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ISO restaurant for latish Friday night near BWI

Thanks both Marty L. and Steve for clarifying my response - usually best to mention the name of the restaurant first ! Hope AGM had the chance to read the responses.

about 22 hours ago
Kurtis in Washington DC & Baltimore

ISO restaurant for latish Friday night near BWI

Bit too late in reply I think but there's not much of option for good food near BWI. There is however worth the detour sichuan place in Odenton which is quite nearby. Don't let the look of the restaurant fool you as it's one of best sichuan place in the region and if you order well you can get some very authentic dishes.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/520156
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9618...
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/921065

Tasty News in Saignon

Thanks for this note from Luberon, especially on Saignon! I have yet to make it to LPC as I believe it opened after our visit in April of 2011. I can imagine the "magic" you describe walking out of the place in this enchanting village as there were many of these magical moments walking out to the quiet and damp streets of soft footsteps and whispers.

May 22, 2015
Kurtis in France

Lunch on the water in the general vicinity of BWI?

My guess is that they will be happy to seat you outside for lunch or lounge hrs.

Lunch on the water in the general vicinity of BWI?

W&W's has great outdoor seats; for lunches, Sat you have a la carte options vs on Sundays it's a $45 brunch buffet iirc.

Sushi Bar at Azumi w/ Chef Taka in Baltimore - excellent sushi prepared by a caring chef

Love to hear what you think of it.

As I always seem to forget to include a bit on the bill... For the sushi items (excluding oysters and squid), comes just around $85 (not including tax and tip, $30 alone for two otoro, and also had uni), so it does come at a price. I wouldn't have been full with just sushi alone, but I think a modest-volume eater can have decent amount of food for less than $100 if you order accordingly or supplement with signature rolls that have more volume. A pricy meal still, but they do deliver in quality which I have yet to find in Baltimore's alternatives.

George Mendez's New Portuguese Restaurant- Lupulo

Erica, not surprising the grillade closed imo, though its concept I really loved. I will give Aldea a visit, though for some reasons it has always eluded me all these years; somethings about their space and deco just doesn't appeal to my memories of PortugaI I guess, but that's a poor excuse...

Edit: It looks like Alfama in midtown east also closed - was never great, but had few dishes that we returned to.

May 17, 2015
Kurtis in Manhattan

Bouley Lunch Tasting Menu Review: Best Fine Dining Deal in NYC

Thanks to your report and also ellenost's continued strong praises we had a wonderful lunch here recently with great success. Everything comes together and more here in all aspects of fine dining. Don't let the jacket required rule give you other ideas as it is one of most comfortable and comforting dining experience in this sort of setting in NYC. I am a fan : )

May 17, 2015
Kurtis in Manhattan

Hirohisa: Amazing Japanese Dinner

We were here recently with somewhat mixed result.

The best of the lot to us was their Hako susi (pressed); for mackerel (very nicely lightly cured), the chef lays thin translucent kelp on top before cutting which adds nice sea fragrance- a very nice touch. Their fish special on the day of our visit eel from north carolina which we choose it to be grilled with salt -shirayaki. It was good, but bit mushy/flakey as I expected it to have bit of chew often found when grilling a fresh eel. Their spring salad was quite good if bit too precious. Had clear soup which was elegant. Very sweet service.

May 17, 2015
Kurtis in Manhattan

George Mendez's New Portuguese Restaurant- Lupulo

Me too, and I actually enjoy the smell of food grilled on wood-coal and it would send me right back to the streets of Alfama.

FW, their menu reads very well and delicious. Thanks for this note. Last time I tried similar was at Mas (La Grilladade) with not so good result; very little wood-coal grill was translated into their food even though it was grilled as such. Wonder how they are doing...

May 17, 2015
Kurtis in Manhattan

If you are going to Bob's 66

Great! Thanks Steve. Any chance you might organize a finale CH meal here before it closes?

Brunch in Baltimore...looking for input, please

Woodberry now has a stiff competition just steps away; hopefully it becomes a mutually benefiting relationship.

If you are going to Bob's 66

cfoodie, thanks for this note. I've been meaning to go there for some time. Would you be so kind to let us know some of your favorites from this place?

