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First time in London for 5 days in August

Thanks for the link - The Cavendish has a 2 for 1 offer that sounds good.

Aug 13, 2010
yvonnez in U.K./Ireland

First time in London for 5 days in August

We Australians are pretty famous for our meat pies too!

And I will stay away from American chains, definitely.

I have heard good things about Pret-A-Manger for a quick bite...?

Aug 13, 2010
yvonnez in U.K./Ireland

First time in London for 5 days in August

Thanks everyone for the suggestions - I guess I'll have a few places in mind when I'm wandering around!

Aug 13, 2010
yvonnez in U.K./Ireland

France for the first time

Too bad about CAJ - I guess I'll just have to try La Regalade in both locations instead.

Has anyone been to Le Severo? Is it any good? I want some traditional bistro French.

Aug 05, 2010
yvonnez in France

France for the first time

Is CAJ and Le Regalade closed for August?

Aug 05, 2010
yvonnez in France

France for the first time

They gave me 7:30 on 26 August - I thought it was a bit early, but me on my Australian stomach would probably be hungry by then and I might even be able to sneak in a late supper.

Aug 05, 2010
yvonnez in France

France for the first time

I've booked for Le Chateaubriand - how much ahead do people usually book for CAJ and Le Regalade?

Aug 03, 2010
yvonnez in France

Italy for the first time - Rome, Florence and Venice

Thanks for the links - Venice has such a reputation as an expensive city and I appreciate it.

Aug 02, 2010
yvonnez in Italy

Italy for the first time - Rome, Florence and Venice

thanks for the tips.

i'm looking for inexpensive but plentiful food that locals eat, nothing too fancy. where can i get good cicchetti in venice? and is cicchetti like tapas, where you hop from one place to another?

Jul 31, 2010
yvonnez in Italy

Italy for the first time - Rome, Florence and Venice

I have been looking at the posts, and since I had nothing to add, I didn't post unnecessarily.

And I have been doing homework, including looking at Katie Parla's sites and I've made up a shortlist:

Florence
Sostanza
Teatro del Sale

Venice
vino Vino
Canitno di Mori
Anice Stellato

Rome
roma Sparita
Pizzarium
Da Remo
La Mani in Pasta

I wasn't replying because I was busy doing my homework, on here and on other sites.

Jul 31, 2010
yvonnez in Italy

First time in London for 5 days in August

Haha, yes. I was never that good at budgeting when it comes to food...

But the Simpson's pre-theatre three courses is 30 pounds. So that fits into the budget.

St John will probably be a bit of a blow-out.

Jul 25, 2010
yvonnez in U.K./Ireland

First time in London for 5 days in August

I have booked two dinners now:
St John - because that's probably one of the most talked about restaurants in London that is not totally fine dining
Simpson's in the Strand - traditional Brit meal - roast beef sounds delicious

Jul 22, 2010
yvonnez in U.K./Ireland

First time in London for 5 days in August

I have already had a look at the previous discussions - there are a lot of posts about non-British food, but really not that many British restaurants, especially not in the Kensington area.

Jul 22, 2010
yvonnez in U.K./Ireland

Seeking food-related recommendations for Sydney & Melbourne

Eveleigh markets every Saturday morning, or Pyrmont Growers markets for the first Saturday of each month are great for regional and organic producers.

Definitely Quay for dinner in Sydney. Chat Thai for cheap delicious Thai.
Zumbo if you're in the mood for pastries.
Plan B is another good burger, $10 for wagyu burger. It's made in the kitchen of Becasse, a two-hatted restaurant. It's behind the QVB.
bills for breakfast - i found Danks St to be overpriced and the selection wanting.
Luxe Newtown for great coffee and pastries and nice atmosphere.
Cafe Sopra for super-fresh ingredients, simply and superbly dished up.

Really depends on what you're after and if you want to be around Sydney city.

And for Melbourne - I would recommend Vue de Monde for the big dinner/lunch. Movida for trendy, delicious food.

