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51 Rue de Verneuil, 75007 Paris, France
Cinq-Mars is a wonderfully atmospheric little local Parisian restaurant, with no nods to the French Bistro anywhere to be seen and we just fell in love with it.
The decor is very understated but very well thought out, with unadorned (but wonderfully crafted) simple wooden tables and chairs and the days wine list hand-written out on the side of a section wall put in place to separates diners from the kitchen and small bar area.
The food is simple, top quality, elegant and cooked to perfection, every mouthful was a pleasure to behold.
We went for lunch, with the regular main menu to choose from or a very reasonable set lunch menu featuring selected dishes from the main menu in partnership from beautiful homer-made pumpkin soup to oyster mushroom toast, fresh sardines in olive oil to turbot with green beans in garlic cream, the choices go one and all super well thought out, presented and cooked.
The interiors and atmosphere were both warm and welcoming, with constantly smiling, friendly staff never tiring of being helpful and polite.
If you would like to eat in Cinq-Mars, then we would definitely recommend you book ahead, especially on a Friday or Saturday night, the restaurant is not that large so tables (they even have booths!) fill up pretty fast, a testament to this top-notch, adorable little local venue.
We can’t wait to go back!
44 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75004 Paris, France
Cosy, warm, local and authentically Parisian. This supercute French restaurant is happy to deliver all things French from Beef Tartare to Snails (with a twist).
This small but perfectly formed neighbourhood bistro, will have you feeling right at home within minutes of taking your seat, buzzy, friendly and popular (so please book ahead).
Le Colimaçon has personality and charm in heaps, and the fact that it is situated amongst the gorgeous little lanes and old stones of the Marais, doesn’t do it an injustice either.
Interiors are apparently unchanged from times gone by, with its terracotta floor tiles, exposed wooden beams, rough inscribed walls and a small spiral staircase leading up to its only other floor above.
The cuisine was mostly traditional bistro food with a few updated twists, great portions sizes and with a homely feel to the presentation, with no airs and graces just good quality food doing the trick.
The small specials blackboard, we were told, changes daily, so keep your eyes peeled but the regular menu held some great classics and some modern addition, such as foie gras, escargot, duck breast with pears and honey, whole stuffed sea bass and rib steak with marrow bone.
The desserts were irresistible too, we went for the house chocolate mousse with Tanzania cocoa bean and there’s no other word other than outstanding.
An amazing little gem, waiting for you to pop in, with www.ificould.co.uk confirming they would definitely eat here again.
41 Rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris, France
Apparently Featured in Cedric Klapisch's 1996 film Chacun Cherche son Chat (who knew!!) this atmospheric little local neighbourhood Café is just perfect to hang out in, from dusk till dawn!
Trendy, artsy, local, contemporary, light, French and perfect for that contemporary lunch, brunch or dinner, either indoors or on their wonderful covered/heated terrace, you will be offered really nicely executed modern dishes from French cheese Burgers to Asian Stir-fries, Veggie to Vegan and a cocktail or two of your choice thrown in on-top!.
The staff are super nice too, always happy to run you through the menu in English (should you require it) from dish to dish, providing much welcomed recommendations along the way.
Another of our fave, go to hang-outs, we never tire of Pause, we just hope they don’t tire of us! Magnifique!
1 Rue Trousseau, 75011 Paris, France
After many visits to Paris, this great little area is one of our most recently discovered areas and we love it!
This supa-cool mint-coloured cafe is right up our street (it actually was!) and ticked all of our little French Boxes. With brick-and-timber interior, bare wooden floorboards, terraces on both sides what’s not to like, in fact, we love it!
A small but perfect menu offers all-day classics, breakfasts, lunches and dinners offering all the classics from Croissant and coffee to coq au vin and pretty decent wines to boot too.
The interiors are hip and up to date, the bar is welcoming and the atmosphere is relaxed, the perfect place to hang out, read a book or newspaper and chill out, nibbling on good food and fantastic drinks, oh and the staff are pretty friendly too.
Our new go-to, see you soon District Corner, get the kettle on! (or the coffee pot!)
Domaldova ul. 8, 21000, Split, Croatia
Bokeria restaurant, the jewel in the Split crown, tried and tested and passing the test every time, they just have it and any meal here will be a success! even Anthony Bourdian said so... “Croatia is the next great thing. If you have not been here, you are…an idiot! I am an idiot"
Apparently inspired by the La Boqueira market in Barcelona, this old town restaurant offers a more sophisticated vibe, than some of the other restaurants in the old town, with internationally experience chefs and top waiting staff, your experience will be a great one, with beautifully executed fresh Mediterranean meal choices made from locally sourced ingredients and perfectly matched wines and spirits.
The food is top notch and the wine list that accompanies it is perfect. With contemporary Interior warm atmosphere and a beautiful mosaic tiled bar creating that Spanish-like tapas bar feel, you may be forgiven for think you were in Barcelona but your not, your most definitely in Croatian, eating , delicious local Croatian produce
The service was excellent, very attentive and the atmosphere was buzzy, lively and fun and if your lucky, you may even be able to grab a table outside in the adorable old town lanes and watch the world go by while you relax and sip on a cool and refreshing drink or two.
Highly recommended by: www.ificould.co.uk