Add: 66 rue du Chevaleret 75013 Paris
Tel: 01 45 82 98 96
Hours: [butcher shop] 10am~4pm, 5~8pm [restaurant] 12~2:30pm (closed on Sun)
Price: €10~11/burger, €15~16/burger set
Visited on: Nov 2014
What you can find at Persillé maison de viande: fresh high quality meat that comes directly from the farm, and ready to eat items like burgers and beef tartar (available during lunch time). “Butcher to table”, a nice concept it is.
The regular Persillé Burger is priced at €10 alone or €15 with fries, drink, and dessert, while the weekly special burger is priced at €11/16. This week’s special is Pumpky Burger, which is served with a pumpkin sauce. Not bad, though a bit on the bland side. Perhaps I ought to have tried the Persillé Burger for this first visit.
Beef tartar (€11, or €16 with menu), hand cut with ginger and orange. Fresh, but perhaps needs more seasoning.
Cheesecake. Is a cheesecake.
As this is a butcher shop, there are lots of products for you to take home to.
A nice concept, with very friendly service. It’s a bit too far out to be a regular spot for me, but if you live in the neighborhood, why not come give it a try?
Add: 33 Rue Rousselet, 75007 Paris
Tel: 01 56 24 11 02
Hours: [lunch] 12~3pm [afternoon tea] 3~7pm (closed on Mon & Tue)
Price: [lunch] €32 [tea sets] €12~25
Visited on: Nov 2014
Japanese tea salon in the 7th arrondissement. A branch out from the one Michelin star Japanese restaurant Aida (just around the corner), this space seats no more than eight, with four at the bar and four at the tables. Presiding over this tranquil little space is Takanori Murata, who grew up in a family of traditional Japanese pastry chefs. Reservation recommended.
Add*: 93 rue de Seine, 75006 Paris
Tel: 01 43 29 38 15
Hours: [Tue] 2~7:30pm [Wed-Thu] 10am~7:30pm [Fri-Sat] 10am~8pm [Sun] 10am~7pm
Prices: €5.20/individual pastry
Visited on: Oct 2014
Meilleur Ouvrier de France (MOF) is a prestigious award in France according to category of trades – whether in woodwork, tailoring, or clockmaking – in a contest among professionals. When someone is awarded MOF, it’s generally a solid indication that he or she has exceptional skills. In the world of pastry, a few MOFs have opened their own boutiques here in Paris, Arnaud Larher being one of them. I have visited his shops twice before back in 2012 and 2013, but was never really drawn to his style of pastries. Seeing positive reviews of his work lately on multiple social media, I decided to drop by again to see if anything will appeal this time.
*3 boutiques available in Paris, check website for detail.
Sometimes I spend a long time making choices in front of a pastry display because I want to buy everything, but at Arnaud Larher it’s usually the opposite – I have a hard time finding something I want to take home with. It’s both the look and the combination of flavor…somehow, nothing sing out to me in particular.
Le Petit Bleu
Add: 23 Rue Muller, 75018 Paris
Tel: 01 42 59 27 01
Hours: 6pm~1am (open everyday)
Price: [salads] €7 [cous cous/tajines] €10~12
Visited on: Oct 2014
Le Petit Bleu isn’t the fanciest spot you will find in Paris, but it’s got delicious couscous worthy of your stomach space, at very affordable prices too! If you happen to be in the Montmartre neighborhood around dinner time, do drop by.
My default choice: cous cous royal (€12), which comes with merguez (mixed lamb sausage), grilled chicken, meatballs, and stewed vegetables. The portion is generous enough to be shared among two people, but since each person must order one dish, tag on a feta salad (€7) if you don’t want to be too stuffed.
The small place can become quite packed especially on weekend nights, so come early (it opens around 6pm) or expect a wait.
Add: 2 rue Richer, 75009 Paris
Tel: n/a (reservations not accepted)
Hours: 8am~1am (open everyday)
Price: [appetizers] €9~10 [main courses] €17~18 [sweets] €8
Visited on: Oct 2014
Le Richer has been receiving a lot of good press since its opening early last year. This corner restaurant is open everyday (a rare find in Paris) and for all occasions (8am to 1am), making it a good spot to drop by anytime, any day. We came for lunch on a weekday and found the place to be bustling with activity, but not in an overly hectic way. Except for the desserts, we were quite happy with the dishes we tried , which are generally light, refreshing, and creative. Especially worth noting were the beef tartar, the tomato gaspacho, and the colvert duck. Pictures below.
