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[PARIS] Ellsworth

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Ellsworth

Add: rue, 34 Rue de Richelieu, Paris 75001
Tel: 01 42 60 59 66
Hours: [Mon] 7-10:30pm [Tue-Sat] 12:30-2:30pm, 7-10:30pm [Sun] 11:30am-3pm
Website: www.ellsworthparis.com
Price: [lunch] €18-24 [dinner/brunch] €30-40
Visited: Apr 2015

A newly opened neo-bistro by the folks behind Verjus and Verjus wine bar. I first visited on a Sunday for their brunch special menu, which consists of a dozen or so small plates designed to be shared. The famous buttermilk fried chicken is delicious as usual, and everything else we tried was quite pleasant as well, especially the chicken chilaquiles and the malt ice-cream.

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April 26th, 2015 at 10:34 pm

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[PARIS] Boris Lumé

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Boris Lumé

Add: 48 rue caulaincourt, Paris 75018
Tel: 01 46 06 96 71
Hours: [Tue-Sun] 7:30am-8:30pm
Price: [pastries] €3-5
Visited: Apr 2015

A cute boulangerie/patisserie/confiserie in the Montmartre neighborhood. This isn’t my usual hangout, but I made the effort to trek all the way up here one early morning after seeing this video (go to 0:50 min) – this place just looked too charming to pass.

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The chef, Boris Lumé, is French by origin and was trained in Paris before he spent 2 years in Tokyo with his Japanese wife, also a boulanger by profession. He’s been through a few big names like Joël Robuchon, Cyril Lignac, and Frédéric Lalos before setting up his own place here in Montmartre, and his pastries stand somewhere in the middle between haute patisseries (e.g. Pierre Hermé) and your corner boulangerie.

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April 20th, 2015 at 9:45 pm

[PARIS] Des Gâteaux et du Pain (7)

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Des Gâteaux et du Pain

Add: 89 rue du Bac , 75007 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 45 48 30 74
Hours: [Mon-Sat] 9am~8pm [Sun] 9am~6pm
Website: www.desgateauxetdupain.com
Price: [pastries] €6~7
Tasted on: Apr 2015

Some recent tastings from Des Gâteaux et du Pain. “Pamplemousse Rosa” (€6.80), a new creation from Claire Damon, is composed of rose-flavored mousse, grapefruit segments, grapefruit jelly, and corn flour biscuit. The rose flavor is rather strong, almost too much for me if not balanced by the bitter freshness from the grapefruit. Not bad, but not one of my favorites from Des Gâteaux et du Pain.

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“Kashmir” (€6.80), an intriguing combination of saffron, orange, and date. The bottom is a moist almond biscuit, topped with orange and saffron-flavored date compote, saffron crème brûlée, and vanilla mousse. The flavor combination is very unique and memorable indeed, though I personally am not swooned by it. That said, this could still be a fun try for those with an adventurous palate.

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April 18th, 2015 at 7:51 pm

[PARIS] Bears & Raccoons

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Bears & Raccoons

Add: 21 rue Richard Lenoir, 75011 Paris
Tel: 09 51 67 87 71
Hours: [Mon-Fri] 11am-6:30pm [Sat] 11am-9pm
Website: bearsandraccoons.com
Price: €7.50/sandwich, €7.50/formule, €2-3.70/tea and coffee
Visited: Apr 2015

A cute gluten-free cafe/epicerie fine in Paris 11eme. Pleasant ambience, friendly service, tasty (though rather small in size) sandwiches made to order, not bad pastries and ok coffee.

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April 14th, 2015 at 9:21 pm

[PARIS] Lily of the Valley

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Lily of the Valley

Add: 12 rue Dupetit Thouars, Paris 75003
Tel: 01 57 40 82 80
Hours: [Mon-Fri] 8:30am-6:30pm [Sat-Sun] 11am-7pm
Price: €4-5/tea, €2-4/pastry
Visited: Apr 2015

This shoebox of a tea bar in the Northern Marais called “Lily of the Valley” has an upside down garden hanging from the ceiling, lush and lovely enough to attract any passerby. What’s more: floral prints on tea pots, banquette seats, curtains, and bathroom walls. Très mignon.

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From the elaborate tea menu I chose a pot of  Tentation (€4.50), a soothing blend of white jasmine tea with bergamot. With that I tried a piece of their house-made gluten-free lemon poppy seed cake (€3), which unfortunately wasn’t all that appetizing as it had a strong taste of baking soda.

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April 9th, 2015 at 11:47 am

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[PARIS] Treize

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Treize

Add: 16 rue des Saints Pères, Paris 75007
Tel: 01 73 77 27 89
Hours: [Tue-Sat] 10am-6pm
Website: 13abakersdozen.fr
Price: €15-25/person
Visited: Apr 2015

A charming little cafe hidden deep inside the courtyard of a 6th arrondissement building, right near Boulevard Saint-Germain. It’s run by South Carolina native Laurel Sanderson, and needless to say that the menu is filled with homey Southern comfort food, albeit in lighter and healthier versions. Buttermilk biscuits, homemade savory pies, (not fried) fried chicken, fresh salads…a nice spot for lunch.

