HIGH END GASTRONOMY
Restaurant Guy Savoy | Our article
Three Michelin stars chef Guy Savoy delivers a precise, delicate and flavorful cuisine. We loved the warm staff and the intimate atmosphere. Special mention to the artichoke soup with parmesan and truffles. Prices are steep, like most luxury experiences, about €300 per guest, drinks excluded.
Abri | Our article
This restaurant offers high end cuisine for very reasonable prices (i.e. less than €40 for the diner menu), it’s a real feat that the Japanese chef has achieved. The cuisine is creative and the menu changes every night. Signature dish: the chocolate fondant with melting cacao sorbet.
Restaurant Ledoyen | Our article
The restaurant Ledoyen looks like an obscure golf country club from the outside. But inside, the chef delivers a brilliant cuisine and places a great emphasis on the seafood: spider crab coming in its icy shell and its pressed juice, zebra-striped braised turbot with black truffle potatoes puree. It’s pricey but entirely worth it for the big occasions.
L’Arôme | Our article
Intimate atmosphere et modern decor. L’Arôme is the perfect setting to have a great diner not far from the Champs-Elysées. The chef tries to transcend traditional products into creative recipes, he’s successful most of time like with the beech smoked Buffalla and tomatoes. Desserts were slightly below.
Neva Cuisine | Our article
Modern French cuisine in a neighborhood that desperately needed a great restaurant. The dishes are executed with a lot of technique and the flavors combinations are amazing. The setting is welcoming, the staff is very nice and unpretentious.
Extra points for the desserts which are among the best you can find in bistro in Paris, they’re creative and will please real gourmets. Signature dishes : Pastilla-style lamb casserole; Pina Colada vacherin.
Chatomat | Our article
The space is lilliputian but this young couple knows everything about how adapting high end cuisine to unpretentious people: simple products transcended by creative cooking skills. Both have worked for the best chefs, in Paris and in London; you can feel it in your plates.
Booking is not option. The best dish we had ? Grilled shrimps with a delicate peanut sauce.
Régalade Conservatoire | Our article
Doucet succeeds in executing modern and transcended bistro cuisine in Paris. The restaurant is located in a newly renovated five stars hotel close to Grands Boulevards. The €35 prix fixe menu is a real deal: creamy squid ink risotto with roasted big shrimps, caramelized pork breast with braised cabbage, and Grand Marnier soufflé.
TRADITIONAL FRENCH CUISINE
L’Affriolé | Our article
Amazing bread, generous portions and great desserts. The setting is intimate and the staff welcoming, that’s a real Parisian bistro. You’ll need a solid appetite to finish off your plates. The best dishes we had: pig’s feet fritters; waffles with chocolate and caramel sauces.
L’Epi Dupin | Our article
We loved the prix fixe menu at a great price (€36) in the heart of the 6th arrondissement. The space is really tiny, but it’s worth it if you’re looking for real French cuisine off the beaten tracks. Our favorite dish : the orange flavored risotto. The owner has also opened a snack for those of you who don’t have much time for lunch!
Brasserie Thoumieux | Our article
Talented chef Jean-François Piège has succeeded to give a new life to this Parisian mythic brasserie. The classics were well executed and there were also a few good surprises (soufflee pizza, carbonara style calamari).
The extra thing we loved: it’s always open from late morning to midnight.
L’Ebauchoir | Our article
A traditional French bistro in a hip neighborhood (République). A hint of creativity in the cuisine but not too much. The portions are really generous We loved the asparagus and mozzarella di buffala. Very popular terrace when the sun comes out.
THE BEST OF ASIAN CUISINE
Kunitoraya 2 | Our article
Amazing Japanese gastronomy in a pleasant seating, that’s the best way to sum up Kunitoraya 2. Do not miss the udons and the tempuras which are extremely flavorful. Though the cuisine is Japan oriented, we loved the very French atmosphere of the space.
Hyotan | Our article
A tiny Japanese restaurant located not far from the Champs-Elysées which offers quality food for a bargain is something very rare. It’s hard to find as the door is hard to spot. Sashimis are always fresh and the pork tonkatsu is amazing.
Guilo Guilo | Our article
The Japanese chef takes you on an experience in this small restaurant located in Montmartre. The hit of the diner was a “creme brulée like” tofu, with puffed corn on top. 8 courses menu for €45 is a good deal for such a meal!
WHEN PARIS RHYMES WITH ITALY
Les Amis des Messina | Our article
Probably the best pasta we had in a long time. They’re always fresh and well seasoned. The antipasti are also the star of the show with the Burrata and the zucchini fritters.
No pizza here, but you won’t regret it! When the sun is shining, the terrace is a hit.
