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Update: Here are 7 restaurants I’ve been to that are on the 2012 World Top 50 restaurants: Per Se (6), Dinner (9), The Fat Duck (13), The Ledbury (14), Le Bernardin (19), The French Laundry (43), Bras (47) — After part 1, here’s the summary of dining experiences in 2011 spanning New York, Stockholm, Zurich, [...]
Not all Michelin 3 stars are the same and not all are to our taste. Of the ones we ate in here is a summary: The Fat Duck, Bray, UK. The most theatrical and exciting to visit. Original, nothing like it and impeccable wine list and service. One of the few places to put on [...]
After Jake and Guy raved about their meal at Matsuhisa we had to check it out. They were right. Excellent new-style Japanese food from a restaurant in the Nobu family of restaurants. One of our salads was the Spinach, dried miso and shrimp: The Seafood Dynamite dish – my favourite: Sea Bass with Truffle: Superb [...]
A quintessentially American dinner of take away ribs and chicken wings from Hickory House Ribs followed by ice cream of an unusual, but delicious, flavour.
Lunch at David’s Hutte after a 20 minute walk from the village. The classics of ribs, chicken wings and schnapps!
Getting stuck into Austrian food and scenery after being away for 3 years is pretty easy and nice!
The Waterside Inn one of the three 3-star Michelin restaurants in the UK and is a 3 minute walk from the Fat Duck in Bray. To have 2 of the 3 3-star Michelin restaurants so close to each other in the same town is interesting. The restaurant is the opposite to the experimental and theatrical [...]
The Curry Corner is an amazing Indian restaurant in Cheltenham. Various people and reviewers have said it’s the best Indian restaurant in the UK, and therefore, probably the world. So we went there for lunch and we were just blown away. Amazing samosas, nann, and sublime curries. The desserts are also simply amazing. Pictures don’t [...]
We had lunch with our dear friend Janine from Zurich at Dinner by Heston. It was a return visit for Kim and I and the first time for Greta and Mia. This time we had a table right beside the kitchen. Here are some photos of the restaurant and the scallops, angus beef and chocolate [...]
12 November. Off to spend a day in London to see England play Spain at Wembley and have some lunch. There aren’t many chinese restaurants with a Michelin star and fewer tea houses. Yauatcha is a “modern reinterpretation of the old Chinese teahouse”. It works. It’s funky (probably a bit too much), excellent food and [...]
London, 8 November. After the Fat Duck, most restaurants would seem tame. But that’s not the case with The Ledbury. In Notting Hill, this 2 star Michelin eatery has an Australian chef, Brett Graham, from Newcastle. It’s fabulous. The room is modern, bright and relaxing. Unfussed service and a wonderful menu. Here are some pictures [...]
After Mark and I went to the Fat Duck in September this time it was with the family. There was one change on the menu with a venison dish replacing the pigeon. The service seemed more relaxed on a Saturday, but everything was perfect and faultless. Here are some more photos of The Fat Duck. [...]
A trip to London isn’t complete for a foodie unless they go to the enfant terrible of 3 star Michelin Restaurants. The Restaurant Gordon Ramsay on Royal Hospital Road is incredibly intimate. Just 14 tables in a modest room. The decor is modern and the light is bright. I like it. My table for one [...]
We were blessed with beautiful light on our last day in Venice. Here are some shots. The full set is here. Here’s a big ocean liner sailing into Venice: We dropped by Gia Schiavi, a little wine bar that serves very authentic cichetti (beware, Google maps has it in the wrong place): and it’s close [...]
The sun was out again. We went exploring in the Dorsoduro area across the Accademia bridge: We had lunch at Da Fiore, one of two Michelin starred restaurants in Venice: I had a beautiful pumpkin gnocchi with white truffle to start followed by a mixed seafood. It was the best gnocchi I’ve ever had, even [...]
The rain arrived on Wednesday. People rugged up as they waited at the Vaporetto stops: We had lunch at the Il Nuovo Galeon which, according to a local foodie, is where Venetian foodies go: My fried mixed seafood was just fabulous: We headed back to the Rialto area after lunch And finished off the day [...]
25 October. We’ve had some excellent food in the past three days. On Sunday, we went back to Acqua Pazza, a place we loved in 2004. It’s as we remembered it. Lots of seafood, pizza and the ice cream/sorbets served in the fruit, like chestnut. And the complimentary limoncello is still there. The service can [...]
As part of Greta’s birthday we needed to get her to a party that the friends she made in France were having. The venue was a hall in a town called Spinea off Venice island. A quick Google map search found that it’s not somewhere public transport would get us to easily. Googling came up [...]
22 October. The mid-term school holiday has arrived and we’re off to Venice. We were here in 2004 and everyone was keen to rekindle our memories of this amazing city. This time we flew into Venice whereas in 2004 we arrived by train from Verona. We also rented an apartment this time versus staying in [...]
Been sharing tweets with Dan De Gustibus about his bread. These are his recommendations: Oxford Sourdough, San Francisco Sourdough, and Old Milwaukee Rye:
Met Rasmus Bo Bojesen, the owner of Oialla chocolates as I was wandering through the food section of Harvey Nichols. Made from wild Criollo cacao beans from the jungles of Bolivia dating back to 1000BC. The 70% chocolate is more like Amadei Chuao than Willie’s chocolates.
Pierre Koffmann is the chef responsible for Gordon Ramsay and Marco Pierre White. Now in his sixties this is his restaurant at the Berkeley hotel. We went there for lunch with our dear friend Yanti who’s visiting from NYC and had a wonderful lunch. Desert of pistachio souffle finished it off perfectly. Famous for his [...]
OXFORD, UK – 13 October 2011: A plate of fish and chips at Marco Perre White’s Yew Tree Inn. The inn is a 17th century building in near Highclere Castle. Although Marco wasn’t there you can almost hear him yelling “10 quail 10 quail” from his guest appearance on Master Chef.
Here are some photos from today’s lunch at Dinner by Heston. As expected, it was perfection. Excellent service, excellent wines and lots of items on the menu to want to eat. Easily a 2-star Michelin when it gets rated. The restaurant is at the Mandarin Oriental in Knightsbridge: Lovely airy room: Lovely chewy bread: The [...]