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.

Joséphine Chez Dumonet -Paris – France Visit Review: 16,2

Retour aux sources

Retour aux sourcesBack to the roots after a long holidays! With the winter approaching, it was necessary to revise my bases, the sauce knowledges, the foie gras and stuffed morels. Is there a better place than the restaurant in which I've done my graduation? It is therefore light (and stomach!) hearted that I brought one of my oldest friends.Joséphine Chez Dumonet Maître [...]
Joséphine Chez Dumonet Morilles farcies 2

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

Le 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 – 75005 Paris 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 Comptoir du Relais – Paris – France Visit Review: 14,6

Expansive butter !

Why did I wait so much time testing Le Comptoir du Relais? Because I never queued! And at each of my passages in front of the establishment, the queue was for me crippling. Especially since the clients are often ruthlessly parceled and are regularly overtaken by the privileged guests of the neighboring hotel, property of the restaurant. For a place that refuses reservations to vulgum [...]
Le Comptoir du Relais Carpaccio Tête de veau

Dar Cherifa – Marrakech – Morocco Visit Review: 12

Pale Dar

What makes two restaurants with a very similar appearance cause two very different feelings, in addition to cooking? This is what I will try to answer with Dar Cherifa, very close to all levels of Ksar Essaoussan. Except that the Dar Cherifa has a look a little too new (even if it is an ancient building), too licked closer to the movie setting set than the authentic [...]
Dar Cherifa Patio 2

Palais Mehdi Restaurant – Marrakech – Morocco Visit Review:

Small article but I wanted to note the quality of couscous lamb eaten in the restaurant of Palais Mehdi.    He deserves it simply because of the beautiful combination of spices used for cooking. Obviously, it's still a little the same thing, Ras El Hanout, with for each cook his personal recipe. But here, in addition to the candied onion on the top, I found an [...]
Palais Mehdi Restaurant Assortiment salades

Ksar Essaoussan – Marrakech – Morocco Visit Review: 15,2

A pearl

The main fault lies in its name which, in addition to being difficult to remember, promotes the multiplicity of spellings and causes a difficulty to find it directly on Google.Past this pitfall, we find what is commonly called "a hidden gem". Lost in the middle of the Medina, it is a maze that must be traveled to plunge into the darkness of this authentic [...]
Ksar Essaoussan Oranges
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