Some love it for the shopping, I love it for the food! I finally made the voyage to Paris after I-don't-know-how-many-years. It's only a couple of hours on the Eurostar and if you book it in advance, it can be pretty cheap! How did it take me so long to go?! Anyway, first thing we had to figure out once we were there: where's the good food at? And plan the weekend around that!
We spent our first night having dinner at Philou, a small bistronomique restaurant close to Canal St Martin. The menu is written on huge blackboards on the walls, in French but the waiters are able to translate most of dishes. I opted for the Sea Bass with Chanterelle Mushrooms (right): perfectly cooked with a crispy skin and well seasoned. The dish on the left is delicious tender Lamb with seasonal vegetables and a sauce that'll have you licking the plate clean. The food here is simple but flavoursome, staff are super friendly and we left with our bellies full and smiles on our faces.
After a long day taking in the beautiful and historic sights of Paris; the Sacré-Coeur, Notre Dame, The Eiffel Tower and The Louvre to name a few, we headed to Les Artizans, on the busy Rue Montorgueil. A bustling street full of restaurants, cafes, bars and shops, but this is the gem you're looking for. These are the starters we had (from left): Deep Fried Ravioli filled with delicious buttery Prawns served with a Zingy Salad; Poached Egg with Bordelaise and melt-in-the-mouth Bone Marrow. This little bistro is known for their homemade French desserts, the waiter brings out a tray to your table with a selection of pastries to choose from. It took us a while as they all looked so delicious, but we chose a variety so we could all try a bit of everything. Definitely the way to go!
It was our last day in Paris but we just had to squeeze in one more lunch! We headed to Uptown, a tiny little trendy restaurant in Montmartre serving up top quality food. As it was a Sunday, (it was super busy, so you'd definitely have to book) they only had a set brunch on the menu for 33€. This included a pastry, juice, tea or coffee to start, Eggs poached in a silky Parmesan sauce followed by a choice of either the Parmesan Risotto (left) or perfectly cooked Beef with Garlic Puree, Artichoke and Potato. For dessert we had a Fruit Mousse, which they served with a sprinkling of black pepper... you either loved it, or hated it. You might also witness some of that famous Parisian hospitality here if you know what I mean.
Paris was everything I imagined it would be. From the charming streets of Montmartre, beautiful sights around the city and wonderful restaurants serving up great food. It was a whirlwind of a weekend getting as much as we can crammed in, but it's definitely worth it.