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

Miznon (Paris)

In the all-too cobbled quarter of Saint-Merri lies many a falafel pedlar. Some so good, that it’s often difficult to stray from the pursuit of such Jewish specialties. But there’s another Hebrew haunt, lurking only steps from its cornerstone neighbour, that churns out a different delicacy, and does so with poise.  Miznon is chiefly a… Continue reading

Maison Plisson (Paris)

A few years back, from the balcony of my Airbnb on Boulevard Beaumarchais, I noticed a freshly painted pastel-green terrace, that stuck out like an olive on a cheese board. That olive turned out to be Maison Plisson, my first stop of the day for coffee and breakfast. I returned recently to see how things… Continue reading

JUSTE (Paris)

If crustaceans are your jam, this 9th Arrondissement hot spot is sure to shuck your shell. Half restaurant, half posh-grocer, JUSTE narrows its focus on seafood with the hardest shells to crack, and allows you to consume on the spot, or at home (for a -40% price reduction). Oysters come served with the obligatory bread… Continue reading

Sashimi Shinsengumi

Apparently if you’re wanting to dine at Sydney’s best Omakase Sushi pedlars, it takes a team of people manning phones all day to even get a shot at a table. They open for bookings just one day in every month, and if you’re fortunate enough to get through, you’ll need five friends at the ready… Continue reading

Aqua Dining (Milson’s Point)

Descending the steep hills of Sydney’s lower North Shore can be a daunting task. Keeping your eyes on the road while trying not to be distracted by the expansive vistas of our glorious harbour can prove a challenge… but fear not! If you do take a tumble, you may find yourself rolling all the way… Continue reading

Where’s Nick (Marrickville)

Gorrondona, Dormilona, Poggerino, Damiano and Colombiere. No, this is not some ’Lorem Ipsum’ style placeholder text. It’s the name of a bunch of wines I’ve never heard of before, and they’re all available by the glass at Marrickville newcomer Where’s Nick. I first stumbled across this breath-of-fresh-air the week of its inception, completely by accident…. Continue reading

Two Chaps (Marrickville)

It had been a while since I had the luxury of sitting at a forty five degree angle on a wobbly wooden bench while enjoying my lunch, so a visit to Marrickville local favourite ‘Two Chaps’ sorted that particular hole in my calendar right out. If you’re not aware of ‘Two Chaps’, they’re also the… Continue reading