Dining out in Paris should be fun, relaxing andnever, never stressful. Whether a 3-star restaurant or a neighborhood bistro there should always be a warm welcome and an excellent rapport qualité-prix-a positive relationship between price and quality. Bon appétit!
La 8 ièna at Paris’ Shangri-La Hotel
At the end of 2014 Christophe Morel took over the ovens at the Michelin-starred L’Abeille and also La Bauhinia at the Shangri-la Hotel. His work has been receiving great reviews in the French gastronomic press. It was a pleasant Saturday afternoon and I wanted to get a taste of his cuisine without holding up a bank so I booked a table for M and myself at this seasonal terrace. We were warmly welcomed and very quickly thereafter were sipping flutes of rosé from Bollinger.
Petrossian-Rive Droite-17th arrondissement
In addition to my articles about the elegant boutique of the internationally renowned caviar importer, PETROSSIAN, M was recently invited (with our foreign press association) to the recently opened Boutique Rive Droite near the Russian Orthodox Church on the rue Daru in the 17th arrondissement as they prepared for Christion Easter on April 5 and Russian Orthodox easter on April 12.
Un Air de Famille-17th arrondissement
We’d been shopping at the Organic Market on the Blvd. des Batignolles and it was time for lunch. I remembered passing a quaint bistro on the rue des Dames called, quaintly enough , Un Air de Famille. From the outside it looks like the tiny salon de thé that Fréderic’s parents originally opened thirty years ago but inside it is a maze of nooks and crannies filled with antiques that can accommodate up to 100 diners.
Le Vieux Crapaud-16th arrondissement
Just a few steps from the Arc de Triomphe, this pleasant bistro has become a canteen for business types from the neighborhood, and after my lunch and conversations with adjacent diners I know why.
Les Poulettes des Batignolles
I was in the 17th arrondissement to look at an apartment to add to my list of rental units and en route to the Metro I stumbled upon Les Poulettes Batignolles, well, not exactly, I’d read a review by a critic that I respect and wanted a look see. Satisfied with what I saw I booked a table for Saturday afternoon.
In the evening twilight Antoine’s is a discreet address for that intimate rendezvous with the illuminated tower blinking on the hour and providing that special soupçon of Paris elegance. But by day it is populated with sophisticated French society.
La Cave Gourmande 18th arrondissement
The jam-packed terrace of the Cave Gourmande tilts ever so slightly downhill. The adorable Manon seated us at the only remaining table and took our order. It was a magnificent day and the kitchen was overburdened so Manon comped us our excellent glasses of Saint Emillion. It was worth the wait!
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No one should have a bad meal in Paris! Whether a 2-star restaurant or a local bistro there should always be an excellent rapport qualité prix– relationship between price and quality. At my favorites you will be treated as a regular and have a satisfying experience. Just tell them “Terrance sent you.”
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