Cinq fois plus: the new address for a top-class Chinese restaurant in Le Marais

After creating his first two restaurants Deux fois plus de piment and Trois fois plus de piment, the founder and owner Mr Cheng has chosen to open a third restaurant of the same kind, Cinq fois plus de piment, at the heart of the Marais.

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Stewed Vegetable Rice Vermicelli
© Cheng Le
© Huang Wei-Wen

Five times tastier!
Opened in April 2017, this new address is based near the Pompidou Center, and has the specificity to be more “chic” than the first two restaurants. On the spot, the decoration is harmonious and modern, with wooden chairs and tables, and spherical glass suspensions. The restaurant has a second room upstairs and even features a terrace. Regarding the menu, we enjoy the Sichuan flavours present in various dishes along with a choice of vegetarian options. Popular dishes include stewed beef or stewed vegetables with rice and Bao-Zi, those famous steamed Chinese bread rolls stuffed with vegetables, chicken, pork or shrimps. Cinq fois plus also serves delicious desserts and home-made juices, as the Dreamy floatting life with hot pepper, strawberries, tomato and orange. Located not far from the hôtel Mareuil, this place is undoubtedly one of the capital’s best addresses in Chinese gastronomy.

Open from Tuesday to Sunday, from noon to 3p.m. then from 7p.m. to 11p.m.
Closed on Monday.
Stewed vegetables with rice: €10.40 / Stewed beef with rice: €13 / Bao-Zi: from €10 / Dreamy floatting life: €8.50.

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© Cheng Le
© Huang Wei-Wen

Cinq fois plus (website in French)
170, rue Saint Martin
75003 Paris
France
Tel: +33 (0) 6 59 58 67 07
Metro: Rambuteau (line 11).

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Bao-Zi
© Cheng Le
© Huang Wei-Wen

 

Maison Astier: The ”canaille” bistro of the East of Paris

In the heart of the 11th arrondissement, on the Rue Jean Pierre Timbaud, near the Hotel Mareuil, is located one of the most famous Parisian brasseries, the Maison Astier. The historical restaurant serves a traditional French cuisine, in a soothing and welcoming atmosphere.

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Astier Restaurant – Credit Roberta Valerio

A historical brasserie
Maison Astier was originally founded in 1956, and later taken over by Frédéric Hubig, the creator of the Marée Jeanne in Paris, another tasteful restaurant of the capital. We enjoy the vintage decoration and the 50s floor tiles, the counter, the Biot glass globes, the thick curtains at the entrance, the velvet seats and the classic bistro chairs. The tables are decorated with famous red and white ‘’Vichy’’ hand towels and Laguiole knives carved with names of celebrity guests of the house, such as Mick Jagger or Jean Nouvel. This ‘’canaille’’ bistro of the East side of Paris offers a generous cuisine, such as poached eggs and French toasts infused with smoked lard and served in its cooking juice. The crispy rabbit thigh with mustard, celeriac and its potato millefeuille, and the cheese platter ripened by a Meilleur Ouvrier de France are exquisite! The Maison Astier is also very well known for its desserts such as the rum baba with home-made whipped cream, the poached pear with spicy red wine, the white chocolate mousse or the amazing Grand Marnier Soufflé to share.

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Grand Marnier Soufflé – Astier Restaurant – Credit Roberta Valerio

Open every day, for lunch and dinner.
Prices start at 15 euros.
Starter + main course + dessert: €35 (lunch and dinner).
Starter + main course + cheese platter + dessert: €45 euros (lunch and dinner).

Restaurant Astier
44, rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud
75011 Paris
France
Tel: +33 (0)1 43 57 16 35
Metro: Parmentier (line 3).

 

Bidoche: the restaurant-butcher shop of Oberkampf

Located just a few-minute walk away from the Hotel Mareuil, in the 11th arrondissement, Bidoche is both a restaurant and a butcher shop. It’s hard to imagine that the butcher’s stall hides a cosy table, where one can taste grilled meat or seasonal dishes, like the famous blanquette de veau. Created by Alexandre de Toulmon, who left the financial world to become a butcher, this address relies on quality meat (beef, veal, lamb or pork) served with seasonal vegetables (glazed or mashed) and French fries cooked in beef fat. The products sold on the spot come from French farms: the lamb is from the Pré Salé at the Mont Saint Michel and the beef is from Bazadaise and Limousine breeds. Bidoche also sells charcuterie and matured meat. This meat restaurant sublimates its dishes with rich sauces like the “bleue” (with gorgonzola), the “paloise” (bearnaise and mint) or the “Chimichurri” (cilantro and spices). Go ahead and discover this place, between 2 sessions of shopping in Paris!

