Le Fooding names Porte 12 ‘best table’.
A restaurant guide that pitches itself as an alternative to Michelin has crowned Porte 12 in Paris, a new restaurant opened by one of Singapore’s most influential chefs, Andre Chiang, the best restaurant in France for 2015.
In the 2015 edition of Le Fooding, created as a younger, cooler, rebellious alternative to the Michelin system 14 years ago, Porte 12 in the city’s 10th arrondissement shares the proverbial title of “best table” with Miles, a restaurant in Bordeaux.
Winners gathered in Paris this week for a gala soiree.
Fans of the Taiwanese chef Chiang, whose Restaurant André in Singapore ranks 6th on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list, can get a taste of his culinary philosophy halfway around the world in Paris, where diners tuck into Asian-inflected dishes like Japanese toro with a cucumber sorbet, samphire and seaweed and flavourings like charred bamboo, Earl Grey tea and chanterelle mushrooms.
Helming Chiang’s Paris outpost is one of his French protegés, chef Vincent Crepel.
Paris-bound visitors looking for less formal, younger and more adventurous addresses that may not make Michelin’s radar (which awards stars and standings based solely on food) may be interested in the following eateries which were given nods in the 2015 edition of Le Fooding:
Best restaurant: Porte 12, Paris
Best Bistro: Clown Bar and Le Servan, Paris
Le Fooding favourite: Les Déserteurs, Paris
Best street food: Bob’s Bake Shop, Paris
The ‘Gastronaut’ of the Year: Chef David Toutain of Restaurant David Toutain, Paris
Best small plates or food bar: Mandoobar, Paris