First Sunday Brunch in Rouen

In the name of being a truly committed food traveler, my weekend restaurant / tea shops / brunches plans are almost booked at least until mid March. Believe me, it’s not that easy as you need to start making plans, reservation, and most important is having a rubber tummy. I even ended up canceling my Sunday outing in the afternoon, as I could barely move after having the brunch. Well, it’s kinda my fault, may be I shouldn’t have heavy dinner the night before, knowing that I would have brunch in the next morning. Wondering what I had at my first Sunday brunch? Here’s the story..

So, I booked it at this local cafe, le Déli Cat (click on best address for foodies – part 2 for more stories about this address).

This cat is Picasso, she likes butter.

It is good to note that most of the time, you need to make reservation for brunch, as you need at least 2 hours to be served. I went there around 11 am, and of course without having any prior breakfast at home.

Price of brunch : 20€ / person

This is what I got:

Tartines (breads) with butter and choice of jams.

You can ask for refill if you want too.

Hot and cold drinks

You can ask refill or try different hot drink as much as you like. Hot drink choices : hot chocolate, coffee, latte, cappuccino and teas.

Cold drink served once. You can have homemade vitamins juices.

Fruit salads

Served with raspberry sauce and crumble of spéculos.

Tartine of salmon and avocado, served with scrambled eggs

If you don’t like salmon and avocado, you can have tartine with ham and vegetables. Or if you don’t like both of them, you might ask customs meal.

Panna cota for dessert

You can have a classic panna cota with raspberry sauce, or if you don’t like it as I do. You can ask them to replace it with dark chocolate syrup.

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Where to eat in Paris

I’m not actually living in Paris, but Paris is like 1 hour and 15 minutes away from my hometown, Rouen. It is reachable by regular train, or nearly 2 hours by bus. I always said to my friends that, it’s like I’m living in a Parisian’s banlieue (read: suburb),  even closer. The advantage of having this regular train, it makes Rouen looks closer than living in Parisian suburb as this train is somehow faster than RER (Réseau express régional d’Île-de-France). Well, I often go to Paris, mostly for food :). Fortunately, I have wonderful friends that always ready to get me to try new things every time I came to visit. They know me so well that food is always come first than anything.

So, I would like to tell you some of fine address to eat while you’re in Paris.

First. Les enfants du marché

It is located inside Le marché des Enfants Rouges in 3rd arrondissement. If you like french food but you don’t want to go to a fancy-restaurant, Les enfants du marché will be your great choice. As it offers you a french bistro food, so the price is also a bit pricey, yet it is worth to try. I spent 35€ for a main course and a glass of wine.

The address: 39 rue de Bretagne, 750003 Paris

Opening hours:

Tue/Wed/Sun from 9 am to 5 pm and Thu/Fri/Sat from 9 am to 8 pm

Website: https://lesenfantsdumarche.fr/

Second. Impérial Choisy

This restaurant is one of the restaurant that I would come back every time I’m craving  chinesse food. This is actually one of the best chinesse food in Paris, located in china town. How do you know that? When you saw more Asian people than western people eating inside, it means it’s a real delicious one. They offer wide menus of chinesse dishes, but my favorite one is still le crab mou au sel et poivre (salt & pepper crab). Reservation is not necessary, but better come early as people is queuing outside even before it’s open.

Address: 32 Avenue de Choisy, 75013 Paris
Opening hours: Everyday, from 12 – 11 pm.

Third. Chez Justine

My friend told me that this place has the best pizza. Well, I approved. Second, they have a reasonable price for Paris.. I remember having a good cocktail for less than 5 €, that’s actually never happened when you’re in Paris. The place is actually quite popular for trendy crowd, so if you come in groups, I’m sure you will get the table.

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Address: 96 Rue Oberkampf, 75011 Paris
Opening hours: Weekdays from 8 am to 2 am and Weekend from 9 am to 2 am.

Fourth. SaAm

Fancy for korean bibimbab with reasonable price? This is good place to try. It is located in quite trendy area, Canal Saint-Martin. The place is quite small, but it is really worth to wait if you need to.

Address: 59Bis Rue de Lancry, 75010 Paris
Opening hours: from Tuesday to Saturday at lunch time and dinner time.

Fifth. Pho Tai

I’ve heard about this place has Michelin star. So, I was really excited and wondered at the same time how it would taste. Well, the Pho itself is really delicious and if you are into spicy food, you need to add the chillies sauce, it was so so good. Yet, the place need to be improved, the tables are too close to each other, we can’t get out the table without disturbing somebody sit next to you. This is the first michelin star restaurant I’ve been in without spending more than 20€ (including drinks) and without any reservation.

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Address: 13 Rue Philibert Lucot, 75013 Paris
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday at lunch time and dinner time

Finally, all the above are some of my recommendations if you have no idea where to eat while you’re in Paris. Will come back again with another new list for sure.. so, I say à très bientôt!

