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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
suzieq4 in France

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
suzieq4 in France

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
suzieq4 in France

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
suzieq4 in France

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
suzieq4 in France

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
suzieq4 in France

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
suzieq4 in France

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
suzieq4 in France

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
suzieq4 in France

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
suzieq4 in France

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
suzieq4 in France

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
suzieq4 in France

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
suzieq4 in Florida

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
suzieq4 in Florida

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
suzieq4 in Europe

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
suzieq4 in Chicago Area

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
suzieq4 in Spain/Portugal

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
suzieq4 in Spain/Portugal

Baking soda in Germany

It is always great to learn something new.

Oct 31, 2012
suzieq4 in Europe

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

Portugal Trip Report

PS- I want to thank everyone on Chowhound for their recommendations and suggestions. It was so much fun eating at such a variety of restasurants and we got to sample so many different types of Portuguese cuisine.

Oct 31, 2012
suzieq4 in Spain/Portugal

Portugal Trip Report

We had a wonderful time in Portugal. The food was fabulous.

On Friday, after we arrived, we had lunch at Restaurant Estrela da Se in the Alfama. I had Bacalhan A Bras which is a traditional dish with bits of cod and eggs and my husband had Pasteis of Bacalhan Arroz Esalada which was cod balls with a salad.

We went to Assinatura on Friday night and had the 5 courses with wine pairings. The restaurant was very modern. The decor was very soothing and the service was great. I did not take alot of notes since the waiter promised to send me via email a menu. (My mistake since they have not responded to my emails) I will share my sketchy notes. We first had an amuse which was white asparagus soup with morels and oysters in a cream sauce with foam. It was wonderful. Our first course was a fish course which I did not write down but it was very good. Our second course was clams (coggles) with a tomato sauce with bread soaked in milk. It was exceptional. The third course was cod with shrimp and it was very good. The main course was pheasant in a red wine reduction. It was okay but not exeptional. The dessert was wonderful. It ws a pastry with lemon ice cream and a mango cookie. They served a sauterne with it that was wonderful. I also had a Post Script de Chrysera Savigonon Blanc 2010 (3 varieties) from the Doro that was excellent with some of the fish dishes. I also had a Malavesia which was also good.

On Saturday we went for breakfast to Confesitaria Nacional and had the Nate pastry and an almond pastry called an Empada. On Saturday afternoon we went to Belem and had the original Pastel de Nata, which was still warm. Wow!!!! Wish I lived in Belem. We also ate at Restaurante Os Jermimos which is on the main street.. I had clams which was so so but my husband had sea bass Nazare. He had two sea bass for lunch with the wonderful sauce of paprika and vinegar as well as vegetables. I helped him clean his plate.

On Saturday night, we went to Alma and had another wonderful meal. We had the 4 course meal with wine pairings. The amuse was a scallop with orange and mint with brocilli. It was very good. Our first appetizer was marinated horse mackerel filets in a rustic coriander sauce and lemon oil. It was fantastic. We had a 3B Rose Bairada with both of those. Then we had a roasted fillet of grouper with brown butter, white asparagus and mussel risotto secented with lemon. We had a Azeo 2011 Douro with that. The main entree was grilled iberian pork medallions with turnips, apple and potato puree, pear chutney and thyme juice. It was excellent. We had a Papa Figos 2010 Douro with that. We were then given a brazilian lime sorbet to clear our pallets. And the dessert was a white chocolate "pannacotta" with poached pineapple and almond foam. It was served with a Taylor Reserva Port 2005, The meal was fabulous. All of this for 47Euros without wine and 60 euros with wine pairings. I noticed through out the trip that wine is very reasonable (and good) in Portugal.

Sunday night we went to see Fado in the Alfama. We went to A Baiucca which was amateur Fado. It is a tiny little place in the Alfama. All the cooks also participate and one of them has a wonderful voice. It is quite an experience and lots of fun. I would recommend it. We had wonderful starters - tuna and bean and two different sheep cheeses. The sea bass was also very good.

