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December trip to Kyoto

Hello,

We are planning on visiting Kyoto/Osaka sometime between Christmas and New Year's. Possibly from 12/26 - 12/30. Are most restaurants closed during this time? We are interested in pretty much everything, from high end kaiseki ryori to the takoyaki stands in Dotombori.

Oct 19, 2010
thehyperion in Japan

Sant Pau or Can Fabes

I am going through the very same dilemma, traveling to Barcelona next month and trying to decide between a lunch at either Sant Pau or Can Fabes. I have done some research outside of Chowhound and came across a few blogs. Among the blogs I found, there was a Korean foodblogger who had amazing pictures. Although most of it is in Korean, he writes the names of the dishes in English so this might help you get a feel. Despite the language barrier, I think his photos are worth at least a quick browse. Unfortunately, at Can Fabes, they didn't have an English menu so he wasn't able to write out the names. He took a picture of the menu though so that might help.

Sant Pau
Part I -> http://blog.naver.com/pat2bach/60067341549
Part II -> http://blog.naver.com/pat2bach/60067343895

Can Fabes
Part I -> http://blog.naver.com/pat2bach/60067448576
Part II -> http://blog.naver.com/pat2bach/600674...

Just to summarize, this particular food blogger went to most of the top restaurants in San Sebastian and Barcelona and just based on taste, he considered Can Fabes to be tops. Based on his blog, and the opinions of others, I chose Can Fabes.

Hope this helps!

Feb 04, 2010
thehyperion in Spain/Portugal

First Barcelona Trip: Restaurant dilemma

PBSF, your reply was leagues beyond the kind of response I had expected. Thank you. And rrems, thank you for the additional input. Both of your responses will help when I try to make reservations. I really wanted to fit San Sebastian into the itinerary but didn't work out this time.

Another question is, what is the acceptable dress code in these kinds of restaurants for both men and women? I think I read somewhere that upscale jeans would be okay for men, but I think that post was referring to restaurants in Barcelona that are below the caliber of these three restaurants.

Jan 29, 2010
thehyperion in Spain/Portugal

First Barcelona Trip: Restaurant dilemma

Hello,

I'm planning a 5-day trip to Barcelona in March and wish to dine at one of the Michelin 3-star restaurants. I know there's a bunch of information on this board, and I'm guessing people will have different opinions as to which (excluding El Bulli) would be the most worth the effort, but is there a clear and obvious choice between Can Fabes, Sant Pau, and El Celler de Can Roca?

Thanks.

Jan 27, 2010
thehyperion in Spain/Portugal

Sushi Dai/Daiwa Sushi open?

So apparently both are open today and tomorrow, but at least for tomorrow, they will be closing early, around 9:30 am or so because of the lack of fish.

Dec 28, 2009
thehyperion in Japan

Sushi Dai/Daiwa Sushi open?

Hello,

I've heard from someone that a lot of sushi restaurants close this week b/c of lack of ingredients. Would anyone happen to know if either Sushi Dai or Daiwa Sushi close this week?

Thank you.

Dec 28, 2009
thehyperion in Japan

Tempura restaurants in Tokyo

Hey guys,

I was wondering if anyone here has been to and can comment on their experiences at some of the tempura restaurants in Tokyo. I know there are three 2-star tempura restaurants in the Michelin guide, but the one I was most interested in, Raku-tei, will be closed during my visit.

Would it be worth trying the other starred tempura restaurants or are some of the other ones (I recall a chain in Roppongi HIlls) almost as good?

Thanks!

Dec 11, 2009
thehyperion in Japan

3 days in Tokyo; Quintessence or L'Osier?

L'osier's apparently closed, and there's a bit of a waitlist for Quintessence. Instead, we booked a dinner at Edition Koji Shimomura.

Thank you everyone for your advice.

Dec 11, 2009
thehyperion in Japan

3 days in Tokyo; Quintessence or L'Osier?

I'm trying to shoot for one of the weekdays/nights in between, around the 27th-29th. Thanks for the information!

At least in terms of French/non-Japanese cuisine, is the Michelin guide reliable?

Dec 08, 2009
thehyperion in Japan

3 days in Tokyo; Quintessence or L'Osier?

Hello,

My wife and I were planning on staying in Tokyo for three days sometime between Christmas and New Year's. It's not our first visit, but given the occasion (first time traveling without our kid since he was born), we were trying to decide between Quintessence and L'Osier for dinner. We would be grateful if anyone could give us some advice on which restaurant to choose, and if we should maybe opt for lunch (if there are any perks to doing that).

