Where to eat in Rouen (part 3)

Hello everyone, I’m back again to let you know some good address to eat while you in Rouen. So here is some good restaurants that I have been tasted for the last couple weeks from classic steak house, Vietnamese street food, Italian anti-pasti and a one star Michelin restaurant.

Rotomagus

After having that very good T-BONE steak in Bordeaux, you couldn’t imagine how I was craving to eat a good steak again. When I came back to Rouen, I started to google a proper steakhouse, that is how I found this elegant steakhouse, Rotomagus. Located just in front of the Eglise Saint Maclou, 15th century gothic church, this steakhouse is not just giving you a good view to look at, but also a taste of matured meat unique taste. The price is quite expensive, but if you are really a meat lover, it is really worth to try. I had bone marrow as a starter and black Angus as main course.

The address:
7 Place Berthelemy 76000 Rouen
Website and reservation click here

Bambou

After some desperate time finding good asian food in Rouen, I finally found another good decent Asian dishes in Bambou, a Vietnamese restaurant located near the Rouen Cathedral. This restaurant offers authentic Vietnamese food such as Bo bun, Pho, spring rolls, fried noodles.. and many more. All the food is freshly prepared, even the spring rolls.

I ordered spring rolls for starter, beef Bo bun for main course and a tea-pot of green tea, only for 18€.

The address:
41 Rue Grand Pont 76000 Rouen
Phone : +336 52 61 31 75

L’Odas

L’Odas is one star Michelin gastronomique restaurant, located in a heart of the city. For a Michelin star restaurant, the price is very reasonable, if you go find this kind of restaurant in a bigger city such as Paris, I bet you won’t have this kind of price. The price menu starts from 29€ for lunch during weekdays, and 49€ during for lunch and dinner during weekends (price exclude drinks). I went there last weekend after making a reservation a month ahead for Saturday lunch. The restaurant is pretty small, now I understood that reservation is very important for the weekend.

With 49€ menu, you can get appetizers, 2 starters, 1 main course and a dessert. The unique thing about this restaurant is blind menu, you just need to tell the waitress what you don’t like or can’t eat, and you will get custom meal. They do also have menu à la carte (but it depends on what available). I told them that I don’t eat porc, I got a foie gras poêlé, noix saint Jacques as starters and a beautiful meat cut for main course.

The address:
4 Passage Maurice l’enfant 76000 Rouen
You can make reservation via the Fork application. Website click here

L’Oritano

If you like Italian anti-pasti, L’Oritano is the perfect address. They offer different kind anti-pasti every season, which in this case I can’t give you what best to choose as it really depends on what available. However, I can assure you that their meal has a good quality and homemade prepared.

Price per plate is between 6,50€ to 8€. I usually order 2 – 3 plates. So it is indeed affordable.

If you like to know more good address in Rouen, you can read my first article here and second article here.

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Chicken Fajitas

Made this couple of weeks ago during Mexican night I had organised with some friends. This quick fajita recipe is really easy to make.

Ingredients

4 skinless free-range chicken breasts
1/2 red onions (finely chopped)
2 red chillies (de-seed and finely chopped)
1/2 jar of sweet pepper confit or 1 fresh red pepper
1 brunch coriander or cilantro (finely chopped)
1 small pinch of ground cumin
8 small tortillas Old-el-Paso fajita kit (includes Mexican mix and topped tomato sauce)
olive oil
pineapple (chopped)
Salads mix
Tortilla chips

Salsa sauce

1 fresh red chilli
500 g of ripe cherry tomatoes
1 brunch coriander or cilantro
1/2 lime
Olive oil

Guacamole

click here to get my recipe

 

Methods

Prepare salsa sauce and guacamole before we start making the fajita topping.

For the salsa, finely chopped red chilli and coriander, roughly chopped the tomatoes, then place it in a bowl, season with salt and pepper, squeeze over the juice of half a lime, drizzle over one tablespoon of olive oil. Set aside.

For the chicken topping, first slice chicken lengthways into long strips, heat the oil on a pan, place the onion, chillies, chicken and sweet pepper confit. Add mexican mix, and ground cumin. Cook until the chicken is golden or cooked through. Turn the chicken occasionally, so they don’t burn.

