Saturday, September 30, 2006

Temples of Cool

Article here

PS Looks better on the printed page

Alcazar






Fantastic mozza - good millefeuille de thon with avocados, mangos and Thai spices , great moelleux au choc. the entrecote with gros frited and filleted sea bass with lemon-butter sauce not shown, but excellent

Chez Papa 10eme Salad



Best value salad in Paris? Lettuce, bacon, two fried eggs, fromage bleu , tomatoes , pomme de terres sauté ...

Monday, September 25, 2006

Relais de l'Entrecote



Pure French comfort food.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Brasserie Julien

Gazzetta Restaurant Paris


Got the jump on Emmanuel Rubin in finding this one, though I didn't really get to try out the new wunderchef's cuisine as the Sunday brunch menu was composed of mostly basic Italian comfort food fare, risottos, pizza , etc

Next visit.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Basement Bento at OZU Paris

Proclaimed as the Best Japanese restaurant in Paris on their (largely unfinished) official website, OZU is the second offering from the same team owning the restaurant of the same name in London. The decoration is of little interest, a pan-world, Nippon dining room with lots of blond wood, and a latice-style ceiling, the big attraction here being the giant aquarium theatre located in space directly across from the main dining room. The aquarium, apparently closed for some 20 years before being reopened solely for OZU, is pretty cool (despite the fact that it draws hoards of annoying children around the supposedly VIP tables in front of the fish display, although the management assures me that , although Sunday lunchtime is often like this, in the evening, there is a different ambience altogether.

The 9 piece sushi plate was pretty good, although, at 38 Euros, and with only a tiny accompanying salad, was a bit of a stretch (I mean, the same price buys an entire bento box at Kai...).

The teppinyaki was pretty tasty, with accompanying rice, Japanese flan with (a little dry) chicken at the bottle, a decent miso. Not bad for a little less than 30 Euros.

Dessert, a green tea creme brulé, with a sort of pumpkin gratin and chocolate chip, was relatively tasty.

Is it the best Jap in town? Of course not. But maybe worth a night out if Kai and Kinugawa are fully booked.


Oh, and one last thing, watch out for the statue at the exit of the restaurant. It has hungry hands...

Monday, September 11, 2006

New Nobu in Paris?

Place Vendome? Former Giorgio Armani boutique??

You heard it here first.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Zagat Paris Launch 2006/2007

Four Seasons Hotel George V, Friday, September 8th,

Great night. Met up with Clotilde and David Lebowitz. Got drunk and chatted with Yannick Alleno, William Ledeuil, Patrick Pignol, Jean-François Piege, Alec Lobrano, various food writers, restaurant owners and chefs, avoided cantankerous Vrinat, and have no pictures to illustrate the evening, except one of Clo turning her head away (what is this phobia for one so attractive and intelligent?...)