hope to see you soon!

——-

The tour was fun, informative and (most importantly) delicious! I brought along my friend who lives in Paris (for 11+ years) and he had only been to one of the places we visited, and he LOVED the tour and how informative it was. I learned tons about cheese and bread and got enough food that I wasn’t remotely hungry until our late dinner. Now writing this review I just wish I could have some of the things we ate again! Great experience, would recommend 100%.”

-Taste of the Marais, reviewed on TripAdvisor in September 2014

“Diane thought of every detail that made the tour fabulous, leaving us hungry for more tours with Diane and Paris By Mouth. She shared information from her expansive knowledge about Paris, its food, wine, markets and restaurants that cannot be found in a guidebook! PBM tours are a must for travelers who appreciate learning about life in Paris.”

- Taste of Saint-Germain, reviewed on TripAdvisor in September 2014

“Since I was already seeking out knowledge of Paris and its natural wine scene I especially found the Beyond Bordeaux tour to be spectacular. Aaron is a total pro having been a sommelier in the states but also having immersed himself in the natural wine scene in Paris. Going around with him really felt like going out with your best wine nerd friend to their favorite haunts — a definite insider’s feel!”

- Beyond Bordeaux tour of Natural Wine Bars, reviewed on TripAdvisor in September 2014

Simply Amazing: This was the best start to my Paris experience, with a a guide (Sara) who was knowledgable, friendly and great host, with a passion for food only outshined by her knowledge of the food and wine and local producers. Couldn’t say anything more about this tour other then it was amazing, the tour were all inclusive did not have to pay for extra foods included cheese, meat, chocolate, macaroons, pastries and amazing bread. Honestly incredible. Average age was a little older but as a 25 year old Australian traveller was well worth the spurge and every cent. Amazing thank you so much for the experience.”

-Taste of Saint-Germainreviewed on TripAdvisor in September 2014

“I couldn’t think of a better way to spend 3 plus hours on a Saturday afternoon in Paris. Aaron’s kind temperament and personal passion for wine was a thrill to be around. The group all shared the interest to discover the hidden treasures of the 11th arrondissement . My first tour of the Marais the previous year was so excellent I thought why not do it with wine this year. As a solo traveler in Paris don’t hesitate to sign up!

- Beyond Bordeaux tour of Natural Wine Bars, reviewed on TripAdvisor in September 2014

“Phyllis was on time, well-prepared and kept us on track for this food tour. She took us to an olive oil purveyor where we ordered a great black olive oil shipped home. Yum. I will not spoil the insights by telling you about them, but Phyllis told us important history of restaurants and of the MOF system in France. Liberal wine tasting, lots of samples. Highly recommended.”

- Taste of the Left Bank, reviewed on TripAdvisor in September 2014

“Foodie’s delight: We had a wonderful time with Emma on our food tour through the Latin Quarter. It was a nice blend of sweet and savory food and of course wine. We did this on our first day in Paris and it was a great way to learn some history and taste many things Paris is known for right of the bat. It gave us a great foundation for the rest of our stay.”

- Taste of the Latin Quarter, reviewed on TripAdvisor in September 2014

“A food lovers dream come true: Jennifer toured us through the Marais with charm, humor and a great deal of expertise. She had a wonderful rapport with the various shop keepers and the tour was a highlight of our visit to Paris.”

-Taste of the Marais, reviewed on TripAdvisor in September 2014

“Our family took a private food tour of the Saint-Germain area with Diane. My entire family family, including our two children (ages 9 and 6) thought it was a highlight of our Paris vacation! This tour was not only DELICIOUS, but it was informative and fun, and it allowed us to feel very “local”… I highly recommend Paris by Mouth food tours as it will be an incredibly memorable part of your vacation!”

-Private Taste of Saint-Germain, reviewed on TripAdvisor in September 2014

Just a perfect way to experience ParisParis by Mouth say they specialise in small groups and this is correct. There were only 6 of us, 3 couples, so we all felt very special as we slowly walked around the wonderful area of Paris known as St Germaine. Sara our guide was excellent, she was very knowledgeable on French cuisine and took us to little places were we ate cheese that was sensational, beautiful wine to accompany it and then a selection of meats, then off for cakes, and finally chocolate (the quality of the foods would be impossible to find in Paris without Sara). I could go on forever but suffice to say it is also a highlight of our tour to France. Look up their website and book well in advance before you leave home that way you won’t miss out.”

