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[ROME] Suggestions for business dining

If you decide on one formal meal I would suggest La Pergola, the setting and the view is amazing, as also the cooking.

But there you should count about 120 to 130 euros per person for starter main desserts.

This is a la carte for 2 persons

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

Mar 22, 2015
Giannis in Italy

El Celler de Can Roca Report

Nice review and photos.

I wanted to go there too but after seeing the waiting time, we changed our trip to Rome where I booked to La Pergola with 1 and a half months before the meal.

Mar 15, 2015
Giannis in Spain/Portugal

Paris 2 and 3 stars

You can also consider Yannick Alleno at Ledoyen. The setting is classic and really nice. Have been there only with Le Squer but Alleno is supposed to be top at this time.

I second Pierre Gagnaire.

Mar 15, 2015
Giannis in France

Best value 3* or 2* lunch in Paris

I think the cheapest lunch option for a 3 star is Le Meurice Alain Ducasse.
http://www.alain-ducasse.com/sites/de...
starting at 85 euros.

If you are ok with higher prices L'Arpege has a multi course lunch at 140euros.

Feb 26, 2015
Giannis in France

Dining at Gordon Ramsey

Thank you very much :D

Ah Sadaharu Aoki, I will too revisit it next time there for a matcha eclair.

Feb 08, 2015
Giannis in U.K./Ireland

Dining at Gordon Ramsey

For me it totally worths the price. The food is excellent as also the service. I regret taking the lunch menu as I could have something with more courses. It is one of the few restaurants that I would like to revisit.

http://gastrotrips.blogspot.gr/2013/1...

Feb 07, 2015
Giannis in U.K./Ireland

Michelin 2015 France

Thats why I expected to see Le cinq in the new list as it appeared with Ledoyen.

I remember reading an interview to a michelin boss claiming that they did not have enough time to review Ducasse although finally he gained two stars. So I assume he will take a third star next year.

I was most surprised to see Martinez losing a star, since I had seen many positive reviews on the board.

Feb 02, 2015
Giannis in France

Michelin 2015 France

I read this morning, somewhere that I cannot retrive, that L'Arnsbourg lost its stars since Jean-Georges Klein departed and Michelin thought that the stars are most awarded to him rather than to the restaurant. The new chef is Philippe Labbe from from L'Abeille.

Feb 02, 2015
Giannis in France

Michelin 2015 France

Many ups and downs this year.

Yannick Alleno took already the 3 stars. Ducasse for Plaza 2 stars. La Bouitte 3 stars. Le Neuvieme Art, 2 stars in Lyon.

Lassere, Relais louis xiii, l'abeille downgraded to 1 star.

I cant find Le Cinq anywhere.

Many new 1 or 2 stars.

http://www.gillespudlowski.com/109373...

Feb 02, 2015
Giannis in France

Restaurants in Athens

The terrace was indeed magnificent, but if the weather is still cold to sit outdoors, the interior is fully covered with glass and you get the same view.

http://gastrotrips.blogspot.gr/2013/0...

For the same view you can also check the mostly formal restaurant called dionysos zonars just a few minutes walk from the museum.

http://www.dionysoszonars.gr/

Jan 28, 2015
Giannis in Europe

Restaurants in Athens

I will skip the michelin starred places for this time and suggest a great restaurant in Constitution square called TudorHall where you can have excellent highend Greek cuisine in a very nice setting with top notch service. It is in the 7th floor of the Hotel King George so the view is great especially if the terrace is opened.

http://gastrotrips.blogspot.gr/2014/0...

I would also suggest that you visit the Acropolis Museum which has a fairly good casual restaurant.

Jan 27, 2015
Giannis in Europe
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has anyone been to ducasse at dorchester lately?

Nice post. ADAD is in my list for the next trip to London. I have been to three starred restaurants of Ducasse, and consider the one, Le Louis XV to be the best restaurant I have been too in terms of food.

Gagnaire's three star in Paris was very good too and I doubt ADAD will come close but I m waiting to visit it before my final judgement.

Jan 17, 2015
Giannis in U.K./Ireland

Paris - Crepes, Cakes and Macarons

Angelina has very good hot chocolate. Laduree is not up there for hot chocolate or pastries except a few like their amazing religieuse (violette it was).

Not far away, at least if you enjoy walking is Jacque Genin. I would bet he has the best millefeuille in Paris or in the world. Made to order. He also has some amazing chocolates.

For chocolate cakes you can check Jean Paul Hevin, he has a store in Faubourg saint honore and if I remember correctly there is a cafe upstairs. He has also a cafe and boutique on the last upper floor of Gallerie Lafayette.

