I found this little gem on my first night in Paris in September 2017.
Valentin Vasseur, the young Chef in charge trained in Australia under the vigilant eye of Stephen Hodges of Fishface fame.
I highly recommend you try it over your next visit to Paris!
We have been working on this relentlessly for the last couple of months and we are thrilled to announce that we are now LIVE on the Airbnb Experiences website and App. We currently have four dinners scheduled: 2nd and 16th of December and next year on the 3rd and 17th of February. We will add more dates later. We will surprise you with a staple of the French cuisine repertoire, with a twist, and we will be matching the wines - mostly French - in a cheeky sort of way. We can accomodate up to 6 guests, but we accept individual bookings obviously, which makes it for a much more interesting mix of people and conversations. To give you an example, on our rehearsal dinner, we had two Belgian, one being vegetarian, an Aussie who knows his wine, his American wife who is gluten intolerant, and my Persian neighbour, a political refugee and a happy builder in Australia. It was a great evening! So, come and join me for a great time!
After the success of our first class on August 5th, The Essential Ingredient Cooking School in Rozelle has kindly offered us to run at least two new classes over the next six months. More will be scheduled in 2018.
For the time being, we have one scheduled for the evening of October 12th, 2017, and morning of February 24th, 2018.
Visit sydneyessential.com.au/cooking-school to book
Come and cook a typical French dinner with the help of an experienced native cook as part of The Essential Ingredient Cooking School in Rozelle, actually the first ever French cooking class there, believe it or not!
Whether it is a Roast of Lamb with ratatouille (August 5th, 2017) a Choucroute de la Mer, a cassoulet of lamb, a poulet aux morilles (October 12th) or a bouillabaisse, Jean-Marie will help you cook the staples of the French repertoire, often with a twist...
So be open to be surprised, entertained and deliciously fed by a man who not only can cook, but is inspired by the cuisines of the World and is established in the Sydney food scene for over 7 years via this blog and on Instagram. Jean-Marie is also very knowledgeable about wine, and he will often surprise you with unconventional pairings. Having worked in English for decades, he is fluent in the subtleties of the Australian slang, while retaining a hint of a French accent. So in short, you are in for a treat!
If you follow us on Instagram (and if you don't, you should... link on the sidebar), I know you are salivating each time I post one of the meals I cook at home for me, my family or my friends, and many have asked me if I would consider opening a restaurant... The answer to that question is NO!
But...enter VizEat, a French company which has put together a smart platform to connect people who want to experience home cooking in their own town, or elsewhere when they are travelling. Hosts like me post their menus and a date where they will receive guests at their place to enjoy good company, well prepared and presented dishes and matched wines, all this for a price bien sûr, but usually quite reasonable and not very different from what one would pay in a middle of the range restaurant.
So, we have joined, as the first host in Sydney, the only French host in Australia and part of a small but growing team Australia.
Our first dinner happened just a couple of weeks ago and you can find more about it here
My last supper in Paris last November... Perfect dinner as a farewell to La Ville Lumière. It was simply amazing...Read on!
If you are looking for a great little place for lunch or dinner half way between Pigalle and Montmartre, look no further than this gem of a place. You can thank me later...
The most Alsatian of the Parisian Brasseries, has been serving draught beer and sauerkraut near Bastille since 1864. In 1981, President François Mitterand booked the entire first floor to celebrate his election, and I had not had a full meal here for a good 15 years, hence why i went bak for dinner in November 2016. And I was not disappointed!
Following our review of Cumulus Inc, here is our second instalment of our tour of our favourite top five restaurants in Melbourne. It is also the most recently opened by talented and Bocuse trained Chef, Philippe Mouchel.
His cuisine is firmly routed in French tradition, but includes a few twists and surprises which makes it the newest destination for French flavour in Melbourne. Make sure you book, as it is already very popular.
At the top end of Flinders Lane, also called the Parisian end of the Melbourne CBD, and next to Italian eatery extraordinaire Cecconi's (which we will review later...) sits pretty, sleek, and busy, Cumulus Inc, part of Andrew McConnell's empire and running morning to late, seven days a week.
My current first choice when dining on my own in Melbourne, it combines fabulous décor, ambience, gorgeous crowds and delicious food.
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.
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