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Held at Le Folies and Bouillon Pigalle, Le Fooding’s Award Ceremony for 2018 profiled fourteen seriously rock ’n’ roll addresses last night (November 13th, 2017). All dressed up in sequins and glitter, Vincent Dedienne handed out the awards in one of the most emblematic spots of Pigalle nights, in the company of Karine Viard, Bérénice Béjo, Michel Hazavanicius, Inès de La Fressange, Atiq Rahimi, Justice, Manu Payet and so many others…
Le Guide Fooding’s Best Restaurant of 2018: Elements, Bidart
People, this place is a real gem! After globetrotting for a few years (New Zealand, Bali, Norway…), Anthony Orjollet has set down his knives at a roadside bistro/wine shop with lots of wooden furniture (oak tables, lime tree benches…), which always fills up quick…. Read more here.
Le Guide Fooding’s Best Bar à Délices of 2018: Le Bar des Prés, Paris
Serial restaurateur Cyril Lignac now gets his inspiration from the yakuza. Between tables nestled into little alcoves (peacock-patterned benches, leopard print floors, wicker light fixtures) and the long marble bar, an armada of skilled chefs send out Japanese delicacies… Read more here.
Le Guide Fooding’s Best Pizza of 2018: Da Graziella, Paris
At this former bird shop, the new star of the show is a wood-fired oven made from Sorrento stone and green marble, where genuine pizzas sizzle, intensified by the best products from Campania… Read more here.
Le Guide Fooding’s Fooding d’amour of 2018 (ex-aequo): Le Comptoir à Manger, Strasbourg
“Nature calls all the shots, for us and for you.” That’s the lovely slogan of the tiny cafe… Read more here.
Le Guide Fooding’s Fooding d’amour of 2018 (ex-aequo): Vivant, Paris
Once Pierre Touitou lights up his hot plates behind the marble bar of this bottlenecked space, Vivant really comes to life… Read more here.
Le Guide Fooding’s Fooding d’amour of 2018 (ex-aequo): Otonali, Saint-Malo
A communal table and an apartment-style kitchen with a “come over to my place for dinner, I live with a Japanese chef” kind of mood. Running things is the young Yasu who makes exhilarating small shared plates… Read more here.
Le Guide Fooding’s Best Sophistroquet of 2018 (ex-aequo): Eels, Paris
Conjugated in the present tense of trendy, the restaurant ticks off all the necessary boxes for a Parisian faubourgeois affaire: polished recipes, well-sourced ingredients, unadulterated wines and zero nonsense… Read more here.
Le Guide Fooding’s Best Sophistroquet of 2018 (ex-aequo): Ima, Rennes
Julien Lemarié has made some major changes in his life! Set up in a timeworn corner bistro, this samurai with a Yul Brynner air about him, and his longtime accomplice, Freddy Matignon (front of house), have opened their own somber and minimalist space… Read more here.
Le Guide Fooding’s Best Dive of 2018: Le Rocher de la Vierge, Toulouse
In a neighborhood that has more than its fair share of kebab shops, this ageless dive does pretty well for itself. Since opening in October 2016, Le Rocher de la Vierge always delivers… Read more here.
Le Guide Fooding’s Best Greek Sandwich of 2018: Yaya, Saint-Ouen
After founding La Maison Kalios, brothers Pierre-Julien and Grégory Chantzios teamed up with restaurateur Juan Arbelaez to bring Yaya and its incredible sandwiches to life… Read more here.
Le Guide Fooding’s Best Beachside Cabana of 2018: Chez Lanchois, Sète
Hidden amongst the maze of hangars around the Sète harbor, Josh’s hut attracts a group of new-age Robinson Crusoes… Read more here.
Le Guide Fooding’s Best Stylish Bedroom of 2018: Les Roches Rouges, St-Raphaël
Already proprietors of a few establishments in the Alps, the Hotels d’en Haut chain just bought a place along the Mediterranean Coast… Read more here.
Le Guide Fooding’s Best Décor of 2018: Les Grands Verres, Paris
The Quixotic Projects team is behind the massive new restaurant at the Palais de Tokyo with warm lighting and a central bar… Read more here.
Le Guide Fooding’s Best Bar d’auteur of 2018: Combat, Paris
“Combat,” the former pseudonym for this section of Belleville, is now the standard-bearer for successful bars. Owned and run by Elena Schmitt, Margot Lecarpentier and Elise Drouet, located between a Thai restaurant and a Chinese wholesale shop, their bar isn’t lacking any panache… Read more here.