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Montauroux and environs

I understand that Eric Maio has left his good restaurant in Montauroux, but that someone serious has taken it over. Try it. Two excellent restaurants not far away are Le Relais des Moines in Les-Arcs-sur-Argens and L'Hostellerie des Gorges de Pennafort near Callas, north of Le Muy.

Mar 22, 2015
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Paris 2 and 3 stars

Have the big menu at Pierre Gagnaire for dinner. It is an experience you will never forget.

Mar 15, 2015
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Kaiseki in Tokyo

It's not on most people's radar, but our hotel booked us into Kagaya Ginza ten. We had a very good kaiseki meal there.

Jan 30, 2015
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sur mesure par thierry marx

We loved it and thought that our meal was three-star quality. The inventiveness was always successful, which is unusual. To see more try . The ambiance and service were very good also.

Jan 04, 2015
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Shinjuku near Yotsuya Station; Kurashiki; Onomichi, Miyajima

We had a very good soba/tempura lunch at Sakura Restaurant in Bikan Chiku. A good lunch is also available at the Ryokan Kurashiki, but we were happily staying there and enjoying their breakfasts and dinners.

Dec 24, 2014
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9 days in Nice

For two relatively new, good restaurants, I would add Poséidon and Jan. Le Chantecler had a very good pre-Xmas menu last year.

Dec 04, 2014
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Nice, France lunch after airport arrival

Paloma beach is a good suggestion, but getting there etc may be too much in your jetlagged condition and you could save it for another day. It somewhat depends on where your hotel is. If it is close to the center of St-Jean, you could walk to the port where there are several restaurants along the front serving cuisine typical of the region; they're not great, but it would be a good start.

Aug 03, 2014
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Foodie from NYC visiting the Cote D'Azur for the first time

Poséidon, in the center of Nice, is a very good, new fish restaurant.

Jun 18, 2014
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Sant Pau for dinner, where to stay?

Sant Pau is a great restaurant and worth spending an evening. We stayed in Calella, a beach resort a short drive north. It has several good hotels.

Jun 09, 2014
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Atera - Really??

"Unfortunately, the vast majority of the many dishes we had were creatively and artistically presented, but rather lacking in flavor. "

A reason we like Atera so much is that the preparations do not rely on a bit of hot pepper in various forms or some acidic saucing to make the flavors seem interesting. Chef Lightner knows how to make the ingredients sing for us without them.

Apr 21, 2014
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Need Help in Provence foodie itinerary!

It is Le Galoubet. See:
(A Galoubet is a one-handed three-hole Provençale flute; one slings a drum strap over a shoulder and plays the drum with the other hand.)

Apr 12, 2014
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restaurants near Place de la Concorde ?

Tante Louise.

Apr 08, 2014
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Molecular Gastronomy in Tokyo - As good as Spain and Alinea?

Looking at my blogpost from our excellent meal at Takazawa a year ago, there is incredible imagination and inventiveness, but no molecular preparations.

Apr 06, 2014
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Question re. multiple kaiseki dinners at ryokans

Apr 02, 2014
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Question re. multiple kaiseki dinners at ryokans

We prefer hotels, but on our trips to Japan, we stay at one ryokan, always for two nights. It would never occur to us that the two dinners and two breakfasts might be repeats and they never are. The last two were Kayotei in Yamanaka and Ryokan Kurashiki in Kurashiki, both wonderful. The next one will be Gora Kadan.
I agree with the sentiments already expressed that you should just relax and let the ryokans be your hosts.

Apr 02, 2014
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TBD - any good?

TBD is noisy and smoky with some very good dishes and some not so good. Go there for a fun, informal evening, not an anniversary dinner.

Restaurants on French Riviera and Provence

Be sure to go to Le Bistrot de la Marine in Cros de Cagnes.

Mar 08, 2014
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Tempura: best beverage and appropriate etiquette?

Definitely with chopsticks as you want to eat the tempura hot. At good tempura counters you will be given instructions how to eat, particularly whether to dip in the salt, the ponzu or not at all. Assuming you do not speak Japanese these will be by pointing. The chefs want you to do it right and are happy to be as helpful as they can, assuming that you are smiling and receptive.. After the regular offerings, they may show you a tray with optional ingredients for your choice.
I always drink sake, but there is frequently a house Chablis, or something like that on offer. To me that would be better than beer, but you will see others drinking beer.

Mar 07, 2014
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Marseille, Nice, and Aix-en Provence

That review is six years old. It is of an abbreviated meal. For something more recent and complete see

Feb 15, 2014
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Marseille, Nice, and Aix-en Provence

Le Petit Nice is the best fish and seafood restaurant anywhere. The big menu is a four hour extravaganza which is wonderful.

Feb 13, 2014
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Where to eat in Fukuoka, Kurakawa Onsen, and Tokyo

Well, you should d a yatai crawl one evening in Fukuoka.

Jan 18, 2014
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Winter Food Adventure in Alpes-Maritimes (Côte d'Azur - Antibes, Nice, Cannes)

Go soon to Le Figuier de Saint Esprit. You will want to go several times.

Jan 10, 2014
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Kyoto Arashiyama Kitcho

I have wanted to go there, but we cannot sit in a traditional tatami room. Are there possibilities of tatami with a leg well or of tables with chairs?

We loved Hana Kitcho where we had a private room with a table and chairs.

Jan 03, 2014
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Lunch near the Frick Museum?

The noise level at Salumeria Rosi is impossible. I suggest Rouge Tomate.

Dec 06, 2013
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What's Degustation like these days?

I went in August, 2013, and liked it even more than before.

Nov 30, 2013
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hospital food in france

Yes, when I was in the Clinique St George in NIce, the enterprise that prepared the quite good food also did meals for schools (and the prison.)

Nov 16, 2013
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Jan, Nice

We had a six course tasting menu. The scallops with parsley sauce etc were superb. The Guinea Hen with chestnut purée was very good. The Caramel dessert was excellent. Other courses were all good. My blogpost will come up next Tuesday.

Oct 30, 2013
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Jan, Nice

Nice is blessed with quite a few small restaurants with young chefs in the one-star Michelin category, whether they have received the star or not. A new one, Jan, opened a month ago. We went for dinner last night and enjoyed it a lot. The restaurant is named after its South African chef. It is on the west end of the Rue Lascaris, two blocks north of the Old Port, where you can park by the staircase at the north end of its parking lot.

Oct 29, 2013
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Equal of Patricia Well's Food Lovers Guide to Paris for the 21st century????

Le Guide Gantié.

Oct 04, 2013
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NICE Best spots for...

Go to Espuno, Le Four à Bois, at 35 Rue Droite in Old Nice. Their breads are excellent. They have very good, authentic pissaladère and both sucré and salée tourte de blettes, among other good things. They also have a stand in the Cours Saleya, but going to the bakery is the real experience.

Aug 03, 2013
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