On Monday night we ate at the 1 Michelin star Fortaleza do Guincho. We were staying there and our meal was included in our package but they let us choose items off of different menus. We had an amuse that included 3 items - Caulflower soup, oxtail with tomatoes and wine reduction and vegetable and a mousse with crab. We then had Crab scented with yuzu, fine jelly and small vegetables marinated with lemon zest. It was wonderful and the wine pairing was a Quinta de Sant" Ana Sauvignon Blanc, 2011. Our entree was roasted stone bass from the coast with girolles, small vegetables with colonnate bacon and a dark sauce. I had a Contraste Douro 2010 wtih that. We then moved on to our 3 desserts. First we had Mignardisdes - apple crumb with vanilla and chocolate. We then had the regular dessert which was grand cru Tainori chocolate mousse, grue chips and raspberry cream with blackcurrant and porto sherbert and fresh raspberries. That was served with Quinta da Alorna, Abafado 2005. We finished with a plate of pasteries including chocolate truffle, madeleine and other wonderful french pasteries. We waddled to our room after that meal and had to take some of the cookies with us since we were stuffed. The great thing about this restaurant was the view - the sunset over the ocean and the crashing waves. The service was impeccable and the restaurant was very quiet. We had a table by the window.
Tuesday night we ate at Porto de Santa Maria in Guincho. It was a mixed bag. The restaurant was very noisey since there were alot of large groups there. I had the stuffed spiny crab as an appetizer and a lobster. Both were excellent. My husband didn't like his fish soup which had very little fish in it and he said his cod which was cooked in the Portuguese manner was not that good. I think the problem with his meal was that we didn't order a fresh fish to share since I was having the lobster. He just ordered a meal. While my meal was very good, we thought the restuarant was over priced compared to all the other wonderful meals that we had in Portugal.
On Wednesday, we headed to Nazare and for lunch we ate at Resaurante A Tasquinha. We had an excellent fish soup with lots of fish in it and shared a sea bass with Nazare sauce (olives, vinegar, onion, paprika). It was wonderful. ( We had been eating alot since Fortaleza do Guincho had a wonderful breakfast buffet.) Wednesday night we ate at our hotel, Mestre Alfonso Domingue, and it was good,. The restaurant is called Vintage. I had veal steak and my husband had sea bass. (He likes sea bass.)

Thursday we moved over to Tomar. We had lunch at a local restaurant Restaurant O Tabuleiro. I had Bean stew with squid (Ensopado de Borrego) and Pat had prork and potato cubes and clams(Carne de Porco Alentenja). Both were excellent. I think both of them were specialities of the region.

Thursday night we went to Chico Elias in Tomar which was one of the reaons we went to Tomar (the Knight Templars were very interesting but the restaurant is a MUST. ) We had to order our meal a few days ahead of time since it is slow cooked in a wood burning oven. We started with grilled sardines with onions. We also had beans with snails and tomatoes. They were excellent. The main courses were rabbit roasted in a pumpkin with onions and mushrooms. Since eels were out of season, we also had pork and cod with corn. These were huge meals but they also served a salad, creamed spinach, rice and french fries. Since the main courses were so wonderful, we didn't eat the sides. We had a very nice house wine. For dessert we had creme brulee and a yolk cake (Tatia de Toluar). The creme brulee was great but the waitress said that the yolk cake was a speciality of Tomar so I ordered it. She said she liked it but a lot of people didn't like it. She was right.
The restaurant is quite an experience. The owner/chef is a short plumb mid aged woman who has won accalades from the press and food writers for her return to tradional slow cooked recipes. The walls are filled with articles (all in Portuguese) about the restaurant). The restaurant is very low keyed and sort of rustic. After the meal, I looked in the kitchen and Maria came out. I told her through the waitress how wonderful the meal was. She hugged me and we got our picture taken with her. All in all a wonderful evening and also very reasonable.

On Friday night we were in Evora and we ate at Vinho e Nos. It was okay but nothing spectacular. I had the black wild pork with chestnuts and it as very good. My husband had pork with bread sauce and it was dry.

On Saturday we took a tour of the Exporao vineyard and winery and had a luncheon there. We tasted 4 olive oils and a number of wines. The lunch was wonderful. We first tasted the four oil oils. We then had a chestnut soup. We also had scrambled eggs with ham and parsley. We were served a white Verdelho 2011 with those courses. We then had cod with pureed potatoes that was served on top of spinach with fancy garlic threads on top. We had an Espora Reserva 2010 (white) with that. Our main course was a lamb stew with potatoes, parsley and juice. It was delicious and was served with a Petit Verdot 2008. For dessert we had a cheese torte with rasberry sorbet. They served a late harest Colheita Tar Dia 2011 with that. It was wonderful but not as sweet as an ice wine. All in all a very memorable meal. And we bought wine and olive oil to take home in our suitcases. Luckily this was near the end of our trip. y

Saturday evening we were back in Evora and ate at Taberna Tipica Quarta Feira. The father cooks one meal and that is what you eat. The son served it. Everything was great and it was great people watching. We had as appetizers stuffed hot muchrooms, hot sheep cheese with oregano, and black porc sausage. For our main course we had black porc that was so tender with spinach, carrot rice and potatoes. For dessert we had quince with walnuts and a local cake with a egg and sugar filling. It was called Melenoz Encharcada. They had a house wine that was very good.

We were staying at Hotel Albergaria do Calvario. The breakfasts were all organic and they had eggs anyway you wanted them, wonderful cakes, honey, wheat germ, quince, different fruits, etc. It was lovely.

For our last evening in Lisbon, we ate at Santa Antonio de Alfama in the Alfama. the walls are covered with photos of famous people who have dined there. We had wonderful sheep cheese, potato skins and olives And we had our last seabass with herbs. All in all a wonderful way to end our trip to Lisbon and Portugal.

