Michelin-Starred Restaurant Benoit, Paris – our Review

We have recently returned from a visit at Alain Ducasse’s Michelin-starred Benoit. The master himself said about this beautiful gem, that celebrated its 100th anniversary a few years ago: “There’s no other place as typically Parisian as Benoit. I have a very special affection for this beautiful house, with its own history and generosity. Benoit is a friendly place, full of memories and shared pleasure. It reflects a certain way of life and tradition that we want to preserve.”    The restaurant has a lovely, perhaps slightly stuffy vibe about it. Service was very attentive and friendly throughout. We both opted for the three-course set menu deal for €39. As starters we chose cauliflower veloute, croutons, as well as a warm potato salad with smoked haddock. For mains we picked trout ‘a la meuniere’ with spinach, and lamb navarin with seasonal vegetables. As desserts we went for Armagnac savarin with […]

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L’Ange 20, Paris – our Restaurant Review

L’Ange 20 had been recommended to us by friends, and what a great recommendation that was! It also came in very handy that it is located 5 minutes walk from where we were staying this time around, close to Place des Vosges in the beautiful Marais district of perhaps the planet’s most magnificent city: Paree (read our blog post about the Marais here). We were immediately taken in by the pleasant atmosphere which combined warm colours of a traditional Parisian corner bistrot with modern elements. The waiter was marvellous and led us through the menu, throwing in a few jokes and witty remarks that made us laugh.    We followed his recommendation and went for king prawns in angel hair pasta with homemade guacamole (£9) as starters, grilled duck breast with green pepper and eggplant parmigiana (£20), as well as seared cod fillet, vegetable julienne, black rice with ginger (£20; […]

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Paris Breizh Cafe Review

Well, here it comes, our Paris Breizh Cafe Review: Widely celebrated as one of the best places for dessert in Paris, Breizh Café in the Marais district heavily impressed us during our recent visit on our last trip. We accidentally stumbled across it on our way from Place des Vosges to Marche des Enfants Rouges. You have to queue for a little while at this Breton Creperie with a Japanese touch (the owner, chef and founder, Bertrand Larcher, worked in Tokyo for some time and brought many ideas and recipes back to Paris; today, Breizh Café also has one outpost there and two in Brittany). My wife ordered ginger and lemon crepe with ice cream, I ordered galette Cancale (named after the seaside town where one of the other cafes is located) with bits of smoked, cured herring and fake caviar in sour cream. Both dishes were very tasty. The […]

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Les Papilles Bistroy Parisien

We had heard many good things about Les Papilles (French for ‘the tastebuds’) and despite our high expectations, Les Papilles was even more brilliant than we had hoped. It starts with the friendly waiters, the lovely atmosphere in this former wine shop, and the quick service. Despite the fact that it was very busy, the wooden panels and shelves on the walls ensured that it was not getting too loud. Not sure if their ventilation system wasn’t working on that rather cold day in early March, but it was steaming hot despite the fact that they regularly opened the main door towards the street for a few minutes to let some fresh air in.       There is only one four-course menu, no choice, but that’s fine if it is four courses like these. It started with the waiter bringing a huge ceramic bowl and a large ladle to our […]

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Au Comptoir du Relais – Great food, if you don’t mind rude waiters and dirty plates

When researching Paris restaurants before our trip, we came across French MasterChef TV judge Yves Camdeborde’s legendary bistro Au Comptoir du Relais, which translates into ‘the bar area of the hotel Relais’. This tiny and bustling art deco restaurant belonging to the well-regarded 4-star Hotel Paris Relais Saint Germain (Camdeborde owns the whole hotel) sits in a beautiful 16th Century building just off Boulevard Saint-Germain (Metro station Odeon) and has been celebrated as unmissable for many years. It seems that the hype about it grew even stronger over time. We particularly remember a number of reviews along the lines “they know they simply cannot go wrong” and thought, that’s never a good sign. The best chefs and restaurant owners of this planet do not expose this kind of attitude. On the other hand, what were our options, miss out on this much talked about ‘gem of the gastronomic universe’, run […]

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