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16 February 2018 – Philippe Mouchel held a tribute dinner for Paul Bocuse, who he worked with in France, Japan and Australia. Here are some photos from the dinner.

A few more excellent places to round out 2017: Aqua, Wolfsburg – absolutely worth the trip from Berlin, excellent service, food and ambience (3*) Facil, Berlin – delicious food, patchy service (2*) Grill Royal, Berlin – classic grill (1*) 5 Cinco, Berlin – beautiful food and ambience, a must (1*) Cookies Cream, Berlin – innovative […]

Visiting Berlin and taking the opportunity to eat at some nice places. Aqua in Wolfsburg, Horvath and Cookies Cream in Berlin, and a fun Vietnamese place called Madame Ngo. These shots were done with a Nikon D500 and the 16-80 f2.8-4 DX lens.

Photographs from a dinner celebrating chef Philippe Mouchel’s 25 years in Australia. Gallery here.

Here’s a short summary of the eating experience from my trip. Some are Michelin rated, but all good! St Moritz: Roberto’s – Mid-range Italian food. Good wine list and range of Italian dishes. Veltliner Keller – homely Italian. It’s OK. Hotel Kronenhof – Kronenstübli – Cute place. Lovely decor. Creative food. Maybe worth a visit. Badrutt’s Palace […]

For a gourmand, being in Paris for 2 weeks is like drinking from the fountain. Where to go, so many choices. I found the blog Paris By Mouth and using that as a guide, ended up at Au Passage, Frenchie, Septime, Pierre Gagnaire, L’EPICURISTE, Restaurant ES, and LeDoyen; some old favourites like Relais de L’Entrecote; and […]

Photo: Lunch at Balthazar, New York. 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Of all the TV chefs and 3 star Michelin restaurants, Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck in Bray is the one that is the most theatrical. Having seen almost all his TV shows it was a thrill to finally get to eat there. We also bumped into Heston when we arrived in the car park. Bonus! […]

The girls left for their second French course in Vichy today: and I had scrambled eggs at Passionément Truffe to compare it to Chez Bruno from a couple of weeks ago. Verdict? Chez Bruno wins for value, ambience and cooking. But, if Lyon is easier to get to! Dinner was at one of the four […]

A week goes fast. So today, we packed our bags and left Paris for Lyon for the weekend. We had almost two hours to kill at Gare du Lyon so it was lucky there is a beautiful bar/restaurant there called Le Train Bleu. It’s a lovely example of architecture from the Belle Epoch and a […]

On our last family day in Paris we are celebrating Mia’s birthday at an Alain Ducasse restaurant in the Eifflel Tower. Le Jules Verne is on the highest platform before the summit with its own private elevator going up 123 metres! The 3 course menu was delicious. Here is the Petit Pois starter, followed by […]

If you lust for truffle, then Chez Bruno in Lorgues can give you your fix. This place does 130 covers for lunch and then again at dinner, every day, every week. It’s singular role is to serve truffles in a set menu where the only variation is the type of truffle that’s grated onto the […]

We had no plans for dinner and as the restaurant next door was closed on Sunday nights, Marc suggested a place in nearby Cahuzac-sur-Vère. So off we went to Château des Salettes. What a great place and food – a 1 hat Michelin place no less! (click on the photo to see description)

The dining room has a great view but on our first night it was raining. However, on this evening we had a great sunset to accompany our meal: Kim had the Aubrac menu and I had a main course of Aubrac beef. But we both started with amuse buche: The black cod from the Aubrac […]

Day 2 at Bras was better weather than our first day. The morning was foggy but the afternoon saw some sun so a chance for some photos: And our room keys are attached to the horns of the local Aubrac cow: