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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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.