What to do on a Sunday in Paris where most shops are close and you don’t want to shop for items with marked up prices in blood-sucking touristy zones? I have just the right place for you to start this sacred day marking the end of your very hectic week – shopping, champagne-sipping and being glamorously lost in Paris. Brunch at Le Fouquet’s. The iconic, luxurious and everybody-knows Le Fouquet’s.
From the outside, Sanukiya looks just like another unassuming Asian eatery in Europe. But what makes the shop stand out quite immediately is the endless queue of noodle-slurpers waiting eagerly at its door. On the inside, Japanese waitresses in orange T-shirts moved skilfully through the narrow lane between an open kitchen and a stretch of table along the wall. Reason for all the above? Come have a slurp of this udon.
Think big umbrellas, white tablecloths, wrought-iron chairs and plush linen cushions – an upscale Hamptons-style café hidden in the courtyard of a traditional Parisian home. Yes darling, you are cordially invited to Ralph’s. The Ralph Lauren Restaurant in Paris.
Chips that look like churros, salmon that is in fact tomato, brownie that turns out to be a steak. A creative restaurant in Paris, Privé de Dessert makes your main courses look like dessert.
Aki Boulanger is one of the shops along Rue de St. Anne. Sitting next to the Korean K-Mart, it is a French-Japanese bakery that offers many kinds of French pastries in green tea flavour.
We found Kei Kobayashi – a rising one Michelin-starred Japanese chef who has been unabashedly making his mark in the French culinary world – and visited his very own chic and modern Parisian restaurant in the neighbourhood of Les Halles.
Like the Japanese’ fascination with everything green tea-ed, the American bucket-sized red velvet ice-cream and the amount of radish and cabbage you’d find in a Korean trolley, food reflects cultures, habits and a nation’s identity. I think the French and their love for chocolate warrants a blog post.