Neighborhoods

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 [...]

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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, [...]

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Gyoza Bar–Japanese Dumplings in Paris

by phyllisflick on January 29, 2012

I am a big fan of gyoza, those crescent-shaped pan-fried Japanese dumplings, and would be happy to make a meal of them, if I could manage to do so without seeming like a glutton. Guillaume Guedj and Shinichi Sato have solved this dilemma with the newly opened Gyoza Bar located a few doors down from Passage [...]

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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 [...]

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  I spent last Saturday at the Comptoir General unloading boxes of the last of summer’s tomatoes and the first of fall’s harvest: bundles of swiss chard, carrots, yellow onions, wrinkled savoy and bright purple cabbages, potatoes, herbs, apples, and pears.  We carried jars of ratatouille, home-made tomato sauce and brown paper sacks filled with [...]

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Voy Alimento, Vegan Cuisine in Paris

by phyllisflick on October 10, 2011

My eating habits might strike you as strange. On most days of the week I try to eat vegetarian but then will cross town to buy something like this.  Luckily, I see nothing hypocritical about a person who advocates a healthy diet but still likes to eat a good burger now and then. After reading books [...]

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Septime

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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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 [...]

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Le Floréal, the best burger in Paris?

by phyllisflick on January 23, 2011

Update 25 July 2011: Retraction: Unfortunately my last meal at Le Floréal was a big letdown. They obviously spent a lot of effort on the renovations but would do well to spend more time thinking about the food. The burger, which I loved on my first visit, had a strange texture and was average at [...]

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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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