Category Archives: French

Restaurant review: Ô P’tit Bahut, Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux is world famous for its red wines, producing some of the most sought-after Merlot and Cabernet, as well as superior Sauternes for those who like sweet whites. While many reds make for easy drinking alone, the more robust and

Restaurant review: Ô P’tit Bahut, Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux is world famous for its red wines, producing some of the most sought-after Merlot and Cabernet, as well as superior Sauternes for those who like sweet whites. While many reds make for easy drinking alone, the more robust and

Everyone’s talking about… Le Bread Days’ salted egg yolk croissant

Le Bread Days is a brilliant neighbourhood bakery-cum-café tucked along a residential road in the KL suburbs. Run by a local Malay lady, it makes delicious buttery pastries, pillowy soft brioche and artisan baguettes, and you won’t find a friendlier

Everyone’s talking about… Le Bread Days’ salted egg yolk croissant

Le Bread Days is a brilliant neighbourhood bakery-cum-café tucked along a residential road in the KL suburbs. Run by a local Malay lady, it makes delicious buttery pastries, pillowy soft brioche and artisan baguettes, and you won’t find a friendlier

London’s top 10 festive menus 2017

The first frost is yet to arrive, but Christmas party planning has already begun, with Thursday and Friday night tables hotly contested for office parties and weekend seats being snapped up for meals with family and friends. While traditional turkey

London’s top 10 festive menus 2017

The first frost is yet to arrive, but Christmas party planning has already begun, with Thursday and Friday night tables hotly contested for office parties and weekend seats being snapped up for meals with family and friends. While traditional turkey

Restaurant Review: Coq d’Argent, Bank, London

I have never been one to mark my birthday with a huge celebration. The pressure of throwing a successful birthday bash is all too much, while I find the idea of a crowd of people singing to me while I

Restaurant Review: Coq d’Argent, Bank, London

I have never been one to mark my birthday with a huge celebration. The pressure of throwing a successful birthday bash is all too much, while I find the idea of a crowd of people singing to me while I

Recipe: Lemon and cinnamon brioche french toast

(Sorry, no photo currently. It was so good that I gobbled it up too fast!) Ingredients: 2 slices brioche (from brioche loaf) 1 egg 1/2 cup milk 1/2tsp ground cinnamon zest of 1 lemon vanilla ice cream For the butterscotch

Recipe: Lemon and cinnamon brioche french toast

(Sorry, no photo currently. It was so good that I gobbled it up too fast!) Ingredients: 2 slices brioche (from brioche loaf) 1 egg 1/2 cup milk 1/2tsp ground cinnamon zest of 1 lemon vanilla ice cream For the butterscotch

Café review: Dark Room Espresso, Swindon

Unlike in London where artisan cafés and coffee houses are a dozen a dime, Swindon’s coffee scene is limited to greasy spoons and those three well-known chains. And then there is Dark Room Espresso. Blink and you’ll miss it; the

Café review: Dark Room Espresso, Swindon

Unlike in London where artisan cafés and coffee houses are a dozen a dime, Swindon’s coffee scene is limited to greasy spoons and those three well-known chains. And then there is Dark Room Espresso. Blink and you’ll miss it; the

Restaurant Review: Brasserie Blanc, London – Spring/Summer menu revisit

Spring has sprung at Brasserie Blanc, with a new menu to celebrate the arrival of warmer weather. The classics remain, but earthy autumn mushrooms and hearty winter stews have been replaced by colourful and fruity salads, grilled fish and spring

Restaurant Review: Brasserie Blanc, London – Spring/Summer menu revisit

Spring has sprung at Brasserie Blanc, with a new menu to celebrate the arrival of warmer weather. The classics remain, but earthy autumn mushrooms and hearty winter stews have been replaced by colourful and fruity salads, grilled fish and spring

Restaurant Review: Rick Stein, Marlborough, UK

This year, Rick Stein opened his 14th restaurant, in Marlborough, Wiltshire, at the heart of the town’s historic High Street. Set in an attractive Grade II listed building, Lloran House, it’s the ideal location for a leisurely weekend lunch or

Restaurant Review: Rick Stein, Marlborough, UK

This year, Rick Stein opened his 14th restaurant, in Marlborough, Wiltshire, at the heart of the town’s historic High Street. Set in an attractive Grade II listed building, Lloran House, it’s the ideal location for a leisurely weekend lunch or

Restaurant review: L’Acchiardo, Nice, France

Famous amongst locals, L’Acchiardo is as family-run as it gets and you truly feel a sense of family, community and friendliness here. The restaurant has been passed down the generations, and is currently run by an 82 year-old gentleman and

Restaurant review: L’Acchiardo, Nice, France

Famous amongst locals, L’Acchiardo is as family-run as it gets and you truly feel a sense of family, community and friendliness here. The restaurant has been passed down the generations, and is currently run by an 82 year-old gentleman and

Restaurant Review: La Femme du Boulanger, Nice, France

Great for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, this quaint restaurant is tucked away down a side street just a short walk from the main shopping stretch at Rue Jean-Medecin. Don’t miss its famous brunch, served everyday from 8:00am (9am on

Restaurant Review: La Femme du Boulanger, Nice, France

Great for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, this quaint restaurant is tucked away down a side street just a short walk from the main shopping stretch at Rue Jean-Medecin. Don’t miss its famous brunch, served everyday from 8:00am (9am on

