52, a number to remember

Thank God for my nieces who introduce me to their young world ! After tasting three different expensive, pretentious and bad restaurants recently, I had the most delicious lunch at « 52 », a new spot on Faubourg Saint Denis which replaced a butcher shop. The owner Charles Compagnon, is himself worth the visit: he lives upstairs above the restaurant with his German … Read More

Thaddaeus Ropac in Mayfair, and more London goodies

London is always full of news and this time, it was of Christie’s auctioneers  reshufflings of their team and François Curiel being made chairman of Europe and based in Geneva. Thaddaeus Ropac, the dashing galerist established in Salzburg and Paris, opened his new super chic London house on Dover Street. And before visiting the very large David Hockney retrospective at Tate … Read More

Saturne, a dinner in outer space

Last summer, American friends who were staying at the Bristol were recommended this address by the concierge, but when we showed up for lunch, some very nice carpenter welcomed us in a complete construction site. I was very disappointed and forgot about it. It is not until my niece Océane, who works in the restaurant world, reminded me of Saturne, … Read More

Marzo, chic pizzas with extra charm

It was a divine surprise to end a busy evening at Musée Maillol, and step into Marzo, the pizzeria recommended by my faithful Florentine friends on rue Paul-Louis Courrier. I saw there the slightly disappointing Paul Rosenberg exhibition, « 21 rue la Boétie », based on Anne Sinclair’s biography of her grand father, the genius art dealer.  There are some fabulous paintings by … Read More

La Régalade a win-win restaurant

When someone used to ask me for a cozy no fuss restaurant to go to, I would say la Rôtisserie near the Tour d’Argent and I knew I would get many thanks the next day. Since the owner redecorated the restaurant and changed the staff, it has become very disappointing, noisy, trendy, irritating although the food is still good. But … Read More

Valentine’s Day at the Châtelet with “Fantasio”

It was a fun occasion to discover the last works of restoration at Opéra Comique (which is reopening at the end of April) while tasting the raspberry love cake called « Favart » after the theatre’s founder’s name. Created by Le Nôtre to celebrate Valentine’s day and the new production of “Fantasio” by Offenbach, the cake will be served with … Read More

Divellec, luxury food at its trendiest

New Year is arriving fast and it is the season to celebrate in a lavish way… Divellec, which was made famous twenty years ago when the first picture of François Mitterrand having lunch with his (illegitimate) daughter Mazarine was published in Paris Match, has reopened three months ago with a young chef and a doubled space. It is extremely pretty … Read More

At Pramil, a true French meal

My brother had tipped me on this little restaurant called Pramil, near Arts et métiers, and for some reason, I thought it was an Indian fusion food place. Well not at all : the name is deceiving and comes from a very well known family from the Lot near Sarlat. The chef Alain Pramil who used to teach physics, has … Read More