Saucisse aux herbes, pain de mais et condiment abricot/navet/girolles (€9), sausage with herbs, corn bread, and a condiment of apricot/turnip/chanterelles.
Tartare de boeuf, huitres/granny smith/radis et sésame (€10), beef tartare with oyster/granny smith/radish and sesame.
Folks & Sparrows
Add: 14 rue Saint-Sébastien, 75 011 Paris
Tel: 09 81 45 90 99
Hours: [Tue-Sun] 10am~7pm
Price: [sandwiches] €6.50-7.50 [coffee] €4-5 [pastries] €4
Visited on: Oct 2014
Folks & Sparrows recently opened on the borders of Le Marais, just across Boulevard Beaumarchais from Merci. This coffee shop / épicerie fine is opened by Franck, a French man who has spent quite some years in New York before coming back to Paris. What you can find here: hip and cosy decor, coffee and cakes, sandwiches, a selection of artisanal packaged foods, and a slow and easy ambience. What I liked most about this place is that, unlike many Parisien cafes, it does not tries to maximize seating by stuffing in as many tables as possible. The breathing space is definitely appreciated.
Day 3 in Berlin, woke up early for breakfast at Zeit für Brot (Time for Bread), a charming bread shop in the Mitte neighborhood. Cinnamon buns and milchkaffee, a perfect start to the day!
Then, a visit of the Reichstag, the Imperial Diet building. The large glass dome at the very top of the Reichstag has a 360-degree view of the surrounding Berlin cityscape and is free or charge to visit, complete with an audio-guided walking tour that last for about 45 minutes. You do need to register in advance, and don’t forget to bring your reservation confirmation and ID when going to the appointment.
Day 2 in Berlin started off on a serious note with a visit to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, a.k.a. the Holocaust Memorial, a site covered with 2,711 concrete slabs arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field.
Then, the Topography of Terror, formerly the headquarters of the Secret State Police during the “Third Reich” and now a documentary center.
Hallo Berlin :)
My home for 3 days, a lovely apartment right in the Mitte neighborhood. Thank you Ms. A for being the most wonderful host!
And thank you Berlin for three full days of sun and blue sky.
Add: 74 rue des Archives, 75003
Tel: 01 42 77 23 62
Hours: [Wed-Thu] 2~11pm [Fri-Sat] 12pm~12am [Sun] 12~11pm
Price: [dessert menu] €19~42
Visited on: Sep 2013
Dessance, Paris’ first gastronomic dessert bar, has been open for around 9 months now. My first visit back in January was a rather pleasant experience, and I finally got a chance to go back to see what’s new. In addition to the a la carte options (€19) and the carte blanche sweet menu (€36), there is now also a carte blanche salé/sucré menu (€42), which includes one savory dish followed by four sweet dishes. On the particular day we visited, this menu started with beef carpaccio, roquefort cheese sorbet, and celery root baked in hay and seaweed, a light dish perfect for those who like to pad the stomach with something non-sweet first.
Drinks are not included in the menu, fyi. Jasmine tea (€6).
First sweet course: green peas, green pea puree, and orange carrot granité. Bright and light, a pleasant combination with a good balance of sweet and savory.
Second sweet course: burrata with mustard leaf sorbet, orange confit, and saffran/mustard leaf powder. The orange confit, though just a small part of this dish, was nicely done – soft and tender but still preserving a tiny bit of crunchy texture. I’m not familiar with mustard leaf as an ingredient and wasn’t quite sure what I was tasting, but the whole ensemble with burrata, orange confit, and saffran was original and lovely. Like the previous dish, this one wasn’t really sweet, but rather a combination of sweet and savory.
Third sweet course: raw and cooked mirabelle with eucalyptus crème brûlée, marjoram granité, and an acidic crumble. This dish, while interesting in terms of unique flavors to explore, wasn’t an enjoyable one for me as I found there to be too many thimgs competing for attention at the same time. Read the rest of this entry »