Rouen – Best address for foodies (part 2)

Hello, here I come again with the best address for foodies in the city where I live, Rouen. At least once a week, I have tried to pemper my self not to cook and enjoy the local food. To be honest it is also a privilege to live in France, where food is very important to the people. And, I am quite lucky living in Rouen, which lots of choices of food, not only in a restaurant, but also food market and even their franchise fast food tastes much better than it is in Indonesia.

First. Restaurant Philippe

It has been third time I came to this restaurant, and believe me you, I’ve never had the same menu each time. What I mean by menu is the restaurant always have different choices in everything every season, even the desserts. So, I can’t give you any recommendation of which food to try, as they basically have different one every-time. But, no worries, I can assure you that I’d never disappointed and always came home with a happy tummy. It’s better to have reservation if you are a late evening eater. I came there around 7 pm, and they let me in without any reservation.

 

The address:  4 Rue aux Ours, 76000 Rouen Ph. +332 35 71 36 10

Open for lunch during weekdays
Open for lunch and dinner on Friday - Saturday

Second. Noodle Shop

I accidentally passed by this Noodle Shop to get to the parking lot after having dinner in the other noodle restaurant nearby. So, I have had a look on their menu on the street, and it looked really interesting. They offer different kind of noodle than the other chinese noodle restaurant nearby. You can have not only japanese noodle (such as: ramen and yakisoba), chinese noodle, chicken teriyaki, and korean burger (bao). Well, if you have the chance to come here, I would recommend you to try their Yakisoba.

The address: 172 Rue Eau de Robec, 76000 Rouen 
Ph. +332 32 83 09 14

Open for lunch and dinner from Tuesday - Saturday

Third. Le Deli cat

This one is quite particular. I believe you’ve heard about cafe in Paris for cats lover. So, we also have one in Rouen, it’s a small brunch / tea-shop where you can meet lots of adopted cats arround playing in their cat playground while you’re having brunch or having a tea time in the afternoon. I am personally not a cat person, but if you’re in first date or something, I would imagine this one is the best place to go to. I’m sure with having cats arround would make you feel less nervous and start making silly conversation.

I went there on Saturday arround 10/11 in the morning, so I’ve order a menu for only 15€ with orange juice/ hot drink/cold / salmon cake and salads / a very good dessert from the best patissery in town “Christophe Cressent” (Meilleur ouvrier de France). The salmon cake and salads are really good, it was homemade cook. The owner is also really nice and humble.

 

The address: 70 Rue Cauchoise, 76000 Rouen Ph. +332 35 03 89 57

Website: https://ledelicat.business.site/

Fourth. Pizza Drugstore

Unless I found another better pizza in town, Pizza Drugstore is so far the best place where you can eat the best pizza in Rouen. The place itself quite unique, the restaurant was an old wine cave. So, please note that you can’t have any connection downstairs, it means you will concentrate enjoying your food and having discussion. Unlike another pizza place, where you can order via Deliveroo or Ubereats, you can’t get their pizza unless you go in there. Make sure you have your reservation or go there to have early dinner. The perks of having pizza here is that you can have half pizza and half salads, so at the end you will have more space in your tummy to taste their tiramisu.

 

The address:  2 Rue Beauvoisine, 76000 Rouen Ph. +339 82 33 43 18

Website: https://www.pizzeriadrugstore.fr/

Fifth. Gill côté Bistro

This one is quite chic bistro situated in the tourist area “place du vieux marché” owned by Gilles Tournadre. He has several restaurants in Rouen, one of them is 2 stars Michelin located near the River Seine. You will absolutely enjoy good dining or lunch with more likely reasonable price. The staff are friendly and they will let you have a seat even without reservation as long as they still have place available.

Here’s some quote in French from Michelin inspector about this bistro..


Sur la place du Vieux-Marché, le “côté bistro” du restaurant gastronomique de Gilles Tournadre. Tête de veau sauce gribiche, andouillette de campagne pur porc, saucisson chaud aux pistaches, ou encore côte de cochon, jus corsé, purée de pomme de terre à l’ail et aux herbes… Les produits frais sont à l’honneur. L’assurance de plaisirs francs et sincères ! – Les inspecteurs du guide MICHELIN

Address: 14 Place du Vieux Marché, 76000 Rouen 
Ph. +332 35 89 88 72

7 days in Dublin (part 1)

Checked one of my bucket list cities that I’ve always wanted to visit and finally I have one good reason to finally visit Ireland, well my friend works here and it has been a long time since I told her one day I’ll come to see her there. And here I am..

Day one – First impression

Well I took my flight in the afternoon with Aer Lingus from Paris Charles de Gaulle. As my friend still had not finished her work, so she told me to take the express bus 757 or 747 to one of the famous tech-company. The bus driver asked me my destination, I said I was going to this tech company, but to be honest I had no idea what stop was. So the guy just told me you need to stop at the convention center. OK, which it was just two stops from the airport after passing through the tunnel. I’ve remembered my colleague told me that Dublin is not beautiful as Paris or London, but the Irish people are really humble and nice unlike Parisian. Well, that was true! When the bus arrived at the convention center, the bus driver took his time to explain me how to get to my destination. That will never happen if you are in Paris. You’re lucky enough if Parisian is smiling at you.