Raw Fish: How do you like to eat them?

Yes, herring has taste and consistency of "cooked" just as very traditional ceviches are, so I am more inclined to say it is not raw in this regard.

May 15, 2015
Kurtis in General Topics

Recent Lunch at Babbo: Terrific Food, Exemplary Service

That's interesting in that as yours most complaints seems to be from dinners, and my two dinner experience here also was less than stellar in both food and service. I am glad though to have given it another chance for lunch as written above. Again, discrepancy in dining experience for lunch and dinner seems more common than imagined, and is something to consider before making a decision or judgment.

PS Your report makes me want to give The Modern another visit; I had a quite terrible lunch here a couple of years ago and haven't returned since, while many are raving about it and I think mostly from the dinner experience.

May 15, 2015
Kurtis in Manhattan

Brunch in Baltimore...looking for input, please

How about Bolton Bistro? They have regular brunch stuff and beyond for people who look for something more. Food is quite good, and very good drink list as well. Outdoor seats on a sunny day in this quiet neighborhood gem can be very relaxing and enjoyable. Here's their menu online:

http://www.b-bistro.com/docs/brunch_m...

Recent Lunch at Babbo: Terrific Food, Exemplary Service

Charles, did your bad experience a lunch or dinner?

Lunch and dinner services are very different experiences that it almost can feel like two different restaurants in several places I know. There are so many variables that are distinctly different for these two services including but not limited to the type of diners, expectation, circumstance, capacity at which the kitchen/waitstaff is operating, sunlight vs dimmed ones, etc.

May 14, 2015
Kurtis in Manhattan

Recent Lunch at Babbo: Terrific Food, Exemplary Service

As this became almost a splurge lunch I wasn't paying much attention, but as the bottle you mention seems to retail for the price you paid for an 8oz pour -their quartino, it seems at least on par or better than many WBTG markup (usually 5oz pours) I think.

PS. If you are sitting at a quiet table by the window with a glass of white and Asparagus Milanese with Duck Egg and Parmigiano, Zaza I am coming over no matter what you decide to call me ; )

May 14, 2015
Kurtis in Manhattan
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La Cuchara in Lower Hampden (Baltimore): A good meal had by all.

John is not only the "venerable" one, but a hipster and a trendsetter.

Sushi Bar at Azumi w/ Chef Taka in Baltimore - excellent sushi prepared by a caring chef

After somewhat disappointing meal there last time, I returned here to sit at the sushi bar hoping for a different experience and it surely was. While the tables and the regular bar was pretty packed, I was the lone person at the sushi bar just before 8pm, and was fortunate to have chef Taka in front of me preparing my meal.

I started of with three sashimi - otoro and saba recommended by the chef, and added kohada. Otoro was excellent, and saba cured by the chef for about 45 minutes brought out wonderful and gentle flavors that didn't need much else added. Kohada was also very lightly cured, and very fresh with subtle fatty flavors.

Next I ordered their Kumamoto oysters. There's 4 in an order, and is garnished with ponzu, momiji oroshi (graded daikon raddish and chili pepper), and scallions. The oysters were decently fresh, but for my taste I felt there was too much ponzu which subdues the oyster from shining.

After consulting with the chef, I settled on these for the nigiri course. I found the rice warm, well-seasoned w/ good texture, and chef Taka presses them gently which I appreciate. His knife skills are as good as the bests I've encountered in NYC. Generally the fish to rice ratio for nigiri here is higher than most authentic/traditional sushi shops. Otoro as nigiri was just as wonderful, and hamachi had slight textural bite along with its fatty flavors that were also very nice. Kinmadai - the golden eye snapper from Florida - silky and immensely flavorful for a white fish and revealing of chef's skill. Uni was bit off on my taste and chef explained it was from Maine. Anago was excellent with just a drip of the sweet sauce before serving.

Not quite full yet, I asked chef for a couple of more nigiri, and he asked me to try the saba as nigiri - interplay of rice with subtly cured fatty mackerel was very nice, and next piece of spanish mackerel with torched skin was education in comparison. All this time, as I am sitting with a view of the kitchen, I was tempted to try a grilled item and ordered the whole squid grilled - it came out of a packaged plastic wrap before being placed on the grill (likely frozen then thawed) and fairly overcooked though nicely charred for the tennacles.

