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Jules Verne or Pierre Gagnaire?

Thanks for the replies, I will cancel my reservation at Jules Verne. I think the experience at Pierre Gagnaire outweighs the view at Verne.

Hopefully we wont run into indigestion problems after the lunch, though it does also mean a very late dinner!

Oct 07, 2012
ausfoodie in France

Dress Code

Thanks PBSF for the advice, will take note of this and dress accordingly. Do any of these 3 restaurants have a rule in that you must leave your jacket on during the whole meal?

I once tried to take off my jacket at Le Benardin as it got really warm and was kindly asked to leave it on!

Oct 07, 2012
ausfoodie in France

Tips for taking notes of dishes during meal

Wow, that's so awsome PBSF! Since I am just going to Guy Savoy and Pierre for lunch, I'm hopeful but not expecting to meet either of them during the meal, but it would be a great experience.

I suppose asking for the menu early on would be even better in that you can then see what dish is when it comes.

Oct 07, 2012
ausfoodie in France

Tips for taking notes of dishes during meal

I also agree on the photo taking, I always turn the shutter noise off (or to silent on my compact point and shoot) and never use flash, to be considerate to other diners.

Oct 07, 2012
ausfoodie in France

Tips for taking notes of dishes during meal

Thanks for the replies on this one, it is something that hasn't occured to me until now. I'm planning in bringing a small Moleskine notebook to jot down ideas/thoughts during the meal, as one tends to forget every single dish after a 3 hour meal.

Normally, I would type up what I remember onto my phone once I leave the restaurant, but especially with the meal at Pierre, I was thinking it would be hard to match up with each dish.

It would be nice to get the menu not only to know the dishes we tasted, but also to keep for the memory. I agree, if you don't ask, you definitely wont get, so definitely wont hurt to ask.

Oct 07, 2012
ausfoodie in France

Recommendations for our first 3 day trip to Paris (from Australia)

In between meals, we were also planning to try a number of pâtisseries for macarons, pastries, croissants.

Oct 06, 2012
ausfoodie in France

Recommendations for our first 3 day trip to Paris (from Australia)

Thanks for the advice, I was thinking the same- our lunches will most likely finish around 2.30-3pm and we will both be full until later in the evening, so in that sense, it is risky to make dinner reservations at a set time that same day.

We may just end up deciding on a restaurant close to where we will be sightseeing.

Oct 06, 2012
ausfoodie in France

Dress Code

I was also contemplating whether or not to bring a suit to our trip to Paris & London. Would a leather jacket also be frowned upon, if worn with trousers, leather shoes and a dress shirt?

Also, if it does get cooler later this month when I'm in Paris, is it common for men to wear a vest or sweater (for a fine dining meal)?

Oct 06, 2012
ausfoodie in France

Recommendations for our first 3 day trip to Paris (from Australia)

Thanks for the reply John. I already have plans to try Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in London, so might take the train back to Paris and try another restaurant, was thinking either che L'Ami Jean or La Regalade Saint-Honore. I also heard there is a nice restaurant at Musee du Louvre (but did not get the name of it), do you have any suggestions?

Oct 06, 2012
ausfoodie in France

Tips for taking notes of dishes during meal

Hi fellow epicureans,

I was wondering for those that like to update blog posts or write down what they had to write reviews later on, are you allowed to bring a small notepad to write down the dish you had and any comments on it?

I have made reservations to dine at Guy Savoy, Pierre Gagnaire and Tour d'Argent later this month and I was hoping to write a review on the dishes I've tried, so was wondering if its normal to take notes or ask for a menu? How do you normally take notes to remember what you had?

Thanks

Oct 06, 2012
ausfoodie in France

Jules Verne or Pierre Gagnaire?

Hi there,

I was torn between going to Jules Verne or Pierre Gagnaire for lunch. Am taking my girlfriend there to celebrate our anniversary. I can't decide whether the view at Jules Verne is better or the vast array of dishes and flavours at Pierre, I couldn't find many reviews on Jules Verne here. I thought about shifting lunch to another day, but have already booked Guy Savoy and La Tour D'Argent.

I have booked Jules Verne 2 months ago, but they could not guarantee a window table, so am slightly leaning towards Pierre as I have always wanted to try. We will be going to the Eiffel tower to the Summit for views later in the day.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. It's actually a surprise lunch but my girlfriend is the type to choose quality of food over views.

