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Big Fernand Hamburger meal

This is the story of 3 mustached French dudes who decided to share their vision of the “French” burger in their little restaurant/take away in Paris. Wondering what Big Fernand‘s frenchified burgers look like? Here is their method: the beef is prepared and cut every morning by them, and the bread is prepared especially and only for them by a baker (the name is kept top secret). These three amigos love their wonderful collection of 80′s music as much as their French origins. Each burger is prepared with delicious French farmers cheese such as Saint Nectaire, Fourme d’Ambert and Tomme de savoie and the home made cocktail sauce… An affordable deliciousness in the middle of the 10th district!! Go check it out (plan below). 

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Davé Restaurant is the fashion world’s best-kept secret but if you can get past the front entrance (do not worry there is no cheap Chinese Brothel behind the red velvet curtains) and secure a top table in this clandestine Chinese restaurant in the middle of Paris, you can be sure you’re at the cutting edge of style. The first thing that startled me when I first entered this insider place is that no one (neither Davé himself nor the waiter) is going to hand you menus, you just have to ask for your casual order like in any Chinese restaurant. Secondly, you may be impressed by the walls full of pictures of stars who visited the place. Anyway, no menus means no prices but count around 40€ per person, but the cool experience definitely is worth it!

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Aqua used to be one of my favorite hotspots in London to have a nice dinner (either Spanish or Japanese) then a drink in the same place: A fantastic Japanese (Aqua Kyoto) and Spanish (Aqua Nueva) restaurant at high heights with a classy bar area with a sexy sheek ambience and the cocktails are extremely inventive (and affordable). A dim lit, romantic venue for an intimate evening date. It also has a beautiful outside buzzing veranda area that looks over Regent Street and Oxford Circus! Simply a blast to hang out after spending the day watching olympic games…  
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The Cube by Electrolux is a unique pop-up dining experience to celebrate Electrolux’s expertise. For just four months, it will reside atop of London’s Royal Festival Hall – featuring the talents of some of the most exciting chefs in the UK who work with Electrolux every day. Right behind the London Eye, this place is a unique opportunity to watch some of Britain’s top chefs cook for just 18 guests high above the hustle and bustle, against a backdrop of the River Thames, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament… You’re wondering how to book? The Cube by Electrolux offers a lunch at 12:00 for £175 and dinner at 19:00 for £215 (prices includes Champagne reception, a minimum 6 course tasting menu and matched wines)!

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Dock Kitchen Restaurant (West London)

Initially, Dock Kitchen served as the canteen for the London Design Festival taking place at Tom Dixon’s premises, but which became so wildly successful that it morphed into a permanent fixture… Dock Kitchen is totally anchored now, and am hoping it will stay that way for a while, because I think Stevie Parle is a genius. The talented chef is still so young (25) but his cooking is already oh so brilliant, there is still so much time ahead of him to evolve as a chef. Exciting really. As for the concept of DK, I think it is just so modern, no bullshit, no conventional amusers aspiring to recipes of the old Nouvelle!

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Olee!! Chef Sergi Arola just settled in the new W Hotel cuisines in the middle of the Opera district in Paris. Named after its Chef, the Arola Restaurant presents a panel of revisited classic Spanish meals such as Sergi Arola‘s renown “Pica Pica” concept (the gastronomic tapas – see pictures below). Following the example of the W Hotel, the settings are both modern (but not too much) and refined to set a nice breezy atmosphere in the place. Between 40€ and 80€ per person. Viva España! 

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208 Duecento Otto is an especially grand statement in Hong Kong’s artsy Sheung Wan quarter. The exclusive venue, 208 Duecento Otto, offers rustic Italian cuisine from chef Vinny Lauria of New York’s renown Babbo restaurant. And for a postprandial tipple, you may also pay a visit downstairs where the bar tempts with icy cocktails and Avignonesi grappa. A Must-see is obviously the astonishing interior that reflects the signature of Istanbul design team Autoban aesthetic with its playful spirit and nod to the diversity of Istanbul, while embracing the local culture… Here is an Asian hotspot for our loyal followers from Hong-Kong…

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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!

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La Maison Mère is actually a great saturday night diner. Off to the Hotel Amour, in the 9th district of Paris, this venue was launched earlier this year by two inspired men, John Sellam (30) and Thomas Kolnikoff (39). What they did is that they masterfully melted the French gastronomy (Pavé, Entrecôte) with the American cuisine (burgers, t-bone steak,…) in a single menu (lamaisonmere_menu). Yummy !!

No doubt that any one from the “Parisian bobo carnivore” species will enjoy La Maison Mère. The menu may seem classic, but the service and the atmosphere (a cosy subdued lighting) is really kinda particular and friendly! I mean you feel at ease as soon as you get in… Plus, La Maison Mère is ranked among the top ten best places to have a Brunch in Paris thanks to their large panel of choices (any kind of eggs, burgers & bagels, salads)!!   

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L’Opéra Restaurant at Palais Garnier in Paris

Unveiled only a month ago, this masterpiece of design has wonderfully blended in with the decor of majestic Opéra Garnier. This restaurant was a long waited piece of the Palais: even in 1875, when Charles Garnier orchestrated the building of the Parisian Opéra he set aside room for a restaurant.

Famous French architect Odile Decq masterfully realised this contemporary refine restaurant. Mixing 3 colors (red, white and black), it looks like a spaceship that worm its way under the grand vault. Provided you book a table, you can have dinner with an unobstructed view on the Place de l’Opéra. Besides, renown 2-star chef Christophe Aribert proposes a menu that you will not forget!

Mixing futurism in its design and tradition in its choice of cuisine, this is one of the most sought-after table in Paris right now!

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