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Berlin-St Martin's Day and 25th wall celebration- Update on Restaurants

Thanks so much. B Balzer is on Sophienstrasse and the owner is about 80 years old. Her parents started the bakery and it has been around since I think the 30s. Interesting place and stuff was good.

Nov 04, 2014
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Berlin-St Martin's Day and 25th wall celebration- Update on Restaurants

We so excited. We are leaving tomorrow for Berlin and the celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Thank you all so much for all your great suggestions. Too many choices - too little time for all this wonderful food.

On CeeCee, I found a pop up German restaurant specializing in local sourced food in Schoneberg that will be open until December 31. It is called Anton Kocht and is on Winterfeldtstrasse. Kocht used to work for Tim Rau and started this restaurant the end of August. They have about 10 courses to choose from and it is 3 course meal for 29 euros. You can also buy wine- they have about 170 different German wines and I think you can buy it by the glass - not exactly sure about that. Anyway, we are probably going to try that one night. I will report on it. Have any of you eaten there?

Also someone told me today about Eat the World- Berlin. I googled it and they provide a tour to an area of Berlin like Kreuzberg and take you to different places that you might not know about to try different foods. (sort of takes the fun away since the chase to find the different food, bakeries, etc. is part of the fun.) Eat the World is also in other German cities like Leipzig, etc. I don't know if it is in other countries.

Do you know if Backerei Balzer is still open? We stopped in when we were in Berlin at Christmas time in 2010 and it was so retro. The plum coffeecake reminded me of what my grandmother made. Any suggestions on what to buy at the bakery and their specialties? Are there good places to buy Dresdner Stoellen in November? We got some nice stoellen at the Christmas markets last time but that was in December. Thanks so much.

Nov 03, 2014
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Berlin-St Martin's Day and 25th wall celebration- Update on Restaurants

Here is our current list of restaurants that we plan to eat at:
Lutter und Wegner on Schleuterstrasse (near our hotel)- the first night
Katz Orange
lunch at La Soupe Popular (couldn't get a dinner reservation)
Rutz Restaurant (not the wine bar)
Renger-Patzsch
Florian - maybe - we had a wonderful meal last time and it is near our hotel.

We also are planning to eat lunch at Rogaski one day and probably Lokal another day. Do I need a reservation for lunch at Lokal?

Linguafoods, can you suggest a restaurant near the symphony for Saturday evening? The concert is at 7 p.m. Savignyplatz or near the symphony would be the best. Also we are going out to the Olympic Stadium to see a soccer game. Any ideas on where to eat out there? On Sunday Nov 9, there will be alot of 25th anniversary stuff on the wall. Any ideas on where to grab a quick bite around the area where all the balloons will be (near Potsdamer Platz and then along the wall)

Linguafoods have you eaten at First Floor? How does it compare to the other Michelin restaurants?

Also didn't get to the Ballhaus last time. Is there dancing every night or are there certain nights you should go to it? We aren't going to eat there so what time should we get there?

Thanks so much. You are so helpful on everything about Berlin.

Sep 27, 2014
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Visiting Berlin Oct. 15th-recommendations please?

It's very good. Linguafood suggested it a few years ago when we wanted a quick dinner before the Symphony. There are some great suggestions here. I have to rethink some of the places I was thinking of eating at when we go to Berlin Nov 4.

Sep 25, 2014
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Berlin-St Martin's Day and 25th wall celebration- Update on Restaurants

Lucky you - two months in Berlin - hope to spend a month in Berlin after I retire and rent an apartment. I will look into all the suggestions you both made. The Winterfeldplatz market, will it have lots of street food to eat like the Christmas markets? If so, I would love to hear about some of the other markets that have interesting German food.

Sep 19, 2014
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Berlin-St Martin's Day and 25th wall celebration- Update on Restaurants

I just got a resz for lunch at La Soupe Populaire- there weren't any evenings available. Is the menu the same at lunch and dinner? Das Lokal looks great too- would they have goose or should we got with the venison and veal?

Sep 19, 2014
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Berlin-St Martin's Day and 25th wall celebration- Update on Restaurants

We will be in Berlin for 8 nights in early November. Lingua and S.B. Russell gave us so many good ideas when we were in Berlin at Christmas 4 years ago. Since we will be there for St. Martin's Day, do you have any great places for goose? We would like to go back to Regner Patzsch and my husband will want to go to Lutter and Wegner near Savigny Platz for the schnitzel. (Any other suggestions for schnitzel??)

I want to go to Katz Orange (new since our visit) and Wein Bar Rutz. Do you suggest eating upstairs rather than downstairs? And we missed Henne last time so that would be good too. Lingua, can you suggest any other new restaurants we might want to try? We are interested mainly in German food and like to try different regions of German food. What is the name of that Swabian restaurant that serves the german raviolis? Is it any good?

