Paris is always a good idea.
For me, it conjures up images of relaxed outdoor cafes, people sipping coffee and heaps of romance.
It’s a beautiful city, proud of its heritage, culture and opulence. Petite side streets are laden with captivating grandiose buildings and probably harbouring a million secrets of the past.
Obviously being a foodie, I am interested in what delights Paris has to offer. I have to admit I am constantly googling either the best restaurant or the top 10 but it is always nice to find a new establishment.
Mayfair Garden is a stone throw away from the Champs Elysees and it is the first London gourmet restaurant in Paris. The menu is plentiful with options to cater for every palate and if you fancy something with a bit of a kick but not oozing heat, they will cook it to your liking. Now you’re talking.
The interior is light and airy, I have visited many Indian restaurants and there always seems to be a dark theme running throughout which isn’t to my taste, and whilst it can be luxurious and romantic in the evening, I prefer a lighter feel. It’s modern yet simple, roomy yet cosy.
There is a lovely relaxed vibe to the restaurant and in a quiet location which made a welcome change from the busy streets of Paris. An opportunity to unwind and enjoy the tranquillity.
Naman the chef, has worked in London establishments including Ledoyen Pavilion and Fouquet and is proud to bring his creations to life in Paris. His pride oozes throughout the presentation of each dish. An equal balance of colour and downright appeal.
Whilst Naman is preparing the culinary delights, his brother Nawaz is taking charge in the restaurant. A family business is always a beautiful combination and one I am pleased to support.
Finding a restaurant on a trip can be overwhelming, there is an abundance of reviews out there all vying for your attention but this little gem is a standout.
The portion sizes are perfect, each bite is full flavoured and engaging. The staff are keen to make your experience as enjoyable as possible which is refreshing.
It’s a perfect way to end an evening after admiring the local beauty.
Being a foodie for me is not only an opportunity to sample new dishes, enjoy different atmospheres and keep up to speed with the latest trends. It’s also an excuse to nourish the body, treat myself and gather ideas for my own home cooking.
And the most important, it’s a fabulous way of sharing some of my favourite, luscious and gratifying restaurants with you all.
This one I promise you won’t be disappointed.
You will find them at 26 Rue Lauriston, 75116 Paris.
By Nicci McShane