Jul 21, 2010
yvonnez in Australia/New Zealand

France for the first time

Hi - I will post a report, but I will be running around Europe all of September, so if you can wait until October, definitely will post up here.

Jul 20, 2010
yvonnez in France

France for the first time

I also booked La Table de Joel Robuchon because I thought it was good value at 59 euros. What do people think of it?

Jul 20, 2010
yvonnez in France

Italy for the first time - Rome, Florence and Venice

Hi

I will be in Italy for the first time in early September. I am staying near St Peter's Basilica in Rome, and near Rialto bridge in Venice.

I just want some recommendations for reasonably priced, Italian restaurants. I would like a mix of pizza, pasta and enoteca, so I can have some places in my pocket in case I am at a loose end, I don't want to easte a meal in Italy in a tourist trap.

Thanks!
Yvonne

Jul 18, 2010
yvonnez in Italy

La Pâtisserie des rêves par Philippe Conticini

I really want to go to Patisserie des reves - but is it closed in August?

Jul 18, 2010
yvonnez in France

Best place to buy Japanese products in Sydney?

There are very few 'real' izakaya in Sydney - but there's Juju in Kings Cross which has a very convivial atmosphere. Also, almost no yakitori bars, although there is the highly overpriced Azuma Kushiyaki in Regent Place (next to George St cinemas)

As for Japanese groceries - Maruyu on Clarence, behind QVB is good, but still overpriced but they have some stuff on sale when it is near its expiry date. I don't think you can get really cheap Japanese groceries in Sydney, I'm afraid

Jul 18, 2010
yvonnez in Australia/New Zealand

First time in London for 5 days in August

I will be in London for 5 days for the first time, from August 19-24. I was wondering if anyone could help me with lunch and dinner recommendations. I am staying in Kensington, but will be willing to travel around for good food.

I want to basically experience modern British dining, gastropubs and also maybe some more traditional fare. I am travelling across the rest of Europe following London, so would rather try other European cuisines when I'm in that particular country (Italy, France, etc.) unless the particular London restaurant is spectacular.

As for budget, I'm not sure how expensive food is exactly in London, but hopefully, around 20-30 pounds per person for dinner, and less for lunch? Not looking for Michelin stars, just delicious up-and-coming restaurants.

Thanks for all your help!

Jul 18, 2010
yvonnez in U.K./Ireland

France for the first time

It seems quite difficult to figure out which places are closed. I also wanted to try the ice creams at Berthillon - is that closed in August too?

Also, in regards to restaurants, how far ahead should I book? And do I need to book bistrots even for lunch?

Jul 18, 2010
yvonnez in France

France for the first time

Hi guys,

I'm a Japanese-Australian in France for the first time. I will be visiting Paris from August 24-28 with my meat-loving boyfriend, and then to Marseilles from 28-30.

For Paris, I wanted to have a mixed bag of culinary experiences. I was just wondering whether you guys could give me some advice. Here are the places I think I want to visit:

One 3* Michelin establishment:
I have narrowed down my choices due to budget constraints and many of the restaurants closing in August to:
Ledoyen
Le Bristol
Le Pre Catalan

I am leaning towards Ledoyen because of the location and interior of the restaurant looks so quintessentially French.

Bistrots:
I was thinking of a range of these bistrots for dinner. Also wanted a good recommendation for steak and frites for the boy.

L'Ami Jean
Le Regalade
Le Chateaubriand

For this type of restaurant, how far do I have to book in advance?
I would like some more recommendations for this category. My budget for dinner is around 35-40 euro per person, not including wine.

Patisseries and sweets:
Sadaharu Aoki (just wanted to compare to Tokyo)
Pierre Herme (again, Tokyo comparison)
Christian Constant
Gerard Mulot

I know these are more cake/macaron-centric. Does anyone have recommendations for croissants and other pastries? I am staying in the 14th arrondissement.

Open-air markets:
I would like to have a picnic for lunch one day, where is a good example of a typical Parisian open-air market?

Also, anything else worthwhile would be warmly received. Thanks so much!

Yvonne.

Jul 18, 2010
yvonnez in France