Thank you so much HK veterans for all the advice and wonderful photos! I have been busy making reservations and updating our itinerary accordingly. Would you recommend the Chairman for lunch or dinner? Would you recommend one hotpot meal and if so, where?
Day 1 Friday Mongkok:
Day 2 Saturday:
Day 3 Sunday:
Day 4 Friday Causeway Bay:
Day 5 Saturday:
Day 6 Sunday:
Day 7 Monday:
Day 8 Tuesday:
Thank you again and we look forward to sharing our experiences!
My fiancé and I booked a last minute trip to Hong Kong! We are arriving next Friday morning (from nyc) and will be in Mongkok (Langham Place) until Sunday afternoon (2.5 days). After a brief 4 day side trip, we will be back in Hong Kong the following Friday morning, and will stay in Causeway Bay (Pennington Hotel) until Tuesday afternoon (4.5 days).
I speak Mandarin and can read a little, while my fiancé speaks minimal Cantonese. We haven't been back to Hong Kong in 8 years (had two brief prior trips) and are very excited to experience good Cantonese (and other Asian) cuisine. We enjoy dim sum, noodles, roasted meats, peking duck, hotpot, desserts (tung yuan, egg tarts, pudding etc) My fiancé does not enjoy seafood unless it's raw or fried, and I will try anything. I love spicy food but he can't eat too spicy so we may try one Szechuan meal (San Xi Lou?).
Any good places for peking duck, all you can eat hotpot, milk tea (with tapioca), zhaliang with peanut butter sauce, 鹹水角, steamed egg custard bun, fried taro puff, fried rice ball with sesame filling?
We would like to keep most meals under 400HKD/person, but will splurge up to 800HKD/person for a few meals. We also need to bring friends out to eat a nice meal near Causeway Bay and want to keep that meal to around 400 HKD/person.
Please help critique my itinerary:
Day 2 Saturday:
Day 3 Sunday:
Day 4 Friday Causeway Bay:
Day 5 Saturday:
Day 6 Sunday:
Day 7 Monday:
Day 8 Tuesday:
Desserts/snacks Days 4-8: Cong Sao, Chung Kee, Danish Bakery, Ching Ching Dessert, Honolulu coffee shop, Kam Fung, Tai Cheong, Kung Lee, Lan Fong Yuen
We would consider venturing out for Hung's delicacies, Kwan Kee or Tak Kee one of the latter days. Wish we had more time! We need to make a trip to Repulse Bay to visit relatives. Any must eats while out there?
Are any of these other restaurants not to be missed: The Manor, Lei Garden, Fook Lam Moon, Yeung Kee, the Chairman, Luk Yu Teahouse? Should we bring our friends out to Fu Sing or some other place?
Thank you in advance! We will be sure to report back :)
It's rather difficult to find, but once you get there, it shouldn't disappoint.
Prices were reasonable, and we ordered very liberally. The bill was only 8000yen for two. highlights include the chicken meatballs, chicken and leeks, and bacon wrapped mochi. we tried the chicken sashimi as we had never had this dish before, but didn't like it.
One issue is that the restaurant is a bit difficult to find. we followed one of the chowhounders' instructions which were precise but we circled the same street a few times and had to ask several people. the sand colored facade is very nondescript but the trek is well worth it!
I've attached a couple photos for your consideration..
Chicken + leek
As to the okonimyaki, we've always been fans of it, so we did not mind going out of our way (if it meant so) to try different variations. Osaka is known for okonomiyaki as well as takoyaki, so it's worth trying them if you're there. Hiroshima is also quite well known for okonomiyaki -- and their style tends to be larger, while incorporating a good amount of noodles.
we'd like to try "wasabi" next time -- an upscale skewer restaurant where they deep fry everything. it's in Osaka and requires a reservation (otherwise we would have tried eating there when we stumbled across it). it's been mentioned by others on chowhound. similarly, there's a michelin star rated yakitori place named "Ayamuya Yakitori," but of course it was all booked up when I tried to make a reservation. there's always next time.
