Food, Paris

Sanukia

Hi, it’s me Marimonda!

Today, I’d like to introduce you Sanukia, an authentic and probably one of the best Japanese Udon restaurants in Paris. Located near Opera Garnier, this orange canopy will catch your attention from distance, and there’s usually a line to get in.

Atmosphere

The restaurant is relatively small and have many individual seats toward the wall and the kitchen, which made me think it’s more authentic. Their menu is full of noodles in different styles. I ordered a lunch menu of tempura udon with side dish and a drink. With your lunch menu, you can only order appetizer + menu (+€5 to the main menu), or appetizer + menu + drink (+€7 to the main menu) For drink, I had calpis, one of typical Japanese sweet milky soda. In your udon, you can add up more toppings as you wish. I only added grated radish(€1), but the onsen tamago (poached egg, €2) is one of the most popular toppings.

Menu and Service

For appetizer, a bowl of burdock rice, fried chicken, eggs, and some salad were served. If you’re a small eater, probably this entrée can fill you up enough. Even if you’re not a small eater, I do recommend you not to finish all at once, since Udon is also mostly made out of flour (carbonate) and you’ll be full very easily.

The tempura udon was full of fried vegetables and shrimps. The soup was served separately to keep your fries crispy. The noodle was very well-cooked so did fries. The portion is quite big, thus I couldn’t finish all.

The servers were very friendly and considerate. It was a very sunny day, thus they prepared umbrellas so that we could use it to block some Sunshine. The food wasn’t served that quickly since many people were waiting, but the quality of the food was awesome.

Overall, it was a good idea to visit here. The only thing I didn’t liked was the price. It was about €25 for the menu and it seems a bit overpriced to me. To me, it’s a price for sushi not for udon. But if I miss udon, I think I would go back to this place because it’s the best udon place I’ve ever been to in Paris.

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

Practical Info.

Address : 9 Rue d’Argenteuil, 75001 Paris, France

Hours :  11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.

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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, Paris

Al Caratello

Hi, it’s me Marimonda! Today I’d like to introduce you my favorite Italian restaurant in Paris!

Located in the Audran street, this place is always full of people and pleasant atmosphere. I’m so excited to share this place. I found this restaurant when I arrived at Paris in 2017. At that moment, I stayed in an airbnb in 18th arrondissement (because it’s usually cheaper than other areas), so I had opportunities to try out some restaurants nearby. This is the best one so far in every sense (price, atmosphere, and the most important thing – taste)

It seems like the owner(or the workers) of the restaurant are Italians, because you can hear Italians when they talk to each other. In the Audran street, you may see three restaurants named caratello: Al Caratello, Pizza Caratello, and Piccolo Caratello. Looking at the names, I guess they are all family-run restaurant like Berthillon.

Atmosphere

The restaurant is quite small with full of people. The light is soft so your food looks more delicious. Servers are very friendly and most of them speak French, Italian, and English. Hearing all the different languages, it’s like a small melting pot in Montmartre. Unlike other restaurants in Paris, they don’t have terrace seats. During the summer they leave the door and the window so you can have your meal with a little breeze.

Menu and Price

The main reason I like this place is the food is delicious with reasonable price. The ingredients are very fresh and very well-cooked. Pastas and risottos are always well-cooked, they’re always perfect to eat. Thinking of the food, now I have a watery mouth.. yum yum.. Piatto di Mare is an appetizer to share. You can choose big or small depending on the number of people. A mixture of fresh seafood and soup with a refreshing touch of lemon and tomato, I think this is worth to try. If you like squeed, I recommend you linguine nero di seppia(middle). They have basic pastas such as pomodoro, seafood, carbonara or amatriciana, but this squid-ink pasta is not easy to find.

Most pastas cost €12-13, if you choose something special ingredients like truffles a dish can be about €15-18. I think that’s quite good price compared other restaurants in Paris. They also have good house wines that you can accompany with your food. I would say you can enjoy a good Italian meal including drinks for about €20 (one dish + one drink).