Jacques Génin | Our article
Certainly the best (and most underrated) Parisian pastry shop. Located in the heart of the Marais, you should stop by and sit for a tea and a pastry. But if you really want to have pastries to go, you have to order in advance.
Special mention to the millefeuille. But Jacques Genin is also one of the best at making chocolates and caramels.
La Pâtisserie des Rêves par Philippe Conticini | Our article
High-end pastries. You won’t recognize the French classics as they’re all re-interpreted by Philippe Conticini. There’s a lot of technique here, a real heaven for gourmets like us. It quickly became a not-to-be-missed pastry shop in Paris.
Aux Merveilleux de Fred | Our article
Call it a mono-product pastry shop. But we won’t complain, the house specialty is a delicate meringue topped with chocolate whipped cream and coated with shavings of dark chocolate. They obviously carry out different versions of the Merveilleux.
La Petite Rose | Our article
The owner is Japanese but all the pastries he makes are nothing but French. We had a crush for the lemon tart and the delicate atmosphere of the space located not far from the Parc Monceau. It quickly became one of our favorite address for an afternoon tea.
Popelini | Our article
Once again a single product shop. Popelini only sells choux filled with delicious flavored creams, a true French specialty that you shouldn’t miss. They make incredible flavors like salted caramel or litchi.
Dalloyau | Our article
Dalloyau rhymes with Paris like Harrod’s rhymes with London. No need to say more, it’s a true Parisian institution.
Bien sûr on y va surtout pour la spécialité de la maison, l’Opéra, mais la religieuse café est aussi diablement aguicheuse.
Grom | Our article
The very products from Italy to make incredible ice-creams, that’s the secret of Grom. There’s only one location in Paris but it’s worth a visit if you’re craving for real Italian gelati. Don’t feel guilty, they’re made without artifical colors and additives. The fragola is our favorite.
Pierre Hermé | Our article
Forget about Laduree and surprise your friends, Pierre Hermé is the one who makes the best macarons in Paris (and actually, he used to work for Laduree). Go there for the intense chocolate flavors and the olive oil and white truffle macaron. He also has contributed to modernize French pastry, and he’s well known for the Ispahan (raspberry gelée and rose).
IN A RUSH?
Cojean | Our article
Healthy fast-food with a French touch, don’t miss Cojean if you don’t have time for a real lunch. There are several locations, all located in chic Parisian neighborhoods. Don’t forget it’s closed for diner.
Le Camion Qui Fume | Our article
A food truck selling cheeseburgers and fries? No, You’re not in New-York, this food truck has been the target of all the hype in the past months and it’s well deserved. The burger is juicy as hell and the seasoning is perfect, with a nice spicy twist.
Joséphine – Caves parisiennes | Our article
This cocktail bar makes great drinks, the bartenders fixed us a Joséphine (chartreuse, calvados, lime, absinthe and grapefruit zest), a true hit. The setting is intimate and the staff very warm. They also have a few good things to eat: the shrimp appetizer was well executed.
WHERE TO GET YOUR DAILY COFFEE
Coutume Café | Our article
A true hipster New-York style coffee shop, the atmoshpere is warm and the staff is efficient. Located not far from the Invalides, rue de Babylone, this cafe offers free Wi-Fi (amazingly rare in Paris) and is open on sundays (even more rare).
Café Craft | Our article
Located in a rising neighborhood (right next to the romantic canal Saint Martin) Cafe Craft barristas makes great cortado and they have a real working space (for a flat fee) which is ideal for Parisian freelancers. The cookie is not to be missed, we’ve heard they also make burritos.
BRUNCH IN PARIS
Colorova | Our article
The decor has a strong seventies inspiration but the desserts are the real star of the show. But don’t miss the brunch, it’s tasty though the portions are not ultra generous. The staff is not very efficient but it’s not sufficient to keep us away from Colorova. Special mention to the peanut and caramel tart.
LOOKING FOR A GROCERY STORE?____________________________________________________________________________________________________
Epices Roellinger | Our interview
If you’re stranded in Paris and looking for spices, you should stop by Olivier Roellinger’s store. This ex-Michelin Star chef has opened a specialty store where you can find any spices from exotic pepper to smoked chili pepper. They also carry vanilla beans that will transcend any of your cakes.
Gérard Mulot | Our article
If you’re looking for a food caterer in Paris, this is the place where you should go. Located in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, they offer lots of traditional French dishes, salads and pastries. Everything is home made. Don’t miss the orange tart which is a house specialty..
A La Petite Marquise | Our article
A great neighborhood bakery where most viennoiseries are mouth watering. The brioche is truly addictive!
Bread & Roses | Our article
We highly recommend you this pastry shop where you can sip a tea and have a try at their wonderful viennoiseries (the chocolate croissant is a hit). They also make very well executed and creative pastries like the banana pie. The space inside is charming and the staff very helpful.