I've attached a few photos okonomiyaki
The first is from Osaka (restaurant called Mizuno .. dotonbori)
The second and third pictures are from Hiroshima (restaurant called Hassei)
Hi Foodie_Phil, I did post an extensive review of our trip immediately afterwards: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/904189
I would definitely book Fuku!!! It was our favorite restaurant out of our 10 day trip to Japan. Maybe also try Narutomi soba in Ginza or Rokurinsha in Tokyo station or sky tree for ramen.
We had an amazing first trip to Japan! Thank you to everyone who helped us make our trip so memorable. We tried to fit in as many meals as possible. Below are our experiences:
Day 1 Osaka
Day 2 Nara
Day 3 Kyoto
Day 4 Hiroshima/Miyajima
Day 5 Miyajima/Kyoto
Day 6 Kyoto
Day 7 Tokyo
Day 8 Tokyo
Day 9 Nikko/Tokyo
Day 10 Tokyo
As a sidenote, it was very hard to find some of the restaurants and we had to rely on google maps, studying directions prior, and writing down the Japanese name and address in Japanese (so we can ask people on the road). The most helpful Japanese phrase I learned was "Where is _____?" ( _______ wa doko desuka?).
Some restaurants we wish we had tried so we will have to plan another trip: Sushi Dai, Sushi Taichi, Narutomi Soba, Takoyaki Wanaka, Omen Noodles, Yamamoto Menzo, Ueno, Sumibi Torito. Thank you again to all the chowhounders who contributed to our plan and I hope our reviews help out future travelers :)
Thank you so much everyone!
Silverjay, thanks so much for the in depth descriptions of the Ramen places. We had mentioned to some friends from Japan that we love Ippudo and have waited two hours to eat there. They looked at us like we were crazy. We definitely want to try Rokurinsha and Fu'unji, and hope to make it one more ramen place.
Killersmile, we can't wait to try the anago.
Ninisix, we will try Sushi Iwa. Concierge tried to reserve Kandagawa but they wouldn't accept a reservation from a party without a Japanese patron :(
We will report back :)
Thank you so much for all the helpful advice!
biwakobarry, concierge tried to book Ayamuya for any lunch or dinner next week but was told they are completely full for May. we should have done our homework sooner :(
We booked Sumibi Torito but was told there is no upstairs. Do we have the wrong restaurant 075 752 4144 ?
In Hiroshima, we have decided to try Hassei for a quick lunch since it's near peace park.
E Eto, thank you for all the tips! Unagi and mochi are two of my favorite things. I am definitely going to try to eat at Ueno and will look for nama-momiji.
We may now replace the Nodaiwa dinner with unagi Kandagawa.
Ninisix, this cleared up the confusion about Sushi Iwa. I went again and re-read your threads on Sushi Iwa. Would you recommend Sushi Taichi or Sushi Iwa if we are only having one sushi meal in Japan? Thanks again.
It seems all the ramen places I have on my radar are tsukemen which we have never tried before so that should be fun. However one of our favorite ramen places in nyc is Ippudo (which I know is not well regarded in Japan) as we love ramens with a rich pork broth. Are there are good ramen places that have the same style? We don't want to visit Ippudo since we can do that in nyc or other parts of Asia.
Thank you everyone! We can't believe we'll be in Japan next week :)
Thank you for your kind replies!
biwakobarry: what do you think of Matsusakagyu Yakiniku M Houzenji Yokocho or should I choose Ayamuya Yakitori for dinner? Are there any good, quick eats around my hotel Hankyu International (Umeda)?
Ninisix, thank you for your helpful tips! I just read that Chef Iwa has left Sushi Iwa and the restaurant is now named Sushiya. I'm quite sad as I was looking forward to lunch there. Do you have another suggestion for a nice sushi lunch (around $100/person)? Would Sushi Tachi fill that spot?
If I really want to try a nice (less than $100/person) tempura restaurant, which do you recommend? Is Tempura Tsunahachi at 3-31-8 Shinjuku a good choice? I read your posts recommending Tenmatsu. Or should we splurge for Yokota? Or skip tempura completely (we are having a tempura meal in Kyoto).