The restaurant is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 7:30p.m. to 10:30p.m.
The butcher is open every day: from Tuesday to Friday from 9:30a.m. to 1:30p.m. then from 4:30p.m. to 10:30p.m., on Saturday from 9:30a.m. to 10:30p.m. and on Sunday from 9:30a.m. to 1:30p.m.
Specials: €13 and €24.

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Bidoche – Restaurant et boucherie (website in French)
7, rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud
75011 Paris
France
Tel: +33 (0)9 81 12 59 81
Metro: Oberkampf (lines 5 and 9).

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© Romain Buisson

 

Korus: the gastronomic table of the rue Amelot

Just minutes away from Hotel Le Mareuil, is located one of the most creative restaurants of the moment: Korus. Opened by Didier Feuillet, Yann and Afrae Brasseur, this restaurant offers a cooking turned towards spices and vegetables, at the same time crook, greedy and instinctive. Very creative, the Chef Evan Leichtling does not hesitate to associate unexpected flavours just like when the celeriac ends up in a white chocolate whipped cream! In the restaurant, we found his two longstanding accomplices, Yann and Afrae Brasseur, both bringing in a real sense of good humour during service hours. Regarding the menus, which are entirely changed every week to highlight the duck, served with cocoa and beetroot, the spare rib, complemented by parsley root, horseradish, blueberry and boletus or the butternut, available as a desert with coconut and passion fruit. Korus also proposes several atmospheres: the zinc bar to taste tapas and cocktails, the restaurant where are served the different menus, and finally the great hosts’ table where Evan Leichtling unveils his creativity through a tasting menu, giving him carte blanche.

Open on the evening, from Thursday to Monday from 6:30p.m. to 11p.m.
Open for lunch, on Friday, Sunday and Monday from noon to 2p.m. Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Lunch menu: 32 euros / À-la-carte menu: 45 euros / Tasting menu: 68 euros.
Tapas: €6 to €17.

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Restaurant Korus (website in French)
73, rue Amelot
75011 Paris
France
Tel: +33 (0)1 55 28 53 31
Metro: Chemin Vert or Saint-Sébastien-Froissart (line 8).

 

GreenHouse: the organic vegetable garden of Kristin Frederick

Since March 2017, the pioneer of Parisian foodtrucks, the American Chef Kristin Frederick, has chosen to make a turn in her career with GreenHouse. This healthy and organic restaurant, located in Oberkampf in the 11th arrondissement, close to the hotel Mareuil, offers a seasonal menu. After Le Camion qui fume dedicated to burgers, the Chef takes healthy cuisine up again, with a Californian and Asian accent. On the menu: vegetable gyozas, asparagus tacos in the form of tapas, chia seeds pudding or brown rice with citruses, black beans, mashed sweet potato and chicken. All dishes can be savored with a glass of organic wine, selected by the Chef. Because Kristin Fredericks’ involvement in this restaurant goes far beyond cooking: indeed, she chose every item of decoration and selected thoroughly all ingredients that come from small growers. Both natural wine bar and organic restaurant, GreenHouse welcomes you with a nice terrace, decorated with plants, flowers, candles and colored light garlands. A perfect getaway for an autumn evening in the Capital.

Open from Monday to Saturday from noon to 2:30p.m. and from 7p.m. to 11p.m., and on Sunday from noon to 3p.m. and from 7p.m. to 11p.m.
Tapas: between 5 and 16 euros.

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GreenHouse (Website in French)
22, rue du Crespin du Gast
75011 Paris
France
Tel: +33 (0)9 80 48 79 47
Metro: Ménilmontant (line 2) or Rue Saint-Maur (line 3).

 

Umami: the first Parisian Matcha Café

You wish for a gourmet and refreshing break this summer? Rush without hesitation to the Umami Matcha Café, the first Matcha Café of the capital. Opened by Umami, an importer of Japanese products, in the heart of the high Marais district, this special café is a tribute to the Matcha, a green tea which is also known as the “espresso of Japan”. In this tea house, the Matcha flavors the pastries as well as the drinks, available as smoothies, ice-cold and latte. This beverage is known for its multiple virtues, to help fight against stress or and slow the ageing process.

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Photo credit: Julien Vallé

As beautiful as it is good
At the Umami Matcha Café, everything is as beautiful as good. First of all, the decoration is relaxing, very minimalist and refined, in white tones, and with light wood. Moreover, Umami offers a grocery shop corner, to find every delicious condiment sold on the website of the brand. As for the tasting, we are tempted by the menu of organic teas of Japan, which allows us to enjoy Genmaïcha, known for its smoked taste of seeds of puffed rice, the Kukicha and its hazelnut flavor, or the Sencha and its subtle vegetable notes. On the side, the green tea brioche is delicious. This is for the gourmets!

Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 8:30a.m. to 8p.m.
Afternoon formula: €8.

 

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Photo credit: Julien Vallé

Umami Matcha Café (website in French)
22, rue Béranger
75003 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 48 04 06 02
Metro: Temple (line 3) and République (lines 3, 5, 8, 9 and 11).

 

La Chocolaterie by Cyril Lignac: ode to chocolate

Right by Bastille and a few metro stations away from the hotel Mareuil, there is a nugget that will delight all cocoa lovers: La Chocolaterie by Cyril Lignac. The starred Chef decided to open this artisanal chocolate shop in front of his bistro named Le Chardenoux, in the 11th arrondissement of Paris. He called on BE-PÔLES agency to make both a friendly and gourmet place. Thus, a large guest table encourages to take time on the spot, enjoy a hot chocolate or a marble cake. A long counter displays the 15 varieties of bars concocted with love. Some navy blue tones, copper and ceramic tiles make the whole place warmer. To make his delicacies, the Chef is surrounded by his longtime friend and associate, Pastry Chef Benoît Couvrand. Together, they create cakes (tart or chocolate éclair etc.), pastries (pain au chocolat) or some cocoa bars for every moment of the day. This is a shop that can be visited between two cultural visits, for a shopping break, at breakfast or as a snack with friends, family or even as a couple!

Open every day from 8am to 8pm.
Cakes: from €4.50 to €5.50.
Breakfast formula: €10.

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© Yann Deret

La Chocolaterie Cyril Lignac
25, rue Chanzy
75011 Paris
France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 55 87 21 40
Metro: Charonne (line 9) or Faidherbe-Chaligny (line 8).

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© Yann Deret

A gourmet Valentine’s Day in Paris

Paris is known for being both the capital of love and gastronomy. To combine the two and have an unforgettable Valentine’s Day, Hotel Le Mareuil proposes to treat yourself to an exclusive stay for the celebration of romance. The program includes a visit to the Taste of Paris and a dinner at Pierre Sang Boyer’s restaurant, very close to the Mareuil hotel.

Great chefs meet at the Grand Palais
From February 11th to 14th 2016, the Grand Palais will host for its 2nd edition, 18 great chefs, recognised or emerging, modelled on Pierre Sang Boyer, Alain Ducasse, Frédéric Anton or Thibault Sombardier. They will offer the visitors to take part in cooking classes, but also to taste their creations. It will also be possible to buy French local products, near by producers and craftspeople present on site, and notably Burgundy wines, ciders, jams, or olive oils.

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Taste of Paris, from February 11th to 14th 2016.
Dishes: between €5 and €12.

Grand Palais
3, avenue du Général Eisenhower
75008 Paris
France
Tel: + 33 (0)1 44 13 17 17
Metro: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau (lines 1 and 13) or Franklin Roosevelt (lines 1 and 9).

A romantic dinner at Pierre Sang Boyer’s restaurant
To continue the experience, book a table in one of the two restaurants of this talented chef, Top Chef show finalist in 2011, located nearby the Mareuil hotel. The first was opened in June 2012 in Oberkampf Street and the second in 2014 in Gambey Street. We like the contemporary setting of these two addresses, including the fact that the kitchens give onto the room, with counters to appreciate it better. The chef is inspired by his Korean origins to bring an exotic touch to his traditional French dishes. Here, there is no standard menu: the unique menu changes daily, depending on what he finds at the market, respecting the seasons. You will have the possibility, to taste, for example, a salt-crusted seabass and algae, oysters, spinach salad, or lentils, kimchi, low temperature egg and baby squids.

 

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Pierre Sang in Oberkampf
55, rue Oberkampf
75011 Paris
France
Tel: +33 (0)9 67 31 96 80
Metro: Parmentier (line 3) or Oberkampf (lines 5 and 9).
Open daily from 12pm to 3pm and from 7pm to 11pm.

Pierre Sang on Gambey
6, rue Gambey
75011 Paris
France
Metro: Parmentier (line 3) or Oberkampf (lines 5 and 9).
Open Tuesday-Saturday from 12pm to 3pm and from 7pm to 11pm.

After such an evening, you will only have to go back to your room at the Mareuil hotel, on foot!

