A Taste of France at Elena’s L’Etoile

Once in a while I just crave French food. I can’t explain it, I just suddenly get a taste for all things French, the evening I went to Elena’s L’Etoile was one such occasion. I originally booked via OpenTable and selected a set menu but on the evening itself we changed our minds and went for A La Carte.

My friend and I both went for the Pan fried duck breast with Bok choi, roast shallot, carrot and ginger puree, mild spice sauce. It was delicious but it would have been even better if it were a slightly bigger portion. Perhaps I’ve been spoilt by some of the other French restaurants I’ve been to in Paris or maybe I was just very hungry.

Pan fried duck breast

Pan fried duck breast

Elena's L'Etoile

Elena’s L’Etoile

One of the best things about Elena’s L’Etoile is the interior design and ambiance, it really does feel like an authentic Parisian eatery. All the pictures of the celebrities on the wall amused us, there seemed to be a lot of Eastenders Cast members on the wall! We sat at the back of the restaurant which is particularly intimate and cosy.

The service was good, although there were a few “Fawlty Towers” moments, our waiter was very friendly, almost too friendly, he almost invited us to his wedding. It made for a fun and very pleasant visit.

I would definitely recommend that you pay Elena’s L’Etoile a visit, if only for the ambiance.

Perfect for:

  • Romantic dinners
  • Catching up with friends


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A Taste of Geisha Coffee

Our Coffee taster, Luyi Brown was sent some Geisha Coffee, (not the traditional Japanese performer) one of the most rare and desired coffees in the world from Sea Island Coffee to review recently. Specifically grown in the Coffea Diversa plantation in Costa Rica, award-winning Geisha is one of the most sought after types of coffee trees with green beans (that haven’t yet been roasted) selling for a staggering $130 a pound. Geisha, one of the Ethiopian wild and extremely rare coffee varieties, boasts a soft, delicate profile with notes of lavender, cocoa and hints of molasses – varying from woody to melons to a mix of sugar and spices.

Read Luyi’s review and let us know what you think if you get a chance to taste this unique coffee.

Sea Island Coffee - Geisha

Sea Island Coffee – Geisha

On reading the label, I didn’t know what to expect but initially I thought – Costa Rican coffee with Japanese overtones hence the name Geisha.

The coffee has a pleasant earthy smell.

First, I made the coffee in a single cup caffietiere which produced a watery coffee of medium (or below) strength.  The result with and without milk was a watery coffee with very subtle flavours.

Using a coffee perculator produced better results with a richer, fuller and smoother taste. I could definitely taste the earthy and flowery overtones.

Overall I liked the coffee but I’m not sure it’s for me, the flavour was just too mild.

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