I know this great little place in … Bath, UK

N5 Bistro

For those of you who know my blog, I made a post a few months ago about a very cute city in Scotland : Saint Andrews.

As we moved to England, we found so many gorgeous little places to visit. One of them is the city of Bath. We did a short stop in Bath recently and went for lunch to a very lovely place called No. 5 Bistro. The address is: 5 Argyle Street, BA2 4BA Bath, England
The restaurant serves French food, and they do it very well. Simple but fresh and tasty ingredients.

My boyfriend got a Chicken dish (Poulet Breton on the menu) and it was a great choice: a cooked chicken breast served with apples and a crème fraiche and cider sauce. Very tender. So good!
For my starter I got an original Prawn and Chorizo cassolette served with a creamy bisque (special of the day). Never tried before, but it was a nice combination of flavours. My main was a risotto: rice was cooked as should be, making it nicely creamy, but to be honest, when I saw my boyfriend’s main, I immediately wished I had taken that too 

The food presentation was nicely done: colours, food originally arranged in the plates. The mushroom soup was served in a cute little marmite, on a wood tray with pieces of fresh bread.

The menu comprised of traditional dishes; and given how great the food was, I asked if the chef was French. Guess what, he is actually from Romania!

The ambiance and the service were very nice too. Food came timely. The young waitress was kind and friendly. The background music was some old style French music. For a moment I could have thought I was in a Bistro in Paris!

We had a very nice time and foodie experience. We will come back!
I hope this post gave you good reasons to go to Bath if you are in the surroundings. If you want to spend a nice moment, No. 5 Bistro is made for you. Let me know what you think!

Picture is not mine. I got it on the restaurant website : http://www.no5bistro.co.uk/

 

 

Cup “tea cafe” in Aberdeen : a cozy space in a lovely place …

CUP

 Cup is one of my favorite brunch place in Aberdeen.( I’ll tell you about the other one later).

If I were to use one word to describe Cup, it would be: cute. I was charmed by the atmosphere and the coziness of the place: light colors, a lovely decoration, food served in pretty china plates, tea comes with beautiful and original tea pots. Cup is a life-size dollhouse; a place where Alice from Alice in Wonderland could go for an afternoon tea!

 You can go there for breakfast, lunch, brunch, afternoon tea or simply have a relaxing moment sipping tea.

Trio Tea

 The food is simple but good; portions have the right size. I recommend the homemade soups and the sandwiches. I got the chorizo and sun dried tomato panini, and the hummus & pepper sandwich: I liked them both. I have not tried the pastries, but I read reviews on Trip Advisor: it looks like people liked them.

If you are a tea lover, come on in. Cup has a wide range of tea flavors. We tried the Vienna Cinnamon and the Lavender Iced tea : original and tasteful.

The service is fast, and prices are very reasonable. The place is now quite successful so it can be busy. Tell me what you think about this place!

Details : 9 little Belmont street, Aberdeen, Scotland; http://cupcafe.co.uk

The pictures in this post come from the Trip Advisor page dedicated to Cup : http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g186487-d4028420-Reviews-Cup_Cafe-Aberdeen_Aberdeenshire_Scotland.html

The BEST burger in Paris… BIG TIME

This is not a sponsored post but a review on a place that any burger lover shoudl try.

My brother used to tell me about a place in Paris that has AMAZING burgers . Quite frankly, I could not understand why he was so enthusiatic about it, as I usually associated burger with fast or “junk” food.

One day, after a we went to see a very fun play at the theater, we ended up starving at 10:30 pm in Paris. For those who have never experienced this situation, let me tell you, there are few restaurants in Paris that welcome you passed that time. As Blend was open – a good start – he finally had the opportunity to introduce me to this place.

Blend does what we call a Gourmet Burger. Prices are a bit higher than a fast food but it is really worth it.

So why do I love this place so much? The answer is simple : for the quality of the products and the fact that ingredients they use are home made.

Blend burger 2

The restaurant grinds the meat daily, and uses cuts chosen by Yves-Marie Le Bourdonnec, Paris’ best butcher and creator of the New York Times’ best burger in the world. Have a bite, you’ll understand what I am talking about!

Sweet Potatoes Fries

Buns are baked fresh daily, and have the shine and velvety texture of a brioche. Sauces are home made too (of course).You can chose among a list of 9 burgers. My favorite side are the sweet potatoes fries.

 Not much to add. The best way to prove me right is to go and try. A good sign is that there is always a queue oustide of the restaurant: an indicator of the quality and the success of the place. The service is fast. You will be able to make it  inside relatively quickly.

Of course, we area talking about burgers and fries, so not the type of food I recommend you eat every day. But if you decide to have a burger, go for a good one, and try Blend.

I am looking forward to hearing your review,

Details :

Blend Hamburger,
44 rue d’Argout, 75002 Paris.
10€ le hamburger, 3€ les french fries, sur place uniquement
Du lundi au samedi
Tél. : + 33 1 40 26 84 57

http://blendhamburger.com/blend?change=en

Un charmant restaurant Italien sur Londres…

In parma

Chers lecteurs ! Dans mon premier billet j’expliquais que le but de mon blog était de partager avec vous les bonnes adresses et les endroits qui m’ont charmée pour que vous puissiez en profiter. Evidemment cela n’engage que moi car les goûts varient pour chacun d’entre nous. Dans la mesure du possible, je vous communiquerai des liens avec les revues de tierces personnes pour que vous ayez la vision plus objective possible. Le restaurant que je vais vous présenter aujourd’hui a incorporé les critiques des journaux anglais sur son site internet. Vous pouvez cependant consulter des avis supplémentaires sur Trip Advisor par exemple.

