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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
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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

Jules Verne Eiffel Tower dress code?

Offtopic, but Loro Piana is amazing. Best quality I have ever seen, at least since now that they are bought by LVMH.

Mar 13, 2014
Giannis in France

Ledoyen - dining room

I was there in early December for lunch, booked the same day of the meal and there were about 2 or 3 empty tables.

What surprises me is that you (not you personaly :P ) find the room dated etc. I found the whole setting as for the view location and decoration perfect. It is not modern but it is not meant to be. The service was also as good as it gets.

Piano boy, my friend had the pork (eel as as starter) and had medium impressions from it. I was about to try the seafood macaroni but got the menu decouverte instead with the spaghetti. Do you have any photos of the macaroni with seafood? I would like to see it.

About water, Ledoyen charged us two for 2 bottles of Evian at 8euros each. 16 euros in total. (wine is at 24 to 32 per glass for lunch)

Ducasse at Benoit charged 9 euros per bottle of Evian (although I think bigger bottle than in Ledoyen)

Gagnaire charged also 9 euros per bottle.

Mar 13, 2014
Giannis in France

Jules Verne Eiffel Tower dress code?

I went for lunch wearing just a polo t-shirt (not the brand polo) and I was very good in there.

I guess in some other places like Plaza Athenee or Meurice a suit would be good. Wear a tie only if you like ties.

In Le Louis XV in Monaco as I remember most diners were in suits and ties, but next to me there was an asian guy eating alone with a red casual tshirt. Again it was lunch.

There are very few strict about the dress code places now on earth. I can think of The Ritz in London and some starred restaurants in New York.

Mar 13, 2014
Giannis in France

Ledoyen, Le Cinq or Taillevent for Lunch?

From the 3 you mentioned I have only eaten in Ledoyen. Lunch is now at 128 euros for starter, main cheese and dessert. You can see my review here http://gastrotrips.blogspot.gr/2013/1...

Ledoyen has superb setting and service. Food for me was very good but not amazing.

Le cinq seems to be a safe option.

I would suggest that you look at L'epicure , in Hotel Le Bristol. Havent been there too, but it is first on my list for the next time in Paris. All comments are positive for L epicure. I would like to here anyone here with any recent experience. Andy Hayler's review is a bit old now, I think this restaurant has really evolved since then.

Mar 06, 2014
Giannis in France

Paris: Best Foodie Neighborhood?

The previous time I stayed right in Champs Elysees, great location for walking around but not much as for foodies.

The last time I stayed in rue Cler. It was very nice, many stores, bakeries, groceries, cheese shops etc. I could smell poultry and liver in the morning.

Mar 04, 2014
Giannis in France

Best dinner in Basel

I know the Cheval Blanc in the Hotel Le trois rois, located in the most central place. 2 michelin stars and nice view to the river.

Mar 03, 2014
Giannis in Europe