Thanks - can hardly until November. You guys are great.

Sep 18, 2014
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Reim Champagne guided tours- need suggestions

Thanks so much. We will book Pommery. It looks really good. Ruinart also looks like a good tour but they are closed. Wish I had a bigger group - Jiles looks great.

Cris responded so we can take his tour. Even though I must say Jiles looks like a better tour.

Aug 10, 2013
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Help- Restaurants in Paris- end of August

John,

Do you think if I call on Aug 27, I can get a lunch reservation at Septime for Friday, August 30?. August 27 is rentree. Or can I call a free days earlier than that? Maybe they will be back.

Aug 06, 2013
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Reim Champagne guided tours- need suggestions

My daughter and I are taking the train from Paris to Reim the last week in August. We will spend the day in Reims. We found a tour by Cris (www.cristourschampagne-ardenne.com) where you had a 4 hour tour by minivan to tour and taste at 2 or 3 smaller caves as well as see some of the scenery. We thought we would take the 4 hour tour and then visit the Cathedral and visit one of the big name houses on our own. We sent emails to him that were on on his website but have had no response to them. People raved about his tours not that long ago but he doesn't respond.

You Hounds always have good suggestions so do you know how I can contact Cris or do you have another suggestion on a good 4 or 5 hour tour that we could book for when we arrive in Reims? Also what big name house would you suggest we visit? My daughter went to Mumm 7 or 8 years ago so I thought we would select a different house to visit even though she liked that tour.

Aug 06, 2013
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Help- Restaurants in Paris- end of August

Hi Again,

I have reservations at Semilla for dinner, Spring for dinner, and Ze Kitchen Galerie for lunch. I have not been successful with Septime since I called before the 21 day window for a lunch. They told me to call back. Now I am finding on their website, which has now opened up for August 27, that Septime only has dinner ressies on their website. I sent them an email trying to get the lunch reservation but they are on vacation so no response. Any ideas on how to get a lunch ressie for August 30?
Do I need to reserve far in advance for Les Climats?

You all are so helpful. Thanks so much.

Aug 06, 2013
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Help- Restaurants in Paris- end of August

Thanks to all of you. Have to process all of this and figure out how many more of these restaurants I can fit in during our visit. Yes, Chez George on Rue Mail. I will read your review John.

Probably will save Aki for another time since we are having the big lunch with my daughter's former family she lived with. And Aki is returning that day.

Jul 24, 2013
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Help- Restaurants in Paris- end of August

Based on John Talbott's suggestions, I now have a reservation at Ze Gallerie. Also have Spring and Semilla. Hope to get a reservation next week for Septime. All of these are modern French and Ze is French-asian modern, I think. Is Z a Michelin one star?
So what should I get that is more old traditional cooking (but great of course) - Le Paul Bert or should I go with 6 Le Paul Bert? Is 6 Le Paul Bert modern cooking? No one has commented on Chez George. Is that too old school? And what about Ober Sale or Taxi Jaune? And then there is Josephine DuMont.

Les Climats interests me too for Sunday lunch since it sounds great, and is near Museum D'Orsay. (sp) Whoa, I am running out of dates since we are going to Reims, have a market and cooking class lunch, etc. But everything is shaping up very nicely thanks to all of you.

Jul 23, 2013
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Help- Restaurants in Paris- end of August

Thanks - got a reservation at Semilla for the day we arrive. Have to wait until next week for Septime (they said I should call next week). Unfortunately, Aki's opens the day before we leave and we are going to the people who my daughter lived with for a lunch, which I imagine will be a substantial lunch.

In your experience, if we reserved late, could we manage dinner at Aki? - 3 courses??

Jul 23, 2013
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Going back to Paris for a week- review our restaurant ideas?

We are going to Paris in a month so I am trolling for great suggestions. Thanks for the suggestions of Semilla. It looks great and we are staying on the Rue Dauphine so that is close by. Any thoughts on LaTable d'Aki? It is such a small place not sure if we will be able to get in.
What do you all think of ZeKitchen Gallerie?

thanks for your help.

Jul 22, 2013
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Help- Restaurants in Paris- end of August

Thanks for all the good advice. I will check all these out. I am also going to try to get a rezzie at La Table d'Aki. Noticed on another post that Semilla is close by to rue Dauphine and sounds good. Any suggestions on either of these two restaurants?

I think we will also try to go to Le 6 Paul Bert. What about Au Vieux Comptoir? I was thinking of Les Climats for Sunday brunch/lunch. Another old type restaurant I ate at a long time ago was Les Temps Des Cerises. Is that a good choice?

