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Hong Kong Help...

Thank you for all your contributions. Did not quite manage to go everywhere, but some highlights were as follows:

Lung King Heen - outstanding. Fresh, fresh, fresh, well prepared and expertly executed Chinese cuisine. Exceptional quality. Highly recommended. Fantastic dim sum and roast chicken to dream about.

A great dim sum lunch at Luk Yu teahouse which was very atmospheric. Good, fresh, food and hardly a tourist in sight which was a bonus...

Spoon - Sunday brunch, great selection of smaller 'spoon' type portions, great wines and champagne, and you even get to go in the kitchen pastry section to choose your desserts. A wonderful, lazy, somewhat wine filled lunch (great French Chardonnay and Shiraz, carefully selected producers were apparent by the taste/quality), again highly recommended.

Opia at Jia Boutique Hotel. Wonderful modern cuisine, again expertly cooked and top quality and good pairing of ingredients, though tending towards v. modern. Banana rice accompanied a wonderful red pork hock with melt in the mouth crispy skin (if that makes sense), but a pleasing combination. A little expensive but worth the splurge.

Some other meals included wonderful thick noodles in a seafood broth with crabmeat in Causeway Bay, cannot recall the name, but excellent. A chicken shawarma beckoned at a tiny street place serving arabic kebabs near the mid level escalators. Also, had remarkable aged Australian rib eye at The Steakhouse at the Intercontinental on Kowloon side, with great accompaniments and v. efficient, friendly service. Highly recommended.

Cannot wait to get back again... Will keep other suggestions for future visits also...

Dec 14, 2007
Aroina in China & Southeast Asia

Hong Kong Help...

A big thank you for all of the advice. Especially Four Seasons and Charles. Incidentally, will be staying at Jia Boutique hotel which looks as if it has a promising restaurant. If there are any further restaurant suggestions for the immediate area around the hotel, this would be great also.

Dec 03, 2007
Aroina in China & Southeast Asia

Hong Kong Help...

Will be going to Hong Kong for 4 nights in early December and looking for suggestions for the following:

1. Great authentic and fresh Dim Sum, upmarket is also good. Preferably in Central area or nearby.

2. Best Italian restaurant in HK
3. Best steak house restaurant in HK.

4. Great restaurant in Causeway Bay for authentic Cantonese food preferred by locals, non touristic, but with table linen etc.

5. Best Private Kitchen restaurant for Chinese food
6. Best, cannot miss, 2 or 3 restaurants in Lang Kwai Fong area, any cuisine type
7. Best restaurant with a view as well as excellent cuisine
8. Best bar with views

Its a lot to ask...

Nov 25, 2007
Aroina in China & Southeast Asia

Granada, Andalucia

Suggestions for Granada, great food, great atmosphere, popular with locals etc, great tapas also, would be appreciated.

Aug 07, 2007
Aroina in Spain/Portugal

one night in sydney for solo san francisco foodie

I went to Rockpool by the Rocks in Sydney (near Sydney Harbour Bridge) a few years ago and it was great. Not sure what it is like now, but then it was one of the best restaurants in Sydney, fantastic food, predominant seafood as you would expect.

Aug 07, 2007
Aroina in Australia/New Zealand

S.E. Spain, Costa Blanca, HELP - Gastronomic Suggestions

Will be visiting some friends in this area in August and looking for great restaurant recommendations.

The Coast areas covered include from the Mar Menor down to Alicante, including towns such as San Pedro Del Pinatar, San Javier, Pilar De La Horadada, and the whole coastline from Alicante in the North to Cartagena in the South, as well as the cities of Cartagena and Murcia.

Looking for great restaurants in any of these places or nearby. Recommendations would be really appreciated as all internet research is quite lacking on this area gastronomically, unless I am looking in the wrong places....

Aug 04, 2007
Aroina in Spain/Portugal

Fine Wines

Thank you to everyone for great suggestions and for all of your efforts in being so specific. I will attempt to try as many of the wines as possible.

Thanks again!

Aug 03, 2007
Aroina in Wine

Venice; 4 nights

Thank you Jen and Deangold, really appreciate your thoughts, great info, cannot wait.

Aug 03, 2007
Aroina in Italy

South East Spain - Recommendations

Will be visiting some friends in this area in August and looking for great restaurant recommendations.

The Coast areas covered include from the Mar Menor down to Alicante, including towns such as San Pedro Del Pinatar, San Javier, Pilar De La Horadada, as well as the cities of Cartagena and Murcia.

Looking for great restaurants in any of these places or nearby. Recommendations would be really appreciated as all internet research is a bit lacking on this area gastronomically, unless I am looking in the wrong places....

Aug 01, 2007
Aroina in Spain/Portugal

August: Barcelona

Hi folks;

Looking for the website of Tapas 24, Carles Abellan's place. Is it open in August.

Will Cinc Sentis or Commerc 24 be closed in August? Help... can I have some more suggestions for restaurants open in August in BCN.

Aug 01, 2007
Aroina in Spain/Portugal

Secret De Iberico????

Thank you Butterfly. I agree, a simple preparation is best for a quality ingredient. When I had it last year, it was I believe either grilled or lightly pan fried. It was extremely tender and for Moh's query, I would say it has a wonderful taste which is rich without being too rich, and intensity of flavour, delicious texture.

I love the Iberican Jamon and Chorizo. I will try some of the other cuts and sausages as well.

Thank you Butterfly for the Nunc est Bibendum suggestion.

Jul 30, 2007
Aroina in Spain/Portugal

6 hours in Roma

Help... first time going, will undoubtedly go again, but only 6 hours for the first time, as I wait for a flight. I leave the airport around 4pm and need to return there by 10pm.

Where should I go to get an authentic Roman experience, enjoy some atmosphere, soak up some of Rome and of course to eat well.... suggestions appreciated.

