TOP OF THE MONTH | May 2014

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We’ve been disappointed here and there again in May, but let’s put the past behind us and have a look at the things we loved.

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• #1 WILL, Paris: fusion food makes a comeback in Paris | Our article •

 Will is a newcomer in the Paris restaurant scene. Though the chef is French, he learned it all at Helène Darroze restaurant in London, the Conaught. We’ve had an incredible re-invention of the traditional beef tartare with sesame seeds and white truffle, then I went with a great daikon risotto, which came with scallops, squid ink and clams, while my pal had a perfectly cooked duck magret with a suprising passion fruit seasoning. Last but not least, we had a fabulous chocolate and sesame cake with a salted caraeml heart, that was heavenly good! The price range is not too expensive, about €40 for dinner (drinks not included). 

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• #2 ACIDE MACARON: let’s forget about Ladurée | Our article •

Most of you have heard about Ladurée’s macarons, some may have heard about Pierre Hermé’s macarons. But few have come across those made by Jonathan Blot, ex-pastry chef at the Plaza, who makes some of the best in town. We loved the Renata (green tea and jasmin), but the most traditonal of you will go for the Olivier (dark chocolate and Tonka) which is exquisite. We’ve been flabbergasted by most flavors of Jonathan Blot’s macarons. When in Paris, you should really stop by his shop, located rue Legendre (17th arrondissement) but for those living in the left bank, he will soon open a new shop rue du Bac (7th arrondissement).

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• #3 CORETTA, Paris: it’s not only about the view | Our article 

Named after the Luther King’s wife, Coretta is a great restaurant which opened recently in the Batignolles area. The second floor overlooks a pleasant park and the food is more than pleasant too. We started off with a superb appetizer: asparagus, hazelnuts and ricotta paccheri. The marinated seam bream, avocado and sesame was also a great appetizer. The mains were on the same note, very well executed: pollack, sweet potatoes and carrot-ginger puree for Alice and pork belly for me. The desserts were more inequal, the cinnamon bun was simply amazing, the best I’ve had in Paris so far, while the dark chocolate ganache coming with a corn ice cream and popcorn, was less impressive. It didn’t come out as an expensive dinner, about 40 per person (excluding drinks). 

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