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Brae [Birregurra, about 90 mins west of melbourne]

So glad to hear. This was the first reservation we made for our upcoming honeymoon in May. The place looks absolutely unbelievable.

Soto, Sushi Nakazawa

+1. Went to Shuko a few weeks ago and it was absolutely outstanding.

Mar 23, 2015
cubicles in Manhattan

Cairns good eats

Thanks Mr. G. I was hoping for you and kersizm to chime in. Your advice and recommendations on other posts have been invaluable in creating our itinerary.

Cairns good eats

Hey all, this will be the first of several posts/questions for you good folks on this board. My SO and I will be honeymooning in your beautiful country for about 2 weeks in the beginning of May, spending time in Sydney, Uluru, Cairns, and Melbourne. While I've gotten plenty food ideas on most places (and have already secured several reservations), I'm coming up pretty empty on Cairns. There doesn't seem to be much board activity on that area, and in doing other research, most places just seem pretty touristy.

Understanding it won't be the culinary highlight of the trip, any suggestions for 4 dinners in Cairns? Unfortunately we won't have a car, so unless its doable by taxi we won't be able to travel too far for food. No particular budget, as this is our honeymoon, but we do plan to do a fair amount of high-end eating in Sydney and Melbourne, so for Cairns we're really just looking for anything thats delicious. As an fyi, we're coming from New York, and will really eat anything, although would obviously like to focus as much as possible on Australian cuisine/cuisines that Australia does well/better than New York.

Barley Swine vs. Qui

Thanks. It seems like generally, the consensus is Barley, which I was leaning towards anyway. About how long does their tasting menu take? To compare it to NY, is it more along the lines of an all night affair like EMP or Per Se or do they get you in and out like Momofuku Ko? I obviously don't want to be rushed, but would prefer not to spend the entire evening at dinner either.

Feb 17, 2015
cubicles in Austin

Barley Swine vs. Qui

Going to be in Austin in early March for my bachelor party. While most of the planning has been done by others, I wanted to take my best man and one other friend out for a thank you dinner the night before everyone else gets down. After looking through a bunch of threads as well as some other research, I was thinking either Barley Swine or Qui would be a memorable meal and a great way to start the weekend. If you could only do one, which would you go to and why?

Feb 14, 2015
cubicles in Austin

Craft, Telepan, or The Modern Bar Room?

I agree with trockwood's recommendations. While I prefer the Modern in a vacuum, based on your request, of the three I would definitely go Craft. Betony, while delicious, I would not recommend for a non-adventurous eater.

Jan 13, 2015
cubicles in Manhattan

Romantic tapas birthday dinner in Manhattan

I'd go with estela. Had heard great things but hadn't yet gotten there before I went last weekend - it was fantastic. The oft-raved about beef tartare was as good as advertised, and several other dishes were very good as well. Only let-down was the fluke starter, which was fine, but nothing more.

Jan 13, 2015
cubicles in Manhattan

Please Help Critique My San Fran Eating Itinerary

+1 on b. patisserie. simply perfect. knead patisserie is also excellent.

Please Help Critique My San Fran Eating Itinerary

If youre willing to go up to $150, I would definitely recommend the shorter tasting at Atelier Crenn over both Chez Penisse and AQ. Last time we were in town we went to both AQ and Atelier Crenn - while AQ was good and a fun vibe, the food at Atelier Crenn was on an entirely different level. The food is not only beautifully and imaginatively plated, but it tastes amazing as well. It was truly one of the best restaurant experiences I've ever. We make bi-annual trips to San Francisco and Atelier Crenn is the one place we are guaranteed to return.

Cocktail Pairing: Steamed Maine Lobster Dinner

how about a Last Word (gin) or Final Ward (whiskey)?

equal parts:

gin/whisky
green chartreuse
lime/lemon
maraschino

Jun 06, 2014
cubicles in Spirits

Eleven Madison Park - 5.45 or 9pm

have you been to EMP? service is amazing regardless of timing, and at this level restaurant, service will not suffer depending on time. also, the only "choice" is picking your main protein, so while you certainly aren't rushed, at a 5:45 reservation the volley of amuses will likely start around 6:00.

May 24, 2014
cubicles in Manhattan

Ai Fiori vs Craft

both very good but completely different; really depends on what you're looking for. craft will have very simple food prepared well. ai fiori is still fairly traditional, but more more creative and boundary pushing then craft. the vibe of both will be completely different as well. ai fiori is pretty corporate, kind of midtown expense lunchy.