Thanks in advance

Oct 06, 2012
ausfoodie in France

Recommendations for our first 3 day trip to Paris (from Australia)

i will be travelling to Paris from Australia for the first time with my girlfriend. We will be there for 3 days in about 3 weeks time from now. We always like to include some nice meals in our travels to enjoy and also compare to other fine dining establishments.

Having spent the last week and a half reading the threads and reviews here and other blogs, we have so far decided on the below restaurants for lunch:

Monday: arrive late afternoon, dinner at Le Regalade St Honore
Tuesday: Guy Savoy lunch (booked), short trip to Versailles afterwards, should we do dinner there too?
Wednesday: Jules Verne or Pierre Gagnaire
Thursday: Tour d'Argent (booked), dinner not yet planned.

I am not sure whether to go with Jules Verne or Pierre Gagnaire. We will be visiting the Eiffel tower on Wednesday in the late afternoon so can see sunset on the Summit, but am not sure if the good views (window table not guaranteed) in Jules Verne is worth choosing it over Pierre Gagnaire.

I have read many reviews on Pierre being a potentially risky option (love or hate), and have weighed this up with other choices such as Le CInq, Arpege, Ledoyen, Taillevent, but have chosen Gagnaire so far. Or should I consider other options?

Would greatly appreciate any comments or suggestions, thanks!

Sep 30, 2012
ausfoodie in France

Suggestions on my shortlist of fine dining restaurants in NYC (first time)

RGR, is the duck dish an additional dish to the 4 course lunch? Will be calling up EMP later today to confirm the reservation and will request for the duck and souffle, but I'm not sure if we can fit the 4 course lunch and the roasted duck dish as well!

May 08, 2011
ausfoodie in Manhattan

7 days of eating in NYC

Thanks lena! Bouley was on my list initially, but as all the lunches were filled up by other restaurants, I did not have space left for it!

I've heard about SHO Shaun Hergatt, so will look into that too.

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SHO Shaun Hergatt
40 Broad St, New York, NY 10004

May 08, 2011
ausfoodie in Manhattan

7 days of eating in NYC

We are taking the coach/bus from Port Authority in the morning and taking the coach back in the afternoon. Would it be difficult to get a table for 2 at Keens for an early dinner on Sunday, say around 5.30pm, without reservation?

Thanks for the additional palces for the LES tour - we are both small eaters so will do our best to fit as much food in as possible!

May 08, 2011
ausfoodie in Manhattan

7 days of eating in NYC

On a side note, are there restaurants which offers a view of Manhattan (skylin or Central park etc) that doesn't require advance reservation?

This could be a cafe (like Bouchon Cafe) or even a bar for drinks in the evening. So far, I think Jean Georges is the only restaurant from the list that has a view over Central Park. I have requested for window seating.

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Jean Georges
1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

May 08, 2011
ausfoodie in Manhattan

7 days of eating in NYC

Thanks for the headsup Nancy - have decided to cancel the meals at Hard Rock Cafe and River Cafe.

Are there any restsaurants in Brooklyn that offer a view of the Brooklyn bridge or Manhattan? It does not have to be fine dining food, in fact, I prefer if it wasn't. If we can't find anything, we'll take in the views at the Brooklyn Bridge promenade instead.

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Hard Rock Cafe
1501 Broadway, New York, NY 10036

May 08, 2011
ausfoodie in Manhattan

7 days of eating in NYC

Have decided to skip the meals at Hard Rock Cafe as well as River Cafe. I think its quite clear from the reviews I've read and responses here that the money used can be spent on much better food elsewhere.

Assuming we get to the hotel by 4-5pm, we'll take the subway to 8 St NYU station and then choose between Ippudo or Momofuku noodle/Ssam bar for dinner and then either Spot or Chickalicious for dessert afterwards.

I think this is a much better 1-2 combo for our first evening compared to Hard Rock Cafe!

Thanks kathryn for the list of other brekkie places, we plan to eat light for brekkie on most days.

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Ippudo
65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

Hard Rock Cafe
1501 Broadway, New York, NY 10036

May 08, 2011
ausfoodie in Manhattan

7 days of eating in NYC

Will keep this in mind - we will probably need the entire afternoon to digest the meal at EMP (!) before going for the tasting menu at WD-50.

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WD-50
50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

May 08, 2011
ausfoodie in Manhattan

7 days of eating in NYC

We are both small eaters and always struggle to finish the tasting menu at the restaurants in Australia, so will probably have to skip the first course and go for the Pizza plus dessert. But the roasted beets do sound tempting!

