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Restaurant Cap Sud, Tours | BKWine Pick

A charming little restaurant in the heart of Tours in the Loire valley, located between the Cathedral and the Vieux Tours. Open Tuesdays to Saturdays. In short: very high ambitions and moderate prices! It’s an innovative cuisine, with inspired presentations of the dishes. The emphasis is on southern French raw materials and products, lots of […]

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Le Vin Chai Moi, Paris 1 – BKWine Pick

Luc Menier is the sommelier and Sébastien Farré is the chef. Born and raised in the same village, in Chinon in the Loire Valley. Now they are both at the cleverly named and very nice restaurant Vin Chai Moi, just off Place de la Madeleine. They used to have a restaurant in the 20th arrondisement […]

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Restaurant Bissoh, Beaune

It is not quite what you expect – that a Japanese restaurant has what is no doubt one of the best (if not the best) wine list in Beaune. But so it is. You will find virtually all of the top Burgundy producers but also other districts are well represented. When we were last there, […]

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Pinxo, Paris 1 – BKWine Pick

Pinxo is run by Alain Dutornier from the Michelin-starred restaurant Carré des Feuillant, just a few blocks away. The decoration is very Spartan with a Japanese touch. The first thing that strikes you with the food is the presentation: very modern, very slick and it too more than a hint oriental. Choose e.g. the mi-cuit […]

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L’Auberge Etchegorry, Paris 13 – BKWine Pick

The name is genuinely Basque (a region that covers bits of south-western France as well as northern Spain) but the restaurant proposes gastronomic specialities from all of the French Sud-Ouest (south west). Let yourself be tempted by a traditional (and delicious) confit de canard – a succulent duck’s leg cooked very tender, or a paella […]

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Divine & Sens, Montpellier

Divine & Sense opened in October 2008. It’s well place in central Montpellier with a design that seems to be inspired by Philippe Starck with the contrast between old and new and unexpected details – a chandelier where you don’t expect it, chic furniture… Food, to come to the essential, is ambitious and more traditional […]

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Restaurant Sorza, Paris 4 | BKWine Pick

Strolling along the river on the Ile Saint-Louis is something that both tourists and Parisians love to do. A relatively new restaurant on the main street (almost the only street…) is Sorza. It is not big and it fills up quickly so booking is recommended. The walls are red and the tables are black and […]

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Restaurant Le Taste Monde, Paris 8 | BKWine Pick

A new TasteMonde has opened next to Place de la Madeleine. Their first restaurant opened several years ago in Issy-les-Moulineaux but now they’ve opened a second location more centrally. Unusual for Paris restaurants the focus is on non-French wines (although they do have some champagne too). And quite an extensive selection too. The cooking is […]

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Racine, Paris 2 | BKWine Pick

A small wine bar in one of the old ‘passages’ (indoor shopping gallery) close to the big boulevards. The peculiarity with this wine bar is that all wines are organic, many are even biodynamic and most are made entirely without sulphur (unusual). In other words, very interesting wines and sometimes also very good. But sometimes […]

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Restaurant Afaria, Paris 15 | BKWine Pick

Between Porte de Versailles and Convention this Basque restaurant is hidden. A bright, welcoming restaurant with big windows to the street. The menu is a mix of Spanish and French south-west with some unusual twists. Very elegantly presented and innovative, and above all very, very delicious. The pumpkin soup with small morsels of artichoke and […]

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Villa Spicy, Paris 8 | BKWine Pick

Just off Les Champs-Elysées, on the avenue F Roosevelt, you find this pleasant restaurant with excellent food with a certain Provençal touch. It used to be called (simply) Spicy but have now (why?) changed name to Villa Spicy. Perhaps because of a total (successful) renovation – the atmosphere is now relaxed and cosy, service is […]

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Restaurant Le Brandevin, Paris 16 | BKWine Pick

A classic Parisian neighbourhood bistro – crowded and with a great and friendly atmosphere and good service. The emphasis is on classic French cuisine – main courses are mostly meat, for example côte de Boeuf (T-bone steak style), entrecôte, escalope de veau (veal with morel sauce), steak tartare, filet de boeuf. Prices for a main […]

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Restaurant Macéo, Paris 1 | BKWine Pick

Macéo is just next door to Willi’s Wine Bar and both are owned by the Englishman Mark Williamson. Just like at Willi’s the wine list at Macéo is outstanding, with an emphasis on the Rhône Valley. Elegant but relaxed atmosphere that is a mix of classic and modern. Very good food of course. Set menus […]

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A Table, Levallois-Perret | BKWine Pick

You find “A Table” in one of the “proche-banlieus” (near-suburbs) in Paris, Levallois-Perret, just north-west of the centre. In an area dominated by modern office buildings they offer an ambitious cuisine but in a relaxed, modern bistro type atmosphere. For example very good oysters and an excellent seafood risotto. Three course menu for 34.50 euro. […]

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Baxo, Paris 10 | BKWine Pick

This nice little restaurant only just opened in December, not far from the Canal Saint Martin. Very good value lunch menu, 2 courses for 12 euro or three for 14.50 euro. In the evening they have à la carte with starters for 8-12 euro and main courses for 12-18 euro. You can get French classics […]

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