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Melbourne for Nice Late Lunch or Afternoon High Tea on Monday?

Oowwwmy!! Finally I couldn'get any table at Embarsse for this Saturday dinner either! I tried Nobu, and same thing! :( Can you suggest any other places with more hopes, please? If have to choose between Cutler & Co, Maze and Florentino Grossi, which one is better with better chance? Btw mr_G, I checked Burch&Purchese website - seems awesome - I'll definitely check the place! :)

May 12, 2011
luvylux in Australia/New Zealand

Melbourne for Nice Late Lunch or Afternoon High Tea on Monday?

Btw, I'm on the waitlist for this Saturday dinner for 2 since last Monday @Attica, Jacques Reymond and Vue De Monde... do you think I still have the hope to get one? :( While actually when I checked last time, Embrasse still has availability - how do you compare Embrasse with the other mentioned? I appreciate your kind advices! :)

May 10, 2011
luvylux in Australia/New Zealand

Melbourne for Nice Late Lunch or Afternoon High Tea on Monday?

Thank you for the replies kersizm and mr_gimlet! Can you suggest any wonderful place for afternoon high tea others than in a hotel? Or any awesome places for great desserts?

May 10, 2011
luvylux in Australia/New Zealand

Melbourne for Nice Late Lunch or Afternoon High Tea on Monday?

I'm going to Melbourne this Saturday for the 1st time on a short business trip :). I will have a free time on Monday between 3 to 5 pm for late lunch or maybe an afternoon high tea time... Can anyone recommend me for a nice wonderful restaurant (Italian or French preferred or any creative modern food suggestions are welcome), which open until late for lunch?? I know, any fine dining like Vue De Monde/Embrasse/Attica/Jacques Reymond will be closed in that hours :( Please kindly suggest me for anything wonderful, which closed to that category (if I'm not dreaming! LOL) - is there any? Or any wonderful tea room for afternoon high tea in the city that you all can suggest? As my schedule is pretty tight, I prefer anything that not so far from the hotel I stay, Grand Hyatt.

Any sugeestions are greatly appreciated! Thanks so much for your kind help!! Look forward to hearing from you all the realiable Chowers soon! :)

May 09, 2011
luvylux in Australia/New Zealand

Pls Help to Pick 2 From These Star Restaurants in Paris

Oh! One more thing... any recommendation for the best foie gras, souffle and dessert (other than Laduree and Pierre Herme) that shouldn't be missed? From those restaurants that already mentioned and recommended previously - which restaurant that has the best foie gras amongst all? Thanks again!!!

Jul 13, 2010
luvylux in France

Pls Help to Pick 2 From These Star Restaurants in Paris

Hi Souphie, thanks again! I just can't be amazed more w/ all of your explicit and brilliant review on each and every post in this blog as well as yours! Btw, I have emailed Guy Savoy and found out that fortunately they will still be opened on the date we plan to visit in the first week of August.

Thus, if I need to pick 2 (two) restaurants for our lunch, which you would suggest me to pick for overall great food and ambiance between Guy Savoy, Le Jules Verne, La Grande Cascade and Michel Rostang (which also open in the first week of August)? Please list them accordingly to your preference - and I'm still open to any other suggestions...

Btw, I was just wondering if it’s quiet far from our hotel, Le Meurice, to La Grande Cascade – how far? What is the best transportation to go there, a cab?

In addition, please kindly advise me for any recommendations for casual meals/great bistros or cafés that I shouldn’t miss while in Paris?

Million thanks to the fabulous Chowers who can always make “deciding” easier!!!

Jul 13, 2010
luvylux in France

Pls Help to Pick 2 From These Star Restaurants in Paris

How about Chez L'Ami Jean or Les Elysees at Hotel Vernet?