Would you recommend Ramen Jiro or Fuunji in Shinjuku? Should we trek for Warito or Suzuran ramen?
Are there any good places to grab a bite before 10am (prior to our flight)in Shinjuku?
Thank you so much!
Hi Chowhounders, my fiancé and I are really excited about our first trip to Japan in two weeks. We are unusually late on the planning and would appreciate any input. Japanese cuisine is our favorite so we are not looking to explore Western cuisines during our trip. Also, we are not looking for Kaiseki meals as we are booked at two Ryokans. We love all types of Japanese food including tempura, yakitori, tonkatsu, eel, sushi, ramen, soba, udon etc. We would like to keep our meals under $100 USD (10,000 yen) per person and have tried to keep our pricier meals at lunch but may splurge if it's incredible. My fiancé does not drink any type of alcohol but I will drink some wine occasionally. We also enjoy Japanese sweets/pastries and I especially love mochi/pudding/ice cream!
Please help critique our food itinerary! Thank you in advance :)
Wednesday May 15: Nara (stay overnight in Osaka)
Thursday May 16: Osaka
Friday May 17: Kyoto (stay overnight in Osaka)
Saturday May 18: Hiroshima/Miyajima (overnight at Miyajima at Watanabe Ryokan)
Sunday May 19: Kyoto (overnight at Shiraume ryokan)
Monday May 20 (take late train to Tokyo, staying at Southern Century Tower hotel in Shinjuku)
Tuesday May 21 Tokyo
Wednesday May 22 (day trip to Nikko)
Thursday May 24 Tokyo
Friday May 25 Tokyo
We will report back :)
You only need a reservation at Romeo if you want to sit at the restaurant in the back that serves pasta etc. If you just want a late lunch such as pizza/sandwiches, you can buy those at the counter in the front. There are tables where you can sit down for the pizza/sandwiches.
Taverna dei Fori Imperiali was half empty when we went for weekday lunch. Make sure to order the pappardelle!
Roscioli bakery and il Forno Campo di Fiori are 10-20min walk from Pantheon area and are good for a light meal/snacks. We didn't have time to try il Forno Campo di Fiori but heard the pizza is good there as well. At Roscioli bakery, you buy your pizzas/sweet treats at the counter, then you can sit down at bar benches in the back to eat. It's not a formal seating place.
I had a great lunch at Taverna dei Fori Imperiali before walking 5minutes to the Roman Forum/Palatine Hills/Colosseum. (Tip: buy your combo tickets at the Roman Forum first to skip the long line at the Colosseum and be aware all three attractions close at 3:30. We found out the hard way and had to return the next day to go inside the Colosseum).
I would recommend Romeo after the Vatican. It's easy to find, the food is delicious and you can sit down. Also, check out Grom for hot chocolate and Roscioli bakery for pizza with sauce/cheese! Perilli is also good for hearty pastas. Read my trip report for more details.
Thank you to all the wonderful Chowhounders who helped us extensively! We had an amazing time in Italy and would love to visit again. I hope you enjoy reading our trip report below:
Taormina: to our disappointment most of the restaurants we researched were closed when we visited in December, due to the low season (including Ristorante Pizzeria Villa Zuccaro and Laboratorio Pasticceria Roberto). We wasted more than an hour looking for closed restaurants. Locals also recommended the restaurant Granduca for pizza which happened to be closed on Tuesday (the day we were there). We finally bought pizza at a random restaurant and it was terrible. However, locals also recommend D'Amore for cannolis and we really enjoyed the freshly filled cannolis at this pretty bakery. The cannoli filling is a little lighter and sweeter than the US (in places such as Veniero's in nyc), but still excellent. We also went to Bam Bar for granita and found the strawberry too sweet, but we ordered the dark chocolate, and the lovely owners made us fresh whipped cream on top. It was a nice treat but we much prefer a true gelato/ice cream.
