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!
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!
Le bistrot de Maëlle et Augustin in the 1st arrondissement was among the first bistros I went to in Paris when we arrived in 2012. I don’t quite remember how we ended up there, but I remember it was after a show. Despite the hour – it was quite late – the restaurant was packed. We were lucky to have a table of four available without reservation. That evening, I recall we had a great dinner and the server was very funny and pleasant. Since then, I have been back several times, and it was always a pleasure.
20€ for an appetizer/entrée/dessert delicious lunch, in a very charming bistro in the middle of the 1st arrondissement – how could you not be happy? On top of that, you have two very nice looking guys welcoming you at Le Comptoir des Petits Champs with very friendly smiles!
Strolling through the streets of Paris in the 1st arrondissement, I came across this little pastry boutique on rue Montorgueil. I was captivated by these cute, colorful, little cream puffs displayed in the front of the store.
I love La Dame de Pic! If I had to open a restaurant myself, I would probably want it just like this. A beautiful and elegant décor, very pleasant stuff, and exquisite cuisine!
I would call it Miss Glore (Do not confuse with Miss Dior)!
Luke le Heup, the owner of Bistrot du 1er, was very impressed by our capacity to take so many pictures of food in such a limited time! How can he not be? I was having lunch with a Japanese friend and a French friend living in Japan!