This is the restaurant where I go whenever I’m craving Italian food. It’s a bit far away from the center of the city, but if you’re going to Montmartre area, it’s worth to try. All of my friends who I went there with are also very satisfied. One of my friends visited Paris two years in a row and even asked me to go this restaurant again.

Pause

Since Montmartre is a tourist spot, most of the restaurants offer the service continu(open without after lunch break). However, this restaurant is very strict with its after lunch break. One time I arrived at 6:50 p.m. but I had to wait until 7 p.m. to get the menu. Also usually the restaurant fills up very quickly, it’s better to book a table in advance.

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

Practical Info.

Address : 5 Rue Audran, 75018 Paris

Hours : 7:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. (Mon-Tue) / 12:00 p.m. -2:30 p.m. , 7:00p.m. – 11:30p.m. (Wed-Sun)

Reservation is recommended

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Food, Paris

Mi Ranchito Paisa

Hi, it’s me Marimonda!

Today, I’d like to introduce you an authentic Colombian paisa restaurant in Paris. I’ve been to couple of colombian restaurants in Paris, but this is one of my best Colombian restaurants including ones inside Colombia.

Atmosphere

The restaurant seems like a finca. Colored with vivid red color, you would feel as if you were in a country house for a holiday. It’s somewhat dark but the atmosphere is very bright and happy with music. Servers are generally friendly. There are many tables (more than 10), but at the meal time the place is filled up quite fast. It’s better to reserve your table to make sure. The food is served a bit slow since they cook the food after the order. It takes about 20 mins(or even more) to get your dish.

Empanadas

Empanadas are like fried dumplings. They are filled with beef, chicken, or pork with some mashed potatoes and cheese. You can choose the flavor you want, or try out all three flavors.

Bandeja Paisa (Paisa Platter)

Bandeja Paisa is for someone who wants to try a Colombian paisa’s signature dish. Frijoles (red bean paste soup), chorizo(sausage) , chicharón(fried bacon), egg, rice, minced beef, avocado are served in a big plate. It’s full of nutrition, esp. protein. It will fill you up for the whole day.

Cazuelita Paisa

This is my personal favorite. It’s like bandeja paisa but a smaller version and easier to eat. Instead of whole a quarter of avocado and bacon, all the ingredients are chopped and served in a bowl. An arepa (fried ground maize dough) and rice is accompanied to balance the meal.

Tumba Catre

This is a typical seafood soup in Colombia. It has a rich flavor, thus if you don’t like fishy taste, it’s not a good idea to try. In this dark yellowish soup, you can taste the harmony of squid, mussels, shrimps, clams, and fish. Coco-rice and patacones (tostones, double-fried plantain slices) are accompanied to balance the meal.

Super Picada

Super picada is like a platter for two people. You can try empanadas, beef steak, ribs, chorizos,yuca(cassava), potatoes, patacones, and fried bananas with guacamoles and spicy sauce. This is a combination for all kinds of colombian fries. Most of them are fried food, thus it can be too greasy to finish with two people. I ordered this when I went there with my friends (we were four) as a snacks to accompany with beers.

Descubriendo

It’s like super picada but for one person. It has more traditional colombian food such as chicharon and marinated beef.

Overall, all the menus were delicious for me(maybe I lived in Colombia, thus I am used to that flavors). The portion of the food is very big. Since most of the dish has fried food, it’s more filling than it looks. Most of the dishes are paisa food based on Antioquia region.

Prices

Prices are not that cheap to be honest, rather expensive. If you have ever been to Colombia, you would feel it’s very expensive. Considering the restaurant is close to the center of the city and it’s an exotic restaurant, the price seems reasonable. I’ve been to an Ethiopian restaurant in Paris, and the price was similar to here. It costs €17-25 per dish, including drinks it would be about €20-30 per person. I wish they offer a smaller portion with cheaper price for light eaters like me.

Hope you enjoyed the review of Mi Ranchito Paisa with Marimonda 🙂 See you soon.

Practical Info.

