Posts Tagged ‘michelin’

Le Bernadin, New York 

April 10, 2017

155 w 51st Street, New York

Lunch. Beautiful dining room. Buzzy crowd. There are worse places to be. My ordering was not the best, black bass/veal cheek main course was a little weak, but seafood truffle pasta was excellent. Great restaurants are not always just about the food. This is one of these places. The bottle of wine for one helped.

The Ritz, London

June 29, 2016

theritzlondon.com

150 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9BR

Under-rated, criminally overlooked. This is indulgent, theatrical, with charming British service complete with dodgy teeth.

Beautiful ingredients. Proper saucing. No cheap ingredients here – caviar, foie gras, Scottish langoustine, sea bass, Anjou pigeon. Special mention to the veal sweetbreads. Woah. 

Full of regulars. Closeted feel. No need to mention Brexit. Worth wearing a tie for.

SaQuaNa, Honfleur

January 14, 2016

http://www.alexandre-bourdras.com

22 Place Hamelin, Honfleur

Best meal of 2015. Wonderful seafood in the gastronomic backwater of Honfleur. My wife took the kids to a butterfly farm, so I could come here. Worth the sacrifice. Had the full range of techniques – Yorkshire pudding (!), poached monkfish in coconut broth (sublime), steamed salmon, sea-bream risotto with green tomatoes, grilled pollack with ginger/soy emulsion. Textbook pigeon. Iced baklava. 

Big flavours, sensitive technique. Can’t remember having better seafood cooking. Well worth a detour.

   

 

Jimbocho Den, Tokyo

December 12, 2014

http://www.jimbochoden.com

This was an exceptional meal in every way. Hands down one of my favourite. Up there with L’Aperge & Michael Guerard. It wasn’t just the food, it was the service; utterly charming. A departure from the norm. It does make one think how formal ‘fine dining’ really needs to be.

9pm booking. Previous diners apologised for leaving a little late. Only in Japan. Counter service. Quiet, busy kitchen staffed by all women with the exception of head chef. Our waitress translated everything, made fun conversation, chose excellent (non expensive) beverage pairings.

Every dish had a story or a twist – something whimsical, local, but grounded in a serious ingredient(s). Everything was served with a smile and enthusiasm. It was infectious.

Not only did we get seconds of the excellent beef, we got a Den sticker to put on our phone… But of course. We even finished with photos with the chef & staff, at their request.

It goes without saying we left with smiles on our faces. And the food:

Foie gras sandwich with persimmon
Turtle soup with turnip
KFC – chicken wing with taro & truffle
Aged Yellowfin tuna with radish
Monkfish liver with rice (my favourite)
Eel & smoked soy skin
‘Salad’
Fugu with radish
Hokkaido beef with bamboo rice
Soil (again, but buckwheat this time)

It was also a relative bargain. Go.

In no particular order….(thanks wordpress)

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The Ledbury (4), Notting Hill

November 14, 2013

http://www.theledbury.com

Another meal back at my London go-to in August. A meal for one – two half bottles, broth of grilled onions & curd with truffle toast, celeriac risotto, venison & cheese to finish (it’s hard to find good cheese in Australia). Decent

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Medlar (2), London

November 13, 2013

http://www.medlarrestaurant.co.uk
438 Kings Road

London again…. An August week back in Blighty for a special guest appearance. Fresh off the plane (via Vietnam…), meeting Ben at the airport, a bit of culture at Tate Britain and then to lunch with my sisters.

Broad bean tagliatelle with truffle, followed by steak & chips. No complaints. Followed by a decent pint, dry white wine and a whitey at 9. A good day.

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Medlar, London

November 11, 2013

http://www.medlarrestaurant.co.uk
438 Kings Road

A relative newcomer when I dined in January ’13 with my sister. Lunch was a bargain and the food excellent. A worthy mention for the duck egg tart with duck hearts.

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The Ledbury (3), Notting Hill

November 7, 2013

http://www.theledbury.com

The Ledbury with Ben, Winter Wonderland for zipwires, obligatory martinis with James, many beers with Jo & Jacqui, Meat Liquour, Taxi. It all started with this superb lunch

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Hedone (2), London

November 6, 2013

Dec’12. Another Xmas back in the motherland. I got my meals lined up with old friends. A return visit to Hedone with Jack – excellent produce treated with care. Nuff said.

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