September 12th, 2012 | Posted by The Booyah Cook in Paris | Restaurant - (0 Comments)

When I have to go to Paris for work, I always stay at the same hotel.  Just down the road is a Japanese French Boulangerie called Aki and inside you will see some of the most amazing things in the world. As far as Boulangeries go, Aki Boulangerie is the top of my list. Not to be confused with Sadaharu Aoki of course which is a patisserie. At Aki Boulangerie you can get this wonderful Matcha Muffins and Matcha Buns stuffed with white chocolate. You can also get strawberry buns or caramel buns and a whole other list of muffins too. There is more traditional bread, the most beautiful looking fig buns and something that they don’t do at Sadaharu Aoki; YUZU ECLAIRS. Which I am sure are divine but I didn’t get one cause I know the time will come when Anthony is with me and he will be double fisting the eclair array.

As all the staff at Aki Boulangerie are Japanese (it is really weird speaking French with someone who has a Japanese accent for me BTW) even the drink selection has a very Japanese flavour. I got to try this:

Some Melon Creamy Soda. It wasn’t very creamy but it was very melony! Haha.

Okay and last but not least about Aki Boulangerie, just down the road is a massive (for French standards) Japanese supermarket and a shop selling these:

The traditional.

And the not so traditional!

Japanese Star Wars Textiles. Sadly for the French / Japanese economy the shop was shut because I think I would bought them all to make a dress (and I never even saw a Star Wars movie) but I love the traditional blossoms with the characters. It looks really cool!

Aki Boulangerie
11 Rue Sainte-Anne  75001 Paris, France
01 42 97 54 27


There are lots of places to go for a drink in Hong Kong with views of the Harbour and blasting cold air conditioning, soulf(o)ul house or other carefully considered DJ selections. The drinks will be as fantastic as the views (like at Aqua for example) but when it comes to a good cocktail place anywhere in the world, I think the most important thing is that you sit there with your pal and the cocktail menu and you really feel like JUST YOU found SOMEWHERE. Which is exactly like Butler is.

The owner Masayuki Uchida and his bar buddy Nick Tse can make anything from their interesting menu, but it is better when they make something just for you if you tell them the kind of thing you like. Nick Tse made for me the Vanilla “Ice cream” Soda above with vanilla, vodka and coconut cream on top which I said I fancied some ice cream.

The bar is tiny and on the fifth floor of a rather ordinary looking apartment building, which is not uncommon for Hong Kong. There is no view to speak of but that hardly matters at Butler. It doesn’t seem to have a website, but there is stuff about the place here and here.

5/F, Mody House
30 Mody Rd
Tsim Sha Tsui Hong Kong
2724 3828

The “front door” is actually on Hart Avenue just around the corner. And you will think you have the wrong place as the front door is an unmarked lobby with just enough room for a man at a desk and an elevator. Take the lift to the 5th floor and BOOYAH!