Sunday, October 6, 2013

13 Must Eats in Paris

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The beautiful city of light is one of the most well-loved places on this planet. Not only is Paris the home to big fashion houses and brands, she has an incredibly rich culture, astounding history and spectacular cuisine. It's no wonder why Paris is on everyone's bucket list. We spent a week in Paris and it was hardly enough

Here's a list of must-eats that we've compiled!

1) Le Petit Prince de Paris
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Le Petit Prince is located relatively near our apartment and X and I braved the cold and rain and headed here for dinner after a fun-filling day at Disneyland!

Starter only- 9
Main only-19
Starter and main / main and dessert - 23

So X and I took a starter, 2 mains and a dessert for 46
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Calamari sauteed with cashew nuts and shichimi
Of the four choices for starters, we picked this! The calamari was very well cooked, and carried the flavour of the nuts and spiciness of the shichimi. After 2 weeks in Europe, tasting chilli actually feels a little like home haha

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Young Pork Cheeks with Honey and Red Wine Sauce, Mushrooms and Bacon
So awfully tender were the pork cheeks that you might think that they were literally melting in your mouth. Complete with a robust sauce, it's difficult to not love this dish

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Minute-grilled Beef with Roquefort or Pepper Sauce
We were absolutely captivated by the tenderness and flavours of this dish. Every single bite was really incredible. Highly recommended!

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We were also served a side of potato which was crispy and delicious!

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Crispy Apple Tart with Caramel Icecream
The signature dessert of Le Petit Prince! You have to order this at the start of your meal! 
One of the best apple tarts I've ever had for sure. Fragrant, sweet and crispy. Not forgetting the caramel icecream which was awesome!

This was a really exceptional meal and we enjoyed every bit of it!

12 Rue de Lanneau, 75005 Paris, France
Monday- Thursday : 4.30pm-1130pm
Friday-Sunday : 4.30pm-1230am


2) Huîtrerie Régis
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Freshest and best oysters ever. Over at Huitrerie Regis, a dozen oysters is the minimum order for an individual. Too much for you? Trust us, you won't get enough of it!

Read our full review HERE!


3) Chartier Bullion
Super popular restaurant that serves up really affordable French fare. The menu is in French so it helps if you understand French(like me! HAHA) but if you don't, I think you can get an English version of the menu online or something. Google it! Also, there are only a few servers so service can be pretty slow. Once you've gotten their attention, and they don't get back to you soon enough, it's pretty natural for you to try to get their attention again but they will get pissed so.. I guess you can only suck it up and wait

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6 Escargots - 6.50
It was my first time trying escargots. I've always been very afraid. However, I was convinced that the garlic butter will mask the taste of the escargots so I mustered up all my courage and ate one. The garlic butter was slightly disappointing as it wasn't tasty enough

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Museau De Bouef Vinaigrette - 3.70
Appetite-whetting beef pieces in a sour vinaigrette

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Bloc De Foie Gras De Canard - 6.80
Foie gras terrine! Love the super crusty bread and the smooth terrine

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Confit De Canard Pommes Grenailles - 9.70
The most famous and popular dish here at Chartier Bullion. The duck was nice and moist albeit a little small.

7 Rue du Faubourg Montmartre, 75009 Paris, France
Daily : 1130am - 10pm


4) La Chocolaterie de Jacques Génin
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Experience a truly chocolatey experience in a luxurious and elegant chocolate restaurant that looks more like a high-end jewellery shop than anything else. Indulge in these sweet treats and don't forget to bring some home!

Read our full review HERE!


5) Dalloyau
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Dalloyau has a history that dates back a few centuries ago to 1682. Officially founded in 1802, Dalloyau has impressed for years with their creations. Located just minutes away from our apartment, X and I dropped by for a quick breakfast takeaway!

We took away a fat chocolate eclair(4) stuffed full of chocolate cream, an extremely likeable Weekend Citron(3) with a subtle hint of lemon, a nutty and fragrant Dalloyau and a fluffy and crispy pain au chocolat(1.80)! What a wonderful breakfast to kickstart our day!

2 Place Edmond Rostand, 75006 Paris
Daily : 9am - 830pm


6) Marché Des Enfants Rouges 
The name of the market was taken from the kids dressed in red who were living in an orphanage nearby. Marche Des Enfants Rouges is the oldest food market in Paris and under its roof are numerous stalls selling fresh produce or serving up different cuisines. X and I went there for dinner only to discover that we were too late and only three stalls were open
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Cous cous with meat - 9
From Traiteur Marocain
This was a very small portion and was hardly filling. Tastewise, it was pretty average in our opinion

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Gratin Chicken from Au Coin Bio - 12
The chicken was really small, and a tad too dry.