We had a wonderful 10 days in Portugal. The weather was great, the people friendly, the roads easy to navigate and not that crowded. Overall our food was fabulous. I hope you enjoyed our comments and they give you some ideas for your trip to Portugal in the near future. It really is a nice place to visit and not that hard on the budget.

Oct 30, 2012
suzieq4 in Spain/Portugal

October trip to Lisbon and small towns - Guincho, Nazare, Batalha, Tomar and Evora

We are off to Lisbon today. Have reservations at Alma and Assinatura. Thanks for all the suggestions. Haven't been able to contact Chico Elias yet but will call them tomorrow or from the airport. Sent a fax and that didn't work and the hotel I asked to help didn't respond.

Oct 11, 2012
suzieq4 in Spain/Portugal

October trip to Lisbon and small towns - Guincho, Nazare, Batalha, Tomar and Evora

Monchique,

Thanks for all the great advise. We will definately eat at Porto de Santa Maria and try a lunch in Sintra. We lucked into Fortaleza since they have a special for a two night stay Monday - Thursday where you get a dinner included at the restaurant. Do you have any suggetions as to their specialities and what to order?

I will get the hotel to make the reservation for Chico Elias. I am leaning towards ordering the rabbit in pumpkin and the fricasse eels. I have no idea what fricasse eels would be though but it sounds interesting to try. And my husband and I will be sharing the meals. My view is enjoy life and experiment!!!

Is there a great wine store in Evora? Convento do Espinhero sounds like a good place to visit too and sample the cellar offering. (Too little time - too many choices for lunch and dinner) I am looking forward to the lunch at Herdade do Esporao. It includes a cellar tour and tasting of 4 olive oils and 4 wines as well as a gourmet lunch. That will be on Saturday so we still have 2 dinners and 1 lunch to schedule. I am thinking of Fialho or Taberna Quarta-feira for the other dinner. Any recommendations on that?

I will also see if we can include a visit to Arraiolos.

Sep 22, 2012
suzieq4 in Spain/Portugal

Visiting Berlin Oct. 18th-recommendations please?

Marjellchen is very high on the trip advisor list. When we were in Berlin for Christmas 2010, I think it was number one. It is a very old fashioned restaurant with very traditional foods. It is a very cosy place and the host is very friendly. The menu tends to be quite heavy and many entrees are comfort foods. They would be like your elderly German grandmother would prepare. We ate there on Christmas Day. It was good and very authentic (from what various posts have said) but I prefer more modern lighter food like Renger-Patzsch. I'm glad we went there but I think I will pass on the restaurant next time I am in Berlin.

Sep 20, 2012
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October trip to Lisbon and small towns - Guincho, Nazare, Batalha, Tomar and Evora

My husband and I will be leaving in 3 weeks for Portugal and I have been reading all the threads about Lisbon. I still have to sort out all of that wonderful information and will be asking questions in a few days.
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We are staying 2 nights in Guincho at the Fortaleza do Guincho and will eat one night at the Michelin restaurant in the hotel. Any suggestions on what to select? For the other night and lunches, do you have any suggestions on where to eat? Monte Mar, Porto de Santa Maria, and Restaurante Furnas do Guincho are ones that I have read about. Which ones would be the best for food and atmosphere?

We also will be visiting Nazare, Batalha and Tomar. I read about Chico Elias in Tomar but can't find a website. I read that you need to make a reservation in order to order in advance specialities such as rabbit in pumpkin or duck with figs. It sounds like an interesting restaurant. Can anyone help me out on how to contact them? I don't want to call them. Can you recommend some of their specialities? We will be staying at Hoel Mestre Afonso Dominque in Batalha for 2 nights. I read that they have good lunches and dinners. Can you confirm that? I would also like additional recommendations for meals when we are in Batalha and Tomar area.

We will be sttaying at the Albergaria do Calvario in Evora. Can't wait to have that wonderful breakfast. I would appreciate recommendations for lunch and dinner when we are in Evora. Nyleve recommended Boteqim da Mouraria and Taberna Tipica Quarta Feira in a 2010 thread. Are they still open? We also have a reservation for a winery tour and a gourmet lunch with wine tasting at Herdade do Esporao near Estremoz. I read about it in Travel and Leisure.

I am excited about the trip after writing all this. Thanks for any suggestions.

Sep 19, 2012
suzieq4 in Spain/Portugal

Berlin - Need Help with Restaurants

Susan,
Sorry to join in on this so late. We ate at Reinstoff for Christmas Eve 2010. It was outstanding. Renger Patzsch was also very wonderful - low key but now it has a one star. I keep getting emails from the Duke Restaurant in the Ellington Hotel. It looks very modern and hip. I wish we had eaten there. You might want to look at their menu. It is near Savignyplatz. We also ate at Thieles which is in that general area. It has lighter foods and while it is German food it has pasta and vegetarian options. Lutter and Wegner at Savignplatz is independent of the other Lutter and Wegners and has wonderful weinerschnitzel and a great wine list. It is much better than the other Lutter and Wegners who are owned by someone else. This was the original Lutter and Wegner.

Mar 04, 2012
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