NEWS IN brunch
This is a guest post from Olivine who runs the blog Sur les pavés de Paris ! Go check it out !!
Brunches in Paris can be very disappointing sometimes: random jams, dry scramble eggs, very salted stuffs… At Colorova, the newly opened salon de thé close to the rue de Rennes, you won’t be disappointed. Not this time. Sit in the comfortable chairs, under the cosy glass roof, take time to breath and welcome to the wonderful world of Colorova!
Everything is home-made (except for tea of course). Jams are wonderful, especially the chocolate one. Pastries are very tasty with this discrete flavour of butter that I love so much. Two dishes are included in the brunch. Totally new for me, I have never had soup on a Sunday morning, but the taste of the pumpkin soup and of the cauliflower soup with tonka bean made me feel like the little Ratatouille in the famous Disney movie (see what I’m talking about?).
At the end of the brunch, when I couldn’t stand up and felt so sad that I had to leave, the waitress came with the bill and said: “Are you happy?” with a bright smile. Definitely yes! Read the rest of this entry »
During our trip in the US last month we had the chance to spend a night at the Petit Ermitage hotel in West Hollywood. With its rather secret and intimate atmosphere, this hotel has been our prefered stop during our one-month trip in America. It is relaxing, quiet, comfortable and has a unique, genuine identity with a very seducing art collection. A few minutes after checking in, we went upstairs to enjoy the rooftop pool with all the striped couches. It was so calm ! And pretty romantic too with a very hip playlist ! You can basically enjoy amazing cocktails under faux-fur blankets by the pool…
That alone would have set the bar pretty high ! We’ve been introduced to the cocktail master Brian who simply hit a homerun with his inspired drinks as we were just starting to eat dinner. A cheese platter, a Mediterranean platter and a bit of meat later, we were ready to go back to the pool with some more cocktails. Although the room was as pleasant as the rooftop (a big bed, sitting area, large TV, spacious floor to ceilling mosaic bathroom, plus a very well stocked mini-bar), we woke up early to get a brunch in the rooftop garden which is another preview of what the paradise looks like. Green, calm, peaceful, delicious. Plus the staff has been fantastic throughout our stay. A coup de coeur for us ! Check out our photos after the break !!
Those who follow us on http://pimpmysummer.tumblr.com/ already know about this tasty brunch in the epicenter of West Village (NYC)… A friend of us took us at Extra Virgin Restaurant last Sunday: Extra Virgin is a really charming place, the service is great and fast and the food can easily provoke a gastronomic orgasm… I took the Eggs Benedict Bacon: it was just amazing, along with some French fries, I’d say even better than the ones I had at Gail’s in London… Thibault ordered the Banana French toasts (pic below…) with some sweet maple sirup on it… Yet, it is a place all the people from the Village would advise you to go, we wanted you all to know about it!! The bill was about $20 per person, which is more than correct for such a quality of food and service. (On Sundays, it is always better to give a call to book a table) Read the rest of this entry »
We were the luckiest guys in the world being able to try the new brunch at Hotel Particulier Montmartre last week-end. This is paradise. A beautiful garden right in the middle of Montmartre, Paris, and a precious confidential charm make this place the new hotspot in Paris. You obviously can book a table inside in the cosy ground floor but there’s nothing like a delightful brunch in a garden on a sunny day. Everything is perfectly executed, from the young, nice service crew to the flat silver or the “toile de jouy” tablecloth and cushions. Have a glimpse after the break with some pretty explicit photos! Read the rest of this entry »
Fresh on the Parisian Marais scene and named after one of Gainsbourg’s song, Pamela Popo (co-founded by renown Brasseries’ owner Alex Chapon) is the new kid on the block and coolest place to be seen right now. Situated right next to one of the oldest original condition buildings in Paris, managers Thomas and Mickael have all your needs covered! Genuine quartier, lively restaurant and stunning quality of French food! With a charming outdoor terrace to take a drink, do some people spotting or even get your cigarette break, Pamela Popo features a cosy and intimate first floor for private parties and couples, it seems that everyone enjoys this spot for a different reason. As regards the menu, it changes weekly depending on seasonal produce and is alternated with some crowd pleasing favourites such as Mushroom and Asparagus Ravioli with Savoury Pain Perdu, Crab and Avocado Millefeuille with Wakame Emulsion and if you’re still up for it- Rich Chocolate Hazelnut Praline Mousse! You get by with 30 € per person (including a glass of wine). Besides, Pamela Popo also turns itself into a brunch on Sundays… Don’t miss it!
Gail’s: Our Sunday Morning Brunch in London
I guess you just woke up and you’re starving right now! Let me show you a really nice and cosy brunch in London I discovered 2 weeks ago: Gail’s! I actually tested the one situated at Exmouth Market (close to Islington and the City). I wouldn’t compare it with Tom’s Kitchen (the previous brunch I told you about), yet, Gail’s got its own identity and has nothing to envy to its South Ken’s counterpart!
At Gail’s, you’ll have a large choice of breads (they actually all bake their own bread…), pastries (you just cannot resist), breakfast or even cakes and sweets! I had their renown muffin bacon egg breakfast (for like £8) with a delicious hot chocolate (£3). Not only is the quality of food stunning, but the service is also excellent! Don’t miss it: today or next week, I’m sure you can find one next to your place. Your time won’t be wasted going there! Last but not least, it’s not as crowded as many other places in town… Read the rest of this entry »
Sometimes, a quiet Sunday morning brunch is a much appreciated alternative to the traditional Saturday night dinner. Therefore, I find it useful to tell you all that my faforite place in town is La Maison Angelina, the famous salon de thé located Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1er. They have such a complete offering that in the end, it’s quite hard to decide what to eat. Honestly, they have the best Millefeuille and Saint-Honoré in town, both being mocked by their speciality called the Mont Blanc, a pastry made of chesnut cream and meringue. They have obviously everything you’d expect for a brunch : snack sets and breakfast sweets. Oh and you’re obliged to try their amazing hot chocolate called the Africain. It’s the hot chocolate you only drink in dreams. As if God prepared it for you. Enjoy some pics of the Maison Angelina after the break ! Read the rest of this entry »