[Paris] Le Chateaubriand

A little background:  A former stonemason and gardener, whose family hails from the Basque country, Inaki Aizpitarte seems an unlikely candidate to spearhead a mini-revolution in the Parisian restaurant scene. The chef opened Le Chateaubriand in 2006 and soon became a leading figure in what has been dubbed the city’s ‘bistronomie’ movement, which saw a…

[Paris] Les Déserteurs

A little background:  It took years working in the field (The Greenhouse in London) and months at Le Sergent Recruteur before chef Daniel Baratier and sommelier Alexandre Céret treated themselves to their own place. In the former and memorable Rino, their set menus stitch together both heavyweight and paysan techniques in a modest setting filled…

[Paris] Septime*

My visit:  Passard trained Chef Bertrand Grebaut’s modern, one Michelin star, casual neo-bistro is one of the hottest tables in Paris and has been included in nearly every “must eat in Paris” list across the globe since opening five years ago. I was wondering if it will live up to the hype having stalked the online reservations for…

[Paris] L’Arpege***

A little background:  There were those who thought Alain Passard was going mad when he announced several years back that he would turn L’Arpège’s focus to the vegetables he was raising at his biodynamic farm just outside Paris. Now, in 2015, it seems the epitome of fashion. After nearly three decades of cooking at the…

[Paris] Clown Bar

A little background: Opened summer 2014 in the former canteen of the 19th century Cirque d’Hiver, Clown Bar’s Belle Époque décor isn’t as lavish as you might expect. The vibe is more clean and cool and hipster, like many other contemporary ‘néobistrots’, with extra clown around the edges.  There’s a prestige team behind the scenes…