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Praise for Our Food & Wine Tours


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 or just send us an email with any questions. Hope to see you soon!


“Diane, our tour guide, is and absolutely delightful gourmand who knows her stuff! This tour was much more than we anticipated. Not only did we learn all about various breads, cheeses, wines, chocolates and pastries of Paris, we learned of the Parisian culture, including how to act in the tiny shops that line the avenues of the city. I would highly recommend this very personal and customized tour to anyone wanting to go the extra mile to experience Paris. I recommend booking early into your visit so you can use the information learned for the rest of your visit…You will not be sorry you signed up for a Paris by Mouth tour!”

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

“If you are a serious foodie (or just love cheese and wine), what better way to spend three glorious hours then tasting cheese and wine with Meg? This was an amazing in-depth class where we learned so much about the cheeses of France and the wine pairings. The class was held in a knife shop with a large u-shaped table that sat about 10 people. For a nice break, we took a short walk just across the street for a tour of a market with a fromagerie. This workshop is a really a special experience.”

– French Cheese & Wine Workshop, reviewed on TripAdvisor in October 2014

“My husband and I spent a Friday afternoon in early October exploring the Marais and discovering amazing food and wine with our fabulous Paris by Mouth guide, Claire…We thoroughly enjoyed every moment of our three hour tour but enjoyed sitting down together at the wine shop and sharing our goodies and good conversation with our group most of all. The fact that I don’t eat most meat wasn’t an issue for me… pass the cheese, please! We left feeling warm and fuzzy and made our way back to many of the stops over the course of our week’s stay. Thank you, Claire, for a wonderful introduction to the Marais!”

Taste of the Marais, reviewed on TripAdvisor in October 2014

While I am generally not a “tour” person, this was a truly great experience and one of the top highlights of our most recent stay in Paris… Phyllis, an American expat, was a great guide and open to immediately relevant questions as well as anything else about Paris. She was very informative, friendly, generous with her information and as an expat living in Paris, a great bridge for tourists. We really came away with a much greater understanding of the foods we tasted and especially the distinguishing quality features to look for when shopping on our own. Highly recommended.”

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

“We did a tour of the Latin Quarter with Catherine and extremely enjoyed it. She was very knowledgeable and fun. It was an excellent way to find the very best of the best in Paris and it was definitely a highlight of our time there.”

Taste of the Latin Quarter, reviewed on TripAdvisor in October 2014

“It was on our first day of a week-long visit to Paris and it was easily the highlight of our trip. Sara was a very friendly and knowledgeable guide and was happy to answer all of our questions and give us the ins and outs of eating in the city. Much to my delight, cheese was the star of the tour, although the charcuterie, wine, chocolate, bread and apple tart were all incredible as well. Sara picked out an amazing variety of cheese for us and shared details and stories for each one, which is something you would never get wandering into a shop on your own… I would advise anyone visiting Paris, even for just a couple days to definitely do a Paris by Mouth tour, as it is time and money very well spent!”

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

“Jennifer was so knowledgeable and taught us a lot about bread, cheese, and more that we put to use the rest of our trip. We went back to four of the vendors she introduced us to later in the week to get more goodies. We loved the small group experience- it was personal and engaging. I am a bit of a picky eater and she was great about accommodating me without making me feel bad about not being too adventurous. I would absolutely do a Paris by Mouth tour again.”

Taste of the Marais, reviewed on TripAdvisor in October 2014

Joining the effusive throng in praise: we signed up for the Latin Quarter tour, expertly guided and curated by Emma… we sampled fabulous pastries, meats, chocolates, and cheese, accompanied by delicious wine… our only regret was that we only had the time to take one tour with this company. Yes, it’s a little expensive – but for a quick but in-depth look at a neighborhood, I can’t think of how we could have enjoyed it more.”

Taste of the Latin Quarter, reviewed on TripAdvisor in October 2014

What an afternoon! Our group (of strangers) gelled instantly and the mood lightened quickly as comfortable small talk filled the gaps between the laughter and more serious moments of our St Germain Food Tour…Along the way we met a diverse range of characters who owned or worked in the small shops…And all of them took their business of food seriously; examples of the best in their business…Diane’s keen knowledge in food, acquired by years in the food industry and food journalism ensured the matches of food and wines were precise and hit the spot…Thoroughly recommended by all who attended, including our teenage boys! A Paris highlight!