Bar Rita is a really cute bakery with lots of yummy savory and sweet treats. It was packed when we went around 2pm on a weekday. We tried various items including the arranchini (fried rice ball) which was interesting but we probably wouldn't order it again. The croquette and cannoli were mediocre. The sfogliatella was quite good.
Pizza Da Franco: cute small pizzeria with long wooden benches. You can see the real brick pizza oven which is neat. The restaurant was about 1/5 full when we went on a weekday around 3pm. We had excellent margheurita pizza with thin crust. We also ordered a pizza with a lot of toppings and that was good too!
Taverna dei Fori Imperiali: due to our limited time, we skipped the L'Asino d'Oro daily menu in favor of eating here. I was a little nervous due to the mixed reviews but the restaurant did not disappoint. My fiance ordered a papperdelle with bacon, egg, and pecorino cheese and I ordered a ravioli with duck ragu and both were excellent (though slightly salty)! We would have come back here again for another meal if our stay was longer.
Roscioli Bakery: the white pizza was horrible, stale and tasteless. I think we bought an old piece. The pizza with sauce/cheese was one of the best (if not the best) pizza we had on our trip. It was so delicious! Make sure you wait for fresh pizza to be brought out before ordering. We later ordered pizza with sauce, but no cheese and that was good, but not as memorable. I wanted to try an apple crostada but they didn't have it.
Grom: amazing hot chocolate! I wish we had this in nyc. thanks for the rec gmcguireinrome:)
Giolitti: mediocre ice cream. The coconut was too sweet - do not order. Also, they yelled at us for not paying first. The lady at the teller was really rude to tourists but was really friendly to a local Italian.
San Crispino: really friendly server but the ice cream was mediocre as well. We ordered pear, orange/mandarin orange, and concord grape. The mandarin orange was the best.
Trattoria Perilli: we came for dinner after a tiring day of sightseeing. The nice waiter seemed to be used to tourists and ordered a carbonara rigatoni and amatriciana rigatoni for us. He ordered so fast and authoritatively that we didn't realize he ordered both rigatoni dishes. I'm not a fan of rigatoni and we should have ordered a different noodle like spaghetti. Many other patrons ordered a giant artichoke heart to share. The pasta was good/hearty but just too much rigatoni altogether (our fault!). Then he recommended a meat dish, veal or pork, which was mediocre. We ordered the tiramisu which was excellent but different from the cake variety in the US. Their tiramisu comes in a tin bowl and has a marshmallow consistency on top. I would recommend Perilli but next time we would order different types of pastas.
Romeo: thank you minchilli for this rec! It was only a few blocks from the Vatican and very easy to find (much easier than the directions to Pizzarium looked to be). We ordered some pizza and a panini at the first counter on the right which were really tasty, and it was nice to be able to sit. We also ordered a spaghetti with red sauce from the actual restaurant and it had the sweetest sundried tomatoes. There was no seating available at the restaurant inside but the nice waiter ordered it for us and bought it over to the communal tables where you eat your takeout food.
All'Antico Vinaio: best sandwich ever! This is one of our favorite things we ate on our trip. The server was so nice and helped us make the most yummy concoctions on foccacia bread. We had half a porchetta sandiwch with truffle spread and half a prosciutto sandwich with amazing eggplant. A MUST visit after the Uffizzi museum!
Gelateria dei Neri: much better gelato than what we had in Rome. The Fig&Cheese flavor was AMAZING! It sounds odd but is really good. I wish we had some right now. The chocolate with chili was spicy and interesting but I wish they made it with dark chocolate instead of milk. My fiance ordered the mixed berry sorbet but he really wish he ordered my fig&cheese flavor.
Gelateria Santa Trinita: really good gelato again! There seems to be a really good gelato shop on every block in Florence. We ordered the mascarpone gelato which was fantastic! The pistachio was good, but not memorable. I ordered the hot chocolate on a whim but it was mediocre, not like Grom's in Rome (and it got all over my coat/bag).
