Chez Michel Restaurant

Lunch on Lockdown Eve

10th arrondissement Bistro€€€

Chez Michel, one of Paris’s beloved bistros, has a new chef/owner, but not to worry, it is just as good, if not better, than it ever was. Longtime owner Thierry Breton has sold the place to his former sous-chef Masahiro … Read More

Le Coq et l’Éléphant Restaurant

Dual Affinities

5th arrondissement Non-French€€

I was attracted to the restaurant Le Coq et l’Éléphant by a laudatory review that roused my curiosity. A number of French chefs are doing interesting things with Asian food these days, and chef/owner Guy Sellier has not only worked … Read More

Panda Panda Restaurant

Cool Chinese Food

10th arrondissement Non-French

Panda Panda is part of the recent explosion in “Asian” restaurants in Paris. Thankfully, this new generation no longer tries to cater to French tastes (by pretty much omitting any hot stuff) but aims for quality and authenticity, without neglecting … Read More

Laïa Restaurant

Weather-Dependent Dining

11th arrondissement Contemporary French€€

I had been trying unsuccessfully for some time to get a reservation at Laïa, attracted by its good reviews and the online photos of its lovely garden and pretty interior. After four attempts, I was finally able to book a … Read More

Edgar Restaurant

More Terrace Tales

2nd arrondissement Seafood€€€

In our new Covid-19-infested world, at a time when people are still nervous about gathering indoors with strangers, a terrace is pretty much a necessity if you want to eat out in Paris. Since the newly re-elected Mayor Anne Hidalgo … Read More