Foodie Travelers Are Applauding Paris’s First British Brasserie

A new Parisian restaurant has just proven UK food can hold its own against French haut cuisine. After only three months, the British brasserie L’Entente has become one of the hottest restaurants in the City of Lights.

Although head chef & restaurant owner Oliver Woodhead was born in the UK, he has lived and worked in Paris for about 20 years. He told reporters it was extremely difficult overcoming prejudices in the Parisian restaurant industry when he mentioned his idea for a brasserie with an all-English menu. Luckily for Woodhead, his gut instinct was correct: there is a high demand in Paris for great British food.

Chef Woodhead believes the French love L’Entente’s menu because of its rustic simplicity. All of the ingredients used in Woodhead’s kitchen are produced in France (except the cheeses), but the dishes and inspired by his childhood memories growing up in England.

Although this restaurant opened only three months ago, a few favorite dishes have already emerged. Waiters at L’Entente say the top menu item by far is the Shepherd’s Pie. Other comforting items L’Entente chefs cook up every day include Fish Cakes with Sorrel Cream, Jerusalem Artichoke Soup, and the Onglet Steak with Anchovy Butter.

L’Entente is getting a lot more press lately thanks to a few celebrity clients. In addition to Karl Lagerfeld and Suzy Peta Menkes, the former French president François Hollande dined at L’Entente in the past few weeks.

Foodie travelers can find L’Entente at 13 Rue Monsigny, which is close to Musée de l’Opéra and the Quatre-Septembre Métro stop. L’Entente is open every day from 11AM to 12AM and offers a special “all-day brunch” on the weekends, a theatre menu, and, of course, tea time.

Madrid Pioneers “Tin-To-Table” Craze For Foodie Travelers

Foodie travelers have been pushing for more restaurants to get “back to basics” and put more emphasis on organic ingredients and authentic recipes. One interesting new offshoot related to this foodie trend is an increased interest in tinned foods.

The Spanish capital Madrid is one of the pioneering cities behind this tinned food craze.

For decades, Spain been at the forefront of preparing some of the world’s most highly-valued tinned foods. While the majority of tinned foods in Spain’s supermarkets are seafood related, there are also plenty of finely prepared peppers and veggies to choose from. Most of the time, Spanish tinned products are so well prepared that they cost more than the same foodstuffs in glass jars.

In just the past few months, restaurants in Madrid started to offer tinned-food menu options for guests. Today, there are at least six restaurants in the Spanish capital that focus primarily on tinned foods either from high-quality companies or made in-house.

These restaurants range in price and the type of service they offer their customers. Some are designed as “fast food” alternatives for people on the move. Others are more interested in providing guests with a fine dining experience complete with toasted bread, cheeses, and wine.

Locals love the convenience, quality, and lower prices of these new tin can restaurants. Not only do these meals cost less than an average Madrid restaurant, they are also far more nutritious than standard fast food.

Travel experts expect this tinned food craze to grow throughout Spain in the coming years. If all goes well, “tin-to-table” restaurants could soon spread out to Europe and North America.