Day two – Hop on Hop off tour

You’re not visiting Dublin if you’re not trying the Irish breakfast – poached egg with avocado, sounds weird, but surprisingly pretty nice.

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Herbstreet brunch menu: Breakfast of Champions

Where to eat:

Herbstreet Restaurant
9 Hanover Quay, Grand Canal Dock,
Dublin 2, D02 KP20, Ireland

Since my friend was not available, I strolled around Dublin alone with Hop On Hop Off city tour bus with 20€ , actually it was really amusing, the bus driver was really funny explaining each area or landmarks, it made me feel like I wasn’t travelling alone.  My first stop was Saint Stephen’s Green area, is a city centre public park in Dublin, Ireland. The current landscape of the park was designed by William Sheppard.

The area is finally showing a pretty neighbourhood in Dublin with decent architecture of the surrounded buildings and houses.

The perks by getting on the green bus of Hop on Hop off tour bus, you actually got a free entrance ticket to go to The Little Museum of Dublin (it was worth 10 € by the way). So I decided to jump in. According to Andrew (The Museum’s guide) the museum is also known as a people’s museum, because most of the museum’s collections are given by the locals. The museum exhibitions include the 1916 Rising, U.S. President John F. Kennedy‘s visit to Dublin, and many other landmark events in Irish political and social history. The museum also recently opened a new exhibit that focuses exclusively on the success of the rock band U2. (Source: Wikipedia)

The museum address:

15 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, D02 Y066, Ireland

My next stop was The Temple Bar’s area. I thought it was just a bar that you must to visit. It’s actually a pretty famous and hype neighbourhood in Dublin. Beside bars, the area has lots of restaurants too, so you can eat at any hours.

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Last stop by the end of the day: Facebook office tour. (P.S. This is not a landmark as many tourists wish for, so unfortunately you can’t get in unless you know somebody who works there)

Day 3 – The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland

This is actually my favourite place in Dublin. It is located 5 km north-west of Dublin city centre and there’s no fee for entrance ticket as being a tourist destination and an amenity for nearby residents. The gardens are very huge, so you will spend at least half of your day to enjoy and have a nice walk there.

Address:

The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland
Glasnevin, Dublin 9, Ireland

Don’t forget to have a big brunch before you visit the gardens. Here’s one of the fine one located in Dublin city centre.

Where to eat:

Brother Hubbard (north)
Address:
153 Capel St, North City, Dublin 1, D01 V9V0, Ireland

As I cannot fit all my 7 journeys in one article, I’ll promise you to give the ensuite of my journeys in Dublin. To be continued..

Rouen – best address for foodies

Living here for almost 2 years now, I think I need to share you my favorite places to eat in Rouen, all the places mentioned below were tested personally:

Poppy’s Fish & Chips 21 Rue Cauchoise, 76000 Rouen

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This takeaway restaurant just opened in 2017, and they serve authentic english fish & chips with mashy peas and tartare sauce. Apparently the owner had spent couple years in England and worked at the English pub, I think that’s the reason why they know how to cook a proper fish & chips. If you don’t really like fishes, they also have fried chicken & chips, and it tastes amazing.

Le Comptoir des Halles – Place du Vieux Marché, 76000 Rouen

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This place is one of my favorite place to eat fresh oyster without going to a fancy restaurant. We also call the place “bar a huitres”, which literally means “oyster bar”. It is located inside the Vieux Marché, so it is very easy to find. I used to come here after rush hour, so the place was less busy and I can enjoy my oyster and a glass of white wine quitely.

Despite having seafood platter, you can also have lunch there, they have different kind of fish / seafood hot dishes, it all depends on what available on the season.

Hot dog Corner Rouen – 8 rue Croix Verte, 76000 Rouen

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Funny things, I found this hot dog shop by mistake when I was at Kebab shop nearby. My favorite menu is the classic American with mustard and fried shallots. What make the hot dog tastes amazing is because the owner makes the bun by herself. Not only the hot dog, you need to taste their milkshakes.  You can decide whether to eat your hot dog on the spot, in the restaurant, or take your menu home with you.

Ho Lamian – 243 Rue Eau de Robec, 76000 Rouen

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If you want to eat homemade hand-drown chinesse noodles, this is the best place in town. Price is affordable for a good quality.

Le Pied de Poule – 16 Rue Victor Hugo, 76000 Rouen

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It is not very well located but finally I found not very fancy french restaurant in Rouen. Don’t be surprise if it looks pretty quite from the outside, I think it is simply because it is not located in popular area in Rouen. Yet, the food was delicious, the price was affordable, the decoration is also fine. I ordered the foie gras for starter, then mussels and chips for maincourse.