Jul 30, 2007
Aroina in Italy

Foodie In Barcelona [Moved from International board]

As a first introduction to Spain, I would recommend Set Portes restaurant in Barcelona. It is predominately fish, seafood, paella, but also has meat dishes. Very traditional, always busy with a great buzz including lots of Spanish, and good, fresh, very tasty food, but more simple dishes to introduce you to the cuisine.

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7 Portes
Passeig d'Isabel II 14, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

Jul 29, 2007
Aroina in Spain/Portugal

Fine Wines

Can someone recommend for me some fine Spanish Red wines. I am not as familiar with Spanish Red Wine and am looking for superb wines with character, a little depth, rounded and good fruit. Red wines I normally enjoy include Shiraz, Shiraz/Grenache mixes, NZ and Australia, Pinot Noirs/Burgundies - France and occasionally NZ. I really do not know any Spanish white wines. I typically tend to go for Sauvignon Blancs, or something like a Pouilly Fume/Sancerre, and would welcome suggestions.

Jul 29, 2007
Aroina in Wine

Madrid - Where to buy Butifarra negra o blanca & French Wine

Many thanks Butterfly. Can you tell me the location of the lavinia store, since I could not work it out on the website. Can't wait to try the butiffarra again, I have tried before and I think my friend will like also.

Jul 29, 2007
Aroina in Spain/Portugal

Secret De Iberico????

Thank you Butterfly, great help. I translated the Spanish to English on your link and it says the following:

SECRET IBERICO. Piece with much intermuscular fat, is integrated behind paletilla and underneath the bacon. "the armpit or crosspiece" is considered the secret of more quality. A true one manjar that one undoes in the mouth

FYI, I translated this on an amazing website which translates whole pieces of text: http://world.altavista.com/tr in several languages. I then looked up Paletilla and it says it is the shoulder.

Ekomega, if you come across it again, try it, it was amazing. Butterfly, I look forward to trying the other cuts you mentioned.

Jul 29, 2007
Aroina in Spain/Portugal

Savelletri, Fasano, Puglia

Will be visiting here in August. Any tips would be recommended. Will be staying at a Masseria. Dining suggestions around the area, and great local villages nearby to visit, with gourmet treats, etc would be welcomed

Jul 28, 2007
Aroina in Italy

Madrid - Where to buy Butifarra negra o blanca & French Wine

Can anyone tell me where I can buy excellent quality Butifarra negra o blanca (Barcelona style) in Madrid. I need to buy some to take to a friend in Southern Spain the following day, so also need them to keep well - ice pack, vacuum packed etc.
If anyone knows a fantastic delicatessen near Calle Prado, that sells high quality ones, as well as a wine shop nearby with great quality Spanish wines (as well as some Pouilly Fuisse or Pouilly Fume from France for my friends who I will be visiting in South Eastern Spain, after Madrid, who wants some for their birthday. Since I am coming direct to Spain from the Far East, it is difficult for me to find.

Jul 28, 2007
Aroina in Spain/Portugal

Secret De Iberico????

Hi guys. Last year in BCN, went to Noti and had Secreto de Iberico (sic), and it was probably the most delicious piece of pork I have ever eaten.. Does anyone know the precise cut used for this dish and any other restaurants where they may serve it.

Jul 27, 2007
Aroina in Spain/Portugal

Bangkok - Best Italian Restaurant and Best Middle Eastern Restaurant

Suggestions would be great.

Jul 27, 2007
Aroina in China & Southeast Asia

Venice; 4 nights

I am looking for a range of wonderful dining experiences whilst in Venice, from inexpensive to moderate to high. Suggestions would be great. Would like to avoid typical tourist places if possible in Venice, and ideally want atmospheric surroundings, or situations.

I have 3 x lunches and 3 x dinners to arrange....

Jul 27, 2007
Aroina in Italy

Costa Blanca - San Pedro del Pinatar, Pilar de la Horadada, San Javier etc

Will be visiting some friends in this area in August. Looking for great restaurants in any of these places or nearby. Recommendations would be really appreciated as all internet research is a bit lacking on this area gastronomically, unless I am looking in the wrong places....

Jul 27, 2007
Aroina in Spain/Portugal

Cities of Cartagena and Murcia - Great Restaurants

Looking for recommendations for great restaurants in these two South Eastern Spanish Cities.

Jul 27, 2007
Aroina in Spain/Portugal

Ultimate Tapas - Barcelona, Madrid and Granada, Tips Wanted

Thank you Beans, great advice.

Jul 27, 2007
Aroina in Spain/Portugal

Ultimate Tapas - Barcelona, Madrid and Granada, Tips Wanted

Thank you Shiromaguro, enjoyed reading the link, very inspirational!

Jul 26, 2007
Aroina in Spain/Portugal

Ultimate Tapas - Barcelona, Madrid and Granada, Tips Wanted

Thank you Maximilien. Good suggestions for BCN. I have been to Cal Pep before and enjoyed. Juan's suggestions for Madrid sound great.

Jul 26, 2007
Aroina in Spain/Portugal

Ultimate Tapas - Barcelona, Madrid and Granada, Tips Wanted

Thank you Juan for excellent and detailed suggestions. Much appreciated and I am feeling hungry just reading your post. I will not have time to venture out of Madrid on this trip, as it is a very short one, first time, but I hope to return again for longer in future.

Jul 26, 2007
Aroina in Spain/Portugal

Ultimate Tapas - Barcelona, Madrid and Granada, Tips Wanted

This is my first post.

Any suggestions on fantastic Tapas places in any of the above three cities would be really appreciated. Looking for superlative Tapas, memorable, fantastic quality etc.

Jul 23, 2007
Aroina in Spain/Portugal