Any other recommendation would also be helpful. I've recently heard of a rising star called Reverence as well.

Thanks!

Dec 07, 2009
thehyperion in Japan

Anniversary dinner at Citronelle

Yikes! Now I'm wondering if CityZen is the better option!

Sep 10, 2009
thehyperion in Washington DC & Baltimore

Anniversary dinner at Citronelle

Thanks to all the replies!

I'll keep in mind the suggestions and hopefully make this a memorable meal. Considering how the menu changes, we will probably decide once we get there between the a la carte and the tasting menu.

Sep 09, 2009
thehyperion in Washington DC & Baltimore

Anniversary dinner at Citronelle

Is the tasting menu worth the cost?

Sep 09, 2009
thehyperion in Washington DC & Baltimore

Anniversary dinner at Citronelle

Hello.

My wife and I are going to be dining at Citronelle for our wedding anniversary in a few weeks, and I was wondering if anyone that's dined there before could give us some tips or pointers to make our experience there better. For example, is there a certain dish that we should try to request? Thanks!

Sep 07, 2009
thehyperion in Washington DC & Baltimore

Which Sushi of Gari location?

Hello.

I have been hearing some great things about Sushi of Gari, but I wasn't sure which location to try. Originally, I was considering the UES location but they told me that Gari doesn't work there anymore, and that he's now at the one in Midtown. Does anyone have any advice as to which one I should try? My gut tells me that I should follow Gari and go to the Midtown location, but it seems that the conventional thinking is to go to the UES location.

Jul 26, 2009
thehyperion in Manhattan

Land of the Rising Status

Not like my opinion matters or anything, but a friend and I were talking about where we'd like to live strictly for dining purposes, and we both said Tokyo without any hesitation whatsoever. It says something when world renowned chefs such as Joel Robuchon opens a restaurant in Tokyo before opening it in New York.

I had stopped by a ramen cart in Tokyo, where the owner/chef begins his day at 5 am by making the soup stock, and if it doesn't turn out the way he likes, he closes shop for the entire day. His recipe apparently has a lineage, which he proudly hangs in his worn down cart. Even the cheap ramen carts go about their food with such pride.

Nov 26, 2007
thehyperion in Features

Buffalo wings in Bergen County?

Anyone have any recommendations for good wings in Bergen County?

Nov 14, 2007
thehyperion in General Tristate Archive

Jean Georges or Daniel? Celebratory dinner

Of course I don't mind. :)

No one has suggested any specific dish to try at Daniel either. Any and all suggestions would be welcome.

Jul 17, 2007
thehyperion in Manhattan

Jean Georges or Daniel? Celebratory dinner

We considered this option, and we may try this once Restaurant Week is over. I also have to consider how long the meal will take, since I'm only given an hour or so for my lunch break.

Jul 17, 2007
thehyperion in Manhattan

Jean Georges or Daniel? Celebratory dinner

Thank you!

We're heavily leaning towards Daniel, but hopefully we'll have an opportunity to try Jean Georges in the near future as well. The only thing that worries me about JG is that his culinary empire seems to be expanding to the point where it would almost be expected that his restaurants lose some of their quality and consistency. But like you said, I don't think we can go wrong with either choice.

I will post about our choice and our dining experience once it comes around. Thank you for your input.

Jul 16, 2007
thehyperion in Manhattan

Jean Georges or Daniel? Celebratory dinner

Thank you for your kind words. :)

Jul 16, 2007
thehyperion in Manhattan

Jean Georges or Daniel? Celebratory dinner

Hello.

My wife and I are planning on celebrating what will probably be our last few weeks of freedom (our baby is due in August) by splurging on a nice dinner at one of Manhattan's renown restaurants. With Per Se not really being an option, and having dined recently at both Eleven Madison Park and Babbo, we've narrowed down our list to Jean Georges and Daniel. I've scoured the boards and other sites for some insight from others to hopefully steer us in one direction, but have failed. :(

I was hoping to get some help in deciding which restaurant to try, and whether we should go a la carte or order the tasting menu. I guess some people may say that we can't go wrong with either one, but my wife's been through a rough 9 months and I want this to be as memorable as possible. Any and all opinions will be appreciated. Thanks!

Jul 16, 2007
thehyperion in Manhattan