I may try to get a rezzie at Septime for lunch since it sounds like a good deal. But dinner there would probably be divine. I am going to call there since the reservations are only through August 1 on the website. I hope I can get a time.
As you can see too many great restaurants, not enough time. Any comments on these restaurants or other ideas would be appreciated.

Jul 22, 2013
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Help- Restaurants in Paris- end of August

Thanks so much. It looks like Septime will be open when we are there since it is not list. Does rentree mean when the Parisiens return and the restaurants reopen?

Jul 21, 2013
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Help- Restaurants in Paris- end of August

My daughter and I will be in Paris August 27- September 3. We are staying in an apartment on rue Dauphine in the 6th. We need recommendations of boulangeries, patesseries, bakeries, frommageries etc in that area since we want to picnic and eat in sometimes. Do you have any great chocolate places to recommend? We like Laudrees for pastries but would appreciate other recommendations.

We have a reservation for Spring one night. That should be special. We need your help with other reservations:

1) Septime- I checked their website and they are only taking reservations through August 1. Will they be closed in August? Someone had on CH that the reservations are normally 21 days out. We were thinking of a three course lunch. Do you recommend lunch or dinner? Is it the same menu?

2) What about Le Bistro Paul Bert? Is it still great? Do we need a reservation? If so, how much in advance should we get the reservation? Is the other Bistro 6 the same type of food, etc.

3) I also read in Bon Appetit about Chez George where Julia Childs ate. Is it overrated or a great old time Bistro?

4) We ate at the Yellow Taxi on Oberkampf the last time we were in Paris. Ober Sale on the same street also sounds interesting. Would you recommend either of them? Do we need reservations?

5) And then what everyone is talking about on the boards, Frenchies, Frenchies Bar, Le Comptoir du Relais, and Chateaubriand. I just can't decide whether to take a chance and go there. I can't get a reservation at Frenchies so we would have to stand in line for the bar.

6) Other places I am considering are Josephine Chez DuMont, Kitchen Galleries, and Le Dauphin. Someone on the boards suggested Cafe Constant. Is it an old time bistro?

As you can see, Spring and Septime are more modern type French restaurants. We were thinking of Chez George or La Bistro Paul Bert for the more traditional cusine. We like high and low but I have decided Guy Savoy is too expensive for this trip even though it was a lovely experience many years ago.

Any suggestions you have would be appreciated. Also if you know if any of these restaurants will be closed when we are there would be helpful. Someone on CH had said Ami Jean will be closed in August.

Jul 20, 2013
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Loire Valley restaurants

We will be in the Loire Valley for 4 nights August 23-August 27. We are looking for both rustic and fine dining. We are planning to stay in Chinon for two nights and around Amboise for the other two nights. Do you have any sugggestions? We are thinking of staying at Le Fleuray about 12 km from Amboise. The hotel offers half board so before we sign up to have dinner there for two nights I want to find out how good it is. Have any of you chowhounds eaten there?

Also if you have some good caves (wineries) to stop at, I would like to hear about that too.

We are going to Paris for 8 nights (I know August isn't the greatest). Have a reservation for Spring and after I read the boards, I will be asking for suggestions for Paris too.

Thanks.

Jun 23, 2013
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Key West and Miami Beach Restaurants- in late March

Thanks for your suggestions. I read that Pisces is really pricey - $69 for the mango signature shrimp. Are most of the entrees that high? Is it worth it to go there?

I think we will also look into Paseos which you suggested in another post. 7 Fishes sounds great. Have you heard about of Hot Tin Roof? They supposedly have a great view of the sunset but I wonder what the food is like?

Feb 15, 2013
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Key West and Miami Beach Restaurants- in late March

My daughter and I will be going to Key West for 3 nights. We want to eat at Pisces and at Louie's Back Yard. I especially like seeing the sunset. We also plan to have lunch or breakfast at Blue Heaven. We welcome suggestions on places to eat.
On our drive down from Miami, does anyone have a suggestion on a good old down home restaurant on the water that serves seafood?
I will be in South Beach for a few nights before my daughter arrives. Any suggestions on good places to eat? 4 friends and I will just be back from Cuba so it might be fun to try a Cuban restaurant in Miami.

Feb 10, 2013
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Great dinner restaurant a short distance from Sultanahmet

I also recommend Balikci Sabahattin. It is really a great place. The appetizers are fantastic and so is the fish. The people range from family groups to rich and famous.

Dec 07, 2012
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Goosefoot reservation and help selecting a good restaurant Thanksgiving weekend

I have been trying to get a reservation at Goosefoot but so far no luck. Open Table doesn't have any reservations and I tried calling Goosefoot a number of time 8 weeks out and still have had no luck. Any sugestions on how to get a reservation?

