Food, Paris

Trois Fois Plus de Piment

Hi, it’s me Marimonda!

Today, I’d like to introduce you an authentic Sichuan restaurant, Trois Fois Plus de Piment, in Paris. Characterized by its spiciness, Sichuan food is known for using a lot of garlic and peppers. There are many sichuan restaurants here from budget to luxury. This is a budget place If you’re looking for something spicy, this place is definitely for you. Three branches are in Paris (Beaubourg, Saint Germain, and Montmartre), and I went to the one in Saint Germain. I wanted to visit this place in the middle of August, but it was closed due to the summer holidays. Many French restaurants are in vacation August(for about 3 weeks), thus if you’d like to try a specific restaurant, you should contact them before unless it might be closed.

Atmosphere

Located in 5th arrondissement, this place is full of vivid energy. It’s a casual restaurant. As you can see in the picture, the restaurant isn’t that big but cozy and can accomodate about 20~ 25 people. I went there quite late on the week, and the restaurant was almost full. It would be better book a table if you’re more than a group of four.

Menu and Service

LIke a night snack food truck, the food in this place is quite simple. Mainly, They sell noodles and dumplings. You can choose different garnishes, noodles and spiciness to your taste. For the level of spicy, there are 0-5. We asked the clerk, and she told us she hadn’t seen anyone ordered more than level 3. We ordered one dumpling with sichuan sauce (spicy level 1) to share and two Dan Dan noodles with soup in different spicy level (1 and 2), one dumpling soup, and one vermicelli with soup.

The food was served quite fast. I usually have dumplings with soy sauce and red pepper powder. Thus, the dumplings with level 1 sauce wasn’t spicy. It worked up my appetite. But I felt the noodles with the same level were spicer than dumplings. The soup was hot and it made me feel more spicier I guess. The noodles were very chewy and properly cooked. Since the place was awarded the prize best noodles Fooding Guide in 2016, no wonder I felt in that way. But my favorite was dumplings!

The staffs were super and tried to give us good advice to choose the right level. If it’s not spicy enough, you may ask the sauce to spice up your dish. One of my friends loves spicy food. After talking to the server, he ordered level 2, but he asked more sauce in the end. Also, you can ask not to put coriander in your food if you don’t like it.

The price was reasonable. It’s not cheap nor expensive. One main dish costs around €10~13, the five dumplings are €5.4. Including drink, €20 will be enough budget for a meal.

Hope this review help you to choose a right restaurant in Paris. See you again 🙂

Practical Info.

Address : Beaubourg: 184 Rue Saint Martin 75003
Saint Germain: 17 Rue Frédéric Sauton 75005 (This is the restaurant where I went)
Montmartre: 9 Rue Rodier 75009

Hours :  12:00 – 15:00 / 19:00 – 23:00 , Closed on Mondays

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Food, Paris

La Régalade

Hi, it’s me Marimonda!

Today, I’d like to introduce you a quality French restaurant La Régalade. There are three branches in Paris, I went to the one called La Régalade Conservatoire. It’s the third restaurant of chef Bruno Doucet. Located in the 9th arrondissement, this bistro-like restaurant offers a three-course meal for a reasonable price considering its location and atmosphere.

Atmosphere

The restaurant shares the ground floor with the Lobby of the Hôtel de NELL. Don’t feel you should dress up to go there. It’s a rather casual place than a formal one. Still, the quality of the food is very high and tasty.

After ordering food, the server will bring you some complimentary tartare and bread. It didn’t look special, but it was yummy, one of the best tartares I’ve ever tried in Paris.

Menu and Service

The three course meal starts from €41. It’s a set price excluding beverages. You can change some dishes with extra charge. Daily specials are on the wall, it will add up about €5~10 on your bill. My friends and I chose basic menu (without extra charge), still there are 4~5 options for each course. If it’s your first visit, I think it’s better to try the basic menu since the most signature food of the restaurant are on the list.

