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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Beef pie

Been caught posting on my instagram @treesinthebackyard since last week. I’ve almost forgot to keep you update with my latest easy breezy recipe | beef pie.

As I still have some left over mashed potatoes and I don’t really want to throw it away. I decided to make a pie with. My recipe is originally inspired by English shepherd pie, but the problem is I don’t really like eating lamb. Long story short, I decided to replace the lamb with minced beef.

Ingredients for Mashed potatoes

5 medium potatoes | milk | cream | salt | pepper | nutmeg powder | butter

Method for Mashed potatoes

Pealed potatoes and cut into small pieces |Bring a pot of salted water to a boil | Add potatoes and cook until tender but still firm for about 15 minutes | drain.

Put the boiled potatoes into large bowl | Add some butter, milk, cream, and crushed it with potato masher until smooth | seasoned with salt, pepper and a pinch of nutmeg powder | Set aside.

Ingredients for Beef Pie

500 gr of minced beef | 200 gr fresh peas | 2 medium carrots | brown mushroom | 1 onion | 1 garlic | 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce | mashed potatoes | olive oil | salt and pepper.

Method for Beef Pie

Before preparing the beef, boiled peas and carrot in a hot water, drain and set aside | Chop brown mushroom, onion and garlic, set aside.

Put some olive oil into a casserole pan and heat it up | Add minced beef into the pan and add some black pepper and cook for until dark golden, breaking it up with a wooden spoon |Add the onion, garlic and brown mushroom, stir and mix it for 5 minutes | add peas and carrot and stir it again for couple minutes | add Worcestershire sauce, and season with salt and pepper | put the mixed beef into oven tray | Put spoons of mash randomly on top, using a fork to scuff it up | Bake for 50 minutes in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius.

Served it with some green salads.

Breakfast time

Saturday and sunday morning is my favorite time to cook english breakfast. Looks like complicated, but in fact you just need some eggs, bread, beans and sausages.

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Heinz baked beans is my preference as it is already tasteful without adding anything. You just need to heat it up in a saucepan with medium heat. But if you like to add more flavour on it, you can stir-fry some onion then add the beans afterwards.

If you prefer french eggy bread (read: pain perdu) , you can use brioche instead of soft bread.

How to make eggy bread:

Ingredients:

  • 2 large free-range eggs
  • 1 tbsp of milk
  • butter
  • 4 slices of soft bread or brioche
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

  • Beat together the egg, milk and a generous amount of salt and pepper in a cooking bowl.

  • Heat enough the butter in a large frying pan over a medium heat. When the butter starts to shimmer, dip the bread into the egg mixture and add it to the pan. Cook for 5 minutes on each side, or until golden-brown.

Then voilà, your eggy bread is ready. Add some grilled sausages, fried egg, baked tomato, and baked beans.

 

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 previlege 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 everytime. But, no worries, I can assure you that I’d never dissapointed 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), chinesse 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