May 08, 2011
ausfoodie in Manhattan

7 days of eating in NYC

Just wanted to get a better idea of how long the prix fixe lunch meals will usually go for at Le Bernardin, EMP, Jean Georges and Del Posto - I'm guessing it'll largely depend on our eating pace, but would 1.5-2 hours be a good estimate?

This is so we can plan sightseeing attractions/tours into our schedule as well (and allow free time for potential delays e.g. traffic, long lines)

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Jean Georges
1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

Del Posto
85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

Le Bernardin
155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

May 07, 2011
ausfoodie in Manhattan

7 days of eating in NYC

> What time do you get in? The easier thing might be to get delivery. That way you can check into the hotel, get comfy in the room, and pick up the phone to order dinner.

We actually get to JFK at 2pm, so would probably get to our hotel around 4-5pm depending on customs/traffic. After we check in, we'll explore the area and will be walking down to Planet Hollywood to pick up our NYC tour passes, hence why we picked Hard Rock as it was nearby.

> It's going to be tough to find a lot of great breakfast places near your hotel since Midtown doesn't have the same concentration of residents as downtown. It's more office workers.

Will look into the locations of the other places you've suggested. We are not picky with breakfast at all, the lighter the brekkie, the better. Neither of us are big eaters and I think we'll both be rather full from most of the lunch prix fixes we'll be doing. Are there many places where we can just buy pastries in Midtown?

> Same comment for breakfast. Be careful not to wear yourself out this day! WD-50 and EMP on the same day would be challenging, especially if you get the tasting at both.

> If you do have space for dessert, know that Dessert Truck works is nearby.

Will only be doing a light breakfast on this day. We are going for the 3 or 4 courser at EMP and then the tasting at WD-50, don't think we'll have space for dessert after that!

> I don't think Redhead opens until 5:30pm. What time is your snack?
You're right - Redhead opens at 5:30pm. Is it rude to just order the fried chicken to share between the two of us and leave after this? We plan to snack at Redhead at 5:30pm and then head straight to Momofuku for the noodles and then take the subway to the Yankees game (at 8pm).

> You should put your itinerary into Google Map's trip planner or something to see if this is actually doable given travel time. What time does the game start? How long do you plan to stay? This seems like you're going to burn yourself out by the time you get back from the game!

Have now taken out Chickalicious from our plan and we'll just take it easy given that the whole schedule up to now is quite intense.

> Motorino, and stay for the tiramisu?
Did not know about the tiramisu, will remember to order this.

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WD-50
50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

Eleven Madison Park
11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

The Redhead
349 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003

Planet Hollywood
1540 Broadway, New York, NY 10036

Hard Rock Cafe
1501 Broadway, New York, NY 10036

Motorino
349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

Dessert Truck Works
6 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

May 07, 2011
ausfoodie in Manhattan

7 days of eating in NYC

I think the two restaurants or places that were questionable from my list were the two you pointed out. River Cafe is purely for the view, and Hard Rock Cafe is because of the convenience as we would both be pretty jet lagged from a long flight - will look for other restaurants nearby instead. The Bar Room at Modern is actually very close so may go with that.

sgordon, couldn't get a booking for Kyo Ya so might leave this for the next time we visit.

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Kyo Ya
94 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

Hard Rock Cafe
1501 Broadway, New York, NY 10036

May 07, 2011
ausfoodie in Manhattan

7 days of eating in NYC

Thanks sgordon, I am taking Chickalicious out as it may well be closed by the time we come back from the Yankees game as kathryn mentioned. I've already purchased tickets for the match so wont be able to fit in a Mets game as well.

Will move Chickalicious to another time slot.

Will look at Momofuku Ssam Bar, is it much harder to get a table here for walkups compared to Noodle Bar? We are looking forward to the ramen there as we love Japanese noodles (ramen, udon, soba)

River Cafe is purely for the view of Brooklyn bridge and Manhattan - am not expecting much food wise. We were planning to walk over the Brooklyn Bridge after the meal.

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Momofuku Ssam Bar
207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

May 07, 2011
ausfoodie in Manhattan

Suggestions on my shortlist of fine dining restaurants in NYC (first time)

Apologies for the late reply with my food itinerary summarised day by day - have started a new thread for this.

Have been very busy with work the last few days - almost done with planning for NYC, will need to plan for Boston and Toronto next!

May 06, 2011
ausfoodie in Manhattan

7 days of eating in NYC

Are there any signature dishes from the above restaurants that I should order when dining? Am currently studying the menus of Le Bernardin, EMP, Jean Georges, Del Posto and River Cafe.