May 24, 2014
cubicles in Manhattan

Gramercy Tavern or Blue Hill?

agree that Stone Barns is clearly superior, but Blue Hill New York is still excellent

May 22, 2014
cubicles in Manhattan

PDX to NYC Late May - Research done, but would appreciate some help

its not really a place to go for a straight scotch. yes, im sure they have a well cultivated list, but if you're not ordering punch or cocktails there, you're really missing the point. it would be like going to a dessert place, only ordering a few appetizers without trying any sweets, and then saying the place was no good.

Apr 18, 2014
cubicles in Manhattan

Upscale Non-touristy Advice Needed

+1; if you order carefully, you can definitely get out of louro and not exceed your budget. the food is also outstanding.

Apr 14, 2014
cubicles in Manhattan

Upscale Non-touristy Advice Needed

while these are all amazing restaurants, they dont seem particualry responsive to the OP's request, as they are nowhere near the price point.

Apr 14, 2014
cubicles in Manhattan

Tasting Menu/Splurge Dinner?

I'd stick with Rogue. been twice and it was amazing both times. the cocktails are great too if you're into that.

Mezcal: Which Manhattan liquor store has the best selection?

check astor wines and spirits

Mar 19, 2014
cubicles in Manhattan

comfortable and delicious birthday dinner

have you been to annisa? what about jungsik?

Jan 08, 2014
cubicles in Manhattan

seeking nice and quiet village restaurant rec

cafe cluny

Jan 05, 2014
cubicles in Manhattan

Help us plan our First Anniversary Saturday!

I love the Modern as well, and its still a good suggestion, but recognize that the current chef is leaving at the end of the year. The new chef is also amazing, but it may take a bit for the place to find its groove again after the transition. just something to consider.

Dec 30, 2013
cubicles in Manhattan

L'Artusi vs. Dell'Anima vs. I sodi

both l'artusi and dell'anima are great, although I prefer l'artusi just a bit. haven't been to i sodi.

you could also take a look at rosemary's or lupa.

Dec 28, 2013
cubicles in Manhattan

Help us plan our First Anniversary Saturday!

what about Blue Hill? You can request a table in the back room which is much quieter and romantic.

Nov 26, 2013
cubicles in Manhattan

Where to buy squid ink in NY?

Kalustayans often has it in the back in the refrigeratored section

Oct 04, 2013
cubicles in Manhattan

Great place for a 21st birthday in SF

AQ

Cocktail Packed 4 Day Itinerary for SF

when did you go to smuggler's cove? I think timing can definitely be everything, as I was lucky (from what I hear) to go at a time when the bar was only about 1/2 full and not only did my drink receive ample attention, the bartender was more than willing to discuss the different drinks and rums on offer as well as the sf cocktail scene in general and the differences between ny and sf at length. from what i hear that may have been the exception that proves the rule, but it was certainly nice. from what i gather SC does get extremely crowded/busy and that could def make for a subpar experience.

Cocktail Packed 4 Day Itinerary for SF

+1. was in SF a couple weeks ago and hit up the Alembic, Bourbon and Branch (and Wilson and Wilson), and Smugglers Cove, as well as having drinks at AQ. While all the places made great drinks, coming from NY, SMugglers Cove was unique and the clear stand out.

Commis 2013 [Oakland]

went to commis on my trip to the bay area a few weeks ago. it was good, but didn't wow or merit a trip as a destination restaurant, imho. since its clearly shooting for a two star experience, id say it overall fell a bit short.

two absolute stand-outs were an oyster with oyster broth gelee and the egg dish, which was quite similar to the one described by robert above. id agree it was a seriously kick-ass dish. the oyster was also delicous, one of the few oyster preps where i felt the oyster was actually improved by its accoutrements. the west-coast oyster was smooth and sweet and held its own against the flood of deliciously briny gelee. simple; elegant; a perfect bite.

some less successful dishes were a lightly cooked scallop dish where everything was prepared excellently but the ingredients just didnt "sing" and the fish course (I honestly forget what type), where again the execution was perfect, but the dish seemed boring, almost soulless.

Overall everything was good, and it wasn't a bad experience, just not one that I'd go out of my way to experience again, especially the great wealth of other options in the bay area, and the difficulty in getting to commis from san francisco. as far as how it compared to our other meals, it didn't hold a candle to atelier crenn (one of the best and most exciting meals i've ever had) and was about on par, although much different, from our meal at AQ. imo, one michelin star is right about where commis currently belongs.

SF/Napa Trip Feedback - Labor Day weekend

+1 by far the longest lines of anything at the farmers market, roli roti included. honestly, we went last weekend and didnt find the lines at roli roti, craftsmen or wolves or really any food place to be that bad. waited about 5-10 minutes and then got our food.