Amateur of good food, with a Baccalaureate degree in Literature-Philosophy at 19 and a CAP Cooking / Ferrandi at 51,

I propose you my appreciations about the restaurants and hotels I have visited during my travels from Paris to Prague, Denver to Deauville or New-York to New-Delhi.

Neither permanent dithyrambs, nor pseudo-poetic lyrical surge, nor unfair squaring only to make the buzz, but  fine  words mixed with technical analysis. As we are in a Global Village, the blog is of course  bilingual.

For simplicity, 3 categories :
-« Gold » : best tables (but who’s counting?)
-« Red » : nice intermediate tables (between 40 and 80 euros)
-« Blue » : unsophisticated restaurants but with quality food (less than 40 euros)

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One unique advice? Avoid a blog which is not giving a date of visit in its article.

Le Lys d’Or (i)- Paris – France Visit Review: 16,2

The lily always in bloom

From how many years of existence can a restaurant be considered as an institution? After 30 years, Le Lys d'Or could easily claim this distinction.    And without resting on its laurels. Indeed, without abandoning its gastronomic quality, Ms. Chen has transformed, with the effective collaboration of Manuel Mariani, her menu to focus on two culinary poles: the [...]
Le Lys d'Or Marmite Saint-Jacques

Les Caves Pétrissans – Paris – France Visit Review: 12

Not knead of passion

It's four handed with Arnaud Morisse from the blog www.restos-sur-le-grill.fr that we have tested this Parisian institution more than a century old even though the restaurant has only created near the cellar since 30 years. So, is it in the old cauldrons that we make the best soups? The least we can say is that as good restaurant lovers, our opinions are globally convergent on the [...]
Caves Pétrissans Tête de veau

Charles-Barrier – Tours – France Visit Review: 13,2

Barriers to star

If the house undoubtedly seeks to win back a star, some details seem unacceptable to these claims.  Charles Barrier Lustres  We will start with the frame that, if it is old, no one can challenge it, still has a certain charm. But the halogen light on the terrace is an ecological and visual aberration. The spots crush the table, create monstrous shadows of [...]
Charles Barrier Joue de boeuf couverte

Taokan – Paris – France Visit Review: 11,8

Restaurant that we know immediately that a good part of the bill is made to pay more the decor than the plate. Not that it is bad but it is at the level of the claim.   The starters are of course more worked than at your Chinese caterer around the  street corner. You will not find this side slightly elastic for vapors and stickier than crisp for fried spring [...]
Taokan Saint-Jacques

Au Bretzel – Paris – France Visit Review: 15,4

Rare à Paris

Except the big "brasseries" known by everybody, the small Alsatian restaurants are one of the rarities in Paris. It is true that we, the Alsatians, have never been able to ensure our promotion as Bretons or Aveyronnais. And with a minimalist website, a facade hidden in a small street of the fourteenth arrondissement, in the shadow of La Creole, you have to know to go [...]
Au Bretzel Petite alsacienne

La Bascule – Vincennes -France Visit Review: 15

Une bascule qui balance

As I am trying at all the restaurants of Vincennes, La Bascule is one of beautiful steps tested this day.   The menus for lunch at 20 or 26 euros make very accessible dishes very well made and without staying hungry.  The chicken "pressé" with foie gras is very good, accompanied by a chocolate sauce and a truffle ice cream that [...]
La Bascule Pressé de volaille et foie gras

L’Estrapade – Paris – France Visit Review: 10,6

One more dead !

There is nothing more disappointing than a restaurateur who sells his stock in trade to someone who can not follow the quality. Exactly what happened six months ago at the Estrapade, ex-pretty table of the 5th arrondissement.    However, we could still have hope with one of the house specialties, the Roquefort pear and chorizo, which go the [...]
L'Estrapade Poire au roquefort

Le Lutetia Bar Joséphine – Paris -France Visit Review:

Although it is still a bit under renovation, the hotel Lutetia finally opened its doors a few months ago and now animates the neighborhood in a less noisy way.    The Joséphine bar is the attraction of the moment with its superb counter located in a bright room, overlooking the street through large windows and original frescoes rediscovered during the [...]
Lutetia Bar Joséphine Cocktails 2

Le Collectioneur (i) – Paris -France Visit Review: 16,2

Ne pas lui tourner le dos !

Gioachino Rossini would not have scorned sitting at this table that completes the elegant hotel Le Collectionneur. He who highlighted in the most beautiful way the myth of "The thieving magpie", and who was an amateur of good food, would surely have enjoyed seeing the two concepts of the diverse but harmonious collection get married at this modern and bright [...]
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