 

The Great Chefs’ cake shops

In the Marais, one can either walk around or explore the most beautiful art galleries. But one can also satisfy one’s greed! Here is the proof, three great Parisian pastry chefs have opened their bakeries there. Let’s go for a visit …

1/ Christophe Adam’s Eclair de Génie
Founded in 2012 by Chef Christophe Adam, “L’Eclair de Génie” has now five Parisian stores and 3 in Japan. At the age of 16, he discovered the world of baking alongside pastry chef Legrand in Quimper, in Brittany, his native region. Will ensue many years with the greatest, especially at the Crillon and at Fauchon. With its single-product concept, the chef revisits one of the most famous delicacies in France: the éclair. Vanilla-pecan nuts, caramel with salted butter, lemon and yuzu icing… are all scents that leave us dreamers. As a bonus, we love the decoration of the Marais’s shop, which is decorated in bright yellow. On site, you will also find chocolate candies and a whole range of delicatessen with cocoa.

Open Monday-Friday from 11am to 7pm and Saturday-Sunday from 10am to 7:30pm.
Eclair from €4.50.

 

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L’Eclair de Génie (in French)
14, rue Pavée
75004 Paris
France
Tel: +33 (0)1 42 77 85 11
Metro: Saint-Paul (line 1).

2/ Philippe Conticini’s Pâtisserie des Rêves
After opening his first Pâtisserie des Rêves at Longchamp Street in the 16th district of Paris, Chef Philippe Conticini set up shop at the BHV in the Marais. It is on the 3rd floor in the department store that gourmets can meet. After having cut his teeth at the Petrossian and then at the Peltier, the cook revisits since 2010 the pastries of our childhood. Thanks to him, the Paris-Brest, the Saint-Honoré and the chocolate éclair take a more modern face. He offers a range of individual versions and can be ordered for 6, 12 and even 16 people, according to the chosen recipe. We particularly appreciate the decoration of the area, very design, in acid tones which make our mouth water!

Open Monday to Saturday from 9:30am to 8pm.
Nocturnal on Wednesday until 9pm.
Individual Paris-Brest: €5.90.

 

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La Pâtisserie des Rêves – BHV/Marais (3ème étage)
52, rue de Rivoli
75004 Paris
France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 54 92 16
Metro: Hôtel de Ville (lines 1 and 11).

3/ Christophe Michalak
After finishing his cooking school, the pastry chef of the Plaza Athénée, Christophe Michalak opens a second Parisian address: a bakery in the Marais. Decorated by Marie Deroudilhe and the Vital Agency with a pristine white highlighted with gray, the area becomes graphic. The brand even makes us think of comics. On site, the chef offers his famous caramel with salted butter religieuse, but also a “Kosmiks bar”, individual desserts in the form of verrines. Other surprises to discover: cakes in the shape of XL calissons, with maple syrup, citrus, as well as “Klassiks” which are traditional cakes revisited in an XL version (28 cm long), and proposed per metre. Lemon pie, baba and mille-feuille take a rock’n roll air and it is not displeasing us! You can also discover his latest culinary books, and totally irresistible snacks (nougat, toffees, marshmallow bears…).

Open On Wednesday from 11:30am to 7pm and from Thursday to Sunday from 11:30am to 8pm.
XL cake: €48.

 

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Pâtisserie Michalak (in French)
16, rue de la Verrerie
75004 Paris
France
Tel: +33 (0)1 40 27 90 13
Metro: Hôtel de Ville (lines 1 and 11).

Botanique restaurant: The gourmet restaurant close to the Mareuil hotel

Located nearby the Mareuil hotel, the Botanique restaurant is a new Parisian restaurant opened by winners of the 2015 laureates of the Bourse de la création Badoit. The distinctive feature of this address is its combination of a wine and tapas bar, a bistro and a gourmet restaurant. Three atmospheres all in one place, what more could you ask for! Two friends have embarked on this adventure: young Chef Sugio Yamaguchi, who cut his teeth with Chef Pierre Sang and wine water Alexandre Philippe. They offer exceptional wine-pairings with a very colourful seasonal food: snail salad and herb dressing, Black Angus beef steak made in two different ways or chestnut cake, figs and meringues. You will thus taste tapas made by the cook, or taste the gourmet dishes according to your wish of the moment. We were taken with the gourmet and creative presentation of the dishes, which really make your mouth water!

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Open Tuesday to Saturday from 12:30pm to 2pm and from 7:30pm to 10pm.
Lunch Menu at €16 and 21€.
Tapas: €4.

Botanique Restaurant
(in French)
71, rue de la Folie-Méricourt
75011 Paris
France
Tel: +33 (0)1 47 00 27 80
Metro: Parmentier (line 3) or Oberkampf (lines 5 and 9).