Jul 11, 2010
luvylux in France

Pls Help to Pick 2 From These Star Restaurants in Paris

Wow!! Thanks so much to all of you FOF, Souphie, Oakglrn & Amrx for your excellent reviews! Pardon me, I just back from my China business trip for 2 wks, and just got the chance to reply. So now I've learned more. Now, after I contacted them - new problem for me, those restaurants from my list will be closed in August, the month of our visit; Le Meurice, Les Ambasadeurs; Ledoyen, and Pierre Gagnaire. And I found out from both restaurant’s website and ViaMichelin website that most of those starred restaurants are closed in August as well – should I trust their information regarding the opening times or should I just contact them directly? I decided to have our dinner at Le Cinq instead of PG, and booked already. After I read some reviews, and saw their online menu, I think I might cross out Le Bristol and L’Espadon from the list, and will try to find other options – any suggestions, please?

List of the restaurants that are open in August:

1. Guy Savoy

2. La Grande Cascade. Is it a bit touristy and worn out ambiance or should be fine? Because I found the reviews are quiet equally between pros and contras…

3. Michel Rostang

4. Le Jules Verne. Is it still good?

5. Le Pergolese

Btw, mentioning about L'Amboisie - in fact, it also hit my mind but due to the budget concern as they don't have prixe fixe menu - thus I have to eliminate it from the list. In addition, they will also be closed in August!

Guess, at the end of the day… now I should be more flexible to take the restaurant’s décor into account… don’t have to be in grandiose (luxurious comfort) ambiance anymore - but as long as in category of high comfort to very comfortable level (Michelin guide) will do while the quality of the food should be better! At least, I will need 2 more starred restaurants for lunch – or should I be more compliant to any other great non-starred restaurants? My budget for lunch would be EUR100/person (without drinks).

I’m almost running out of hope to find the perfect restaurant that is open in August. Please do kindly help me to find one coz I can only put my faith in this one and only reliable food blog Chowhound by the brilliant Chowers! Salute to you all… Many thanks!!!

Jul 11, 2010
luvylux in France

Pls Help to Pick 2 From These Star Restaurants in Paris

Hi,
It's been months for us to decide on which perfect restaurant that we should celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary... and we still can't make any pick yet! It's really tough, please help!
We'll be visiting Paris (as part of or Europe trip) by end of July this year. It's my 3rd visit, and 1st for my husband. We are michelin stars suckers kinda! (lol) but we haven't been to one in Paris before...
While we'll have our anniversary lunch at Pierre Gagnaire, we want to have our dinner at the one that has beautiful period classic interir setting.
Our dinner choices are:
- Le Bristol
- Le Cinq
- Les Ambassadeurs
- Ledoyen
- L'Espadon
- Le Meurice (but too bad, I just got a reply from them that they'll have their annual clossure on days we visit).
As this would be our anniversary treat - so we really need to decide carefully to pick the best one to celebrate it.
So please kindly help us to pick 2 restaurants from our list above with your oppinions - or you may rank them all based on your preferred rating? Which are the better ones among those in overall rating for their food and beautiful setting that really worth the price!
We really do appreciate for your kind help to top it off!
Thanks so much!!

Jun 20, 2010
luvylux in France

Anniversary Lunch & Dinner at ("Better Value") Michelin Stars Restaurants in Paris?

We plan to celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary for 5 days in Paris, and plan to dine at least one lunch and one dinner at a 1 -3 Michelin stars rated restaurants. We have narrowed down our choices but still cannot settle with our pick. So Chowers, please kindly advise us for which restaurants from below choices that is preferably good for lunch or dinner, and which that is offering better value without disregarding the ambiance, which I favor classically decor. If possible please kindly arrange the list based-on overall (price, food rating & décor ambiance) preference order. Price advice will be even more helpful!

Our preferences are:
1. Le Meurice
2. L’Espadon
3. Le Cinq
4. Les Ambassadeurs
5. L’Ambroisie
6. Pierre Gagnaire
7. Le Bristol
8. Le Train Bleu

Or any suggestion other than mentioned above, perhaps? Many thanks!

Apr 29, 2010
luvylux in France