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…

GAROPAPILLES

Bordeaux, June 2018 – One of the hardest tables to reserve in Bordeaux was the recently minted 1 Michelin star Garopapilles, led by Chef Tanguy Laviale and co-owner, Gael (Chef de Cave, sommelier). Mr. King and I considered this our best meal during our last visit to Bordeaux. We selected the degustation menu that comprised…

MINIPALAIS

Paris, June 2018 – The MiniPalais is one of the trendiest restaurants in the heart of Paris. The creative culinary force behind The MiniPalais is Chef Eric Frechon of the 3 Michelin stars restaurant at Hôtel Le Bristol Paris. It is housed inside the beautiful Grand Palais, a historic site and museum in the Triangle…

YAM’TCHA

Paris, June 2018 – I was captivated by the documentary on Chef Adeline Grattard, a French chef who went to Hong Kong to find her inspiration for the hottest restaurant in Paris, Yam’Tcha (1 Michelin star). Her interpretation of Franco Chinese cuisine is refreshing and absolutely delicious. Yam ‘Tcha, located on rue saint Honoré, is…

Alain Passard’s Arpège

Paris, June 2018 – Dining at Chef Alain Passard’s Arpège (3 Michelin stars since 1996 and #12 on World’s 50 Best Restaurants List) has long been on my wish list. Chef Alain is considered to be one of the greatest innovators in the culinary world, especially with his take on vegetables and a true farm (he…