Franco-Spanish on a Thursday night

Grateful Graduate Project: Reason to be Grateful 10 of 365 The nature of Paris as a global city is aptly reflected in the culinary diversity offered throughout the city, at an equally diverse range of prices. Paris has not yet been completely taken over by the globalisation of tastes – that is, taste has not…

Tasting Paris through film & 2-for-1 haute cuisine

The association between Paris and ‘haute cuisine’ is intricate, deeply entrenched and etched into the sub-consciences of savants and lay persons (like myself) alike. The reputation of France and Paris for its culinary prowess endures long after Louis XIV worked to establish the reputation of France as a centre for luxury, decadence and as a…

Moroccan Pastilla in Paris : Recipe (and Restaurant?)

It has been almost a month since I returned from a short break to Morocco but I dearly miss the food.I would return to Morocco simply to eat. And, in particular, to eat Bastiya/ Pastilla, the dish that I gorged upon in obscene quantities. Until my next trip to Morocco, I will have to bring…

La Bonbonnière

Authentic with a dash of kitsch, La Bonbonnière has the atmosphere of a French country brasserie. Yet despite its down-to-earth, rustic-ness it sits at a very sweet location with a view of streets that have featured in the great episodes of the city of Paris and France. Mont Saint Genevieve that bears the name of…

new restaurant in the 11ème

Just heard about “Septime”, a new restaurant in the 11th at 80, rue du Charonne. The concept behind the establishment is interesting, ingredients are sourced locally and significant effort seems to have gone into creating an inviting space. It definitely seems to be worth a visit, especially given its lack of pretentiousness.

La compagnie des crepes

30 Cour Saint Emilion, 75012. Metro Line 14. Went out last night for a satisfying, warm plate at a place that calls itseld the crepe company. All that I can really say is that after close to 18 hours after the experience, my face and my stomach are still aglow and smiling. The food was…

Indian Food for a Student Budget

Went out last night with class mates to an Indian restaurant which served absolutely scrumptious, spicy Pakistani and Indian dishes – also served at a student friendly price. (On the way to the restaurant, I also noticed another Indian cuisine place to be visited at another point) The catch though is that if one prefers…

Les Pates Vivantes – Resto Chinois!

Probably had one of the best Chinese food at 22 Boulevard Saint Germain, 75005. Les Pates Vivantes is the name of the ‘Resto’ – definitely worth another trip. It may also have been that the company was perfect. Or, it could also have been the friendly staff, some of whom speak in fluent English (not…

Top Bistro’s in Paris

Just visited this excellent resource for the greatest places to eat in Paris, paris-best-restaurants.com and noticed a list of the city’s top bistros… Great to know as summer approaches. Indeed, as the weather warms up, the city offers itself beautifully to curious minds and mouths to discover excellent eateries and cool places. This list seems…

Restaurant Le Risale

Just returned from a great dinner, that went down very well thanks to fantastic company 🙂 – and a great venue. Turkish Restaurant, Le Risale. The lamb dishes are to die for, as is the rest of the menu. The ambience is as deliciously warm and welcoming as the menu – this is a restaurant…

Derrière : Home-restaurant and Paris’ best kept secret?

I just received a great review of a restaurant that opened in Paris two years ago, seats a limited number of diners per night and is meant to feel like a “home away from home”. Apparently, upon arrival, you have to be buzzed in,much like someone arriving at a private home. This beautiful place, I…