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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... .

about 11 hours ago
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.

about 11 hours ago
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).

about 11 hours ago
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

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