Summer favorites in Paris and useful links

Paris summer time

Paris is the best in summer. It’s quiet, traffic is back to normal and sun is shinning. July-August is the perfect time to explore the parks, enjoy restaurants with terraces and admire the city without it’s grumpy inhabitants who are anywhere else than Paris.

Here is a list of some favorites & useful links for this summer time :

– It’s sunny, let’s go for a picnic. The river bank is Parisians’ favorite spot but you might also try one of the best picnic spots & provisions in Paris by Paris by Mouth

– It’s too hot. Cool down with a delicious ice-cream. I’ve worked on the best ice-cream in Paris list for you.

– Enjoy a restaurant with terrace following Topito selection or Timeout. Also many restaurants opened on Les Berges de Seine (on the left river bank) including Rosa Bonheur annexe. An excellent spot to have lunch or dinner.

– Don’t miss last days of Paris 1900, The city of entertainment exhibition at Le Petit Palais, until August 17th

– If you’re not afraid of watching a movie in French or with French subtitles, then you should have a look to the outdoor cinema program from La Villette. All movies are in original language with subtitles so you might even find  movie in yours.

Have a great summer!

Business lunch and more at Saturne restaurant, Paris 2nd

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It’s Christmas time and if I would love to spend more time in my kitchen, it is a very intense working flow. The good thing about this period is that it’s also time for celebrations and traditionnal Christmas lunch with co-workers. This year, we trusted the expert of Paris 2nd in the team and went to Saturne restaurant. We had an amazing lunch. The place is pleasant. The food is excellent and portions are the perfect size. It was a long time I hadn’t have such a great culinary experience. Chef Sven Chartier is a rising star and was nominated creative chef of the year at Omnivor show in March 2013. He just makes the perfect match of natural products and sophisticated flavors combinations.

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Saturne, la carte

Dessert are worth the try. Lately I’ve been disappointed with restaurants that do not invest much time and energy in making dessert. And this is too bad as this what you eat at last. Today, it was both delicious and original. The three dessert featured a vegetable in the recipe : carrot ice-cream (the easy one you can see below), Jeruzalem artichoke ice-cream served with chocolate and potatoes and hay associated with pears. I love mixing savors and discover new combinations. This was really an excellent surprise.

The must: the honey madeleine cakes served with coffee. Just to taste that, you should make sure to have coffee or tea before you leave. I’ll definitely try to make them at home.

Saturne starter

Raw fish and oysters, cauliflower

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Fish and scallops, seasonal vegetables

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Carrot ice-cream, iced cottage cheese, sea buckthorn cream and crunchy crumble

For a business lunch, the 37€ menu is excellent. Only one lowlight, it’s closed on the weekend.

Le Saturne
17 rue Notre-Dame des Victoires
Paris 2nd
Tel : +33 (1) 42 60 31 90
Closed on Saturday and Sunday
lunch 37/55/69€
dinner 60€

Amazing lunch @ Il Vino Restaurant, Paris

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For the second time, I went to Il Vino restaurant in Paris 7th. Two is better than one (for the good stuff). First time was for dinner and second was for lunch with my friend Céline (Les pépites de Noisette). Photo credit is all her.

This restaurant has everything. Wine list is exceptional. Enrico Bernardo is Best Sommelier of The World in 2004 (at only 27). Food is crazy delicious. Restaurant Il Vino is 1-star at Michelin. Staff is remarkably qualified and nice!

The concept of the restaurant is genuinely original. It’s all about food and wine combination. Continue reading

My favorite places to eat and drink in Paris 15th

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Paris 15th is obviously not the most exciting district in the city for travelers. However the place is of certain interest for gourmets. It hosts many excellent restaurants and shops. Top executives and politicians – including president François Hollande – are taking apartments in the area strategically located between La Defense and Issy Les Moulineaux. Some chefs struck the goldmine. Restaurants are a bless for those with more money than time – preferring to get dinner out and not cooking.

Paris 15th is also my neighborhood. Although I love to cook and don’t have president’s purse, I tried several restaurants over the years.  Here is my pick. A non-exhaustive list of my favorite places to eat & drink around.