Address : 35 rue de montholon 75009, Paris

Hours : 12:00-15:00 / 19:00-24:00 (Mon.-Fri.) / 12:00 – 24:00 (Weekend)

Reservation is only available by phone, 01 48 78 45 94

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Food, Paris

Au Général La Fayette

Hi, it’s me Marimonda!

Today, I’d like to introduce you a café-resto where offers one of the best crème brûlées in Paris.

Crème Brûlée

French desserts are so popular in the world, and crème brûlée (caramelized custard cream) would be one of the best loved desserts. Based on rich custard cream, the harmony of the soft cream and the hard caramelized sugar topping is always a pleasure during the day.

Sitting down on the terrace, having a spoon of the sweet with a sip of coffee would make your afternoon break perfect. Some places offer the custard cream without heating on the surface, but you’re supposed to hit the sugar layer to crack as if you’re knocking on it with a spoon and taste it.

Service and price

The servers were very friendly. Located in the center of Pais (about 10 mins away from the department store Galaries Lafayette), I do find the restaurant offer food with tourist price esp. alcohol drinks. We were four, and we ordered two crème brûlées and one allongé, one café noisette, and two apérols. The price of the coffee was similar to other places, but the apérol was € 10 per glass (other cocktails, too). Considering the fact that we shared one crème brûlée for two people, €40 is pricey for me for a snack. But we had a good time chatting and relaxing, running away from the heatwave for a while.

Coffees or cocktails were nothing special but If you’re a créme brulée lover, I do recommend this place. It’s worth to try.

Hope you enjoyed this review. Happy travel with Marimonda 🙂 See you soon!

Practical Info.

Address : 52 Rue la Fayette, 75009 Paris

Hours : 7 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Food, Paris

Pierre Sang

Hi, it’s me Marimonda!

Today, I’d like to review a restaurant in Paris. Pierre Sang is not only a name of the chef but also of the restaurants. There are four restaurants in Paris : Pierre Sang in Oberkampf, Pierre Sang on Gambey, and Pierre Sang signature, and Pierre Sang Express. I went to Pierre Sang in Oberkampf, but all of the restaurants are located in around the corner.

The restaurant offers quite a simple menu: For lunch, you can choose one among 2 courses, 3 courses, or 5 courses; For dinner, only 6 courses menu is available. When the server takes an order, he would ask you whether you have an allergy. I guess they change the ingredient little bit if you have a food allergy.

I ordered three courses meal at lunch time. For entrée, a salad with baked shrimps and cauliflower was served. It was yummy but it didn’t give me an impact to remember the taste. For the main dish, a veau steak was served with some asparagus and veggies with Korean style sauce. The meat was cooked medium (the server didn’t ask how do I want for my steak) and it was perfect to enjoy the meat. For desert, a bowl of sorbet and marinated berries with whipping cream was offered. The cucumber flavor sorbet refreshed the whole mouth. Overall, I was satisfied with the food.

While I was happy with the food, I think the service can be better. We didn’t order any alcohol (as I mentioned above, my friend couldn’t drink wine), nor other beverages except tap water, the server wasn’t happy and I could feel it. The butter was served when he took the order, and we asked for the bread but we got the bread with the entrée which took about 10 mins. I was eating the bread, but the server took the butter and the bread basket without asking when he brought the main plate. We asked what kind of meat it was, and he answered coldly that it was veau. I could see the difference how the server treat other customers in our next table. Lastly, when we asked for a bill, he came with a wrong one(5 courses). I told it’s wrong, and then the server asked me to wait and come back later after using his cell phone.

Since the menu is simple, the price is also simple. For lunch, a menu with two courses cost €20, three courses €25, and five courses €35. At dinner, they serve only one menu with six courses which cost €39. They don’t include beverages.

Overall, food was delicious and if you’re a Korean or have been to Korea, you would feel some Korean touches in dishes. To be honest, I wouldn’t go back after experiencing that bad service. But it’s a personal opinion and if you want to try something unique, it’s not a bad place to try.

Enjoy your travel with Marimonda! See you soon 🙂

Practical Info.

Address : 55 rue Oberkampf – Paris XI

Hours : Lunch from 12pm – Dinner at 7pm or 9.30pm