Roberta (Paris)

It’s difficult to find many decent restaurants on Rue des Abbesses, as tourist traps dominate the main drag. Hidden gems can be found in the backstreets, but there seems to be an inverse relationship between the quality of the food, and it’s proximity from the Main Street. It always pays to explore further afield. Roberta,… Continue reading

B.O.U.L.O.M (Paris)

No dining trend has suffered from being passé as much as the humble Buffet. And one can understand why. Typically reserved – these days at least – for unimaginative hotel breakfasts, inexpensive boat cruises, and ‘All you can eat’ smorgasbords at the local Leagues Club (not exactly my scene), ‘Buffet’ has been long associated with… Continue reading

Dalmata Pizza (Paris)

Paris is becoming increasingly blessed with the Holy Communion that is Neapolitan Pizza, and it’s not just the Big Mamma group who’s providing the goods. Dalmata Pizza brings its game with a slightly younger and more accessible approach than its competitors. It’s decor and colour palate suggest Dalmata is identifying more as a pizzeria, and… Continue reading

The Grilled Cheese Factory (Paris)

Very few people in their right minds could resist the gooey temptation of a proper grilled cheese sandwich. Vegans perhaps. The Grilled Cheese factory is tucked safely away around the corner from the Bastille, just far enough away that the only ‘Jaune’ you’ll see is from the ‘Fromage’ and not the ‘Gilets’. A warning though,… Continue reading

Jixiao’s Buns (Paris)

There’d been a substantial amount of hype around the Chinese street-food newcomer ‘Jixiao’s Buns’. Opinions that presumably trickled down the chin of TimeOut Paris, to be slurped up by lowly yet reputable food bloggers. I’m not sure I quite get what all the fuss is about. JB’s prized products are its dumplings (Or Baos), which… Continue reading

Un Vinito? (Paris)

The definition of a quintessential Parisian restaurant has long been etched in the scriptures of cuisine and cliches run rampant on this concept. But I would argue that the quintessentially of Parisian establishments is far more transient today than ever before. Paris is multicultural. A melting pot of cuisines, and only those who cook with… Continue reading

La Perla Bar (Paris)

Mexican is a cuisine rarely done well the world over, and while not always strictly authentic, there are places that give it a red hot go, and succeed. La Perla Bar is one of these places. If you find yourself in the lower Marais, and in need of a cheap meal, La Perla bar also… Continue reading

Gramme (Paris)

Gramme Cafe is so new you can literally still smell the fresh paint on the outside walls of the establishment. I got the tip from a good friend who is a local here now, and whose wife hunts out the best haunts like the Sherlock Holmes of the Haute Marais. Initially stopping in for a… Continue reading

Partisan Cafe (Paris)

Spiking out of a corner of Rue Turbigo is the beautifully styled and well-positioned coffee roaster Partisan. I say coffee roaster because as much as Partisan is a cafe, any establishment that boasts a beautiful old roasting machine as this one does, probably deserves a more grand title. George Karam stands beside his roaster like… Continue reading

Le Comptoir Montagnard (Paris)

There’s a brand spankin (or stinkin?) new Fromagerie in Montmartre with a rather distinguished aesthetic. It could just as well be called ‘Compte Garcon’ if not for the awful taste it might leave in ones mouth. On the contrary, Le Comptoir Montagnard (Less than two weeks old at the time of writing this) aims to… Continue reading