Bars & snack:

  • Au dernier metro* (70 boulevard Grenelle) : THE French bistro in the district.
  • La Bodega* (37 Rue Cambronne) : Spanish bar with excellent tapas. Live music on Friday and Saturday night.
  • Le Zinc (61 Avenue de la Motte-Picquet) : Friendly bar close to the Champs de Mars. You might spot Etchebest from La Cantine du Troquet and team who often go there before the service.
  • Le Commerce café (18 Place du Commerce) : Neighbors are regulars here, although it’s nothing remarkable. Service is one of the worth. But the nice terrace conveniently located in front of commerce metro and the good pizzas are just enough to make it a good place for hanging out.

Bistro restaurant:

  • Le Casse-Noix * (56 rue de la Fédération) : Traditional French cuisine by chef Pierre Olivier Lenormand. A menu according to the season. Affordable and good wines. A treat.
  • La Cantine du Troquet * (53 Boulevard de Grenelle) : Another Parisian table by Etchebest to taste South-West cuisine and its foie-gras, boletus mushrooms and piment d’Espelette. You might skip the dessert.
  • L’os à moelle (3 Rue Vasco de Gama) : Stéphane Schmidt brings his Alsatian origins to traditional recipes.
  • Les Trois garcons (165, rue de Javel) : Modern restaurant and good food. The outdoor terrace is a great bonus.

Gastronomic:

  • Le Ciel de Paris (33, avenue du Maine): Perfect for a romantic lunch or dinner overlooking Eiffel Tower and Champs de Mars. Go for a mille-feuilles for dessert.
  • Le Mûrier (42 Rue Olivier de Serres): Family restaurant. One of the best near Convention metro.
  • Bernard du 15 (62 Rue des Entrepreneurs): An old-fashion restaurant with classic interior and no froufrou that serves excellent traditional food and has good service.
  • Le Père Claude (51 Avenue de la Motte-Picquet): A well-known restaurant opened since 1988 serving the classics. Famous guests are regulars especially for Sunday lunch.

World Food:

  • Darai (4 Rue Violet): the Corean canteen to eat on a budget. Full inexpensive dinner starting from 9-10€.
  • Le Caroubier (82 Boulevard Lefebvre): Good Moroccan restaurant near Porte de Versailles.
  • Lin pour l’Hôte (49 Rue Olivier de Serres): A restaurant mixing skilfully French and Caribbean cuisine.

On the waiting list – Not tried yet :

  • Benkay (61 Quai de Grenelle): japanese gastronomic restaurant in front of the Seine.
  • Le Quinzième (14 Rue Cauchy): the one-star restaurant owned by celebrity chef Cyril Lignac. Expect a dinner about 100€ the menu and lunch about 65€.
  • Le Beurre Noisette (68 Rue Vasco de Gama): A bistro of excellent reputation.
  • Le Café du commerce (51 rue du commerce): one of the oldest bistro in the area for a classic Parisian experience.

Wouldn’t go again :

  • Stephane Martin (67 Rue des Entrepreneurs): a real disappointment with the service. A main dish that was excessively salty.
  • La Plage (Port de Javel Haut): Overpriced very basic food. The only reason to go is for the boat terrace and the great view.

Pierre Sang in Oberkampf

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This weekend, 5 food bloggers friends and I went to Pierre Sang restaurant in Oberkamkf. We meet once a month and try a new place each time. Last time was my turn to find a new one. And so I choose Pierre Sang. Very popular since he was finalist of Top Chef in 2011 – a successful TV show in France. His restaurant just celebrated its one-year anniversary. During the show, I was fascinated by his cooking. His dishes were very colorful with lot of vegetables. He was also excellent in making unexpected combinations that would bring a modern twist to traditional preparations.

Well, all that you’ll find at his restaurant. The team is great and make you feel comfortable right away. Food is delicious. The fine cooking is influenced by both the chef French and Korean origins. Wine list is also of some interest and you can easily trust the waiter for making the right choice. And then the bill… Moderated. Really worth it.

The chef is very approachable. He loves telling the story and never miss and occasion to thank his team for making it great.

Note, this is a fix menu that varies depending on the chef inspiration and the season. But no worries, the waiter will always ask for any specific diet or intolerance. And the team really makes a fantastic work to customize a menu that would meet your requirements.

A glance at the menu

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Price : lunch from 20€, dinner (4 to 6 dishes) for 35€

Where ? 55 rue Oberkampf, Paris 11th

Open from Tuesday to Friday 12 pm – 2.30 pm / 7 pm – 10.30 pm

Saturday : 7.00 pm – 10.30 pmm

No booking, so be the first !