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New Pierre Herme shop opened near Seven Dials

Nice find. Is it just macarons and chocolates or anything else also? like croissants, pastries, cakes?

Nov 12, 2014
Giannis in U.K./Ireland

Special Lunch in London

The Greenhouse, there a lunch deal and I know the chef from Spondi in Greece, and L'epicure in Paris.

Maybe Dinner by Heston, it is very casual, also a good lunch deal and no set menus for evening, just a la carte.

I dont know if Pierre Gagnaire's restaurant in London is too formal but I had a very nice meal in his flagship in Paris.

Nov 12, 2014
Giannis in U.K./Ireland

La Pergola Rome review

Thank you. Unfortunately I couldnt have any alcohol this evening so we skipped the wine.

Nov 09, 2014
Giannis in Italy

La Pergola Rome review

In my recent trip to Italy I went to La Pergola a restaurant I was looking forward to visit for quite a lot of time, maybe its been 2 years.

Firstly to everyone interested to book there try to book as soon as possible. For this meal in early November I tried to book in late september and still found that no tables were available for friday and saturday night. In weekdays a reservation is easier but also not the easiest thing to do. I suppose one month in advance is ok.

The setting of the restaurant is amazing, from hotel cavalieri to the view and the interior decor. Cooking is light with exceptional ingredients, skillfully made. The fagotelli was a very nice dish but I think i preferred my spaghetti with scorpion fish and zucchini. Lamb was extremely tender and flavorful. Desserts are too much in quantity but I shouldnt complain about this. Chocolates at the end were top notch too.

There is their famous water menu and I found that they only charged the first bottle.

Before going to La Pergola I was searching the whole internet to find the price of the Grand Dessert and didnt find anything, so to anyone that wants to know, it is 29 euros. The other desserts are from 23 to 25 euros seperated in two categories. Cold and warm desserts. There was also a dessert with white truffle at 49 euros.

I wonder how the Grand Dessert that consists of 7 different plates costs half of what a dish of spaghetti costs.

Service was also superb. They try to accomodate every guests desire and they have thought of everything. We wanted to go out in the terrace to see the view and as it was a cold night they provided my girlfriend a cashmere pashmina to cover her shoulders.

Anything negative? The amouse bouche was disapointing and they brought me the second part of the grand dessert before finishing the first. Nothing to spoil the evening which was very good in every aspect of it.

My review http://gastrotrips.blogspot.gr/2014/1...

Nov 08, 2014
Giannis in Italy

S.tax in restaurants of Florence

Even on the menu that is outside the front door the prices were as much as without the added 16%.

I have seen in London about the 12% but this is ''optional'' and always written on the menu.

I cant remember the name of the restaurant. It was just across from the La Rinascende on the left.

Nov 07, 2014
Giannis in Italy

S.tax in restaurants of Florence

I was in Florence a few days ago and we went for dinner in a restaurant in piazza della republica. When we asked for the bill I saw that in the botton it had writen ''S.tax 16%'', and calculated to the whole amount of the dishes. In the menu the prices didnt include that amound nor it was writen anywhere that 16% will be added. So from 60 euros we end up paying about 70. I did not see that in any other places in Florence or Rome. Any input?

Nov 06, 2014
Giannis in Italy

Chirstophe Moret at Shangri-La

Le squer's langoustines at Le Cinq

Oct 28, 2014
Giannis in France

Lunch in Rome

Thank you very much. Non-michelin starred places are also appreciated. The restaurant of Hotel de russie has no star, I just found the setting to be nice.

I asked for the duck as I saw it at la Pergola, and it kind of surprised me.

Oct 28, 2014
Giannis in Italy

Lunch in Rome

Thank you very much for the suggestions. I ll look them up.

