Manger | Paris

Manger (to eat): Je mange (I eat), tu manges (you eat), il/elle mange (he/she eats)…

Manger is cultivated from the Toques & Partage project where great chefs train and pass on their experiences and techniques to the socially excluded.

This restaurant  is a simple and cosy bistro with open kitchen. There is nothing pretentious and uptight about this restaurant, which makes it so comfortable. The interior was done by Marie Deroudilhe, an architect who had collaborated with Alain Ducasse at Rech and Christophe Michalak's Masterclass.

Before I go any further, this post is unlike my usual write up with pictures of food. As I was dining with the family of one of P's closest friends, I refrained myself from the urge of taking pictures of the food. I wanted to be polite so all the pictures below are directly from Manger's website and Facebook page




The Dinner des Chefs menu of the week were created by great chefs; Anne-Sophie Pic, Flora Mikula, Adeline Grattard and Christophe Michalak. All courses were of great standards and tasted delicious. Even the colour contrasts on the plate was beautiful. This is one of those meals that lures your inner temptation and makes you want more. My favourite course of the night was Anne-Sophie's starter that was too beautifully executed, I'm already thinking of visiting her La Dame de Pic restaurant next time. 
The menu we had on the night


Dessert was a large profiterole filled with caramel ice cream and chocolate sauce on the side to pour. A very simple and humble dessert that was given its utmost respect and executed to a magnificent level, Christophe Michalak must be proud with the chef who made it. That was by far the best profiterole I have ever had. Simple it looked, but the best it was.

The booth on the far left was where the ultimate desserts were plated

Service was exceptional. We were even given a glass of champagne each at the end of our meal as they had to shift our table half a meter to make space. It was not a hassle for us at all but that tells you the attention to detail they put into the succession of this restaurant.

It was another night to remember in Paris.




Smile..

Great food by the best chefs in Paris and a very sleek, friendly service. Quality.

Frown..


There is nothing to frown about.

Will I return?


Definitely.


Manger

24 Rue Keller, 
75011 Paris, France

Tel: +33 143 386 915

Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday for lunch & dinner

Maxim's | Paris

For someone who thinks Paris is overrated (based on my trip from 6 years ago), I have been proven wrong by my dear Frenchman.  Our first stop was the famous café Les DeuxMagots who had likes of Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway as its patrons. I was promised the best hot chocolate, even with my scepticism up on guard, I had to agree that was the best one I have had so far. Later, we went for a stroll through the charming streets of Paris, discovering little gems and somehow ended up at Maxim’s.


Maxim’s is immensely popular and fashionable amongst the elite. Dali, Marcel Proust, Bridgette Bardot, Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue, you name it have all been here. 

We asked the manager, "Who has been here?" 
He replied ,”The question is who has NEVER been here!?” 


He showed us the restaurant and spontaneously we decided to have dinner here. It was not my idea but hey, spontaneity is where fun lies. Decorated in art nouveau style, now owned by Pierre Cardin, this place was mesmerising not only from its interior but from the ambience as a whole, with friendly and attentive service to the lady entertainer who reminds me of Edith Piaf. I also loved the existence of a dance floor in the restaurant as diners danced to the tunes in between meals. How romantic! 

"Magical is what this place is about." 



Smile..

Magical is what this place is about. It was definitely an experience to remember. 
Also, women's menu does not have price on! Order whatever you like on the menu and your male companion shall sweat profusely all night until he feeds the bill.

Frown..


Very pricey.

Will I return?


Well yes of course but it won't be too soon.


Maxim's

3 Rue Royale, 
75008 Paris, France

Tel: +33 142 652 794


The Proud Archivist | London


Since I have gotten immersed in designing all things chocolate related for Desir du Chocolat, I spend quite a reasonable amount of time on my days off work, at their studio. So it is only natural that I check out all that is interesting in the vicinity. The closest one to start with, was The Proud Archivist. Situated only 5 minutes away and sat by Regents Canal, it is the perfect place for breakfast or brunch. It is particularly pleasant when it is sunny to be sat on the tables outside with a view of the canal and curious passers-by.

A gallery, restaurant, café and bar, this space is bright, spacious and entertaining. 


The food was decent with nicely poached eggs for Eggs Benedict and pancake was my least favourite.

Croque monsieur was weirdly served with nachos


Nice view of the canal


Smile..

Great location and a nice cafe with a great space to hangout. A great place to have drinks.

Frown..
Food was decent but can be better.

Will I return?

Yes, why not.