Pour ceux qui me connaissent, j’ai eu la chance de travailler à Londres pendant 4 mois cette année. Durant ce séjour, j’ai découvert une petite perle : le restaurant italien In Parma by Food Roots.

In Parma_Restaurant Window

In Parma est un restaurant qui se distingue de bien des autres « italiens » puisque vous ne trouverez pas de pizzas au menu  En revanche, In Parma offre une impressionnante variété de charcuterie (je recommande le jambon Culatello de Zibello : le nec plus ultra de la charcuterie italienne), de fromages et autres plats traditionnels tels que la polenta ou les lasagnes maison. Pour ceux qui ont encore un petit creux après tout ça, essayez les desserts, ils ne sont pas mal non plus !

Lambrusco

J’ai eu un véritable coup de cœur pour cet endroit car Christian et son équipe sont passionnés par leur métier et vous expliquent avec fierté l’origine des produits et les valeurs qu’ils défendent en tant que gardiens du patrimoine culinaire italien. Le fer de lance d’In Parma c’est la défense des produits du terroir et du savoir-faire local (Italien). La charcuterie et les fromages servis ont un double label Européen : AOC (Appellation d’origine contrôlée) et IGP (Indication géographique protégée) qui garantissent le respect des procédés de fabrication, défendent les appellations d’origine, les lieux de production et offrent une possibilité de déterminer l’origine du produit. Grâce à ces labels, vous avez la certitude de déguster des produits qui respectent le savoir-faire traditionnel. Vous le sentirez dès la première bouchée !

L’ambiance des lieux m’a également séduite: In Parma est un petit restaurant convivial où vous vous sentirez tout de suite à l’aise, quasiment comme si vous étiez en train de diner avec des amis à la maison : sans prétentions ni chichis… Jetez un œil à la page Facebook du restaurant, il y a pas mal de photos qui vous permettrons de voir le restau.

Room

Enfin, aussi exotique que cela puisse paraitre, Christian est fan du Brésil, et organise régulièrement des soirées Bossa Nova ! (Allez faire un tour sur le site dans la catégorie Events.)

Alors, si vous êtes féru des produits de traditions, de cuisine italienne ou simple fan de musique brésilienne, ce restaurant est fait pour vous !!

PS 1: Pour les plus pressés d’entre vous, le restaurant fait également vente à emporter
PS 2: Vous trouverez l’adresse internet du restaurant

Adresse :
In Parma by Food Roots
10 Charlotte St, London, Greater
W1T 1SH, London – United Kingdom

Téléphone: +44 20 8127 4277
http://www.inparma.co.uk/

Horaires:
Lundi au vendredi : 11:00 – 15:00, 18:00–23:30
Samedi 13:00–16:00, 18:00–23:30
Fermé dimanche

Reservations: toptable.co.uk
Les photos proviennent de la page Facebook de In Parma by Food Roots.

In Parma : A lovely Italian restaurant in London … A must try!

In parma

Dear readers… As I explained in my first post, the purpose if my blog is to share the cool places I have been to so you can enjoy them as well. Note that is probably a subjective opinion as tastes vary amongst people. However, whenever possible I will provide feedback and review from third parties as it is always good to hear from different sources. Regarding the restaurant I am about to introduce, the newspapers reviews are included in the website.

For those of you who know me, over the last months I had the luck to live in London and to go to very nice little restaurants… Today, I would like to talk about one that I particularly loved: In Parma by Food Roots.

In parma_1

If you are looking for a nice moment, with quality products and wonderful hosts: this place is for you. This Italian restaurant is a little gem, and offer a wide range of Italian products, ranging from cured meat (I recommend the Culatello from Zibello which represents the finest Italian charcuterie), cheeses and other traditional foods such as polenta, homemade lasagna. For those who still have space for deserts, give it a try, they are lovely too!

There are 2 main reasons I am so into this place: the team is passionate about what they do and the food quality is undeniably there! Christian and his team will proudly teach you the values they promote at In Parma.

The concept of this place is to offer high quality products and respect the tradition and “savoir faire” of local producers. The meats and cheeses you will find there have a double European label: PDO (protected designation of origin), PGI (protected geographical indication) that were awarded by the European Commission. This certifies the area and methods of production and designates them as rare and artisanal food. Believe me, when products are “home-made” and produced according to the traditional know-how, it is real bliss. Just smell and taste the food and you will see what I am talking about, let your five senses guide you…

Lambrusco

Besides the food, I also like the atmosphere of the restaurant: the room is perfectly sized so you can feel cozy and as if you were “at home” sharing a nice dinner with a group of friends. Just have a look at the Facebook page of In Parma and you will see what I am talking about, the pictures speak for themselves.

Room

Last but not least, Christian is a fan of Brazil…As original as it can be for an Italian restaurant, the staff regularly organizes bossa nova nights (I let you check the website if you want to get further info. Look into Events)

In a nutshell, whether you are a foodie, an Italian restaurant aficionado, a fan of Brazil music, just come and give it a try!

PS 1: For those of you who are in a rush, you can even can come and get some of their fabulous take-away products.

PS 2: I included the link to the website, so you can check by yourself!

Hope to read some of your feedback!

Address:
In Parma by Food Roots
10 Charlotte St, London, Greater
W1T 1SH, London – United Kingdom

Phone: +44 20 8127 4277
http://www.inparma.co.uk/

Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday : 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, 6:00–11:30 pm
Saturday 1:00–4:00 pm, 6:00–11:30 pm
Sunday Closed

Reservations: toptable.co.uk

The pictures come from the Facebook page from In Parma.