It becomes quite evident when looking at the list below, how I like to eat when I’m out and about !  Living in an area that has only a few good restaurants and very little variety in the style of cooking, I do eat a lot of “non French” food when away from home as I miss that from growing up in Vancouver.  The presence of natural wine pulls me back to a more modern style of fresh, seasonal food or sharing plates as well.  Therefore my list is a bit eclectic !  For the more “exotic” restaurants (Asian, North American, Middle Eastern, Indian etc…), my criteria is home made and TASTE, for the others I expect more from the quality of the ingredients, seasonality and a good natural wine list.


Hakata choten   1ère:  Very good ramen using homemade broth !  If its too hot out for soup other things are good too especially their Gyoza (try the one covered in chili sauce !

Raviolis  Nord Est   1ère:   Home made dumplings.  Tiny place but cheap, cheerful and very good.

Frenchie to go   2ème:  I’ve tried breakfast and coffee here.  Great quality and North American inspired menu.  Think breakfast sandwich, eggs benny and reuben or pulled pork sandwiches.  Located on the funky Rue du Nil with a restaurant and wine bar with the same name.

Hokkaido   2ème:  An old favourite (found as they are open sunday night !) in the Japanese area of Paris.  Reasonably priced menus.  Great Gyoza and noodles (big portions).

California canteen   3ème:  Takes me right back to North America !

Vignt Vins d’Art  4ème:  If you are wandering around the Marais, overwhelmed by all the tourists, slip down this quiet road and pop in for a peaceful glass of wine and some nice food.  I had great Clams in Butter and Foie Gras infused with sweet potato alcohol (its from Japan, like the chef) the evening I went.  The weekend brunch is really popular (not tested).

La Belle Mine  5ème:  Restaurant at lunch with a set menu (not yet tested) and neighbourhood bar in the evening serving basic tapas.  They have a few great natural wines and are open all day every day.  Nice place for a drink.

Krishna bhavan  10ème:  Vegetarian Indian food a simple friendly setting.  VERY good value for the quality and all homemade.

La cave a Michel   10ème:  Standing room only in this natural wine bar with lovely things to nibble.

El nopal   10ème:   Mexican Taqueria that is so small you can’t actually go in.  So take away and find a nice spot along the Canal St Martin.  Absolutely delicious tacos, home made corn tortillas.  They have a new spot in Pigalle (9ème) with a few tables.

Thaï Street food   10ème:  I don’t really like the dark cramped interior of this place but the food is good and served in big portions (often one curry is enough for two).  So good for take away and a night “in”.

Siseng   10ème:  They call themselves an Asian Food Bar….  Great Bo Bun.  Right on the Canal St Martin.

Jones   11ème:  I go here almost every time I’m in Paris.  Original, yet simple small plates using seasonal ingredients (only a small list that changes often) with a great natural wine list.  RESERVE !

Fulgurances  11ème:  I do wiggle with anticipation every time I lunch here…  I specify lunch as the menu at lunchtime is about half the price of the dinner menu.  AMAZING value.  Wonderful concept where the an up and coming cook that has much experience in fine restaurants around the world is given the chance to be the CHEF for a few months.  Kind of like an “incubator”.  Menu of the day with probably 2 choices and a great natural wine list.  RESERVE

La buvette   11ème:  Wine bar serving natural wines and nice things to nibble.

Clamato   11ème:  Fish-centric small plates created by the neighbouring Septime Restaurant and wonderful natural wines.  Great atmosphere but sometimes hard to get a table as reservations are not accepted.  They will take your name and number and call when your table is ready.

La cave de Daron   11ème:  Nice tiny place for pre or post-dinner drinks or to buy a bottle or two of natural wine.  Interesting selection including some Georgian and Hungarian wines.  The owner is from Georgia. NOT much more than nibbles to go with drinks…

Café Luxe   11ème:  Pretty hard to tell from the outside of this bar that one of the best Bo Buns is to be found inside !  The owner makes a yummy version of her grandmothers Bo Bun, perfectly seasoned just before being served by her husband…  They even have a bottle or two of natural wine.  While you wait you can squeeze in a bit of old fashioned pin-ball.

Bahn me tender   11ème:  This little place specializes in Bahn Mi sandwiches.  Fresh and well made.  Mostly take away, but they have a couple of tables.

Le Grand Breguet   11ème:  This is an odd place, mostly as its just enormous (for Paris).  They have a simple lunch formula which is choose your grain (rice or….), your protein (meat, fish, egg or vegan) and they will finish off the dish with fresh cooked and raw veg and sauce.  All for about 11€.  Organic to boot !  Finish off with a yummy coffee (and or dessert) at Ten Belles Bread right next door.

Mokonuts  11ème:  What a delight this place is.  Open only in the week from 8h45 until 17h.  Great for coffee and amazing cookies and at lunchtime they transform into one of my favourite restaurants in Paris ! Fresh, creative food with the chef’s Lebanese touch.  You feel that they really care about what they are doing.  Reserve !

KORUS  11ème:  Either sit on the bar side and choose from the selection of small plates and lovely wine, or in the restaurant for the menus and carte on offer that day.  Canadian chef (from Vancouver to boot 🙂 )  Delicious food, attentive friendly service and nice natural wine list.

Le Saint-Sebastian  11ème:  Chef Rob Mendoza (ex Willow’s Inn, North West USA and Verjus, Paris) serves up a creative vegetable foreward cuisine.  Excellent wine list !  Take advantage of the very reasonably priced lunch menu.

L’Attache  11ème: Cozy little wine bar/restaurant serving a few dishes to share or not…  Friendly, attentive service. Open 7/7

Café du Coin  11eme: Not properly tested as I partaked in a wonderful pop-up here with La Ramenerie (was delicious and I highly recommend !).  The wine list was excellent and they obviously have great taste in Ramen so I will be back.

Restaurant Raviolis Chinois   13ème:   Delicious food from the North Eastern Chinese province of Liaoning.  Dumplings offered fried, boiled or steamed.  The “small shrimp and chive” boiled dumplings were delish !  Also try the vegetable salad with peanuts.

Lao Douang Paseuth  13ème:  Big, busy, fast smiling service and delicious food mostly from Laos and Vietnam.  Ignore that the menu is too big, or that the food comes out too fast.  Its just really tasty and well executed. Everything seems to come with mountains of green herbs and leaves. Dig in and enjoy watching families at other tables eating all sorts of things you may have never seen before with gusto !

Le Pacifique   19ème:   Dim sum !

Guo Xin   19ème:  Good Chinese food.  Yummy dumplings.

Bien Nang  Ivry Sur Seine: Famous for the hot pot, decent Pho and delicious homemade spring rolls.  This little Vietnamese place is a gem in Ivry.


Montreal Plaza  St Hubert Street:  I become sad when I think about how long it may be before I can go back to this place.  Creative, amaaaaazing service, delicious, reasonable and beautiful space.  Be still my heart !

Super Taco   Rue Bélanger:  This is my type of Taco place.  Just get down to it and eat.  Super cheap for the quality…

Coming Soon…..  San Sebastian !