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ristorante morini--worth going to?

i love marea, and am wondering if anyone's been to his new ues place,morini,and how they compare

Mar 09, 2014
apretzel in Manhattan

what happened to Senderens?

thanks,and agree completely about missing the food

Feb 27, 2014
apretzel in France

what happened to Senderens?

thanks so much,john. am already salivating at the thought of a FULL WEEK! went to piege last time and loved it,have been trying to get to astrance forever,but it's always booked,and would greatly appreciate your thoughts

Feb 26, 2014
apretzel in France

what happened to Senderens?

oops--left the 'd' out;should be SENDERENS

Feb 26, 2014
apretzel in France

what happened to Senderens?

looks like it lost its stars completely ;-(
haven't been in ages,but was planning to when we're in paris this summer

Feb 26, 2014
apretzel in France

arbutus or the square? [London]

my husband's a vegetarian, and since the tasting menu's for everyone at the table, we ordered a la carte. i was incredibly impressed by the way the staff,with no advance warning, changed his amuses to vegetarian(and the truffle cream they substituted for the foie gras was almost as good!). his dishes were amazing, certainly as good if not better than what we've had at l'arpege, and mine were spectacular(and the lobster--which was the most exciting option to me on the tasting menu--was available a la carte. enjoy!

Jun 01, 2010
apretzel in U.K./Ireland

what happened to j sheekey?

we've been going to j sheekey for years(at least 10), and it had always been something to look forward to in our london visits, but this time 'round it felt corporate--the service perfunctory, the food mediocre, the whole experience regrettable. is this something everyone else's noticed and we were out of the loop? did we hit an off night? the place was packed and we had to wait for our 10:30 reservation but i can't understand why, and we certainly won't be going back

May 30, 2010
apretzel in U.K./Ireland

arbutus or the square? [London]

the square is absolutely fantastic!!!!!!!! and i thank everyone who recommended it--we started with complimentary champagne(for the anniversary)and ended with a plate of lollipops and chocolate on a plate saying 'happy anniversary"--the food was superb, the service attentive, and the whole evening wonderful--to me, much better than marcus wareing and/or mr ramsay. not sure why it has the negative reviews, or why michelin hasn't given them 3 stars--definitely the best meal we've had in london

May 30, 2010
apretzel in U.K./Ireland

arbutus or the square? [London]

my thanks to you all--it's fab to have unanimity! i'm gonna book the square

May 06, 2010
apretzel in U.K./Ireland

arbutus or the square? [London]

looking for a wonderful place to celebrate our 20th anniversary in london--but, alas, it'll be a sunday night :-( --my first thought was hakkasan but that seems too last century. barrafina has the food,but perhaps not the anniversary atmosphere. so i'm thinking arbutus or the square, and would appreciate some advice. alas, hibiscus isn't open sundays. our hotel's in soho. thanks

Apr 27, 2010
apretzel in U.K./Ireland