L’Ourcine, Paris: Vive La Différence


As one of the world’s greatest cities and my former home reels from attacks by cowards bent on taking the world back to medieval times, I thought there’s no better time to celebrate one of the things which has made Paris so rightly famous: its food. L’Ourcine is an understated and typically Parisian neighbourhood restaurant …

‘Monomaniaques’: One ingredient Paris restaurants for CNN.com

  10/15    France

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/09/11/travel/paris-one-ingredient-restaurants/index.html?hpt=travel_hp_blogroll Torn between the soup or salad to start? Can’t decide whether to go for chicken, duck or fish to follow? If decision-making in restaurants has never been your strong point, then Paris could be your dream destination. “Monomania” is a venue’s devotion — some may say obsession — to one ingredient. The movement has …

Pavillon Ledoyen

Allard, Paris: Mamie knows the score


Here’s a quick look at a quick lunch at Allard, a picture-perfect Parisian bistro in the heart of the Latin Quarter. Lunch with the frangin and belle soeur took me there, drawn partly by Allard’s recent new owner, Alain Ducasse. Incidentally I’m stupidly excited to be interviewing Monsieur Ducasse next week at Spoon in Hong …

Pavillon Ledoyen

Le Pavillon Ledoyen, Paris: Three Michelin star magic

  07/15    France     Michelin Stars

Ledoyen review date: July 8, 2015 Score: 8.9/10 Just at the bottom of the Champs Elysées in Paris, hidden behind Le Petit Palais museum,  all is very well with the world at the Pavillon Ledoyen. To say that the location and venue has form is to master an understatement. This is where Napoleon first met Josephine. …