In Greece with have lunch at 3 and dinner at 10 11 or later. :D

Oct 28, 2014
Giannis in Italy

The Greenhouse or the Sqare for an upscale Saturday lunch (other restaruants too)

Arnauld Bignon is the chef of The Greenhouse, which was earlier in the 2michelin star restaurant Spondi in Athens. His cooking in both restaurants seems very similar. Judging from Spondi I would recomment to try it, for me it is in my list for next time in London. This and Le Gavroche.

Oct 28, 2014
Giannis in U.K./Ireland

Chirstophe Moret at Shangri-La

I went last December. The spaghetti dish was 140 there too because of the white truffle. As I remember the turbot was about 20 euros less than now. The langoustines too.

In Ledoyen the lunch deal was 88 euros and suddenly got to 128. Now in Le cinq it is 145 (although 4 dishes).

Oct 28, 2014
Giannis in France

Is La Mere Brazier in Lyon still worth a try for lunch?

I m in too, if I m around.

Oct 27, 2014
Giannis in France

Chirstophe Moret at Shangri-La

Most Le Squer's dishes (turbot with potatos, langustines with citron, sweetbreads, pamplemousse dessert, milk dessert, caramel dessert etc) are in with slighty more expensive prices I think than in Ledoyen.

Oct 27, 2014
Giannis in France

Lunch in Rome

Thats helpfull. I will too go to florence and I see some of your reviews.

Do you have any experience with the restaurant of Hotel de Russie? I saw that bar stravinksy has a buffet for lunch for about 35 euros.

Oct 27, 2014
Giannis in Italy

Lunch in Rome

Thank you very much.

Oct 27, 2014
Giannis in Italy

Lunch in Rome

Witch michelin starred restaurant is the best for lunch? I m looking for a place with italian food and max price of 50 euros per person. I consider La terraza dell eden that has a 3 course menu plus water and coffe for exaclty 50 euros. I also saw that Enoteca La torre has a 35 euro deal for lunch. Imago on the other hand is closed for lunch.

Finding a table with one or two days reservation prior to the meal if this is possible for these restaurants.

Any other thoughts?

Also one other random question I have. Is duck something strange to have in Rome?

Oct 26, 2014
Giannis in Italy

Chirstophe Moret at Shangri-La

Philippe Labbe left from L'Abeille and now I read that chirstophe moret will start there from January 2015. So who will be the next chef at Lasserre. Many changes have happened lately in paris.

Oct 24, 2014
Giannis in France

Is La Mere Brazier in Lyon still worth a try for lunch?

Its been a year and a half since I got there. I found that it is worth a try as it is reasonably priced. The seasonal menu is now 70 euros about as much as it was then( 67 if i remmeber correctly). There was also a lunch menu for 47 euros without dessert or 50 with dessert. They are pretty generous with amuse bouche pre desserts and mignardises. Service was very good and I really liked the place as for the decor, style, tables etc.

About the food. Since most of the diners claim that it is very good, I suppose you should go for the tasting menu or a la carte. I found especially the lunch menu to be a let down, the fish was bland, the dessert mediocre. The seasonal menu was better but still not 2 star. Maybe 1 star at best.

You can see my photos here http://gastrotrips.blogspot.gr/2013/0...

Oct 24, 2014
Giannis in France
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Need 4 great restaurant recommendations in London!

I had one of my best meals in Restaurant Gordon Ramsay (even though I thought it would be a disapointment).

Dinner by Heston. I didnt like the setting, decor etc, but some dishes were amazing. (sous vide chicken and the tipsy cake were outstanding)

My list for next time in London contains. 1) Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester( in contrary to most in here I do like Ducasse )
2) Le Gavroche
3) Ritz restaurant
4) The Greenhouse (Bignon was in Spondi(2 stars in Athens) before his london restaurant).

Oct 19, 2014
Giannis in U.K./Ireland
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Why does St John still have a Michelin star?

I m waiting for the moment that Michelin will visit the Ritz restaurant. How come it has not any stars yet is a mystery to me. It even serves classical cuisine.