I had a very nice time of enjoying the chef Taka's offerings, and learning about his view of aging fish. The serving staff was quite attentive, and it was a nice touch to a single diner for the manager to come by and ask how everything was on a couple of occasions. It was also nice for them to provide a finger cleaner (see pic) for those who like to eat nigiri with one's hand. Overall this was by far the best sushi experience I had in Baltimore, and it certainly competes very favorably with upper-tier joints in neighboring cities. Looking forward to returning here for more great experiences, and if you are planning to go for this kind of meal, book it for Tuesdays or early Fridays as these are the likely days to have the combination of best quality fish and most attention of the chef Taka. I highly recommend it.

Recent Lunch at Babbo: Terrific Food, Exemplary Service

small h, I think I know what you mean by the service during dinner as I've had couple of dinners there and found service to be as you describe and at times impersonal. Lunch service here seems different: without taking a way all the good qualities of service, it is more relaxed, light-hearted, engaging, and much more attention to individual needs.

May 13, 2015
Kurtis in Manhattan
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Recent Lunch at Babbo: Terrific Food, Exemplary Service

Zaza, that's exactly how I got started with wine; I had intended this lunch to be light and bit early so to pace for a big dinner that night, but after the beef cheek ravioli I couldn't resist the temptation and ordered a way forgetting all about the dinner!

I also find weekday lunches much more luxuriously serene experience partly because it's not something I can have often. In many places I find the kitchen more attentive, and service, well, we said it - exemplary!

May 13, 2015
Kurtis in Manhattan
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Vienna - Grade my Homework

Thanks for this Strumi. For some reason, Tafelspitzsulz was not to be found on other places we visited during that week last September as I really could have had that daily.

"BTW: when you found that Zwölfapostelkeller was inexpensive and had decent food, how could this be a tourist trap ??"

You are correct, and if it is, it's a best kind of trap to be lured into for a nice meal and unique setting.

May 13, 2015
Kurtis in Europe

Peter Chang to come to Arlington?

I see. Thanks Steve.

As unpredictable as he seems, I guess there's some chance that he may revert to his old self. Regardless, looking forward to visiting.

Le Petit Verdot

Thanks for this very delicious and seductive report, Jake.

May 12, 2015
Kurtis in France

Vienna - Grade my Homework

Of the ones you listed, I've been to Gasthaus Pöschl only and I regret not having revisited there for another meal. GP is a perfect place to have a first meal on arrival to relax and celebrate your arrival, as much as to have the last meal prior to your departure to wish upon your return. Their schnitzel tasted superior to Figlmüller by far in my limited experience though we had our shares of them while there for a week. I really enjoyed their tafelspitz most amongst several sampling. There's a dish of very thinly sliced terrine -likely pork - that is served with drizzle of pumpkin seed oil and salad which I still dream of and would love to know the name. Thanks again to Sturmi for guiding me to this place which is where we had our first meal on arrival. Memorable.

A fun place we encountered - and this place may very well be a tourist trap - is a place called Zwölf Apostelkeller. It is an underground cave of several levels and inexpensive food done decently. We especially enjoyed open faced breads with different toppings including lard drippings and onions. Side of spicy pickled peppers added nice break for our family after a week of gentle food. Live music, and my inaccurate memory tells me that I heard organ or maybe harpsichord from a level below where we were seated.

May 12, 2015
Kurtis in Europe

Peter Chang to come to Arlington?

Thanks for the OP and these updates as I have never been to his restaurant and was fascinated to learn of him from this article in New Yorker:

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/201...

Is there much difference between the one in Arlington vs Rockville?

La Cuchara in Lower Hampden (Baltimore): A good meal had by all.

Thanks, and will remember that on our next visit. Though no business relations, I do agree that this place is by far the best thing that came out of WF's ventures.

Recent Lunch at Babbo: Terrific Food, Exemplary Service

I think this is the very first time what I posted actually became a fun thread!. Thanks all!

Meal at Fiola Mare

Nice series of reports on FM, WWD. Thanks.