Posts Tagged ‘dinner’

Paris Restaurants: Pottoka

Last week I had a date with Kate, a friend who lives between Paris and Texas. Kate can cook and has a much better handle on Paris restaurants than I do, so I let her choose where we’d meet. She chose Abri, which […]

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Paris Restaurants: La Rotonde

Midnight in Paris was a romantic film that made me nostalgic for Paris even as I sat there in the theater at Odéon. I was longing for the Paris of my dreams, the Paris of salons, where artists and literary greats rubbed […]

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Paris Restaurants: Le Ciel de Paris

It’s been said that the best view of Paris is from the top of the Tour Montparnasse, because one gets to see the entire city (including the Eiffel Tower) while avoiding the sight of the Tour Montparnasse […]

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Fans of Julien Duboué's Paris restaurant Dans Les Landes in the 5th Arrondissement of Paris will enjoy his original outpost for Basque tapas in the 15th Arrondissement, Afaria


I love tapas. I don’t know if that means I’m a bit fickle, since I’d rather eat a little bit of everything than one of the same thing in any restaurant in Paris—or in or out of Spain, for that matter. I prefer to think it means I love food so much that I want to sample as many different things as I can. Whether you’re fickle or not, Afaria offers a perfect dining experience with a Basque-inspired tapas menu.

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Dinner at L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, in the 6th Arrondissement of Paris

Paris Restaurants: L’Atelier

I must be very good this year, because last night I felt like I got a little visit from Santa when the Frenchman surprised me with dinner at one of the more sensational Paris restaurants, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon. M. Robuchon has several Michelin stars to his name, not all of them in France. In fact, according to his website, he has restaurants in 10 cities across Europe, Asia and North America, including Las Vegas. L’Atelier was particularly inspired by what he saw at all the sushi bars and noodle joints when he was in Japan setting up a restaurant of his own. There is a huge emphasis on design, with lots of clean lines and sharp angles. Diners sit at a counter that encircles the kitchen, like a sushi bar, offering cuisine as entertainment. L’Atelier first opened where we dined, in the 6th Arrondisement, but it was so successful that he recently added a second address at the Drugstore on the Champs Elysées, making everyone’s favorite restaurant in Paris that much easier to sample.

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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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There is plenty to like about L’Hédoniste, a new bistro near the rue Montorgueil, starting with the warm welcome. Owner Arthur Pétillault (a former food writer) presides over the room with a smile and eagerness to please.

It’s an old space, with exposed beams and stone walls. The partly open […]

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La Table d’Eugène

Everyone likes a hidden gem, a special address in an unlikely part of town, in this case the other side of Montmartre, a quiet pocket of streets between the tourist masses around Sacré Coeur and the raucous street scenes on the boulevard Barbès. This is a gastronomic no-man’s-land, so it is not surprising that La Table d’Eugène, a contemporary […]

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Caesar salad at Les Cocottes de Christian Constant in Paris

Les Cocottes de Christian Constant

The concept of Les Cocottes de Christian Constant may be a bit of a gimmick, but the food is definitely not. Most everything on the menu is served in cast-iron cookware (“cocottes”) by Staub, which, along with wine glasses engraved with the restaurant’s logo and cookbooks by M. Constant, are displayed on the shelves behind the bar and are available for purchase. I had to wonder, walking into a restaurant full of merchandise, if the chef was also selling his soul.

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Pork natin at Citronnelle et Galanga, in the 2nd Arrondissement, in Paris

Citronnelle et Galanga

If I’m in the mood for Vietnamese food in Paris, I head to Song Heng on the rue Volta and wait my turn for a place in the cramped dining room, where there are only two things on the menu: bo bun and pho. Getting in and out of a seat here can be a gymnastic feat and always necessitates a string of apologies. It’s not comfortable, but it’s comforting all the same. Noodles are like that.

There is much more to Vietnamese cooking than pho and bo bun, of course, and Paris is not a bad place to be if this is a cuisine you enjoy.

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Franco Files: Grocery Shopping in Paris at Picard

Parisiennes have lots of little secrets for their shopping. Especially their grocery shopping in Paris, which until very recently was expected to be a daily activity. That was only a decade ago. Today the majority of French women work outside the home, while still being responsible for 80 percent of the household chores. And they do it all perfectly accessorized, wearing three-inch heels. Who can blame them for coming up with shortcuts?

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