Warm the tortillas in a microwave. Divide between serving plate, serves yourself to the chicken topping, salsa sauce, guacamole, coriander, chopped pineapple and some salads mix. Serve it with some tortillas chips.

 

 

Where to eat in Paris (part 2)

This weekend I went to Paris to visit my friends, but mostly doing some food tasting. I was so lucky to have them, they are really supportive when I told them I need to taste new restaurants, so that I can keep updating my blog. They first gave me some list of good address to choose, and they made a reservation afterwards.

My bus arrived in Paris at 1 pm, I took Metro line 1 (M1) and got off at Hotel de Ville. The restaurant is located about 4 minutes away from there. Click here to get direction in Paris.

Grandcoeur

This Parisian brasserie by Chef Mauro Colagreco is our first choice for today food tasting. I am actually quite picky on choosing gastronomic restaurant.  Firstly, I need to look at the menu and make sure that there will be main course that I like to eat. So, I went to their website and look at their menu before making reservation. As usually gastronomic restaurant are quite expensive, I just want to make sure that I spend money not only for quality of food or for the sake of Michelin guide restaurant, but also to eat something that I like.

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My first impression about this restaurant is the location. The restaurant is located inside a small yard in between Haussmannian buildings in Le Marais neighborhood . I arrived a little bit early, so I had a chance to enjoy some ballerina and dancing class upstairs in the surrounded buildings while waiting my friends to come. I bet it will be so nice eating at the terrace during the summer.

We decided to have different things on the menu, so we can share and taste our foods.I chose calamari as a starter and Roasted duck as main course. We didn’t have dessert, because we decided to take a quick dessert while walking through the town.

I spent 53€ for starter, main course and a glass of Bordeaux red wine (Merlot).

The address:
Grandcoeur
41 rue du Temple, 75004 Paris
Click here to reserve your table.
Click here to read their menu

Eclair de Génie

I might be exagerating, but everytime I come to Paris, I always come to this place. Despite, it is located where my friend lives. This eclair shop made me fall in love with eclair for the first time. The first time I tried eclair was at the bakery shop near my office, and I really didn’t like it.  Since then I was quite sceptic about tasting eclair. It was my friend who forced me to buy and taste it at this shop. If you had watched the Rattatouile disney movie, I was that food critics guy when he first tasted the rattatouile in the restaurant. It was so so delicious. It is quite expensive though, starts from 6€ per eclair but you must to try it.

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The address:
14 Rue Pavée, 75004 Paris
Website click here

Exotic groceries at Izraël

We accidentally visited this grocery shop while queuing to another dessert spot Aux Merveilleux de Fred next door. When we came inside, it was like heaven. You can find spices, snacking, olive, and other groceries from all over the world. We bought some apple crisps, vegetable crisps and almond peanuts mix. The almond peanuts taste really amazing.

Aux Merveilleux de Fred

We stopped at another dessert spot because one of my friend wanted to buy brioche au chocolat (chocolate brioche) from this shop. I’ve already knew this shop a longtime ago when I studied in Lille. Their first store was actually opened in 1997 by Frederic Vaucamps in the historic city center of Lille, France. Now, they have many stores all across Europe and 1 store in the US. This store specialties are Les Merveilleux (short of meringue cake covers with different flavors of chocolate) and brioche bread.

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The address:
24 Rue du Pont Louis Philippe
75004 Paris
Open from Tuesday – Sunday
Website click here

La Caféothèque de Paris

We stopped for coffee to kill times before having our dinner at 8pm. This place is a perfect place to go if you want to know the art of coffee, learning to be a barista, learning about the culture of coffee or simply enjoying their coffee. I’m not really a coffee person, but I love enjoying the smell of fresh coffee at this place. Don’t worry if you don’t like to drink coffee, they serve also various drinks other than coffee.

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The address:
52 Rue de l’Hôtel de ville, 75004 Paris
Open from Monday – Sunday
Website: click here

Nodaïwa

We finally ended our food tasting day at this Japanese restaurant, located in popular area in Paris, rue Saint Honoré. We chose this place with a very last minute reservation, we got lucky we had a chance to get table that night, as usually this place is always crowded. This one is so far the best Japanese restaurant I have ever visited in my entire life. This Tokyo-based eatery opened its place in Paris since 1996, and serve Unagi (grilled eel) as their specialty. This place has good review from Michelin Guide. So I can assure that you will not be dissapointed eating at this place, unless you hate or allergic on eel.