Taste of Saint-Germain, reviewed on TripAdvisor in September 2014

I’ve heard lots of great things about Paris by Mouth food tours and they definitely delivered! The Wine and Cheese workshop started with a glass of bubbly and things only got better throughout the course of our time together. We tasted 14 cheeses paired with wine, beer and cider from every corner of France. Not only did I learn a lot of about cheese and wine, but Meg even took us to a market and gave us tips on how to order cheese. The workshop was educational, but also fun and light hearted. I would highly recommend Paris by Mouth!”

French Cheese & Wine Workshop, reviewed on TripAdvisor in September 2014

If you are into food and wine and interested in learning about the best Paris has to offer, I highly recommend Paris by Mouth. I did two tours – The Tour of the Left Bank with Diane and the Wine and Cheese Extravaganza with Meg, highlights of my Paris stay. I was blown away by the command of the subject and non-pretentious, engaging style of ‘teaching’ that both these women displayed, which made these small group experiences feel more like time hanging out with friends and enjoying good food/wine rather than a superficial hospitality event. I stayed in Paris for a month, and Paris by Mouth became one of my most important resources for the best in food and wine. I highly recommend you check them out!

Taste of the Left Bank and French Cheese & Wine Workshop, reviewed on TripAdvisor in August 2014

Awesome experience: I am so glad that I booked the Wine and Cheese Extravaganza with Meg. It was so much fun and I learned a lot. Meg is very engaging and was truly interested in the interests of myself and my fellow workshop participants. We were introduced to a wide variety of cheeses and wines that went with them. This class is very interactive and we were encouraged to ask questions. Most of the class was conducted in one place, but we did get to cross the street to the covered market-Marché Beauvau to visit the cheese monger and to buy more cheeses to sample. I would love to take the class again. My only regret is that I could not take another one of their tours. Maybe next time I’m in Paris!”

French Cheese & Wine Workshop, reviewed on TripAdvisor in August 2014

“Catherine led us through the delectable tastes of the Latin Quarter, from macarons and award-winning chocolates to fresh goat cheese and wine. Along the way she shared fascinating insights on the food as well as the history and architecture of the neighborhood. Her background in American culture (her spouse is American and she has lived in California) gave her a unique perspective on the similarities and differences of the two cultures. We would highly recommend this entertaining and educational food tour.”

- Taste of the Latin Quarter, reviewed on TripAdvisor in September 2014

Worth every euro: I had the opportunity to join Meg last week for an afternoon Cheese and Wine Workshop and I was completely satisfied! I mean that literally and figuratively. The knowledge shared and wine and cheese selections by Meg were more than generous, the company was very enjoyable and it was a perfect way to experience cheese and wine in Paris while hopefully, gathering some knowledge to take home. I highly recommend Paris by Mouth and will definitely join them again if I have the chance. Well done.”

French Cheese & Wine Workshop, reviewed on TripAdvisor in August 2014

Stop scrolling and book this now: honestly, don’t spend any more time on trying to decide what to do while in Paris. My wife and I spent 10 days in Paris, did all sorts of different tours, and this was hands down our favorite. Catherine’s expertise in all facets of French food & wine cannot be emphasized enough. Can’t recommend this enough!!”

-Taste of the Marais, reviewed on TripAdvisor in August 2014

“No better introduction to Paris: on our first full day in Paris, my mother and I did the cheese class (which was really the cheese, wine, bread and awesomeness class). Amazing cheese and wine plus a group of new friends (some of whom we’re still in touch with long after our trip) made for the perfect start to our visit. The class is both an in-depth look at how cheese is made, aged and sold in France and a delightful party. You learn and have fun and eat and drink some of the best food/wine you’ll have while in Paris.”

