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Best of Paris eating…

9 days in Paris – 3 meals a day, that would be 27 meals in total and not including the snacks! I was continuously eating in Paris and was utterly in heaven! Breakfast would usually consists one (or more) of the followings: croissant, chocolate croissant, baguettes, waffles, hot chocolate and coffee.

Lunch would be something light – a salad, a baguette or a quiche and dinner something tasty 🙂

Below are a few places that we both enjoyed…

Aux Lyonnais

This restaurant is located in the 2nd arrondissement, close to the Bourse. First opened in 1982 and has been operating ever since and serves the typical dishes of Lyon. This place was bought out and revamped just two years ago by Alain Ducasse. I have heard mix reviews about this place, some love it and some don’t. However, I was curious so we decided to come here one evening for dinner.

The décor was quite old, bright red and antique, with engraved plaques and statues. The restaurant had black and white tiling on the floor, majestic mirrors on the walls and a mahogany staircase with brass railings leading upstairs to the petit salon, where customers can wait for their tables in large armchairs whilst sipping a drink.

The menu was in French, however, one of the waiters was kind enough to spend a little of time to explain what was on the menu.

Hubby started off with these tiny donut shape balls which were leek and cheese. It was deep fried and extremely tasty – I couldn’t taste the leek so much but it was indeed cheesy! You had to be careful whilst eating this, the cheese can seriously burn your mouth! I ordered duck foie gras with bread… the foie gras came in a jar and had shredded duck meat. It was a little salty for my liking even with the bread.

Hubby ordered fish ‘dumplings’, served poached in the most delicious-rich lobster bisque type broth. The dumplings was very fluffy and infused with the rich flavoured broth. It was one of the nicest things I have ever tasted. I ordered seafood vol au vent. The pastry was made to crisp and the seafood was fresh and tender. It was infused with the similar broth as Hubby’s dumplings – it was unbelievably tasty.

By this stage, we were quite full, so decided to share a dessert. We ordered lemon soufflé with rum ice cream. The lemon soufflé was fluffy, lemony and sweet! It was absolutely amazing! I didn’t enjoy the rum ice cream though – the rum over powering!

We had a great meal here, food was hearty and amazing and service was excellent. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

GA’s rating: 7.5/10

Aux Lyonnais

32 Rue St Marc

75002, Paris, France

Ph: +33 1 4296 6504

Au General La Fayette

Found this brasserie one rainy night, it’s close to the opera and Galleries Lafayette, and offers a quintessential Paris experience. The interior is classic, waiters are professional and most of them spoke English – they also had an English menu which helped!

Apparently, this place offers many different types of beer from around the world! It has been rated as one of the best 50 places in the world to drink a beer, and one of the 125 places to drink a beer before you die. I personally am not a big fan of beer, however, Hubby had a couple and said it didn’t disappoint!

Food – I ordered the salmon fillet with garlic butter sauce. The salmon was cooked medium rare, just the way I like it, and the garlic butter sauce was a great compliment. Served with potatoes and mix baked vegetables muffins – it was the perfect hearty meal for a cold, rainy night. Hubby ordered the crisp confit de canard (preserved duck leg cooked very slowly in its own fat) with potatoes and salad. The duck was not as tender as La Grotte (reviewed below), however, it was still tasty.

GA’s ratings: 7/10

Au General La Fayette

52 rue La Fayette

75009, Paris, France

Ph: +33 1 4770 5908

Chez Paul

Have read and heard raving reviews about this place. This place has great food and service and not too expensive either. Came here for an early dinner one night after a long day of sightseeing / shopping.

I ordered steak with frittes – steak was tiny! However, it was cooked the way I asked for – medium rare, and the frittes was crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. Hubby ordered a cheese burger, the bun was slightly toasted and the beef pattie was cooked to perfection – medium rare. Served with salad, onions and chips – it definitely satisfied Hubby’s craving for cheese burgers.

This place does get extremely crowded so be prepared to wait in line and for your food. Great French comfort food and the staff is warm and friendly.

GA’s ratings: 7.5/10

Chez Paul

13 Rue de Charonne

75011, Paris, France

Ph: + 33 1 4700 3457

La Grotte

Found this eatery whilst walking around rue Mouffetard and what a great find it was! Decorated in red, black and white and they had great vintage art pieces on the walls – I especially LOVE the painting of the Eiffel tower! The menu was quite intense, a choice of fix menu or a la carte.

We both decided for a la carte. Hubby wasn’t hungry as he had a snack earlier, however, I was famished! The waiter gave us amuse bouche – which was bread toasted and cut into triangles with semi dried tomatoes, olives and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. This was extremely tasty and a great start to what was to come! I ordered the escargot which was served with garlic and parsley. These slippery things were absolutely tasty – I could have definitely eaten more than half a dozen. Hubby opted for the French onion soup. It was served with cheese and bread which were not served all together – the cheese and bread were on the side, and all you have to do is add them by yourself. This was one of the best onion soups I have ever tried!