Our experience at this famous market was sadly, pretty disappointing. Perhaps we missed out on the better stalls which were already closed by the time we got there. This market was highly recommended by our friend who had been staying in Paris for quite awhile so there must be something good that we missed! Do share with us your experience so we know what to have when we return again!

39 Rue De Bretagne
Tuesday - Thursday : 9am-2pm, 4pm-8pm
Friday - Saturday : 9am - 8pm
Sunday : 830am - 2pm


7) Breizh Cafe
Breizh Cafe is really popular so do make a reservation! Our friend in Paris was kind enough to make a reservation for us! We went over after our dinner at Marche Des Enfant Rouges for dessert only to find out that you can't only have dessert. At Breizh, everyone must have a main course. We were obviously displeased with that but I guess I didn't do my homework. They kept saying "oh, we're a restaurant. You must have dinner"

Because we had to order something for dinner, we had a
Classic Galette with seaweed butter(4.50€) and Classic Galette with Farmhouse Butter(4.50€)
We didn't eat much of our "main courses" and proceeded to dessert

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Crepe with Valrhona Chocolate, Pears, Whipped Cream - 6.80

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Crepe with Salted Caramel, Bananas, Whipped Cream - 6.80
Banana caramel crepes have always been my favourite and the one at Breizh did not disappoint. Breizh Cafe boasts an extensive range of galettes and crepes and they're worth a visit

109 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris, France
Wednesday- Saturday : 1130am - 11pm
Sunday : 1130am -10pm
 

8) Ladurée
One of the most renowned French patisseries ever and even if its just once in a lifetime, you've gotta drop by for tea!
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Read our full review HERE!


9) Les Deux Magots
Les Deux Magots and Cafe De Flore are two extremely famous cafes in Paris, and they are located right next to each other. Les Deux Magots has been around since 1884 and has hosted a great many French intellectuals and important figures. X and I couldn't decide whether we should go to Les Deux Magots or Cafe De Flore but I decided on Les Deux Magots eventually. X and I took a slow walk there from home for breakfast on our last day in Paris. The Parisians usually sit beside one another and face outwards when they are sitting outside a cafe. It's pretty unique to their culture and of course, we do it like the Parisians do!
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Foie Gras Poilane - 25
This entire combination was very simply, amazing. Velvety smooth foie gras terrine with sweet balsamic vinegar, apple bits and sturdy jelly pieces. Coupled with fragrant poilane bread, this is possibly one of the best starts to a meal I've ever had!

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Croque Monsieur - 12
Croque Monsieur is a must-have when you're in Paris. We heard that the best croque monsieur could be found at Le Comptoir Du Relais but unfortunately, the restaurant was closed when we made a trip there. The one at Les Deux Magots was simple, no frills, and satisfying.

6 Place Saint-Germain des Prés, 75006 Paris, France
Daily : 730am - 1am


10) Pierre Hermé
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A trip to Paris is never complete without a box of Pierre Hermé macarons.

Read our full review HERE!


11) Café Creperiê
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A really good salted caramel crepe with bananas and nuts! Ain't no better combination than this! Unfortunately, I'm unable to find the address of this place but it's near the Pantheon if I didn't remember wrongly!


12) Le Beurre Bordier
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We got this bar of butter from a store near Marche Des Enfant Rouges! We then bought a baguette just to have it with the butter. Don't belittle this seemingly simple spread. It's amazing! We don't quite know how to describe it but you have to get this and enjoy it while having a picnic in the Jardin Du Luxembourg or something!


13) Steak Tartare
Steak tartare with raw egg is a modern version of steak à l'Americaine and was first served in French restaurants in the 20th century. It has become a widely-loved delicacy and it's definitely not a dish that everyone will take to
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We had this at Au Petit Suisse! Raw minced beef does look pretty scary but it really does taste good!


We hope our short list is helpful! You'll probably be reading this if you're heading to Paris and I just wanna say that I'm really envious and you're so lucky! I can't wait to be back in this beautiful place. I love the vibe and pace of Paris and I'd really give anything to live here! Je t'aime, Paris! Till we meet again!

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Love, K

4 comments:

  1. i will definitely visit the places you mentioned when i m going there

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  2. Paris has a great culture and a great lifestyle. It is one of the most attractive and fascinating charm in this universe. Paris offers a number of stunning sights to visit and it is not only rich in attractive sights, but it has a great spectacular cuisine. If you love to taste variety of foods and dishes, then Paris can definitely fitful all the desires. Paris is on the top of the holiday spot list. Along with amazing transportation services, Paris also offers luxurious accommodation services as well.

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  3. When I was in Paris last year, I felt it was a dream come true and it really was. The culture, lifestyle, cuisine there is nothing which didn't impress me. I am in love with Paris. Wish Paris was my hometown. To get the feeling of local citizen of Paris, I even rented an apartment on vacation rentals Paris apartments. I wanna go Paris every year.

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