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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.

about 16 hours ago
Giannis in Italy

La pergola Rome

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

about 23 hours ago
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?

1 day ago
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

Should I cancel a July Ledoyen reservation?

Yannick Alleno will do his first service tonight in Ledoyen.

Jul 01, 2014
Giannis in France

Greece & Turkey, looking for a few fabulous lunch spots

Yes both are very nice. Also octopus in Greece is amazing if you find a place that knows how to prepare it. It can be extremely tender. I only had octopus in France once in a 2 michelin starred restaurant and it was miles away(worse) than in some casual taverna in Greece.

For me what makes a nice fish to become great is the roasting over charcoal. :)

Jun 09, 2014
Giannis in Europe
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Greece & Turkey, looking for a few fabulous lunch spots

You are right about the calamari. The fresh is made by whole calamari usually roasted over charcoal fire, and it costs about 40 euros per kilo. The more common calamari is the prefrozen one that is usually prepared with deep frying.

Generally mediteranean has the best fish you can find. To mention a few sfyrida (σφυρίδα or epinephelus aeneus, my favorite fish in the world), synagrida (συναγρίδα), rophos (ροφός). These are on the high end of prices and taste, and they are wonderfull and a bit hard to find as they are only wild fishes.

Jun 09, 2014
Giannis in Europe
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Greece & Turkey, looking for a few fabulous lunch spots

Maybe in Rhodes for something quite special tru Botrini's Rhodes. In Athens most of the great restaurants are only open for dinner.

Jun 07, 2014
Giannis in Europe

Anyone been to Le Parc Les Crayeres?

Maybe at L'Auberge du pont des collonges :D

May 31, 2014
Giannis in France

Anyone been to Le Parc Les Crayeres?

In Reims, 120km from Paris if I remember correctly. 2 michelin stars and very nice setting, i might say amazing setting. Andy hayler gave 19 out of 20 for his recent visit. Any opinions? How easy is to visit it for lunch while being in Paris as a tourist.

May 30, 2014
Giannis in France

Ledoyen, Le Cinq or Taillevent for Lunch?

Also if I m not wrong I saw that Gagnaire has a lunch at 85euros. (the only and cheapest choice when i went in December for lunch was an 150euros menu).

85 for gagnaire seems a bargain

May 30, 2014
Giannis in France

Ledoyen, Le Cinq or Taillevent for Lunch?

ledoyen's price was 128 with cheese included when I went in December.

Le Meurice is 110 for 3 courses or 130 with cheese included. Dinner menu still at 380, but a la carte prices seem to have been reduced.

May 30, 2014
Giannis in France

Ledoyen, Le Cinq or Taillevent for Lunch?

I have to agree about the Jules Verne, I went on my first trip to paris and then felt like i missed a chance to eat somewhere better. For 96 euros for lunch you can eat better for sure. But at that time I only knew one name, the name of Alain Ducasse.

As for Benoit ( I dont know about Rech) I really liked it as for the food and place. (service was mediocre)

For Ducasse I would try Le Meurice now which has 85 euros lunch and the room is majestic.

May 29, 2014
Giannis in France

Ledoyen, Le Cinq or Taillevent for Lunch?

L'epicure is also open every day including weekends for lunch or dinner.

Some other one michelin starred restaurants I know are Benoit and Jules Verne, but I cant compare them with the ones above.

May 29, 2014
Giannis in France

New location for Jacques Genin

That could have saved me some time and a 25 euro taxi drive back to my hotel in rue cler.

Lets hope that his pastries will be available too as last time in rue turenne we couldnt find an empty table.

Apr 18, 2014
Giannis in France

French Macaroons - alternative to Bottega Louie?

First time I hear Bottega Louie and googled them. They seem nice. How are these compared to Laduree? This time i shopped laduree it was about 3.5usd each or 2.5 euros each in boxes of 6 and 14.

Mar 22, 2014
Giannis in Los Angeles Area

Paris: Best Foodie Neighborhood?

Sure. If i feel uncomfrotable about others that proved not to be able to unterstand me, I ll take the easy way of speaking english.

Mar 20, 2014
Giannis in France

Paris: Best Foodie Neighborhood?

I can speak French, but always communicate in english. Maybe its after a rude and ironic behavior of a waiter at Angelina some years ago..

In no places I had problem communicate in english. In Munich yeah. Paris or France no.

Excuse me, it was Gare d l est. Not far away for gare du nord.

Mar 20, 2014
Giannis in France

Paris: Best Foodie Neighborhood?

I too have never got any safety problem in Paris.

Everyday we walked from champs elysees to Opera, or Louvre and back to Invalides etc at 3 o clock after midnight and saw nothing. Maybe we were just lucky, but in Paris I felt safe. In Lyon on the other hand near the part dieu etc was a different story.

My first time in Paris (school trip) I was staying near gare du nord, which was not a good location. But in the city centre and metro, no problem at all.

Mar 20, 2014
Giannis in France

Michel Roux to quit Masterchef & the BBC in row over his potato adverts

I really enjoy seeing him cooking. I have watched everything on youtube.

Mar 15, 2014
Giannis in U.K./Ireland

Mykonos/Naxos

I cant help you about specific restaurants as I havent been there. I would suggest you to try the local food and especially any fish roasted over charcoal. Aegean sea is full of extraordinairy fish. The best fish you can find is Sfyrida(epinephelus aeneus). Then some other amazing fishes are synagrida, rofos, tsipoura. Be aware that most big fishes are expensive per kilo.

Mar 15, 2014
Giannis in Europe

Ledoyen - dining room

Just a few months ago that the lunch menu was 88 it was a bargain for the reasons mentioned. Now at 128 for lunch it is average. The decouverte menu is cheaper than Gagnaire Ducasse Passard etc. A la carte it is up there with L Ambroisie and all others.

About the wine I found glasses at 12 or 15 euros at Gagnaire. while at Ramsay's in London (different story) there were half bottles at the price of the glass at Ledoyen. I didnt look at the wine book at all though.

One think for sure, I will always remember the time I ate at Ledoyen.

Mar 13, 2014
Giannis in France

Ledoyen - dining room

I guess they heard the complaints and reduced the price of water. I just saw the receipt (i always keep them as souvenirs) and it is really 8 euros per bottle.

Mar 13, 2014
Giannis in France