Inside Lafayette you can also find Sadaharu Aoki. I really liked his bamboo cake. http://gastrotrips.blogspot.gr/2014/0...

For macarons, Laduree and Pierre Herme are both amazing. You can also check for Pierre Marcolini which is equal. http://gastrotrips.blogspot.gr/2014/0...

I have no clue for crepes as I ve never had one in Paris except once in the Christmas market in Champs Elysees.

Jan 17, 2015
Giannis in France

Best high end restaurants in and around Lyon?

A bit underwhelming. Nice setting like a very chic bistrot, nice service but the food was just ok. Maybe we chose the wrong dishes but both the lunch menu and the seasonal menu were mediocre.

I think their specialities are the way to go, or maybe a poulet de bresse.

Jan 17, 2015
Giannis in France

Your Meal of the Year 2014

For 2014 mine has to be La Pergola. Mangificent setting and some amazing dishes like the spaghetti with scorpion fish (to me better than the famous fagotelli) and the lamb with artichokes. Also the mignarides were the best I have seen till now.

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

Also a meal in Athens in a non starred place called Tudor Hall was amazing. The service was equal to La Pergola and the food very well made with very good ingredients. Desserts there outstanding.

http://gastrotrips.blogspot.gr/2014/0...

Jan 12, 2015
Giannis in Italy

Best high end restaurants in and around Lyon?

When I was in Lyon I was thinking to go to Pic, but finaly didnt manage to do so. I had a lunch at La Mere Brazier instead.

Jan 12, 2015
Giannis in France

Best high end restaurants in and around Lyon?

L' auberge du pont de collonges, Paul Bocuse. I had my best meal there so far. Not the best food, but rather overall the best general experience. Best food I think was in Le Louis XV.

http://gastrotrips.blogspot.gr/2013/0...

15 to 20 euro taxi ride from the city centre.

Jan 11, 2015
Giannis in France

Lunch at pierre gagnaire or passage 53?

I remember glasses started at 15 euros. Maybe half a bottle will be a better option.

Jan 07, 2015
Giannis in France

Looking for special occasion place in Paris on a Sunday

L'Epicure. Huge positive feedback from anyone.

Jan 07, 2015
Giannis in France

Meilleur Ouvrier de France

After your mention to Larnicol I ordered a friend that was in Paris to bring me back some of his macarons. I liked their texture and lightnes, The pistache was excellent with intense flavor but overall I found other flavors like the moca or red fruits to be underwelming.

Dec 13, 2014
Giannis in France

Internet Source for Chocolate and Champagne

Zchocolat is amazing. They only sell online so they can arrange any gift easily. Might be expensive though.

Dec 11, 2014
Giannis in France

Foods unique to France to buy in Paris?

Or the amazing religieuse violette from laduree. Thats something you cant find outside Paris. If only I had one here.

Dec 05, 2014
Giannis in France

Brussels restaurants for dinner in October

What do you think of Comme chez soi?

Next time in Brusels I plan to take the train to Bruges.

Dec 05, 2014
Giannis in Europe

Where to chow in Thessaloniki, Greece

I will also suggest that you go to Mavri Thalassa. There you can have some of the best fish in Thessaloniki, in a nice setting.

In the city centre I would suggest the restaurant of the Byzantine museum , called ''B restaurant'', which is also nice for just a coffe or breakfast.

For taverna style greek-cyprus food you can also check ''Orea Hellas'' Ωραια Ελλας, which is in the city centre too.

You can also see in Agias Sofias street a big patisserie called Ble. It is open 24h a day and offers good pastries and buffet style food.

These two links are for Mavri Thalassa and B restaurant.

http://gastrotrips.blogspot.gr/2014/0...

http://gastrotrips.blogspot.gr/2013_0...

Also you can go to Mia Feta, near Tsimiski street, where you can taste local cheese and some inventive greek cooking in tapas portions.

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

Hope this helps. If you need any more info please ask

Dec 04, 2014
Giannis in Europe
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Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London

I too had a very nice meal at Gordon Ramsay RHR restaurant. Plus it is one of the few restaurants I would really like to go again. (For example I too enjoyed Dinner by Heston, but going back? I m not that interested).

I saw Clare Smyth in the kitchen, she cooks there every day lunch and dinner as we were told. The service is also top notch and Jean Claude awesome too.

I had too the mutton, which was amazing as also a ravioli filled with potato and duck egg. There was also a white truffle spaghetti dish that I regret not taking as an extra plate, (it was 45 pounds, on top of the plate or as an extra dish, I cant remember). Next time I will go with the big set menu.

My post, http://gastrotrips.blogspot.gr/2013/1...

Dec 03, 2014
Giannis in U.K./Ireland

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