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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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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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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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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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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Salad with apples, roquefort, and pancetta at Albion, a Paris bistro and wine bar in the 10th Arrondissement, new from the crew behind the beloved Fish la Boissonnerie


If you’ve been to Fish, a much-loved Paris bistro and wine bar in St.-Germain, there will be plenty that’s familiar about Albion, a new cave à manger run by former Fish barman Hayden Clout and chef Matt Ong (from New Zealand and England, respectively). Above all, there’s Hayden’s easy but professional style, loved by regulars […]

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This neighborhood bistro in the 9th—on a wonderful stretch of food real estate that includes Vivant and L’Orient d’Or—has been a Foodie Fave once before. But recently it got a slight makeover, plus an infusion of American blood in the kitchen, and I’d heard good things.

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Lobster ravioli at Itinéraires, chef Sylvain Sendra made-over bistro in the 5th Arrondissement of Paris


I’ve visited this contemporary Paris bistro a handful of times since it opened in 2008, and I remember walking away feeling as though I’d paid very little for food that rivaled—in imagination, if not always execution—meals I had eaten at much pricier restaurants. But after a hectic dinner nearly two years ago, marred by serious service issues […]

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Kooka Boora Café

Kooka Boora is not your typical Paris café. It’s much, much better. That might sound like heresy, but any serious bean hound is bound to be baffled by the cloudy brown stuff that’s passed off as coffee in this town.

I spend perhaps a little too much time here. I go for a caffeine jolt (and the free, reliable Wi-Fi) but often end up having lunch.

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L’Orient d’Or, a go-to Chinese restaurant in Paris, in the 9th Arrondissement

L’Orient d’Or

L’Orient d’Or has become my favorite Chinese restaurant in Paris, a go-to spot when my friends and I are looking for something delicious and fun that won’t break the bank.

Chinese cuisine is, of course, deeply regional, and the cooking at L’Orient d’Or is Hunanese, relying heavily on the use of chilies for seasoning. It’s not for the timid.

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Smoked trout with apple and celery at Frenchie, Gregory Marchand's quintessential Paris bistro in the 2nd Arrondissement.


Conversations about Frenchie tend to focus on the difficulty of scoring a reservation. It’s true that this is one of the hardest Paris restaurants to book, and successes are usually the result of intrepid dialing or […]

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A galette at the crêperie Little Breizh, a gem in this otherwise tourist-trappy neck of the 6th Arrondissement in Paris

Little Breizh

The other Paris restaurants on this street are all tourist traps, with waiters standing out front to try and lure you in. Ignore them and keep walking until you smell bacon and butter. That’s when you know you’ve arrived at the crêperie Little Breizh.

A young couple runs the place. There is Breton bric-a-brac everywhere […]

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