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From a 1930’s era glass and steel cupola that recalls the neighboring Eiffel Tower, you will be bathed in natural light when you dine in this beautiful space in Shangri-La’s first European property.

Warm red chairs and celadon walls create a touch of Asia as do a select few menu items while maintaining a definitively, […]

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Or as we call it Karole’s Afghan Café-think of Karen Allen’s Himalayan bar in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Karole’s is not a tourist destination, you won’t find it in guidebooks and my friends may pillory me for revealing our secret.

Just a block off Agnes Varda’s immortalized Rue Daguerre […]

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The answer to the question: Where can I find good Mexican food in Paris is Fajitas.

Completely par hasard I descended the Rue Dauphine towards the river, a route I had never traveled and just before I got there, slam, bang, Fajitas. It is authentic right down to the Vera Cruzano owner, Miguel Garcia, who […]

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Sometimes all you want is a slice of pizza, a sandwich, a crepe, a falafel or a bowl of soup. And most of the time your favorite bistro won’t serve it.

We had just watched Bogey get shot by Cagney at the Action Christine and my pal, the crime writer Michael Genelin and […]

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It was Saturday Jan 2 and most bistros were closed for the extended New Year’s holiday. Sandwiched between Huiterie Regis and the Golfe de Naples we discovered the Mandarin, a family-owned and operated Thai restaurant with a Chinese name and a few Vietnamese dishes.


The interior was clean and elegant […]

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Return to Mavrommàtis (scroll down for original review)

Andreas Mavrommàtis arrived in Paris 30 years ago from Cyprus to study Psychology and thankfully got sidetracked into cooking. Today the Mavrommàtis banner flies over two restaurants in Paris, eight traiteurs and the Four Seasons Hotel in Limassol, Cyprus.

Jean-Luc Petitrenaud, […]

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André Jorno’s Tunisian mother opened the first Sephardic grocery on this rue de Rosiers location in the early 50’s when the Marais was still the predominantly Ashkenazi Jewish neighborhood it had been since the Middle Ages.

Falafel lovers will argue vociferously as to who makes the best on the rue des Rosiers but […]

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An unpretentious hangout for fashionistas where owner Omar Guerida pops in and out at mealtimes to maintain a watchful eye and selectively tablehop.

With a name like Omar you can naturally select from a couscous menu that includes grilled skewered lamb, spicy merguez sausage, a lamb shank, or chicken as well as […]

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August 2013

After a 5 year absence I’ve recently moved back to the “Marais” whose traditional core is Paris’ historic Jewish Quarter. It now extends to the Haut-Marais, rue de Bretagne and the area north of he rue des Francs-Bourgeois.

I’ve found myself habitually settling in for a pre-dinner glass of vino tinto and […]

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The Chez Vong experience begins with a warm welcome from Madame Vong. She was one of the lucky ones who escaped the terror of the Pol Pot regime and was doubly lucky when she met M. Vong in Paris.

A native of Macao, M.Vong apprenticed at numerous restaurants […]

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