The first time I had a taste of Yoshiaki-san’s cuisine was on Rue de Longchamp in the 16th arrondissement at a one Michelin-starred restaurant called Hiramatsu. Two years later, it was in his heaven on Rue de la Tour where Chef Yoshiaki Ito has poured his soul into his own restaurant, L’Archeste, another one Michelin-starred restaurant.
Just a little recap for my gourmet followers, some of my favorite restaurants around the world!
One of my last discoveries during my latest trip to Paris was Aux Plumes – a neighborhood little (literally little) restaurant in the 14th arrondissement, where you can taste the touch of the Japanese chef and sous-chef.
Woah! A three Michelin-starred restaurant is going vegetarian? This decision in 2001 by Alain Passard, owner of Arpège, sure must have raised some eyebrows – no more meat! Chef Alain Passard is not afraid to risk his stars to impose his views: he wants only seasonal organically grown vegetables to be the center of his menu – no more leeks in summer, no more tomatoes in winter!
On a recent trip to Paris, my friends and I went to the newly opened and very buzz-y Balagan, located at rue d’Alger, by the hotel Renaissance, in the 1st arrondissement.
This is not your typical Parisian establishment, and we loved it all the more as a result! Its excellent service and inventive cuisine does not take itself too seriously, and that’s exactly what Paris needed!
The Maille store located on place de la Madeleine is a visual delight. Even if you don’t care much about mustard, you’re going to love this store and buy their products just for their beauty.
Whoever initiated this store is a marketing genius, the king of packaging!
If I were living in the Passy area in Paris, this restaurant would have definitely been our family restaurant. No fuss, no ado, La petite tour is a cozy little restaurant with warm service at a reasonable price. The dishes are very well presented; there is no doubt the chef is talented and has the desire for using fresh products.
Tomy Gousset, as his name does not quite indicate, is a Cambodian-born French chef and the owner of TOMY & Co. I met my friend Debbie Kobayashi (who has contributed to this blog) for lunch during my last stay in Paris, and she was in charge of finding a place that was simple and yet appropriate for the foodies that we are, and she found an absolute gem!
Thank you to my friend Debbie Kobayashi who wrote this blog post. Debbie lives in Paris, she is a foodie, a wine connoisseur, and knows everything going on in the city; even how to track Tom Cruise while shooting in Paris for his last movie.
After my son’s ardent recommendations, I started watching Netflix’s Chef’s Table, the documentary show created by David Gelb (Jiro Dreams of Sushi). He invites us in the kitchen of well-known chefs all over the world, and each episode is about their incredible path to success! The first one I watched was on Michel Troisgros, the three Michelin star chef, at his restaurant in Roanne-France, and since then I have to say I’m completely hooked!