French Cheese & Wine Workshop, reviewed on TripAdvisor in August 2014

“A Must-Do in Paris: Catherine was our guide for Taste of the Left Bank. She was really fantastic. It was pleasantly informal, like having a personal friend give you her perspective of Paris and their food culture. We had a small group so it was easy to ask questions and customize the tour for us. Not scripted, she bought food at specialty shops as we went telling us what to look for, allowing us time to shop for gifts, and choosing items for us to try according to what looked good that day and to our tastes. At the end (and some along the way) we enjoyed cheese, charcuterie, chocolates, and wine. Plenty to eat for everyone… So come hungry and don’t plan to eat too soon afterwards. Well worth the cost. Don’t hesitate and book well in advance as spots fill up quickly. “

Taste of the Left Bank, reviewed on TripAdvisor in August 2014

Meg is clearly excited about the topic at hand, and really set up a wonderful pairing of wine and cheeses, taking us through different regions of France and describing what wines and cheeses they are famous for. The wines are not everyday names, which we really enjoyed; I love learning about small independent producers of natural and/or relatively low alcohol wines. It was really enlightening (and a little sad) to learn all about what we are missing here in the US because of some not-terribly-well-thought-out regulations. The opportunity to taste and buy some of these forbidden cheeses at the local fromagerie was wonderful. The amazing bread that Meg brought in to pair with some of the cheeses also was a treat. Highly recommend not missing this opportunity to learn about French wine and cheese.”

French Cheese & Wine Workshop, reviewed on TripAdvisor in August 2014

Great tour, even though we’re not in to natural wines! We booked this tour with trepidation – original we’d booked a foodies tour but had to change days. Certainly not into natural wines, but thought we’d give this a go.  Well, can’t recommend more highly, a great tour of wine bars with an interesting selection of wines. Our tour was lead by Aaron who has a fantastic knowledge of all things wine. You don’t have to be a natural wine fan to enjoy this tour – it adds spice to an already diverse subject.  Follow up after the tour has also been impressive – we received a comprehensive list of where we had been and what we tasted, meaning there’s no need to take notes as you go.  You won’t be disappointed.”

Beyond Bordeaux tour of Natural Wine Bars, reviewed on TripAdvisor in August 2014

“Just what we needed! We almost didn’t take this tour. Although it sounded intriguing, we were concerned about our return on investment. We also researched several other similar tours and were having difficulty choosing between them. However, I am so glad we went with our gut and said “yes” to Paris by Mouth! Our guide, Emma, was incredibly personable and knowledgeable. Our primary objective was to gain some know-how and experience for perusing the food shops and markets in our Latin Quarter neighborhood and Emma delivered on that big-time. She not only helped us choose and sample along the way, she answered questions, gave us background information, and imparted skills for our own exploration. This tour turned out to be one of our favorite memories for the 10 days we were in the city. I only wish we had scheduled it earlier in our stay. Highly recommended!!”

- Taste of the Latin Quarter, reviewed on TripAdvisor in September 2014

Please like & share:

Bon Appétit reviews Le Comptoir nine years after it opens

Le Comptoir du Relais (75006) Editor-in-Chief Adam Rapoport acknowledges the (still) impossibility of scoring a reservation at Yves Camdeborde’s restaurant, and then gives it some more much-needed mainstream press coverage. The appeal for him lies in “the restaurant’s bustling, studio-apartment-size space, completely free of pretense in a city famous for pretense,” and the fact that “there is no menu—you eat whatever inventive, abundantly fresh, elevated bistro dishes Camdeborde chooses to cook that evening.” Also, the cheese (much of which comes, we’ve heard, from Twiggy’s place inside the covered Saint-Germain market): “Finally, there is the cheese board, oozing with only-in-France creations (and honey and quince jam and all that good stuff) that your waiter plunks down on the table after your meal and lets you have at it.”

For practical information and additional reviews, see our page for Le Comptoir du Relais

Read the full review from Bon Appétit

Please like & share:

Aux Deux Cygnes wine bar opens on rue Keller

Aux Deux Cygnes (75011) Aaron Ayscough thought the pristine & professional wine bar could benefit from “a little more anarchy, a little more scuff on its polish,” but found that the wine list “by emphasizing outlier categories like Languedoc whites and Swiss reds, manages to retain interest without following trends or touting big names.”

Read the full review on Not Drinking Poison in Paris

Please like & share: