Fresh bistros brighten up the City of Light
Posted on Friday 29 June 2012
in Holidays, France, Paris
By Sophia Choice
The city of light and love, Paris, France, is a favourite travel destination among Kiwis and holidaymakers across the globe. From romantic sites and fascinating culture to cozy bistros and dishes that resemble works of art, the metropolis is overflowing with innovation and residents who support this avant-garde society. Conde Nast Traveler recently compiled a list of the greatest new bistros to hit Parisian streets, whether because of their aversion to traditional cuisine or their bustling and hip nightlife. When Kiwis take Paris holidays, they should mark down some of these new hot spots onto their itineraries to make their trips truly memorable.
A bit of Bohemian rhapsody in the middle of Paris
At Chatomat, chefs Alice Di Cagno and Victor Gaillard thrive off the unusual. Situated in the Menilmontant neighbourhood, the establishment stays under the radar because of its unlikely location. In fact, Kiwis may step out of their Paris car hire thinking they've entered the wrong city, as mosques line the streets and kosher pastries are the norm at local bakeries and vendors. Di Cagno's Italian heritage and Brazilian childhood combined with Gaillard's French background creates an explosive duo that has turned heads at renowned establishments such as Gavroche and L'Arpege. Kiwis with a craving for a light yet satisfying meal should sample the large green asparagus dish with bellota ham shavings and roasted black olives, followed by the semolina cake with pistachio ice cream and figs.
Oh, to feel 21 again
Kiwis who are craving an adventurous night on the town should head to Au Passage, nestled in the eleventh arrondissement, a more artsy district than some of its neighbours. The bistro's mismatched, vintage furniture gives off an effortlessly cool feel to the space, and its late hours entice visitors to stay up past their otherwise early bedtimes. Chef James Henry features small plates, ranging from light fare and more traditional charcuterie, as well as numerous options for vegetarian eaters. The casual atmosphere typically entices hipster crowds, no-frills-necessary diners and foodies who appreciate a good chef when they witness one (Henry used to work at Spring, a Parisian-favourite bistro led by American chef Daniel Rose). One of the must-try dishes is the fresh tuna and mussels plate with grilled potatoes in a saffron mayonnaise.
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