Oct 19, 2014
Giannis in U.K./Ireland

Looking for Birthday dinner in London, early November.

Maybe the Ritz restaurant, which is classical fine dining, not molecular.
Ritz always comes to my mind when I hear Christmas, birthdays etc.

Oct 19, 2014
Giannis in U.K./Ireland

Geneva- cafés , pâtisseries, Swiss food, soup?

I know there is a Laduree store in Geneva so maybe you would be interested in these amazing macarons they have.

From chocolatiers, I know Philippe Pascoet, who has a store also in Paris.

There is also a good lunch deal in the Hotel President Wilson. Michel Roth took over (after he left L'Espadon of the Ritz hotel in Paris where he had 2 michelin stars), and I m right he already gained a star in Geneve.

Oct 19, 2014
Giannis in Europe
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Eric Briffard leaving Le Cinq

From what I have read, the dishes like the langoustines etc will keep appearing in the menu at Le Cinq.

My question is why Le Squer left Ledoyen in the first place. Is it because he had many empty tables during meals?

Oct 18, 2014
Giannis in France

Eric Briffard leaving Le Cinq

Also Philippe Labbe left (or fired?) from Shanghri-La, L'abeille. He had also 2 michelin stars and 5 toques from GM. In their web site I cant see his name anymore too.

Oct 17, 2014
Giannis in France

Best Bistros in Paris (Chez Denise, L'ami Louis or Aux Lyonnais)

That reminded me of something I have read, about when Maxim's stopped appearing on the guide a few decades ago.

Oct 07, 2014
Giannis in France

Ladurée macaron review of eight flavors

If you mean if the hold up well during transport and till reaching me, yes they did very very well, as the box is designed to keep the temperature for 48h. It has a frozen cotton envelope inside, so even for the hot summer months I ordered them they were still in good temperature for consumption.

They also sent them via express courrier shipping, so the totel duration is about less than a day.

Oct 03, 2014
Giannis in France
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Ladurée macaron review of eight flavors

I agree about Marcolini's chocolates. They are on the top of my list with zchocolat and jacques genin. Since you mention US, I have also in my mind when I manage to travel there, to try Mariebelle chocolates.

If you would like to try any of Pierre Marcolini macarons I think you can order online , the price is 19 euros so about 25usd for 12 of them. Although the shipping cost is expensive,( it was 20 euros for me), the packaging and attention to detail somehow made me think that it is worth it.

here is how it was http://gastrotrips.blogspot.gr/2014/0...

Oct 02, 2014
Giannis in France

Best Bistros in Paris (Chez Denise, L'ami Louis or Aux Lyonnais)

Just out of curiosity and correct me if I m wrong but how both L ami louis and l ami jean have not gained any stars since michelin claims that it is all about the food?

Oct 02, 2014
Giannis in France

Memorable meal in late November, anywhere in Europe?

Maybe you can consider coming to Greece. The weather is regurarly good in November, not any cold, little rain.

If you are into molecular gastronomy there is an excellent restaurant called Funky Gourmet in Athens(2 michelin stars), not at all pretentious, very friendly and casual service, minimalistic decor and amazing food.

Then there is Spondi, also with 2 michelin stars which serves french cooking, fine dining with excellent service and a nice garden-teracce, but I think in November the dinner would be indoors(a cellar like floor and one above with modern decoration.

I have been in both restaurants. If you would like any extra info or pictures etc I can provide them here.

Sep 28, 2014
Giannis in Europe
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Ladurée macaron review of eight flavors

I liked very much Pierre marcolini's macarons. I took a whole box of his August special one, The tomato. It was one of the best macarons I have ever had.

Other than that, I like Laduree (Reglise, rose, melon and one called 1001 nights that tasted like christmas) and Pierre Herme(foie gras, figs and chocolate, rose, passion fruit and chocolate, white truffle, peach and saffron).

Fauchon on the other hand, does not make good macarons. I found them too chewy.

Sep 25, 2014
Giannis in France