Sisters Tatiana (L’Arpege & L’Astrance) and Katia Levha have transformed a gritty 11th arr coffee bar into a pretty new bistro, bustling with cheerful food industry folks who are crossing town for Tatiana’s Philippine infused menus & Katia’s natural wine list.
Jane Drotter’s YARD is a fantastic corner family-style canteen in the Voltaire neighborhood, thanks to Chef Shaun Kelly’s market menu cooking (former Au Passage) and Jane’s cellar filled with bottles of natural wine.
Don’t let the retro diner décor fool you, David Loyola’s friendly place on the rue Oberkampf is a popular spot for foodies and winos in the know who come for the affordable market menus, lively tapas nights and short but juicy natural wine list.
Gagnaire-trained Atsushi Tanaka’s brand new Japanese Restaurant “AT” with French influence is a buzzed about opening this week. Our 45 € tasting menu was a deliciously good value and the restaurant shows promise. If you like art on the plate, this is for you.
You won’t find a hint of Julia Child’s Paris at Super Barquette’s big street food party on the river this weekend – where a who’s who of young chefs, food trucks & entrepreneurs will present their take on Indian, Italian, Japanese & South African street food including fish n chips, Fried Chicken, BBQ, organic hot dogs, tacos, burgers, ice cream, popcorn, & cheesecake.
Calling all wild game, charcuterie & paté hounds – “Terrine King” Rodolphe Paquin is renovating his Le Repaire de Cartouche’s bistro this weekend to incorporate a table d’hôtes-style terrine wine bar.
Jane Drotter’s pretty YARD bistrot by Père Lachaise is too new to review (2 days old) – but I have high hopes for it because Shaun Kelly (Au Passage) is in the open kitchen and his 2nd Elenie Sapera (Bones) will join him in May.
See who won new Michelin stars this year. While it is an exciting time for the winners, Forbes Magazine writes, “An increasing number of chefs don’t care about appearing in the guide…”
As wildly popular as celebrity Chef Yves Camdeborde’s Le Comptoir St Germain bistro is, not many people realize that next door, he has one of the hottest insider wine bars in the city hidden behind a “pig curtain” in an unassuming crepe stand.
Last June, to counter an epic vine disease, the Prefect of the Côte d’Or made a radical decision that all wineries should treat their vines with harmful pesticides against “leaf hoppers” – the insect which spreads the disease. Now a respected wine is in jail for refusing.