Le Mesturet

Paris, November 2018 – Le Mesturet is one of those wonderful experiences that one stumbles upon unexpectedly. A Swiss friend from Zurich had suggested it, but none of the concierge team at our hotel has heard of it. We were hesitant at first, but decided to go there on a wimp since we were just…

Café Antonia at Le Bristol Paris

Paris, June 2018 & November 2018 –  Café Antonia is the informal restaurant inside France’s first Palace Hotel in Paris – Hotel Le Bristol. After a long haul flight, Mr. King and I were too tired to venture out and about the city. So we dined at Café Antonia, which was the perfect venue for…

Le Saint Julien

St. Julien, November 2018 – Le Saint Julien is where the French go for fine dining in Bordeaux. It has not been awarded any Michelin stars, although it certainly deserves Michelin accolades. Since 1996, Chef Claude Broussard and his wife, Rosy have created delightful dishes with fresh produce of the seasons. We had just finished…

Le Petit Commerce

Bordeaux, November 2018 – Located in the narrow streets of Saint-Pierre quarter, Le Petit Commerce is an iconic seafood restaurant . Oysters are from Cape Ferret, Oleron or Medoc. Fishes and seafood are mostly from nearby French waters, St. Jean de Luz or Normandy. Le Petit Commerce’s cosy, casual ambience reminded me of 90s Parisian…

RESTAURANT STORY

London, May 2018 – Every chef tries to express himself, through his culinary creations. Restaurant Story is Chef Tom Sellers’ channel to express himself, his story, his memories of his family and of the British heritage. Our New Yorker friends had been raving about this restaurant for a few years, and it was a rare…

Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen

Paris, November 2018 –Located at the quieter end of Champs-Élysées, Pavillon Ledoyen is one of the oldest and most beautiful restaurants in Paris. The Neoclassical mansion (owned by The City of Paris) has its own gardens and a picturesque view of the renowned art museum, Petit Palais. Before this visit, my last time here was…

La Terrasse Rouge

Saint-Emilion, June 2018 – Our Bordeaux wine-tasting journey was pretty amazing, but just when we thought that it couldn’t get any better, our guide brought us to the breath-taking La Terrasse Rouge. The restaurant is on the top floor of the modern winery designed by arhictect Jean Nouvel, with a “landscape” created with glistening red…

CRISTAL ROOM BACCARAT

Paris, November 2018 – Cristal Room inside Maison Baccarat is one of those places I visit, not really for the cuisine but for its history and beautiful décor.   “A charming space, illuminated by the 157 glittering lights of the majestic chandelier, is dedicated to Baccarat’s art of entertainment”. One can appreciate its splendour, only when one…

Le Café Lavinal

Pauillac, June 2018 – Commonly known as the Café-Brasserie in the village of Bages, Le Café Lavinal is a popular dining choice for visitors in Bordeaux as well as winemakers and locals alike. Located next to Château Lynch-Bages, the café offers hearty, rustic French cuisine in a casual, cosy ambience. The Café was named after…

Le Pavillon des Boulevards

Bordeaux, June 2018 – When travelling with 10 people, it is not easy to find a gourmet restaurant to accommodate large groups. The 1 Michelin star Le Pavillon des Boulevards had an intimate private room that fitted our group perfectly. We had the chance to enjoy the creative cuisine by Chef Thomas Morel. It was…

EPICURE at LE BRISTOL

Paris, June 2018 –  One of the most beautiful breakfasts that I have ever savoured was at Epicure, a 3 Michelin star restaurant, located inside the charming Hotel Le Bristol on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. During our stay, we had breakfast there every morning. Mr. King and I preferred the tables by the windows, which…

Le Bordeaux Gordon Ramsay

Bordeaux, June 2018 – We started our weekend excursion in Bordeaux with a breakfast at Le Bordeaux Gordon Ramsay. Located inside the classic hotel –Intercontinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hotel, the restaurant has a wonderful view of the Opera House. The interior design was “supervised by Jacques Garcia recalls the splendid Belle-Époque style”. The colors…