Alan Geaam: Where to Eat in Paris
Alan Geaam is one of the most popular chefs on the Parisian food scene. Born in Liberia and raised in Lebanon, Geaam is an important figure in contemporary French cuisine, and has several restaurants in Paris: Restaurant Alan Geaam, awarded one star in the Michelin Guide, as well as Auberge Nicolas Flamel. Recently, the chef opened Qasti, a Lebanese bistro with sharing dishes, as well as Sâj, a Lebanese galette counter in the heart of the Marais.
Here, the chef reveals his favourite places for feasting when in Paris, from pastry shops, to bistronomia restaurants and street food.
Royal China for Chinese Dumplings
Royal China is a Chinese canteen that specialises in dim sum in the 3rd arrondissement of Paris. Geaam says he eats the "best shrimp, pork and chicken dumplings" here.
Baltard's Bistronomy at the Louvre
Geaam loves having lunch at Baltard's in the Louvre, to taste "a fine example of bistronomy and very good food".
Dining with the Family at Auberge Nicolas Flamel
“Two Sundays a month I eat in my own restaurant, Auberge Nicolas Flamel in the Marais. My children want to go there as soon as I am not working,” laughs Geaam. It's an opportunity for him and his family to taste very good, traditional cuisine.
A Pastry at Stohrer
"Whenever I have the chance, I go to Stohrer's. They don't need publicity because they are so popular, but it is true that their pastries are really very good," says the chef.
A Cocktail at l'Hôtel Les Bains
Geaam also likes to go to the Hotel Les Bains in Paris to sip a good cocktail at the Roxo bar.
And finally, Geaam likes to go to Ella's, in the Saint-Denis district of Paris, to eat Turkish galettes with minced meat, peppers and spices, to order on the spot or to take away.