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!
The opulence of La Belle Epoque has been preserved at this massive, multi-level, terraced but remarkably intimate bistro that specializes in seafood.
Le Shang Palace at Le Shangri-La
We were met in the hotel lobby and escorted to a waiting elevator for our journey to the third floor home of Paris’ just opened Shang Palace and elegant cuisine with strong Cantonese influences.
I was meeting the PR agent extraordinaire, MM for lunch at one of her favorites. Just a few blocks from L’Etoile it’s a quietly elegant spot that attracts business types and the odd romantic couple at lunch. Evenings are decidedly more romantic.
Le Poulpot-18th Arrondissement
There is the Montmartre overrun by tourists: Sacre Coeur, and la Place des Tertres, and the village on a hill of les Montmartrois. I was meeting Chris, my Australian mate from Sydney for lunch to discuss the rental of his 2 BR flat just off the Rue Lamarck, high up in that Montmartre.
Le Ripaille-17th Arrondissement
It was a quiet Monday and my colleague Corrine LaBalme of LA BELLE FRANCE (sadly defunct) was writing a feature about the Batignolles area of the 17th and wanted company. She had heard good things about RIPAILLE but this was her first visit to this quaint neighborhood bistro.
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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.”
Regularly scheduled literary salons with guest writers, private dinners, restaurant openings, wine tastings,market visits and cooking classes attract a discerning, sophisticated crowd who love to have a good time while they learn. Our cadre of Paris–based colleagues happily share their passion for this magical city.