After a beautiful drive from Calvi to Galeria we ended up in this cute unpretentious little place on the coast. Imagine; a nice piece of beach on the west coast of Corsica, a small harbor, cows all over the place strolling along your table (on the beach) and some colorful kayaks waiting to be taken on a trip. The food is served on plastic trays in cartons by three hilarious Corsican ladies that do not take any bullshit. Our tiny table was moved inside (while there was actually no place inside) with two other tables because it started pooring. We had a good laugh with other guests and amazing(!) food. We would definitely have come back for more were it not that we are going to the other side of the island tomorrow! Route de Bord de Mer, 20245 Galéria | +334 95 61 00 32 | Website | €€
One of my favourites go-to’s in Amsterdam at the moment. I’m pretty sure it’s because there is a restaurant part upstairs and a really great bar area downstairs. I always love it when you find a place you can start and end at the bar, and you don’t feel you have to leave anytime soon because everyone has gone home or elsewhere. They also tend to have some some really good tunes downstairs that are perfect for Friday or Saturday nights, lots of ‘hitjes’! I must say I liked the french-asian food, especially the starters, but I wasn’t blown away by the main courses. I’m going back soon to check out their new menu (main courses and cocktails!). Rokin 103 | Tram: Spui/Rokin | Tel: +31(0)20 333 0014 | Website | €€€
Completely excited about this relatively new restaurant in Mayfair. Just a few steps away from Roka Mayfair actually (very different food, atmosphere and price range though!) This is a great French Bistro restaurant to go to for lunch during business hours but it looks so good that I think it will probably also be really nice in the evenings or for drinks in the afternoon. The interior style is contemporary and industrial with very cool light fixtures and it looks light and fresh during the day. I Loved their tableware so much that I now have the same tableware at home and I also found their salads original and fresh.
In their basement they have a very cool looking cocktail bar. 41 North Audley Street, London | Tube: Bond Street | +4420 7493 3443 | ££ |Website
I am back on the road in our hood (and other ‘hoods’ so stay tuned) I am so excited about this new restaurant on Westbourne Park Road! It’s the perfect French little bistro. Small, cozy, good location, delicious food and great wine list. You’ll be served by French, eat French and feel French when here.
The restaurant does not come cheap and the dishes are small and to share. When we were dining here at the bar they told us they are focusing on small proper wine makers in France. So most wines here, you won’t be able to find in the shops in London and are really good. This makes it all more charming to me! Love the place and will definitely be back for more delicious French signature dishes and wine! 69 Westbourne Park road, London W2 5QH | +44203 602 8890 | Twitter: @cepagesWPR | Tube; Royal Oak or Ladbroke Grove | Map
Personally I think that we will never get tired of these sort of places. Blanchette is a super trouper cozy French restaurant in the middle of Soho. There is an urban feel to the interior; bare brick walls and funky lamps combined with a rustic, country French kind of atmosphere. The sharing dishes are simple and nice, the atmosphere is perfect for a romantic night out (candles, dimmed lights and at the moment a beautiful Christmas tree) and its not that hard to get a reservation but the restaurant is quite popular so you do have to book a week in advance for a Friday/Saturday night!
9 D’Arblay St, London |+20 7439 8100 | Tube: Oxford Circus / Tottenham Court Road | ££ | Website
I’ve been meaning to come here for ages and I finally did on my last trip. I absolutely love it. Buvette is a small cosy French cafe in the West Village that serves French tapas style food all day. Our evening starts with a super cute menu (and waiter) and we decide to go for some of the tartines, shaved Brussels sprout salad and a little pot of Coq au Vin to share (other dishes on the menu are pissaladière, croque monsieur, housemade charcuterie, tarte tartin, so French!). Everything tastes really good and the vibe of the place is great. Buvette is also known for offering amazing brunches so keep in mind if you’re in the area. There is a tiny terrace in the back so you can sit outside if you’re lucky. No reservations unfortunately. 42 Grove Street | Subway: Christopher St – Sheridan Sq | Tel: +1 212-255-3590 | Website | $$
This truffle king is already well known by most people but I still really like to write a post about this gem in the provence. Especially, since I now visited this restaurant three times and every time I go I enjoy it even better. So what is this truffle king all about? Visualise a very glamorous, romantic, outdoor setting, exceptional service and beautifully prepared food with fresh ingredients and of course black and white truffles….The truffle is a ridiculously expensive fungus found locally and all dishes are centred around this truffle. It is mouth-wateringly good. Their gardens are beautifully kept and there is a possibility to sit in the garden, in the semi outdoor/indoor ‘hot-house and inside. The indoors also look really chic and cozy so in the winter I would definitely give it a shot as well.
2350 route du Vidauban 83510 Lorgues (this is 100km from Nice airport and about an hour and 15 min drive| +33 4 94 85 93 93 | €€€€ | Website
While spending some months in the provence I payed various visits to one of my favourite little towns in this part of France; Tourtour. This restaurant is located on the main square in the village and in my opinion the restaurant there that looks the best. Not sure if it IS the best but they at least tried to make it look the best :-). Being on holiday in the provence makes everything taste a little better then if you would be at home and I very much liked the lunch I had here.. The garlicky escargots and mixed platter of varied provence foods made me happy.. In almost all restaurants in Tourtour they serve the wine of Thuerry and I would highly recommend having this wine… It is utterly delicious (especially the Rose L’exception which you can also buy within a 20 minute drive of Tourtour… YOU WON’T REGRET!) Place des Ormeaux, Tourtour, France | +33494705406 | €€€ | Map
This is another place I discovered during my maternity leave while strolling in a radius of 0,5 mile around my apartment. This is actually how you want a l’epicerie to be; large sharing tables, small tables, coffee, cakes, some simple dishes, magazines and a personal, homely atmosphere. Love the wall art with cut out recipes from magazines (see picture)! I spent quite some hours here chatting to tourists and reading magazines (and of course eating their cookies) The perfect place to stop in the afternoon while strolling on Portobello… 273 Portobello Road, London | Tube; Ladbroke Grove | ££ | +442073241546 | No Website
My dear friend Ymkje took me to this cute French Bistro in the Rivierenbuurt last week and we had a fabulous dinner. The restaurant may be calling themselves a French Bistro.. which it is (serving delicious Rillete de Canard and other delicious French dishes) but their style is also very Amsterdam… The restaurant is called after a French village I come A LOT because it is the village where they serve the best escargots in the world in the restaurant La Table de la Fontaine…(see post) Anyway, Cotignac in Amsterdam is laid-back, fun, cozy, has a nice terrace, some industrial details and really good French food (breakfast, lunch and dinner). I had a delicious spring chicken and Ym a very tender Bavette…One little comment to make is that I would not recommend tourists to go to this part of Amsterdam if you only go for a few days to Amsterdam. Closed on Sundays and Mondays (from June 30 ’14 until end of summer they are only open on Thurs, Fri and Sat)| Trompenburgstraat 111, Amsterdam | Tram; 12 Victorieplein | +31 20 786 0369| €€ | Facebook page