for the love of paris – unofficial canal st-martin food guide

June 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

eugene and i are both food lovers and we were blown away by the french cuisine we had in paris. food aside, one thing we really love about paris restaurants and cafes is that each of them has its own unique character and tells a different story through its ambience, layout and deco. I’m crazy about interior deco so it was really inspirational. here’s our personal favs near where we stayed at canal st-martin ( nearest metro: republique)

1. Le Bistro Des Oies

What we love: the cosy and quaint ambience that reminds us fondly of the restaurant in “ratatouille”, the friendly owner and the cute waitress, the fries and mash potato that comes with the main, and of course the main
What we are not so fond of: the dessert was quite a disappointment. give it a miss.
Price range: 15 euros for the set lunch
Address: 33 rue bichat Paris 75010
Tel: 01 42 08 34 86

2. Marcel

What we love: the sophisticated deco of the restaurant. they served indian food but it was really good. try the briyani! the unqiue mint-spice thing we had after footing our bill was interesting.
What we are not so fond of: was kinda hoping that they served french cuisine but if you are craving for indian food in paris, marcel’s the place to go!
Price range: about 13-15 euros for each main
Address: 90 Quai Jemmapes Paris 75010

3. Hotel Du Nord


What we love: EVERYTHING. i had caramelized mackerel and eugene had lamp chop and both were mind blowing. my first bite on the caramelized mackerel took me by surprise as i didn’t expect caramel and fish to go so well together. eugene’s lamp chop was done very nicely too.

the desserts were also to-die-for. i might have tasted creme brulee before but the one we had at hotel du nord left a lasting impression for sure. there was a thin layer of chocolate beneath the creme brulee and a thin layer of caramel on top. the combination was divine as each layer was of the right amount.
What we are not so fond of: slightly pricey but the quality of food worth every single euro we paid for.
Price range: about 18-21 euro per main
Address: 102 Quai De Jemmapes Paris 75010

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