Category PARIS

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

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

East Mamma (Paris)

It’s only once in a blue moon you’ll need to scrape my verdict of a restaurant off the ceiling, after having been shot vertically out of the proverbial cannon that is the absolute perfection of any particular dish. Bring your spatulas, and your expectations, to East Mamma. Although Australia is spoiled with a few AVPN… Continue reading

L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon (Paris)

Robuchon is a hard name to avoid in the French (and world) culinary scene, and it’s a level of recognition well deserved. The first time I had the privilege of dining here, I had my fucking socks knocked off with the simplest of dishes done to absolute perfection. Steak and Mash. Often when something so… Continue reading

L’Ambassade d’Auvergne (Paris)

This was my first time visiting L’Ambassade d’Auvergne, but it certainly won’t be my last. Like many restaurants nestled deep in Paris’ Marais district, it’s old world-charm looks onto some of the prettiest streets of le ville lumiere. Perfect for a quiet night enjoying some Aligot, a sometimes overlooked dish that Massif Central France has… Continue reading