Vivant, Pierre Jancou’s new restaurant in the 10th

by phyllisflick on April 29, 2011

It was no surprise that Pierre Jancou’s latest restaurant would be beautiful—his last two spots, Racines in the Passage des Panoramas and La Crémerie on the rue Quatre Vents in the 6th —are both stunning. Even so, I was still struck upon entering by Jancou’s knack for uncovering hidden gems.  This one, located on the […]


Inaki Aizpitarte is not a chef whose cooking leaves you indifferent.  To some he’s a culinary genius and one of Paris’s most interesting chefs, to others his reputation is overrated, inflated by adoring fans*. I’m not sure that I would consider myself a fan, but I do like Aizpitarte’s cooking. Aizpitarte got started in the […]

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Restaurant Saturne, a New Restaurant/Wine Bar in Paris

by phyllisflick on September 19, 2010

Sven Chartier and Ewen Lemoigne have taken the concept of cave à manger to a new level with Saturne, a beautiful, spacious wine bar and restaurant located steps from the Bourse in Paris’s 2nd arrondissement.  Both were most recently at Racines, a wine bar in the Passage de Panorama known for its almost militant adherence to […]


Walking down the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine, past the discount shoe shops and banal looking cafés, looking for number 159, it’s hard to imagine that anyone would want to eat outside in this neighborhood.  This stretch of road, like many busy thoroughfares, doesn’t have much to recommend. But turn left or right on a good […]


Paris: Outdoor cafés to get away from it all

by phyllisflick on April 26, 2010

Sidewalk cafés literally abound in Paris and can be found on just about every corner; since winters here can be grey and even a bit gloomy, it’s no surprise that at the first hint of Spring, Parisians come out en mass. Every terrace is overflowing, but too often these precious parcels of land are just […]


Coinstot Vino

by phyllisflick on February 20, 2010

This wine bar/cave à manger, recently opened in the picturesque Passage Panorama,  is a welcome addition to the Paris wine scene.  Bright and airy with a great terrace in a quiet part of the passage, with the warm weather coming, it’s sure to be a hit. Expect small plates of marinated anchovies, smoked fish, charcuterie, […]


Avant Comptoir, Yves Camdeborde’s latest

by phyllisflick on December 31, 2009

This tiny “bar à hors-d’oeuvres” recently opened by Yves Camdeborde, one of Paris’s most coveted chefs and proprietor of the impossible-to-book Comptoir du Relais, is certainly one of the best places to open in Paris this year. Anyone knowledgeable of the Parisian food scene will easily recognize Camdeborde, the jovial chef who unintentionally started the […]


Rosa Bonheur, Part Deux

by phyllisflick on October 26, 2009

Rosa Bonheur, the funky buvette in the Buttes Chaumont, which opened a little over a year ago without much fanfare, but then went on to become the darling of the press and bobo Parisians this summer, has metamorphosed into a full-fledged restaurant—well really a cross between a resto and rotisserie—this past week.    I fell […]


Corso, a new Costes in the 10th

by phyllisflick on August 23, 2009

I’m not usually one to run out to try the latest Costes establishment; spending a small fortune on so-so food, served by glamorous young things who know nothing about cuisine, no matter how beautiful the setting, is not really my thing. If your ever spent time in Paris, chances are you’ve been to one of […]

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Rosa Bonheur

by phyllisflick on July 31, 2009

Located in the beautiful Parc des Buttes Chaumont, this newly blossomed café has quickly gained a following with bobo Parisians looking for a bit of respite from city life. It’s the perfect place for a café or an apero with friends en terrace.  If you’re looking for more than a drink, you can order up […]