On the contrary to what still many French people tend or like to believe, our “cuisine” does not lead the way anymore. Worse, it became quite complex to eat well, especially in Paris and Côte d’azur ( aka “French Riviera”). That becomes even more true when you’re lucky enough to travel and experience other tastes, culinary and service oriented cultures.
Italy is my number ONE. Still. You will eat well in 90% of the restaurants there. And quite cheap still. Spain has been catching up the past 10 years, mainly driven by Ferran adria and a young talented chef’s generation. But they still have to improve the average quality and diversity of the offer.
By combining creativity and simplicity, remarkable sea food products, and a great respect of the customers, the North of Europe has been shaking us up the past few years. You can now eat extremely well and for a very reasonable price in Belgium, Holland, Denmark and sweden. To a lesser extent in Norway and Finland.
Hopefully a couple of people or restaurants in France did understand the need to react. And decided to put back the product and the client at the center of their approach. While avoiding astronomical prices.
Sister restaurant of the 2 michelin stars “Ze Kitchen Galerie”, Kitchen Galerie Bis does offer a “bistro” approach of haute cuisine. And a flavour of what is being served at the michelinized restaurant next door. As a starter i would recommend you to share the 6 tapas plate they offer. Then opt for fish for the main course as this is really their speciality and trademark.
Grilled John Dory, “Sauce Vierge” & Orange
You will notice a lot of flavours from Asia as the chef is passionate about it. Count on a budget of 60€ per head with the wine. Which is quite affordable for a taste of haute cuisine.
I was born in Montpellier, France. Lisbon after 10 years in London. Married to my second half, Carolina, born in Buenos Aires Argentina. We have 2 sons, Baptiste and Calvin, both born in London respectively back in 2011 and 2013. We simply love and enjoy the simple things life has to offer. We feel privileged and decided to share our journey to making the most out of it.
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