Belleek Castle – Ballina – Eire Visit Review: 15,8

The castle of drunk beef

The Belleek Castle looks a bit like fairy tales. After crossing a huge fortified gate, you travel several hundred meters in a large wooded park to finally appearing at the corner of a bend, placed on a hill, a castle with gray hues contrasting incredibly with a grass of a green not found.    Crossing the front door, you are immersed in a world [...]
Belleek Castle Façade du château

Nook – Collonney – Eire Visit Review: 11,8

Small establishment not serving alcohol; not even beer! In Ireland !    It is true that it is more a family spirit that gives the owners to the place. If you do not like children, don't go there!  Honest hamburgers. As everywhere, the Irish do not know how to cook french fries. Even if they add with originality herbs to raise the [...]
Nook Jus Berry Love

Ait Eile – Enniscrone – Eire Visit Review: 11

Too many mistakes

First stop of our stay in Ireland and I must recognize that the County of Mayo is not particularly provided in restaurants of high quality. It is therefore without asking me many questions that I select the restaurant No. 1 on TripAdvisor in Enniscrone.    The cocktails are quite rustic, with pieces of broken ice that make the tasting difficult and some small ice [...]
Ait Eile Filet migon de porc

Louis Vins – Paris- France Visit Review: 15,2

Stil "on the road"

Thanks to the excellent application Lastable I decided to push the door of Louis Vins again. Indeed, 30% discount on the solids, I am not going to say no.    My last visit in September 2014 had left me a little unsatisfied. Although the food was good, I really felt the lack of a guideline in the kitchen. We did not know where we were [...]
Louis Vins Poulet fermier, poitrine de cochon et champignons

Le Gabriel La Réserve (i) – Paris – France Visit Review: 16,6

Limestone, show and artichoke!

Why this strange title about a restaurant? Because both chef Jérôme Banctel and director Marco Tognon make us a superb show of what modern French cuisine is but not losing its roots.    But let's begin at the beginning. (Epanadiplose and pleonasm I must calm down!) The appetizers are far from basic with a tart of foie gras and Shitake mashed potatoes, then a thin [...]

Faggio – Paris – France Visit Review: 10,4

It is not this pizzeria that could have ranked in the top 10 of the classification of the best pizzas in France. Not that pizzas are particularly bad, but they suffer from a letting go that makes all the difference between the exceptional and the misfire.    Because we feel that the dough is quite well worked but then there is a poor management of cooking that makes [...]
Faggio Pizza Diavola

Chez Savy – Paris – France Visit Review: 12,4

Quick lunch at the end of "Taste of Paris". Parisian institution that neither disappoints nor provokes ecstasy. Very good rillettes in amuse bouche.  A bib of good Angus and a well-made Bearnaise.  Original sweetbreads served on a strange bed of ziti (long macaroni).  Half carafe of red wine a bit expensive [...]
Savy Bavette béarnaise

Allegria Paris – Paris – France Visit Review: 13,4

Allegro amabile

The Jardin d'Ivy (fortunately!) gave up its place rue Mouffetard to another establishment that I promised myself to test allegretto.   We start with an appoggiature of croutons with olive oil, mozzarella, olives and basil leaves.    And not just a basic oil since the house offers a Frantoia with a superb aroma.   We [...]
Allegria Paris Linguine de la mer

Given – Paris – France Visit Review: 10

Spices are vegan!

As you can imagine, vegetarian restaurants are not my favorite places. But since I'm not sectarian, I have to test everything. Let's go for a working lunch with Laurence Bellissen, the boss of Délices Corner, a promising young catering company. Then, please excuse me in advance, but for the sake of simplicity, I will put in the same bag vegan and vegetarian. This will save me from [...]
Given Salade betterave

Bistro Mauzac – Paris – France Visit Review: 9,2

Cela fait cher la banalité

Writing on an average restaurant is probably the worst test of the gastronomic columnist. Nothing exceptional or really catastrophic to hang on, no memories created for the future, between anonymity and banality, neither for better nor for worse ...  So a sausage and a very commonplace aligot and who did not see much the hand of a craftsman.    A duck [...]
Bistrot Mauzac Saucisse aligot