I Love Paris

Who says you can’t eat good food in an airport? At Paris CDG you can! This stupidly named restaurant is in Terminal 2E and is the latest venture by Le Grand Véfour chef Guy Martin. It’s by far the best food I’ve ever eaten in an airport. That’s for sure!

Mushroom mousse for starter.

A burger cooked rare (because in Europe you can and you should!) with cheese and good fries.

The uniquitous Floating Island dessert you find in so many Parisian restaurants. Basically fluffy white egg beaten with sugar over a bed of caramel sauce and hazelnuts. Delicious.

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This unassuming almost bistro-looking place surprised me with their presentations. I stopped here for a quick dinner before going to a show at New Moraning jazz club, in the heart of the Harlem of Paris. Affordable, beautifully presented and very tasty food!

When in Paris you must have escargot (snails!) and it’s not your thing or you don’t want a whole plate full of this dish is perfect because it had only one snail served inside a hollow breaded crispy shell with lard emulsion and some good raw ham right on top. Very classy!

Sauvage

On the south side of the river, Sauvage is a great spot where for less than €50/person you can have a meal in a casual setting that would cost twice that in a more formal setting. Great wine list too!

If you go to the bathroom in this place you have to walk through the kitchen and you’ll be left wondering how they can make this amazing food in what is possibly the smallest kitchen I’ve ever seen (smaller than an East Village apartment kitchen!!!)

The menu changes daily but I highly recommend the fois gras appetizer and the bonito appetizer. The place is famous for its sweet bread entre but the lamb is very good too!

One of the most generous portions of Fois Gras I’ve ever been served.

Bonito is basically a japanese tuna tartare. And this is as good as they come. Served in onions, coriander and in a sweet sauce made with some kind of black currant berries. Amazing!

Cochon (Pork) was very hearthy and well cooked.

Sweet bread, the place’s specialty, is cooked to perfection. Simple but better than anywhere else I’ve ever had sweet bread.

Their Faisselle cheese dessert is also very good. Strained raw milk cheese with citrus slices and sauce.

Menu changes daily.

The tiny tiny kitchen, unbelievable!

Albion

Opened in 2011 by a kiwi and brit who came from the highly regarded Left Bank restaurant Fish La Boissonnerie, this place offers some great fish preparations (after all you are in the Poisonnerrie neighborhood) served in a casual setting and to a very local crowd. Very centrally located, a block from the subway and affordable, the restaurant also has a small wine shop.

€28 for appetizer and dessert or €34 for main and dessert. If you are two people I suggest you do one of each so you can share an appetizer and share a dessert and still have one entrée each, so you can try more things!

Great lunch spot!

Although it doesn’t look like it, that is an octopus salad and it was rather good. It certainly is no match to the octopus in Spain or Southern Italy but I did appreciate the different take on the preparation of such a delicacy.

Beautifully played salmon with bonito fish skin flakes and ratatouille.

Amazing dessert made with rice pudding, citrus and exotic fruit (mango, passion fruit) and gentle layers of creme brûlé crust.

Saturne

Possibly one of the best 9-course dinners I’ve had in Paris.
Reservations are a must and expect to be there for 3 hours.
Carte Blanche menu (you don’t need to pick anything, just tell them if you have any dietary restrictions) and set price of €85 without wine and €150 with wine (cheese and water are extra). If you are into wine they have a wine menu to die for with some of the best (hardest to find and most expensive bottles). You can do the wine pairing menu where every course comes with a pairing or you can get a bottle from their menu.

The highlights were the raw tuna with oven-dried blood oranges (one of the best raw tuna renditions ever!) and a dessert consisting of mandarin sorbet sitting atop some meringue crumbles, a cloud of a frozen solid mousse made with the inside of a squash seeds, some sugar glazed squash seeds underneath and a bed of squash mousse at the very bottom: something of a superior originality and taste!

Mini brioche with cheese mousse (sorry about the lines in the picture, some weird artifact of the lighting of this restaurant).

Asparagus in a leaf.

A clam and an an oyster hide underneath a mouse of vegetables.

The superior raw tuna with blood oranges that had to be desiccated in the oven.

Cod with clams and white asparagus.

Masterfully cooked juicy duck on a bed of spinach, peas and avocado mousse.

Unexpectedly hard goat cheese and a salad.

That’s the mandarin sorbet sitting atop some meringue crumbles, a cloud of a frozen solid mousse made with the inside of a squash seeds, some sugar glazed squash seeds underneath (that’s the dark/black stuff you see in the picture) and a bed of squash mousse at the very bottom: something of a superior originality and taste!

Warm chocolate mousse and cold hazelnut ice cream under a layer of crumbled oven roasted berries and chocolate.

Le Galopin

Relatively new restaurant on the Parisian food scene. Not a lot of tables so a reservation is required. But it can accomodate shall groups of 4-6 people. At €54 for a 7 course fixed menu dinner (plus wine of course), this place is priced very honestly for the quality of the food. The no frill service and the friendly and courteous staff make it a great unpretentious but delicious spot in the heart of Paris.

Mushroom soup with the texture of a miso soup and a surprise of salmon roe at the bottom.

White asparagus with compote gelatine cubes, slices of kiwi, mint and feta cheese.

Perfectly cooked juicy chicken with a great assortment of fresh vegetables.


Rather than coffee (which in France pretty much sucks everywhere) this is a delicious coffee ice cream with kumquat and crunchy sweets.

This place is definitely worth another visit!