So far, I have:
- Whole roasted duck for two at EMP
- Foie gras brulée and the warm chocolate cake at Jean Georges.

Also just saw from RGR's post that Gus's World Famous Pickles has closed so will go to The Pickle Guys instead.

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Pickle Guys
49 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

Jean Georges
1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

Del Posto
85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

Le Bernardin
155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

May 06, 2011
ausfoodie in Manhattan

7 days of eating in NYC

Hi, I'll be visiting NYC from Australia for seven days next wek. This is our (my girlfriend and I) first time to NYC but have prioritised food above sightseeing and shopping.

Having spent the last 2 weeks researching on what the must-eats are in NYC, I have compiled a daily schedule below.

The restaurants where I've booked are marked with an * and the rest I am still finalising as I'm trying to match the location of the restaurant to where we'll be going for sightseeing.

Given it's first visit to NYC, we'll be doing a lot of sightseeing so will have to plan the schedule meticulously as I'm expecting long queues to most of the tourist hotspots.

Tuesday
Dinner - Hard Rock Cafe (closest to our hotel due to jet lag from 22 hour flight)

Wednesday
Breakfast - Pastis (Brioche French toast)
Lunch - *Le Bernardin
Dinner - Ippudo
Dessert - Spot Dessert Bar

Thursday
Breakfast - Undecided
Lunch - *Del Posto
Snack - Gray's Papaya (Hot Dog & Papaya drink to share)
Dinner - *Café Boulud (tasting)
Dessert - No (stomach) room for dessert

Friday
Breakfast - DB Bistro Moderne
Lunch - *Eleven Madison Park
Snack - Peter Pan (Donut to share)
Dinner - *WD-50 (tasting)
Dessert - No (stomach) room for dessert

Saturday
Breakfast - Jane (Crème-brulee battered French toast)
Lunch - *Jean Georges
Dinner - Keens
Dessert - need to find another one (potentially Momofuku milkbar)

Sunday
Breakfast - Nougatine (big brekkie)
Lunch - day long trip to Woodbury Commons (shopping) so no food plans
Snack - Redhead fried chicken (to share)
Dinner - Momofuku Noodle Bar
Yankees baseball match
Dessert - Chikalicious Dessert bar

Monday
Breakfast - undecided
Lunch -*River Café
Snack - RGR's LES food excursion Katz (Pastrimi to share)
Russ & Daughters (Bagel & Lox to share)
Yonah Schimmel's (Potato knish to share)
Belgian Fries (Ray's) - chocolate egg cream drink to share
Kossar's (baked bialys)
Gus's World Famous Pickles (pickle)
Il Laboratorio del Gelato (gelato to share)
Dinner - Motorino EV / Lombardi's / Blue Smoke (tough decision)
Dessert -

Tuesday
Breakfast - Undecided
Depart NYC

Any suggestions or comments would be appreciated as I am still working through the many lists posted in the many threads. Would like to find more brekkie places closer to where our hotel is (53rd St, 7th Ave), am still going through kathryn's list.

A big thank you to everyone for all their replies that have helped me put together the above list!

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Russ & Daughters
179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

DB Bistro Moderne
55 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

Momofuku Noodle Bar
171 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

Blue Smoke
116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

Gray's Papaya
402 6th Ave, New York, NY 10014

Ippudo
65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

Hard Rock Cafe
1501 Broadway, New York, NY 10036

Nougatine
1 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

Spot Dessert Bar
13 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

Motorino
349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

Il Laboratorio del Gelato
188 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

May 06, 2011
ausfoodie in Manhattan

4 day trip to Toronto - suggestions for must-eats?

We will be going to NYC and Boston before arriving in Toronto. Our aim is to try and cover the food that is unique to each city - lots more reading to do!

May 03, 2011
ausfoodie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

4 day trip to Toronto - suggestions for must-eats?

Completely agree with you pinstripeprincess on that point. Am still reading through older posts directed at tourists. I am determining which cuisines are done well and unique in Toronto that doesn't necessarily excel back in Aust.

Thanks for pointing out St Laweence market, will definitely check it out as we would love to compare and contrast to other markets we've been to.

May 03, 2011
ausfoodie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Suggestions on my shortlist of fine dining restaurants in NYC (first time)

RGR, your LES tour reads like a foodie's dream excursion!

Our Sunday is currently free apart from going to the Yankees v Red Sox game in the evening so I think it'll be the perfect time go (eat) on the tour! Hopefully most of the spots are open on Sundays.

May 03, 2011
ausfoodie in Manhattan