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I spent 50€ for bento, vanilla ice cream with red beans, and sencha.

The address:
272 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris
Click here for reservation
Click here for menu

Open from Monday – Saturday

This is my second article about food address in Paris. If you are looking for more restaurants recommendation, you can click here.

 

 

Beef enchiladas

First time making beef enchiladas and I’m so happy that it was a great success. Last week, I organised a Mexican night with my friends, one of the menu was beef enchiladas. It was actually very quick and easy recipe.

Ingredients

800 g of minced beef
1/2 red onions (finely chopped)
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
2 red chillies (de-seed and finely chopped)
1/2 jar of sweet pepper confit or 1 fresh red pepper
1 x 400 g tin quality plum tomatoes
1 small brunch coriander or cilantro (finely chopped)
8 small Old-el-Paso enchiladas kit (includes Mexican mix and topped tomato sauce)
150 g of grated cheese (Emmental)
150 g of cheddar cheese
Olive oil
Salt and pepper for seasoning
1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce

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Methods

Pre-heat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas 6.

Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a medium frying pan over a medium heat, add the minced beef and stirring occasionally until the beef stock drained. Set a side.

Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a small frying pan over a medium heat, add the onion, chillies, stirring for 5 minutes, add the pepper confit and ground cumin. Let the pepper blend together with the onion and chillies for couple minutes. Then add it to the frying pan with the minced beef, add the Worcestershire sauce, Mexican mix and topped tomato sauce from the kit. Stir it for 3-4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Divide the beef mixture between 8 corn tortillas and roll them up. Line them up in a snug-fitting baking tray (roughly 20cm x 30cm).

Pour over a tin quality plum tomatoes, add the grated cheddar or cheddar slices, add grated Emmental cheese on top of it.

Drizzle with olive oil. Then pop in the hot oven for 25 minutes, or until bubbling and golden.

Serve scattered with coriander or cilantro leaves.

5 reasons to visit Mont Saint Michel

Today, I would like to write an article why you must include Mont Saint Michel in your travel bucket-list. This majestic abbey is located in northwestern France, Normandy and welcomes more than 2.5 million tourists per year (source: click here). I had a chance to have a quick visit last summer. And I wish that I could go back there again this year. Here is 5 reasons why you should visit Mont Saint Michel.

First.

One of world heritage classed by UNESCO.
A little bit of history, the church was first built before the year of one thousand, and continued to extend their buildings for centuries. During French revolution and empire, the Abbey was turned into a prison. Since 2001, a community of monks and nuns of the Monastic Fraternities of Jerusalem have been living as a community on Mont Saint Michel. They are tenants of the center of national monuments and are not involved in the management of the Abbey.

Second.

The medieval village.
Not only the monastery, you can also visit the surrounded village that was built during the Middle Ages. The village consists shops, restaurants and lodgings.

Third.

The bay.
When Mont Saint Michel is bathed with water, it becomes an island, yet this only take place only 6 to 7 times each year. So, when it’s at lowest tides, you can experience one of the most popular activity, crossing the bay and explore its history and biodiversity. You can cross by foot, bike, horse, kayak or even gyrocopter. As it is extremely dangerous to cross the bay by yourself, this activity only allows with company of certified guides.

Fourth.

Home to Mère Poulard biscuits and omelet. 
I haven’t even got chance to taste it, but Mont Saint Michel is home to the popular omelet made by a French cooker, Annette Poulard. She and her husband, Victor Poulard, owned a hostelries la tête d’Or in Mont Saint Michel. Her original recipe made since 1888, and became popular ever since. It was actually her idea to make their visitors waited with patient by offering them an omelette souflée before the main course, le gigot prés-salés (read: lamb leg), a specialty of the region.

Five.

Magnifique sightseeing of medieval architecture.
There are too many things to see in Mont Saint Michel. You will capture different pictures from different angles, and it’s all beautiful. The fortress, the abbey, the shops, the restaurants, the view of the bay, the stairs, the streets, also the nature. One day is definitely not enough to visit the whole island.

Quick tips: Wear sneakers!

To prepare your visit, click on this website.