Posts Tagged ‘Barbra Austin’

Best Paris Restaurants of 2012

In a break from our regular Foodie Fave column, Girls’ Guide food writers Kelly Page, Barbra Austin, and Aurelie Douard look back on some of their favorite Paris restaurants of 2012. Whether you’re after a quick lunch in Oberkampf, a girls’ night out at a wine bar, or a tasting menu showcasing the best French ingredients, we’ve got the tip for you. Let’s start things off in the 11th Arrondissement […]

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Bistrot Paul Bert, a classic Paris bistro in the 11th Arrondissement, is an address for all-parts eating and big appetites

Le Bistrot Paul Bert

I first visited Bistrot Paul Bert almost five years ago, and I’m delighted to report that little has changed since then—or even since the Girls’ Guide ran its first ode to this resto two years ago. (Guilty as charged! Just one visit is not enough.) Still packed, and as brash and belly-busting as ever, Paul Bert is one of my favorite Paris bistros. Facing several weeks away, I wanted to go for a last supper of sorts.

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Parisian Burger Joints: Le Camion Qui Fume and Blend

With the arrival of Le Camion Qui Fume and Blend, the odds of finding a good hamburger in the French capital have dramatically improved. Sure, there are plenty of Paris restaurants and cafés that serve “les burgers,” but I gave up my dream of discovering a decent burger in Paris a long, long time ago.

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Udon with shrimp tempura at the Japanese noodle house Kunitoraya, in the 1st Arrondissement of Paris


This is surely one of the most popular addresses in the Japanese neighborhood around rue Ste.-Anne, and it’s one of my favorites, too. Kunitoraya is part of a mini-empire of Paris restaurants that includes the younger but higher-end Kunitoraya 2, as well as a Japanese-French bakery/café, Aki, where you can get a brioche with a beguiling swirl of matcha and (I’m not making this up) a sandwich made from a baguette stuffed with gyoza, the pan-fried dumplings served in noodle shops.

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The Best Paris Restaurants of 2011

I’ve been to an awful lot of Paris restaurants this year, some new, others just new to me. Here are a few of my favorites.

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Cuisine de Bar

Good sandwiches start with good bread, and there aren’t many breads better than pain Poilâne. The legendary loaf stands well on its own, but it is sublime when toasted, which is exactly the treatment it gets at Cuisine de Bar, a smart eat-in annex of the famous bakery (which now has a shop in the upper Marais, by the way).

More than a café, but barely a restaurant, the “bar” in this cuisine is the long counter that divides the open kitchen from the banquette […]

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Rump steak and faux filet at Le Severo, a Paris bistro in the 14th Arrondissement that specializes in steak frites

Le Severo

When people ask me where to go for steak frites, Le Severo is where I send them. This Paris bistro, in a quiet residential area of the 14th Arrondissement, is run by William Bernet, a former butcher who honors the quality of his steaks by cooking them very well.

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It's flavors galore at the Berthillon ice cream shop in Paris

Paris Ice Cream Shops

From the classic Berthillon to Pozzetto and Mary with their glaces italiennes, there are plenty of options for lovers of ice cream in Paris. These are some of my favorite addresses, but many patisseries, candy stores and chocolate shops offer ice cream and sorbet in the warmer months. In other words, you don’t have to go far to cool down.

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Frenchie Bar à Vins

Scoring a reservation at Frenchie is no easy feat. This modern bistro, run by chef Gregory Marchand, is small, widely lauded, with a deserving reputation for great food at a reasonable price. Thanks to abundant press coverage, every visiting American food lover […]

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Torteau at Agapé Substance, where chef David Toutain dabbles in molecular cooking, in the 6th Arrondissement of Paris

Agapé Substance

Agapé Substance, among the most anticipated Paris restaurant openings of the summer, is a showcase for 30-year-old chef David Toutain, who, armed with a set of long tweezers, sends out exquisitely plated, highly conceptual food from his lablike kitchen.

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Try the merguez or the lamb brochettes at Chez Omar, which offers a taste of North Africa in the north Marais neighborhood of Paris

Chez Omar

Opening the menu at Chez Omar, I was surprised to see oeufs mayonnaise, steak frites and other Paris restaurant standbys. I had forgotten, since my last visit a full four years ago, that they served anything but couscous. That’s what everyone is there for.

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Fennel and radicchio salad at Au Passage, a small-plates wine bar in the 11th Arrondissement of Paris

Au Passage

It’s very possible that you will second-guess your directions on the way to Au Passage. This Paris wine bar, which opened late last summer, is on a nondescript street with virtually no other visible commerce, little traffic and no character. All of which, of course, is part of its charm.

No money seems to have been put into the room.

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Paris Restaurant Reviews: Le Verre Volé

There seems to be no end to the cave à manger trend—wine shops where you can also eat. Some are proper Paris bistros; others offer little more than cheese and charcuterie in the way of comestibles. Le Verre Volé is a longstanding, mostly beloved stalwart of this scene, a bare-bones, canal-side canteen whose style has only ever been in its substance. That substance is the vin naturel—the nothing-added, unfiltered, minimally manipulated wine—lining the walls here.

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Maigre with red currants and fennel at Septime, a contemporary French restaurant in the 11th Arrondissement from Michelin-starred chef Bertrand Grébaut


For superb contemporary cooking, Septime is the Paris restaurant to book.

Chef Bertrand Grébaut went into business in late spring with grant money from Evian, which aptly deemed him a promising […]

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Steak frites at Le Relais de l'Entrecôte, which dishes out delish steak and fries to locals and tourists alike in locations all over Paris

Le Relais de l’Entrecôte

“Quelle cuisson?” (“How do you want your steak cooked?”) is the only question they ask at Le Relais de l’Entrecôte, which I would call a mill if I didn’t like it so much. Oh, who am I kidding. It’s totally a mill. And I love it.

Le Relais de l’Entrecôte belongs to a group that has three Paris addresses, plus outposts in Geneva and (sigh) Dubai, that serve nothing but steak and fries. I’m still not sure if it’s a Paris restaurant or a Paris-themed restaurant, but I’m also not sure I care.

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