Vincent Glad can make a story interesting with the stroke of a pen, though most of us know him because he appeared for months on Canal+ Le Grand Journal for a daily web commentary. Now he regularly writes for Slate, GQ and les Inrocks.
He made us the honor to share his good food spots in Paris, he also revealed a profound knowledge of Vietnamese gastronomy and his lacks of cooking skills.
Le Grumeau : What food are you addicted to?
Vincent Glad : I’ve been on Vietnamese food over the last months, especially the desserts: Chè bánh lot, Chè đậu đỏ and Chè ba máu. Those stuff have surprising colors, textures and flavors but it’s so good that I easily got addicted to them. Try to google them, you’ll find nothing about them [on the French version at least]. These are real virgin territory, but it’s a short ride to get to know them, take the subway to Chinatown in the 13th arrondissement.
Le G : Your go-to restaurant in Paris?
V. G. : I love the KookaBoora in Pigalle, not far from rue des Martyrs. This tiny cafe is fulled with foreign students looking nothing but their MacBook. It’s a great place to work and enjoy their excellent coffee. Free (and good working) Wifi is also a great plus. The lunch menu is a good deal for €12, you get a fabulous sandwich (they made me fall in love with veggie sandwiches), a dessert and a homemade juice.
Le G : Your favorite place to get a drink?
V. G. : I recently discovered the Lockwood, it’s a coffeeshop which becomes a cocktail bar at night. On a more old-fashioned note, you should try the Autobus in Oberkampf, where you can find €3 pastis (7 oz).
Le G : Which pizza would you be able to eat for the rest of your life ?
V. G. : Il Brigante, in the 18th arrondissement makes a great pizza called Ronzatti. I’d probably stop at 50 otherwise my blood won’t flow anymore.
Le G : A restaurant that makes you travel?
V. G. : I go all the way to La Chapelle, where you can find Little Jaffna, a great Indian neighborhood in Paris. There’s plenty of great (and cheap) restaurants there. I have a preference for the Krishna Bhavan, which fills you up for €7. It’s real Indian food with Parothas, Thali and mango Lassi, nothing to do with fake Indian food one usually finds in downtown Paris.
Le G : If you could invite anyone for dinner?
V. G. : It would be Michel Houellebecq, and since he cannot move too much, we would go not too far from his place at Quan Ngon. This is a real Vietnamese popular restaurant not far from Olympiades. The worst restaurant decor ever, but the best Vietnamese food possible.
Le G : What’s your week-end gateway hotel?
V. G. : None. I’m part of the #AirbnbTeam.
Le G : The last dish you cooked at home?
V. G.: Tomatoes and mozzarella, according to Slate orthodoxe recipe. And to be honest, that’s where my cooking skills end.
Le G : Where would you go for a romantic dinner?
V. G. : Square Gardette is the place to go. Not far from the eponymous park in the 11th arrondissement, this gastronomic bistro makes you feel great and the food is stratospheric.
Le G : Your very last food discovery?
V. G. : Bibimba. This is the daily meal in Korea: a generous rice portion topped with meat and vegetables. There’s two great takeway versions in Paris at Jules et Shim (close to Canal Saint-Martin) and Ma Kitchen (Poissonnière).