Anyone with locavore leanings will love Yannick Alleno’s modern new bistro Terroir Parisien, which pays homage to the agriculture of Ile de France, the department surrounding Paris, and the somewhat forgotten cuisine of the region. Alleno, a three-star Michelin chef, is known for championing local farmers and ingredients, first with his ¨Terroir Parisien¨menu at the […]


After leaving his Aux Berges du Cerou in Salles, a tiny village (50 habitants) near Toulouse, and spending some time at the Verre Volé, Patrice Gelbart has opened Youpi et Voilà, a modern French bistro on a nondescript side street in Paris’s 10th arrondissement. The restaurant is small and the decor simple with stone walls, […]


If Fernand Siré has his way, menus in French restaurants will soon have to disclose if a particular dish is made in-house and whether it was prepared with fresh, frozen or canned products. Sadly, in a country known for its gastronomic heritage, more and more restaurants in France are relying on prepackaged, industrially made products […]


Le Galopin: Creative, Market-based Cooking in the 10th

by phyllisflick on December 10, 2011

I was excited to hear that Romain Tischenko, Top Chef winner and Ze Kitchen alumuni, had recently taken over Le Galopin, a neighborhood bistro just a short walk from my apartment on the colorful rue Sainte Marthe. The Rue Sainte Marthe, if you don’t know it, is worth seeking out.  It’s an interesting street lined […]



by phyllisflick on July 17, 2011

One of the trends in cooking this year has been an emphasis on well-sourced products—often local, sometimes wild—and cooking techniques that bring out the best of an ingredient’s natural flavour; at his recently opened Septime, Bertrand Grébaut reminds us that in expert hands, French cooking can transform the best ingredients into something even better. After […]

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Le Bal Café

by phyllisflick on November 23, 2010

With two women in the kitchen, an Irishman in the dining room and an American barrista, it’s clear from the onset that this former 1920’s cabaret turned art space is anything but typical. Located just a short walk from the Place de Clichy, on a surprisingly charming impasse, it turned out to be the perfect […]


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 […]


The Reopening of Spring Restaurant in Paris

by phyllisflick on August 15, 2010

Photo: Meg Zimbeck, Paris by Mouth To say that the reopening of Daniel Rose’s Spring, in its bigger, more upscale location, has been getting a lot of attention would be a definite understatement.  The pre-opening press was a feeding frenzy as journalists, bloggers (myself included) and food forums all wondered when Spring II would finally […]



by phyllisflick on March 29, 2010

Newly opened pocket-sized restaurant in the 11th, where chef Giovanni Passerini creates some dazzling dishes


Zinc Caius

by phyllisflick on September 6, 2009

It’s too bad that every neighbourhood doesn’t have a restaurant like Jean Marc Notelet’s recently-opened, pocket-sized bistro, Zinc Caius, which is just a few minutes walk from Etoile.  The décor, like the food, is simple yet soignée with steel grey tones and a hip, industrial feeling.  Notelet, who once worked at the three-star Boyer Les […]