The Proud Archivist

2-10 Hertford Road,
London N1 5ET, UK

Tel: +44 (0)20 7749 6852

Closest station: Haggerston (overground)



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Desir du Chocolat for Magnum


A chocolate enthusiast and a designer myself, what best way to combine both interest than to be able to design chocolate! Yes, speaker designer by day and chocolate designer by night. My feet is actually dancing away while typing this. It will be the greatest thing ever if I can combine the love of salsa too. But hey, we can’t possibly have everything. Merging two into one is already a dream come true.

The making of Magnum's couture chocolate hat


Magnum's couture chocolate hat

Joining Desir du Chocolat has been one of the best thing that has happened recently. I have met many new people with great passion in translating their design through chocolate. Plus, there is always supply of chocolate when the craving kicks in. Sketching chocolate can’t be any better than this. My first creation is the Chocolate Couture Hat for Magnum

Ribbon hat for Desir du Chocolat

We were commissioned to create chocolate bow tie, couture hat and wearable chocolate dress for Magnum's 25th anniversary. It was a great pleasure to see the designs unfold, along with the chocolate dress which was a collaboration with fashion designer Henry Holland

Chocolate bow tie

The chocolate dress and Henry Holland (Image via Vogue)


Desir du Chocolat website


Les Deux Magots for best hot chocolate | Paris

When I was promised that Les Deux Magots makes the best hot chocolate, I was doubtful. As I uttered, “That was a big statement” giving him my unconvinced gaze, I did not have high hopes. I would think they will serve a good cup of hot chocolate. The best!? Is that really possible? 

As we entered, we were shown to one of their tiny tables with only a hand width apart from the next table. The two Parisian ladies had their eyes on me, staring up and down. Who knows what was going on in their heads; either I had some sort of mud all over me or that they were in awe of my stunning self. I will like to believe it is the latter.


So here came a pot with two empty cups. As we poured the silky chocolate liquid that was thick with a perfect consistency, the alluring smell wafted through my breathing tubes. So far, it has captured many of my senses. Then came the ultimate form of judgement, taste! I lifted the cup close to my lips and couldn't help but took a long inhalation to soak up all there was to smell. One sip, and my eyes went “ding!” wide open, sat up straight, smiled, sip again and then the sound of jackpot hits every part of my senses! It was one memorable courtship with this extraordinary warm chocolate liquid.





Smile..


I have had a fair share of good hot chocolates and well, this has been the best so far.
This is one famous cafe, where the likes of Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway were patrons of.

Frown..

It's not in London!! :( 


Will I return?

Oui Oui Oui!!


Les Deux Magots

6 Place Saint-Germain des Prés,
75006 Paris, France

Tel: +33 145 485 525


La Taberna del Gourmet & Hen Party | Alicante

image via: La Teberna del Gourmet

The last month has been busy with so many events and things happening all at once. Finally, I have a little time to take a breather and share some of my experiences here. I shall start with my trip to Alicante for a surprise Hen Party. My dearest friend had no idea or whatsoever that there was a Hen Party for her and that I was going to be there or anyone of her friends, in fact. We made her cry, thanks to her sister's talented organising skills. 

Chilling under the April sun with a beer in hand each

As soon as I arrived, we went for an afternoon pint under the sun by the beach while she was being surprised stage by stage and ended up crying. (Yes! We made her cry. Woot!) When there's happy tears involved in a surprise, that must be a hell of a great one. The day then carried on with late lunch, Spanish style then spa time at the hotel we were staying at. It was the Spa Porta Maris Hotel with great views of the sea where the sounds of waves were so calming and perfect. 

View of the hotel from the lobby. The view is even better from the room balcony.

Now the ultimate session started from the getting ready to go out for dinner. We all wore purple feathers even though I dislike feathers, not wanting to be the party pooper, I joined in the fun. Our bride-to-be wore a different outfit of course; red Charleston styled dress with white feathers. 

Dinner was at the award winning La Taberna del Gourmet. Everything from here was superb from the food to service. Even the diners were friendly. Maybe it's a Spanish thing.

The really flavourful first pressed extra virgin olive oil came with a pipette. So cute!!


Bread with tomato and olive oil

Iberico-cured ham

The baked goats cheese with herb and honey was creamy and sublime, perfect with crusty bread.

Fried cod was fresh and crispy; grilled asparagus with romesco sauce although simply well cooked

Grilled veal entrecote was perfectly cooked and seasoned.

Chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream. The ice cream was light and smooth.

The cute waiters joined in the fun with us girls ;)




Smile..

One of the best Spanish food I have had in Spain so far. Quality food and brilliant service.


Frown..

It is too far from London! But this means there is another reason to be back in Alicante.


Will I return?

I will definitely come here again when I am back in Alicante next.



La Taberna del Gourmet

C/San Fernando 10,
03002 Alicante, Spain.

Tel: +34 965 204 233