I want to take my two adult children (in their upper 20's) out to eat when they are in town for Thanksgiving weekend. I'm looking for an urban restaurant with nicely cooked food, a little adventure in the entrees, appetizers, etc and and some ambiance too. We like restaurants like North Pond and Naha but I am looking for a lower price point. I have read about Leopolds and wonder if that would fit the bill? Any comments on Leopolds or any other suggestions on where to eat would be great.

Nov 10, 2012
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Portugal Trip Report

A PS - I just heard back from Assinatura and this is what we had to eat
1) Amuse- White asparagus soup with morels and oysters in a foamy cream sauce.
2) Pan fried cod fish tongues, in a Tomato Migas (tomato soaked in bread) with cockles.
3)Smoked Octopus, sweet potato puree and dehydrated apple.
4) Atlantic Grouper, shrimp, corn bread curst and topinambour
5) Roasted Partridge, Chestnuts, turnips and pears
Dessert 6) Toucinho de ceu - bacon on top of lemon ice crea, almond biscuit and mango culie - wonderful!!!

The Portuguese wines were also wonderful!!!

Nov 05, 2012
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Portugal high-end dining

If you are in the Tomar area, Chico Elias would be an interesting place to go. Maria, the owner and chef, has been winning awards for her return to slow cooked traditional meals. The restaurant had numberous articles on the walls by Portuguese and Brazilian travel and food writers about the restaurant. Many of the meals such as rabbit in pumpkin are cooked in a wood burning oven. If you google the restaurant, you can learn more about it.

Near Evora, Herade Do Esporao, a winery, serves a delightful lunch. The dining room overlooks the vineyards and it is a very relaxed setting.

Nov 04, 2012
suzieq4 in Spain/Portugal

Portugal Trip Report

Bimbog, thanks for correcting me re Alma. Yes that was for one person - 47 euros. I have to echo what Bimbog and Antonia 2 have both said. If you are selective, you can find wonderful high end food served in lovely surroundings at places such as Alma or Assinatura and wine pairings for a fraction of the cost in other European countries. But in almost all the restaurants we went to whether they were high end, a neighborhood restaurant, or regional favorites such as Chico Elias, the restaurants were proud of what they were offering you and wanted you to have a good experience and enjoy their heritage. It was such a wonderful experience to enjoy the variety of Portugese cuisine.

I too hope there are more posts about Portugal on Chowhound,.

Nov 04, 2012
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Baking soda in Germany

It is always great to learn something new.

Oct 31, 2012
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Lisbon and Alentejo Report -- longish

Thanks for your great report on the restaurants. We didn't get to Estremoz when we were in Evora but I wish we had gone there. Sao Rosa sounded wonderful. We went to a hill town near the Spainish border called Monsaroz and toured Herdade Do Esporao winery and had a wonderful lunch there. It is always good to want to go back and see and eat more.

Oct 31, 2012
suzieq4 in Spain/Portugal

Portugal Trip Report

Here are the costs for most of the meals.

Friday - Restaurant Estrela da Se - lunch 15 Euros
Assinatura - 5 course tasting menu - 102 Euros for the food The wine pairing was 24 Euros
Alma- 4 course tasting menu was 47 euros but you also had the sorbet and amuse. Wine pairing was 13 euros.
Restaurante Os Jeromimos - we paid cash - I think it was about 18 euros.
A Baiuca - 52 Euros. It also included the Fado.
Fortaleza do Guincho - it was part of our package since we stayed there but you can check on line to find out the cost of the meal. We had the three course menu but there was an amuse and 3 desserts so it was alot to eat. From what I remember, I think the meal was about 50 Euros per person.
Restaurante Porto Santa Maria - 130 euros for the food. The reason it was so expensive was the lobster cost 66 euros since it was based on its weight. I thought the lobster was not worth the price. The cod cakes and the other appetizers were wonderful as was the spiny stuffed crab that I had.
Nazare - Restaurante A Tasquinha - 20 euros.
Tomar - Restaurant O Tabuleiro - 20 euros.
Tomar - Chico Elias - 56 euros but that included a half carafe of house wine, a soft drink and bottled water. Nothing was itemized. We ordered alot of appetizers and the two desserts which was way too much food.
Evora - Vinho e Nos - 37 euros
Taberna Tipica Quarta Feira- 50 euros - it was 25 euros a person and included the wine, soda and bottled water, etc.
Herade Do Esporao was 120 euros. It included the vineyard tour, the tour of the cellar and plant, the tastings of 4 olive oils, 4 wines and the gourmet lunch that was described earlier. There were people who just ate at the restaurant but I don't know what the actual restaurant cost was.
Lisbon- Restaurante St Antonio Alfama- 65 euros.

I hope this helps.

Oct 31, 2012
suzieq4 in Spain/Portugal

Portugal Trip Report

Sure, let me dig out my receipts tonight and add that info.

Oct 31, 2012
suzieq4 in Spain/Portugal