Category PARIS

Candelaria (Paris)

Touted as a Mexican Cantina, Candelaria (tucked away in Paris’ Haute Marais) fancies itself as a bit of a restaurante as well, serving up Tacos and Quesadillas alongside the Tequila and Mezcal. The place is surprisingly smaller than the photos would have you believe. You can either sit around the bar/kitchen, or there’s a communal… Continue reading

Mamma Primi (Paris)

BMG are a pretty location-savvy group, staking their flags in most of Paris’ trendy neighbourhoods. So when I read about Mamma Primi in the hip area of the Batignolles, I obviously needed to visit the damn thing three times during my stay and slowly order everything off the menu. As you do. My Parisian friends… Continue reading

Le Mary Celeste (Paris)

Le Mary Celeste is named after an American merchant ship, whose crew mysteriously vanished at sea back in 1872. Though, the bar itself has done anything but vanish from my ever-evolving ‘Paris recommendations’ shortlist. In fact, it consistently ranks around the top. Last week I stopped in for my monthly fix of boozy lunch, to… Continue reading

Ober Mamma (Paris)

A group of nine insufferable MBA students huddled around the four adjacent tables from us on the terrace of Ober Mamma. They were only in town for forty eight hours and by the sounds of things, the conversation was set to be a cultural train-wreck. One woman postulates that the restaurant must get its name… Continue reading

Guilo Guilo (Paris)

I’m never usually the first person to dive headfirst into the pool of disappointment that is Japanese cuisine in Paris. But after a few reputable recommendations, it was hard to resist a visit to Guilo Guilo. The Kaiseki restaurant so good, they named it twice. We sat (as advised) around the corner of the bar… Continue reading

Avek (Best Cocktails in Paris?)

Paris is not often thought of as the ‘Cocktail Capital’ of the world; but nested within the narrow streets of the inner city, some hidden gems exist that would give any Manhattan watering hole a run for its money. Avek positions itself modestly in the Montorgueil district, just far enough from the high street not… Continue reading

Moncoeur Belleville (Paris)

One of Paris’ lesser known eagle’s nests is atop the Parc de Belleville, where a (virtually) unobstructed vista of the city’s best landmarks can be enjoyed with the minimal amount of tourist fuckery. Belleville is a trendy and cosmopolitan eastern district of Paris, rich also in cuisines of the east, as well as many other… Continue reading

La Vierge (Paris)

Anyone who ever went to Starfvckers around ten years ago might remember the fresh faced upstart Julian May, sweating over the decks with conscientious intent. These days, however, you can find Julian sweating over more low-tech equipment, at his Parisian restaurant ‘La Vierge’. Julian and his wife Elsa have teamed up in more than just… Continue reading

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