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.

 

 

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Where to eat in Bordeaux

I might have bad weather and cold winter when I visited Bordeaux during NYE. But, I could never forget how I was happy with the food I had there. I even wish that Bordeaux is just next door, so I could go back there anytime I want.

Here is the two best address for food that you definitely need to go if you’re in Bordeaux.

Les Halles de Bacalan

I accidentally visit this place while I was on my way to visit the city of wine (la cité du vin) – one of tourist attractions in Bordeaux that located outside the city center.

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Les halles de Bacalan is Bordeaux food market that located just in front of this modern building “la cité du vin“.

You have two entries, front door to enjoy tranquility eating at the brasseries and left back door to get into the food market.

Well, I chose the back door that took me to the food market. I remembered, my eyes were sparkling, this food market is a food heaven. The idea is like fresh market, but instead of selling the veggies, beef, fish, seafood and other groceries – they also have an open kitchen to offer us meal from the fresh markets. You have lots of choices of meals, appetizers, home-made fast food, even cheese and wines.

I’ve turned around and round, I didn’t know which one I should try. Finally, I made up my mind and stop to the traiteur du monde “Black Duck”. The black burger bun was really attractive. It was busy at noon, so I needed to wait for 5-10 minutes until a family had finished their lunch and I finally got my table. Was it worth to wait? Oh yes! I had no regret at all, it was one of the best burger I’ve ever tasted in my life.

The address:
10 Esplanade de Pontac – 33300 Bordeaux

Opening hours:

  • Tue – Wed: 8am-2.30pm and 4.30 pm – 8.30pm
  • Thu – Fri: 8am-2.30pm and 4.30 pm – 10.30pm
  • Sat: 8am – 10.30pm
  • Sun : 8am – 5pm

Website: click here

Le bar du Boucher

Located in the center of Bordeaux, this steakhouse offer you a non-stop service everyday. The story began when I went out to get lunch after 2 pm, which is considered late to have lunch in France as the lunch service is normally started from 12 pm to 3pm. Firstly, I went to the Bistro Gordon Ramsay but unfortunately they didn’t accept anymore customers at that time. I went around to other restaurant and it was also the same. After walking for half an hour, I finally found this restaurant which actually offer a service continue (in French means service open all day). I did not think much, I just went in and ask for a table.

The restaurant itself is really charming, the interior was covered with the old stones built during the 18th century. The ambiance was really friendly and homey. If you come to eat alone, believe me, you won’t feel alone. The table sets are very unique. Instead of putting classic tables, they put long wooden table with big wooden benches. My table was at the back near the wine cellar with another two couples whom already sat there.

Unlike other restaurant, this steakhouse will give you the freedom to choose your own meat-cut at the butcher bar located in the middle of the restaurant. The butcher will invite you to come and suggest what kind of meat do you like to eat and how you want it to be cooked.

I chose T-bone steak as you hardly find this kind of meat cut in French restaurants. T-bone cut is where you have the bone between the sirloin and rib eye. It tasted really amazing.

The address:
5 Rue Parlement Sainte-Catherine, 33000 Bordeaux

Website: click here

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.