From Georges Brassens to Orange wine

I almost cancelled the reservation when I drove past « Gare au gorille », a very small and unnoticeable restaurant on rue des Dames in the Batignolles. But Georges Brassens had sung « Gare au gorilla… supérieur à l’homme dans l’étreinte, bien des femmes vows le diront » (Beware gorillas, superior to man in hugging, many women will tell you) … Read More

A discreet and fun Trattoria

From the street, you could pass East Mamma a few times before realising it is a deep, beautifully decorated and very discreet  “ristorante”. The atmosphere is so much fun with great music (not too loud), and the eleven waiters and waitresses running around in their blue shirts and aprons, all pretty, all polite and all smiling. What a unique scene for … Read More

Ellsworth, is well worth it

One needs a lot of curiosity and a certain courage to walk into Ellsworth, the new restaurant opened two months ago, by American Braden Perkins (his other restaurant Verjus is half a block away) on 34 Rue de Richelieu, near the Comédie Française. No name on the window, the entrance is hidden behind a nasty scaffolding and inside, the room … Read More

A tiny coffee shop on a famous street

I was walking past the British Embassy on Faubourg St Honoré when I spotted a small sign on the sidewalk : “Honor” with an arrow leading to a courtyard at n°54. Real estate is so high on this street that many shops are actually hidden in the back.  Behind Burberry, Cuchinelli and Moschino,  I found  the most charming little coffee shop … Read More

A new reason to go to Hôtel Drouot!

The auction house, Hôtel Drouot has always been a place of fascination and sometimes a very intimidating one for visitors. Now that it has added a restaurant and bar, « l’Adjugé » in the hall, it should be even livelier than ever.

A café, but not

It used to be just a café when Jacques Boudon (whose family already owned « La Fontaine de Mars ») decided to do it over at the opening of Musée du Quai Branly. And he did well since it has become a classics to have lunch or dinner there after an opening of African art such as the current magnificent … Read More

French women don’t get fat at la Régalade

Mireille Guiliano, former CEO of Veuve Clicquot in the United States, became worldwide famous ten years ago, with her first book « French women don’t get fat » (Knopf) where she tells how she was fat at 16 and never again, even though she eats in restaurants ten times a week.

Coretta, what a good find!

My young golfing friends had told me a about Coretta a month ago but I was a bit defiant since the young have no culinary culture and I was expecting the worst. One of those trendy, tiny food plates with nothing to eat and too many flavors, and a horribly pretentious waiter. Well not at all ! The experience was … Read More