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

“My sister booked the French Cheese & Wine Workshop for us during a recent visit to Paris. I was just expecting a tasting. WOW…this was so much better! Not only did we taste delicious cheeses paired with excellent wines, but we learned a lot about how the cheese is made and the history of it all. Really fascinating!”

– French Cheese & Wine Workshop, reviewed on TripAdvisor in October 2014

Worth every cent. This was my first food tour and I loved it! It was my first time in Paris and I only had a short amount of time to taste the best croissants, cheeses, baguettes etc and know where to go. I took the Marais tour with Claire who was extremely knowledgeable (also a chef) and provided information about Paris as well as the food. For the tour and the generous amount of food and wine we tasted, I thought this was quite affordable in comparison to other food tours. Their website is also equally good for restaurant and other food related recommendations.”

Taste of the Marais, reviewed on TripAdvisor in October 2014

“My taste buds are still dreaming of this tour. Catherine, our guide, is truly wonderful. A Parisian who knows the inside story, she showed us places that I would never had known about without her. Real places that locals visit. The next time I am in Paris, I will choose another Paris by Mouth tour.”

Taste of the Latin Quarter, reviewed on TripAdvisor in October 2014

“This was the highlight of our trip to Paris! It was a wonderful way to learn and experience some of the best foods of Paris and see the St. Germain neighborhood. Diane, our guide, was phenomenal…You could tell she was well liked and respected by the shopkeepers. She was friendly, warm and outgoing and made the experience really wonderful… Because the group is small (they only take up to 7 people) it’s very intimate… If we ever go back, we’d do it again in a heartbeat. This is a high quality tour, geared toward the people in the group.”

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

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

Prodigal chefs return to cook with Passard

For two days in November, chef Alain Passard will be partnering for a series of meals with his former acolytes – chefs who worked for him at L’Arpège before moving on and gaining acclaim with their own restaurants. The list is impressive, and you’ll find the following chefs working together with Passard to create 100€ meals. Continue reading Prodigal chefs return to cook with Passard

Joël Robuchon to return to NYC

Two years after the closure of his first New York outpost, Joël Robuchon will bring his relaxed fine dining back to New York with a brand new restaurant in Battery Park City . This atelier will be considerably bigger (at 11,000 square feet) and will include a bar & lounge space for small plates — a first for Robuchon’s global Atelier empire. Continue reading Joël Robuchon to return to NYC

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), A Tabula (in French), L’Express (in French), or follow Patrick Roger’s Facebook Page for further updates.

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

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

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 :)

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

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


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.



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

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


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


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.

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.



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

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!


Beef Club
Bar 228 at Le Meurice


Experimental Cocktail Club 
Harry’s New York Bar


Le Mary Celeste 
Little Red Door


Sherry Butt 


Prescription Cocktail Club


Le Forum


Dirty Dick 
Lulu White


Gravity Bar
Le Coq
Le Syndicat


L’Entrée des Artistes
Pas de Loup
Red House

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

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

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

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 

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


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

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

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

Recently Devoured: Tastes from our Tours

While our stops and samples change with every tour (you’re not guaranteed to taste what’s pictured below), there’s always something delicious and photo-worthy. Here are some recently snapped tastes to share from our food & wine tours in Paris.
IMG_5599Goat cheese, while it’s still in season, Taste of the Left Bank

Charcuterie ParisBasque charcuterie, Taste of the Marais 

P1230621Seasonal mushrooms, Taste of the Latin Quarter

La Derniere Goutte ParisDiscovering French wine, Taste of Saint-Germain

IMG_7520Pâtes de fruit, Taste of the Marais 

Premiere Pression ProvenceSmall production AOC olive oils, Taste of the Left Bank

Patrick Roger chocolates in ParisChocolate boxes, Taste of Saint-Germain

IMG_7497Terrine and pâté en croute, Taste of the Marais 


maraisfoodtourchocolatefromjacquesgeninChocolate box, Taste of the Marais 

CharcuterieCharcuterie, Taste of the Left Bank 

IMG_3767Rustic apple tart, Taste of Saint-Germain

Cooked shrimpBite sized shrimp, Taste of the Latin Quarter

French cheese & wineThe big spread, French Cheese & Wine Workshop

Traditional loaves from PoilaneTraditional loaves, Taste of Saint-Germain