Dining, Bars + Tea

  • Toyo & We Are All Charlie Buzz

    By Margaret Kemp

    Meet Toyomitsu Nakayama. « Toyo » was born in Kumomoto, Japan, city of forests, and began cooking age 10, « because I didn’t like eating, I was a nightmare to my mother, but I knew what I wanted to taste ! » In France since 1994, Toyo became Kenzo’s private chef in 2002. In 2011, just off Boulevard Raspail, he launched TOYO. « Because I wanted to see my name above the door ! »

    Last Updated ( Friday, 23 January 2015 )
  • Eric Kayser's Xmas : Lucas Carton : Bistro du Sommelier & Left Bank Diary Date

    By Margaret Kemp

    With boulangeries worldwide, Eric Kayser is  « the globe-trotting baker ». « Good bread needs five ingredients, flour, water, salt, yeast and passion », he says. Lunch with Olivier Clarins at Lucas Carton & Philippe Faure-Brac, the World’s Top Sommelier, opens his restaurant on 31st December for the first time. Diarise 10th January for a left-bank Galette Festival, and all for a good cause.

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 December 2014 )
  • Escape to Chantilly : Le Beaumarchais : Famiglia Rebellato : St. James Club Brunch

    By Margaret Kemp

    A breath of fresh air, 40 fast minutes from Paris, Dolce Chantilly has it all, lashings of lush whipped Chantilly cream : picture-postcard Château : gastronomy : golf : riding etc. Le Beaumarchais is « the place to be » in the Bastille area  : Olivier Rebellato launches a terrific trat on Avenue Niel.  Celebrate Sunday, book brunch at the exclusive (but nor expensive) St. James Club.

    Last Updated ( Saturday, 20 December 2014 )
  • Clover by Jean-François Piège: Restaurant L’AG & Cedric Grolet's Dali Tea-Time

    By Margaret Kemp

    We all know what Jean-Francois Piège is getting for Xmas. A new left-bank bistro! Le Beaumarchais opens and is « the place to be » in the quartier Bastille. Alan Geaam launches L’AG his prêt-a-porter eatery. Tea-Time at Le Dali is an hommage to the surrealist who loved to dangle lobsters, on the end of a fishing rod, from his suite, to the amazement of passers-by.

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 09 December 2014 )
  • Astier : Belhara Bistro : Grand Vefour Bûche & Les Airelles News Buzz

    By Margaret Kemp

    Located next door to Frederic Hubig-Schall’s Jeanne A & the authentic Italiano Sassotondo, Astier, created in 1956 by Monsieur et Madame Astier, ticks all the boxes. The left-bank former Léo le Lion, a favourite of Curnonsky (1872-1956) Prince of Gastronomes, is now Bistrot Belhara, Curno would deffo approve. Check out Grand Vefour’s Xmas Bûche and snag a Hermès bag at Les Airelles, Courchevel.

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 December 2014 )
  • Spicy City

    By Sally Peabody

    I love French food.  Who doesn’t? But even the most besotted Francophile sometimes harbors yearnings for a steaming bowl of chinese noodles, a juicy burger, or perhaps a harissa-spiked tagine.  My particular culinary Achilles-heel is spice and heat.  I love pepper in all guises and inevitably find myself yearning for hot and spicy food when sojourning in France for more than a few days.

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 December 2014 )
  • Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée : L’Alsace : Jeff Leatham Book : Le Bristol Bûche Buzz

    By Margaret Kemp

    Dazzling new decor by Jouin and Manku at Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée and a new healthy menu concept. On Le Champs Elysées, L’Alsace Brasserie, shut for two years, re-opens with bright contemporary decor and brand new logo depicting Strasbourg Cathedral’s clock. Rock n’Roll florist Jeff Leatham receives a prestigious award and publishes a new book. Laurent Jeannin rocks his bûche at Le Bristol.

    Last Updated ( Monday, 24 November 2014 )
  • Guy Savoy : Sebillon : Lenôtre Salutes Jean Cocteau : Thanksgiving Chez Flora : Best Fishes 3 & Guy Martin's Masterclass

    By Margaret Kemp

    Chez Guy Savoy *** Michelin since 2002, favourite addy of Brangelina, there’s exciting news. A special centenary menu chez Sebillon (since 1914). With the delicious Galette des Rois, Lenôtre pays hommage to the iconic Jean Cocteau. Flora Mikula cooks Thanksgiving Dinner with an American chef. Best Fishes and Guy Martin takes a Culinary Masterclass at his Atelier.

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 November 2014 )
  • Millesimes 62 : Le Royal Monceau, Raffles, Paris : Petrossian : Clarins News & Les Fées Pâtissières Buzz

    By Margaret Kemp

    Carole Bouquet and Marc Lavoine signed the Golden Book at Millesimes 62 located on a square designed by architect Riccardo Bofill, read, « béton » central, perfect example of neo-20th century quartier Montparnasse. Three restaurants to choose from at Le Royal Monceau, Raffles, Paris. You’ll want everything in Petrossian’s new collection. Clarins celebrates 60 wrinkle free years, and, connaissez vous Les Fées Pâtissières?

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 04 November 2014 )
  • Rossi & Co : Carton Rouge : When Prunier Met Betjeman & Barton : Stop Press Musical Chefs & Bûche of the Week Buzz

    By Margaret Kemp

    Two restaurants this week with links to, football, the beautiful game. Rossi & Co, unique ristorante, with a talented chef, from Naples, who once walked for Givenchy. Carton Rouge (Red Card) a seriously good bistro even if you’re not a PSG supporter. Chez Prunier, Betjeman & Barton rare teas are matched with salmon and caviar. Diarise #caviarshot. Musical chefs and, take a look at  Angelina’s belle bûche.

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 04 November 2014 )
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