Saturday, 30 October 2010

Paris by Mouth. A handy restaurant resource for English speakers

One of the questions that people often ask when arriving at the Great Apartment - especially if they don't know Paris - is whether there are any good restaurants around, and of course there are! We loved Derrière and very much enjoyed Le Cochon à l'Oreille, but there are many many more places that are probably excellent, if only we had the time to get round to eating there.

Paris by Mouth is a new site that could well be of help to a lot of people for a number of reasons.

1. It's almost all in English, which is incredibly handy for those of you who can barely grunt anything more complicated than 'baguette'.
2. It's a collaborative effort with both original content and aggregated reviews from a number of trusted food blogs, all written by Paris residents, meaning that there are several trusted views on each restaurant that you can compare.
3. Having a large group of contributors means that there's something new to read every day.
4. There's a very handy filter that allows you to hone down listings by area, price and - genius - certain days of the week: a lot of places in Paris are closed on a Sunday or a Monday, and Lord knows even I can't remember which ones are open when, so this is a very welcome feature.
5. They even have special sections for bakeries and ice cream parlours, an ace idea.
6. And if all that wasn't enough, there's also a great links section, so the extra curious can click off left and right to their heart's delight.
The site is the brainchild of Meg Zimbeck, an American freelance journalist based in Paris who has been writing about the city for years now, awlays with her keen sense of what's hip and what's hokum (earning her the job of Paris editor for both Budget Travel and BlackBook).

Paris by Mouth is fairly new, and the sometimes slim listings pages will undoubtedly fill out over time, but you should definitely have a look at the site's reviews by Meg and all the other gastronomic bloggers. Their no-nonsense personal experiences will help you avoid the tourist traps and over-hyped disappointments. And don't miss their daily porn section either. Actually safe for work!
photo: Meg Zimbeck

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