For appetizer, we ordered three different dishes : Risotto crémeux à l’encre de seiche (creamy risotto with cuttlefish ink), salmon, and zucchini and arugula cold soup. The creamy shrimp risotto is the most famous appetizer in this place, also recommended by the chef. It was a pleasure to feel the creamy, crispy, and chewy textures altogether. Personally, I prefer smoked salmon to cooked one. Thus, the salmon didn’t give me an impact, but it was yummy and refreshing. The cold soup was good to work up my appetite.

For main, we ordered veal steak and fried pork. The veal cooked perfectly. We ordered a bottle of Bourgogne wine to pair with the meat. It cost a bit less than €40 as far as I remember. More exclusive wines were available when I dined out there, and it was upto €1600. The pork seemed deep fried thus you can feel crunchy and soft texture at the same time. The pork was the chef’s recommendation. It won’t let you down.

For dessert, we ordered rice pudding and souffle. Accompanied with caramel sauce, the rice pudding was very sweet. It was a bit big portion, though. The souffle was very tender and melted in mouth. We couldn’t finish all, but they were perfect to finish the meal.

The quality of the service was high enough. The servers tried to explained us all the menus and their specialties. They were always reachable and ready to answer our inquiries.

Overall, it was a satisfying visit. The portion of the food is big. None of us could finish the dessert. We ordered four course meals, one bottle of wine, one glass of wine, two beers, and one bottle of sparkling water. We paid €60 each including a small tip (like 3% of the total payment).

IN FRANCE, YOU DON’T LEAVE A TIP!

Thus, leaving a tip was a gesture to express my satisfaction to the food and service.

Hope this review help you to choose a right restaurant in Paris. See you again 🙂

Practical Info.

Address : 11 Rue du Conservatoire, 9e Paris

Hours :  07:00–10:30, 12:00–14:00, 18h30–22:30

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Food

Bouillon Racine

Hello, it’s me Marimonda!

Today, I’d like to introduce you a French restaurant <Bouillon Racine> in the 6th arrondissement.

This restaurant opened in 1906. I went there in 2017 for the first time and recently went there again with my friends who wanted to try French cuisine. You may feel the history of the restaurant with its antique decoration. It’s a second floor restaurant, and the two floors are beautifully decorated.

Normally, restaurants in Paris start to be crowded around 8 p.m. We went there at 7:30, thus we could get in without reservation. By the time we got our plates, the restaurant was full of people.

The portion of the food looks small but when you eat it, it’s perfect. We ordered one entrée menu (escargot) to share, main dishes, and drinks. Since we decided to have dessert in another place, we didn’t order the dessert.

We ordered Echine de Cochon du Cantal(pork), Magret de Canard français à l’orange(duck), and Millefeuille Croustillant de Poitrine d’Agneau Fermier(lamb).

The main dishes were served around 20 mins after the order. While we had the escargot and bread. If the server doesn’t bring you some butter, you can ask. S.He will gladly bring it to you.

Everything was good. The pork was tender and well-cooked. It went well with the veges on the side. It would be better if there were more veges, but the food was great. The duck has its skin on the part, so I tried to remove it at first. However, the meat was better with the crispy skin. The carrots were also yummy. I personally don’t prefer to have lamb, because I can’t get used to its unique smell of lamb meat. I tried only a bite with mashed potato(the green sauce in the picture), and it was good and crispy. (Though I wouldn’t order it for me .. there’re so many other options.)

With drinks(one glass of wine, coca cola, and lemonade), the price was little bit less than € 90 (total). I think that’s a reasonable price. The restaurant is located in little bit away from the touristic spot (only 6-7 mins from place Saint Michel), and is full of local people. Servers are super nice. One thing I would say, there’s no AC system. It was somewhat hot (esp. this week most parts of France including Paris recorded one of its hottest temperature in history), but it was worth to visit.

Happy travel with Marimonda! See you soon 🙂

Practical Info.

Address : 3 Rue Racine, 75006 Paris

Hours : 12:00 – 11:00 p.m.

Menu Ask the waiter for the daily menu