My guide to a long weekend in Nice

After years of coming to Nice during the summers to while away my school and university holidays in the sun – courtesy of a very good friend of mine whose papi lives in a little village in the surrounding hills

My guide to a long weekend in Nice

After years of coming to Nice during the summers to while away my school and university holidays in the sun – courtesy of a very good friend of mine whose papi lives in a little village in the surrounding hills

Restaurant Review: Brasserie Blanc, Charlotte Street, London

‘I am often asked what defines Brasserie Blanc. Well, if Le Manoir is a delicate waltz then the Brasseries are a lively can-can. The brasserie is not about refined haute cuisine. Instead, it’s a place for relaxed enjoyment where we

Restaurant Review: Brasserie Blanc, Charlotte Street, London

‘I am often asked what defines Brasserie Blanc. Well, if Le Manoir is a delicate waltz then the Brasseries are a lively can-can. The brasserie is not about refined haute cuisine. Instead, it’s a place for relaxed enjoyment where we

Everyone’s talking about… La Fromagerie’s cheese plate

Hailed “the best cheeseboard in Marylebone, and possible in all of London” by Time Out magazine, La Fromagerie, tucked away along a quiet side street in Marylebone Village, has been seducing cheese-lovers since it first opened more than 20 years

Everyone’s talking about… La Fromagerie’s cheese plate

Hailed “the best cheeseboard in Marylebone, and possible in all of London” by Time Out magazine, La Fromagerie, tucked away along a quiet side street in Marylebone Village, has been seducing cheese-lovers since it first opened more than 20 years

Restaurant review: Le Trimaran, Nice, France

Brightly coloured plastic chairs, a laminated folder menu, tightly packed tables with plastic table cloths, a concrete pavement and the best crêpes and galettes in Nice. Le Trimaran in Vieux Nice – the city’s historic centre – is not to

Restaurant review: Le Trimaran, Nice, France

Brightly coloured plastic chairs, a laminated folder menu, tightly packed tables with plastic table cloths, a concrete pavement and the best crêpes and galettes in Nice. Le Trimaran in Vieux Nice – the city’s historic centre – is not to

Restaurant Review: La Maison de Marie, Nice, France

Last weekend, my mum and I went to Nice. Originally, we had planned a weekend of Christmas shopping in London, but in a last minute decision to evade the festive season crowds, we booked a trip to the winter sun.

Restaurant Review: La Maison de Marie, Nice, France

Last weekend, my mum and I went to Nice. Originally, we had planned a weekend of Christmas shopping in London, but in a last minute decision to evade the festive season crowds, we booked a trip to the winter sun.

Recipe: Cherry and blueberry frangipane plait

… with white chocolate drizzle, served with vanilla cream. Once the summer arrives, people tend to gravitate towards simple fruit salads, light panna cottas, cool ice cream and no bake fruit tarts – all delicious options, but why deprive ourselves

Recipe: Cherry and blueberry frangipane plait

… with white chocolate drizzle, served with vanilla cream. Once the summer arrives, people tend to gravitate towards simple fruit salads, light panna cottas, cool ice cream and no bake fruit tarts – all delicious options, but why deprive ourselves

Highbury Staycation

The relentless pace of London life often leaves me in need of an escape from the clamour of the streets, shadows of skyscrapers and people rushing by. Every now and again, I seek haven at my friend’s house in Highbury,

Highbury Staycation

The relentless pace of London life often leaves me in need of an escape from the clamour of the streets, shadows of skyscrapers and people rushing by. Every now and again, I seek haven at my friend’s house in Highbury,

Restaurant Review: Le Mercury & La Petite Auberge, Islington, London

You can’t get a good meal in London for a tenner. Flat iron was the first to change this, with their not-to-shabby steak and salad, served up for a single bill price. And I’ve now discovered a host of Islington-based

Restaurant Review: Le Mercury & La Petite Auberge, Islington, London

You can’t get a good meal in London for a tenner. Flat iron was the first to change this, with their not-to-shabby steak and salad, served up for a single bill price. And I’ve now discovered a host of Islington-based

Restaurant Review: Le Carré Bleu, Cagnes sur Mer, France

This year I returned to France’s beautiful southern coast for a summer of fun, after several years of absence (which had certainly made my heart grow stronger). As tradition dictated, my friend and I spent a morning at the beach

Restaurant Review: Le Carré Bleu, Cagnes sur Mer, France

This year I returned to France’s beautiful southern coast for a summer of fun, after several years of absence (which had certainly made my heart grow stronger). As tradition dictated, my friend and I spent a morning at the beach

Recipe: Croque Madame Muffins with Beetroot

An adaptation of Rachel Khoo’s delicious breakfast creation – cute little baked eggs in a bread cup with lashings of cheese sauce. Ingredients: For the béchamel sauce: butter plain flour whole milk dijon mustard gruyère parmesan salt and black pepper

Recipe: Croque Madame Muffins with Beetroot

An adaptation of Rachel Khoo’s delicious breakfast creation – cute little baked eggs in a bread cup with lashings of cheese sauce. Ingredients: For the béchamel sauce: butter plain flour whole milk dijon mustard gruyère parmesan salt and black pepper