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April 8th, 2015 at 7:42 pm

[PARIS] Dersou

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Dersou

Add: 21 rue Saint Nicolas, 75012 Paris
Tel: 09 81 01 12 73
Hours: [Tue-Fri] 7:30pm-12:30am [Sat] 12-3:30pm, 7:30pm-12:30am [Sun] 12-4pm (closed on Mon)
Website: www.dersouparis.com
Price: [lunch] €20-30 a la carte [dinner] €90-130/set
Visited: Apr 2015

Please note that as of this week, Dersou is no longer open for lunch on weekdays. 

Last week’s lunch at Dersou. This neo-bistro in the 12th is the joint effort of Japanese chef Taku Sekine (Ducasse Tokyo, Fish, Saturne, and Clown Bar just to name a few) and cocktail specialist Amaury Guyot (Sherry Butt, Prescription Cocktail Club). Dinner here is an elaborate cocktail pairing menu (five courses for €90, seven courses for €130), but lunch or the after 9:30pm seating is a much lighter affair with a one-page a la carte menu, and that’s what we went for.

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The food here, probably best described as free-style, is a mix of the chef’s past experiences and changes everyday according to what he has on hand. Here’s the menu on the day of my visit to give you an idea of what you can expect. I really came for the Japanese curry with Chanllandais duck because I had seen a delicious photo of it on Instagram just the evening before, but alas by the time we arrived Dersou for our late lunch, the curry was already out.

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So instead I stole plenty of bites from my friend’s “Ma Po tofu, poivre de Sichuan” (€14), spicy tofu with Sichuan pepper served over rice. I probably ate half of this plate…could barely stop my hand for diving in for yet another spoonful.

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April 7th, 2015 at 9:11 am

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[PARIS] Clown Bar

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Clown Bar

Add: 114 Rue Amelot, 75011 Paris
Tel: 01 43 55 87 35
Hours: [Wed-Sun] 12-2:30pm, 7:30-10:30 (closed on Mon & Tue)
Price: €40~60/person
Visited: Mar 2015

Clown Bar is a historical, Belle Epoque-style bar near Cirque d’Hiver, and it’s been a real hot spot since it was revamped last year by a team from Saturne. In the kitchen is Japanese chef Sota Atsumi (previously at Vivant), who sends out plates after plates of small bites, delicious and just creative enough to keep diners on their toes. The prices are not cheap, but the food is quality, plus this place is open on Sundays which automatically earns extra points in the Parisian dining scene.

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March 31st, 2015 at 11:38 pm

[PARIS] Le Servan

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Le Servan

Add: 32 Rue Saint-Maur, 75011 Paris
Tel: 01 55 28 51 82
Hours: [lunch] 12-2:30pm [dinner] 7:30-10:30pm (closed on Sat & Sun)
Price: [lunch] €25/three courses [dinner] €40~50 a la carte
Visited: Mar 2015

Le Servan is a bright little bistro in the 11th arrondissement, opened about 6 months ago by the Levha sisters. Inside the kitchen is Tatiana, a young chef previously trained at Michelin three stars L’Arpège and L’Astrance, while her sister Katia manages front of the house. The cuisine is modern French with Asian touches (the Levha sisters are half French half Filipino) and is directed by whatever is fresh in the market. Prices are reasonable especially during lunch time – €25 for three expertly executed dishes, in the company of friendly service and a beautiful space. Definitely somewhere to come back to.

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For lunch, a few small appetizers (called zakouskis on the menu) are available in addition the three-course set. We tried “wonton de boudin noir frits” (€8), fried blood sausage wonton served with sweet chili sauce, which was quite nice. The table next to us had a bowl of “coques, piment, basilic thai”, shells sauteed with chili pepper and Thai basil, which looked pretty amazing as well.

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Among the four entree options in the lunch menu, we first tried “maquereau cru, endives, orange, cacahuetes”, raw mackerel with endive, orange, and peanuts. A refreshing start, though the fishy taste was slightly strong.

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“Langue de veau, poireaux, sauce piquante”, veal tongue with leek and spicy sauce.

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March 29th, 2015 at 10:27 am

[PARIS] Le Comptoir Général

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Le Comptoir Général

Add: 80 Quai de Jemmapes, 75010 Paris
Tel: 01 44 88 24 48
Hours: 11am-2am (open daily)
Website: www.lecomptoirgeneral.com
Price: free entrance, coffee €2-5
Visited: Mar 2015

Discovered Le Comptoir Général last week, and what a space it is. An art museum dedicated to ghetto culture, Le Comptoir Général showcases the creativity that springs up in poor or marginalized places all over the world, especially in Africa. There are movie production and screening, exhibitions, themed attractions, a record label and a radio, shops (record shop, second hand store, library, toy shop), events, workshops, shootings…With ample sunshine flowing in from the skylight, this place is almost dream-like. Explore the two-floor space, linger for a cup of coffee, or come for drinks and music after dark.

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March 28th, 2015 at 12:52 pm

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