As I was famished and wanted something more substantial, I ordered confit de canard, and OMG – it was the BEST duck I have eaten! It was so tender and moist, and fell apart in your mouth! The chips were thinly cut and crisp and absolutely fantastic!

We came back here about 3 days later, as Hubby wanted the confit de canard. It didn’t disappoint, the duck was tender and moist, and the chips were thinly cut and crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. I ordered the honey chicken with carrots. Chicken breast cut into threes, each piece cooked to perfection – tender and honey glazed. The carrots were boiled and also glazed in honey. This dish was a little simple for my liking, probably should have tried something more exotic or exciting.

GA’s ratings: 8.5 / 10

La Grotte

Rue Mouffetard

Paris, France

Restaurant Chartier

Located in a small street just around the corner of the Grands Boulevards, this place is filled with many Parisians and tourists. We were recommended by the locals and had a great night. This restaurant does get extremely crowded and you may have to wait in line before entering, but do not be put off as the turnaround is really quick!

The menu is very diverse and simple – simple steak, fish, vegetable, simple French food. The waiter scribbles the order on the plastic throwaway tablecloth. I ordered the steak tartare, which was mixed with fresh onions, peppers and a little bit of Worcestershire sauce. It was unbelievably fresh and delicious. Hubby ordered steak and frittes with pepper sauce. The steak was medium rare, frittes crunchy and crispy – it was one of the best steak he’s had in Paris.

This is a wonderful restaurant if you want to eat where the locals go. It’s noisy, busy and food is fantastic.

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

Restaurant Chartier

7 Rue du Faubourg Montmartre

75009, Paris, France

Ph: +33 1 4770 8629

Jean Gorges

Ate here on our last night in Paris and it was one of the best meals we’ve had. Just off the Champs Elysees this place is quite trendy and friendly.

We both shared the fresh sashimi with sesame, soy and honey. The sashimi was unbelievably fresh, and the soy sauce, sesame and honey was a great compliment – it was absolutely divine. Hubby ordered the steak with shitake mushroom and potatoes (and lots and lots of foam!). Cooked medium rare, the steak was tender and juicy. I ordered chicken with leek and herb broth. The chicken was pan fried and tender, leek and herb broth was lemony and not creamy. For dessert, we ordered the Chestnut soufflé and it was the best soufflé I have ever had! The soufflé was fluffy and moist and ice cream went extremely well with the soufflé.

It was a great meal to end a perfect 9 day trip in Paris.

GA’s ratings: 8 / 10

I didn’t plan my eating in Paris as well as I have hoped. Many restaurants were closed on Sunday / Monday and since we were there over Christmas, many of the restaurants were either closed or fully booked. Nevertheless, I had a fantastic time eating in Paris. The cafes and bakeries, the street foods – you don’t need to go fine dining to eat well in Paris. The baguettes, croissants, cheese, coffee and hot chocolate – I was in heaven!

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Paris….

It seems so long ago now that I went here with Hubby… but it was only a couple of months that we decided to go to Paris. I have never been to Paris before, so was uber excited! I wanted to see everything, eat everything and live like the Parisian! We had 9 days in Paris and what a magnificent 9 days it was!

I fell in love with this city – the culture, the streets, the markets, the shopping and the food! The weather wasn’t exactly warm when we went there – I am not quite sure what possessed me to go to Europe in winter! It snowed the first couple of days we were there and as much as it was a novelty at first, it was COLD! And I am NOT a winter person!

I won’t bore you with all the details of what we did day in day out, we did some serious walking – the only way to see a country and lots of sightseeing.

Things we did in the 9 days:

  • Climbed the Eiffel Tower: of course we had to pick the coldest day when we were there to climb the Eiffel tower – it was FREEZING but absolutely gorgeous!
  • Spent hours walking around the Louvre: we went there twice as we didn’t get to see everything the first time
  • Walked up Champ Elysee and did a bit of shopping
  • Saw Arc de Triomphe – it was just amazing!
  • Went inside the Gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame
  • Saw a magnificent view of Paris from Sacre-Coeur Basilic or ‘Sacred Heart’
  • Walked along the pretty bridge of Pont Alexandre III
  • Walked along the banks of the river Seine – just part of it as it was cold!
  • Stroll through Marais – Paris’ top attractions reside on this street
  • Lost myself in St-Germain-des-Pres
  • Stroll around St-Sulpice and the Luxembourg
  • Rummage through the markets
  • Ate lots of baguettes, croissants and crepes
  • Indulged in cheese and chocolates (not together of course)
  • Drank lots of coffee, hot chocolate and wine
  • And last but not least, dined at some amazing restaurants.

Paris is one of the best places I have ever been – it’s a must go to place at least once in your life. Hoping to be back here sometime soon! An amazing holiday and one I will never forget!

Although my French is extremely limited… I could so live in Paris! Who says you need to be able to speak the language to live in a country? I could so learn French and live there….