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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

Price for Gagnaire?

Same story with Ledoyen. It was 88 euros for lunch when I went in December in the michelin guide although in the restaurant it was 128 euros.Gagnaire was 115 in the red guide for lunch, but only an 150 euros option in the restaurant.

Also in the truffle season for example there are more expensive degustation menus (I remember one 420euros for L'arpege).

Andy Hayler was there in February that he wrote about the 85euro lunch menu, also I saw this information in tripadvisor but I do admit I m still curious if it is true and still exists.

Sep 17, 2014
Giannis in France

Any place decent in Plaka? Best choice in Santorini?

Plaka and Thiseio are very tourist crowded. It is hard to find decent food at equal value there. I know one restaurant called Kuzina in Thiseio, with an open terrace with views on the Acropolis. The food is usually better(not typical greek) than in other places(nothing that you would remember for time) also more pricy. If you would like to spend some more money for one dinner and looking for Greek cooking I think TudorHall is ideal. The food is delicious, the service is superb and it is located in constitution square, the most central area of Athens, so a small walk from Plaka or a 3 euros taxi ride. The restaurant is on the 7th floor of the hotel King george. You can see my review here http://gastrotrips.blogspot.gr/2014/0... .

Sep 16, 2014
Giannis in Europe

one pick for a 3 michelin star restaurant?

Maybe also Epicure. I can only see good reviews of it in the web, not even one negative.

I remember there were some empty tables at Gagnaire at lunch. Also I did my reservation for Ledoyen(Le squer) the same morning and there were still some empty tables.

I m very interested in seeing what Ducasse did with Plaza now that it reopened.

Sep 16, 2014
Giannis in France

Price for Gagnaire?

I think now Gagnaire, also according to Andy hayler, is 290 euros for the degustation dinner and for lunch there are two options other than the a la carte. An 85 euro option and a 150 euro option which is something between the first and the full 290 euro degustation menu. A la carte prices are very expensive. I went with the 150 euro menu and it was a lot of food(3 courses with multiple plates each and some 7 or 8 dessert plates).

Sep 16, 2014
Giannis in France

Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee reopens

http://vimeo.com/105527421 a video of the restaurant.

Looking at the carte it seems more expensive than at Le Meurice. I suppose they want to keep the ADPA as the flagship restaurant in Paris. Lets see how quickly it will take 3 stars.

Sep 11, 2014
Giannis in France

Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee reopens

I think today the restaurant of Plaza Athenee reopened after the refurbishment. It looks too modern. The head chef is Romain Meder coming from Qatar. The carte is pretty much the same as before although there are no meat courses, only fish vegetables and cereal.

I would like to see any reviews if anyone here visits it soon.

Sep 11, 2014
Giannis in France

La pergola Rome

I guess it's like here in Greece. No planning for any kind of restaurant more than a day or so, except maybe one restaurant, funky gourmet.

Thank you very much

Aug 27, 2014
Giannis in Italy

La pergola Rome

Yes about holding the reservation as they do in Paris London etc. I asked after I saw a comment on tripadvisor about how many times they asked for comfirmation via the phone etc.

Is it possible to find a table with reservation one or two days prior to the meal for il pagliaccio, oliver glowing or other restaurants to these category? I remember in Paris than most 2 or 3 star places had empty tables, in contrary to the ones in London which were always full.

Aug 26, 2014
Giannis in Italy

La pergola Rome

Thank you very much. Do you know if they require a credit card?

Aug 26, 2014
Giannis in Italy

La pergola Rome

Does anyone has any experience with La pergola as of how difficult is it to book a table and how long prior to visit?

Aug 25, 2014
Giannis in Italy

Le Louis XV-Lunch or Dinner

Maybe you should also look for Joel Robuchon there. They have nice lunch options with modest prices.

I would bet a lot though that Robuchon in Metropole is not even close to Le Louis XV. So I suggest you to look at it only if you can eat there for lunch and have dinner at Ducasse.

Aug 14, 2014
Giannis in France

Le Louis XV-Lunch or Dinner

When I went with friends it was late April so the lunch was inside and not on the terrace. We were dressed with a shirt and suit , no tie as I saw that jacket is requested. But near to us there was sitting a Chinese guy wearing a red t-shirt. So I suppose they are not very strict with the dress code as they might be in paris or London . I would definitely avoid trainers and shorts but other than that I don't think there would be any problem .

Aug 11, 2014
Giannis in France

Le Louis XV-Lunch or Dinner

I went for lunch. It is 145 euros including a bottle of wine for 2 plus water and coffee. You get amuse, starter, main, cheese and dessert from a seperate menu that has plates from the regular menu. For example the fish I had was 100 euros pp in the regular a la carte menu. you can see it here http://gastrotrips.blogspot.gr/2012/0...

For dinner there are 2 menus, one with only vegetables and one regular at 310 euros without beverages.

Aug 10, 2014
Giannis in France

New chef at Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee

Interesting
I was told that ADPA will open at the end of August ..
I do too wait and see the restaurant inside the peninsula . In their website they mention the names is the restaurants as also the Chef .

Jul 27, 2014
Giannis in France

New chef at Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee

Earlier I was chating with someone from the le meurice who told me after I asked that santaigne will remain where he is now at le meurice although ducasse will run both restaurants

Jul 24, 2014
Giannis in France

New chef at Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee

Anyone knows who will it be? Santaigne will stay at Le Meurice and Ducasse will have both, the Plaza and the Le Meurice.

Jul 24, 2014
Giannis in France

Choux d enfer, Michalak

When freshly made they are very good . I m a huge "fan" of eclairs and religieuse etc .. Next time I ll give it a try

Jul 08, 2014
Giannis in France

Choux d enfer, Michalak

Anyone tried the choux from michalak and ducasse from their kiosque? Is it worth trying?

Jul 07, 2014
Giannis in France