Vini e Vecchi Sapori: a tiny, cute restaurant! Do not go unless you make a reservation. They turned many people away. We had an amazing experience here, mostly due to the Italian patrons next to us and the service. We ordered the fresh pappardelle with duck ragu (papperdelle con ragu di anatra) for 9e and it was good but I think we slightly prefer the pappardelle we had in Rome. The patrons next to us recommended a beef stew they were all ordering and it was good, but not amazing. We couldn't decide on a dessert so our new Italian friends asked the server to make us a mixed plate of three desserts which was really nice! One was a tiramisu and one was an ice cream pastry (I forgot the last one). Then they had the servers give us a shot of a strong liquor, which we couldn't finish. They also played a magic trick on us with a coffee cup. It was a really fun time and we were stuffed!
Thanks for all the tips! We will definitely have to check out a bakery such as Roscioli, and perhaps the granita di caffe con crema if it's not too cold.
Thank you so much everyone for weighing in. That's so interesting that Grom has hot chocolate! They only serve gelato in nyc so hopefully we'll be able to check out the hot chocolate.
we are now thinking of this schedule:
Dinner Thursday: Flavio al Velavevodetto, Trattoria Monti or Perilli
Lunch Friday: Pizzarium (will be sightseeing at Vatican City)]
We tried calling so many times for reservations but many restaurants never answer the phone, including Trattoria Monti and Vini e Vecchi Sapori. Perilli told me to call back closer to the day even though we're only calling 2 weeks in advance :(
Are Giolitti, San Crispino, Gelato del Teatro still musts for gelato?
Thanks everyone and we will definitely report back.
thank you so much for your detailed report! we're excited about Pizzarium and Osteria Vini e Vecchi Sapori. We're sad to hear the negative report of Perilli though and are now wondering if we should still visit. thanks again and looking forward to Part II
Thanks so much for all the advice!
Lunch Thursday: L'Asino d'Oro (depending on what's on the 12euro menu) or Taverna Dei Fori Imperiali
Dinner Thurs night: Trattoria Monti, Taverna dei Fori Imperiali or Perilli
Breakfast Fri: Pizzarium (are they open in the morning?)
Lunch Fri: Taverna Dei Fori Imperiali if we didn't go the previous day
minchilli, may I ask if you think Perilli is much better than Trattoria Monti? Perilli has some not so great reviews on trip advisor so my fiancé is hesitant to commit our one dinner in Rome to it. However our friend did post amazing photos from Perilli recently. It's such a tough decision!
Did you check on the Tickets website for reservations? They're still booking for January!
In terms of Gelonch, maybe you should try Hisop, Alkemia or Cinc Sentits instead.
Sun night, you could also consider Paco Meralgo.
We're going in two weeks and our research indicates you may enjoy the above restaurants :)
My fiancé and I will be in Italy for the first time mid December! We are taking a cruise and will have one and a half days in Rome. We are arriving in Rome by train around 10am on Thursday and staying overnight at Artemide Hotel on Via Nazionale 22. My fiancé is a big meat eater and not a fan of seafood unless fried/raw (such as sashimi). I enjoy everything. We would like to try pizza, pastas (my fiancé is interested in papardelle with sausage), classic Roman Food, and desserts such as tiramisu/panna cotta.
Please help me select our precious three meals.
Lunch Thursday: L'Asino D'Oro, Armando al Pantheon or Taverna Dei Fori Imperiali (will be visiting Colossem, Palatine Hills, Roman Forum in the morning/early afternoon, then Pantheon/Spanish steps/Trevi Fountain/Piazza Navona in the late afternoon/early evening)
Lunch Friday: Pizzarium (will be sightseeing at Vatican City)
Also, we love gelato. Which of the following are a musts for ice cream lovers?
Is it worth the trek to Fraschetta Romana on Via del Pigneto 68 for a porchetta sandwich? We both LOVE pork but it's not near any places we're visiting.
Any other suggestions welcome! Thank you :)
thanks for the post! can't wait to visit :)
wow thanks for the detailed report and photos! everything looks amazing!! wish we secured reservations for our trip :(
thanks for the detailed report! we look forward to our lunch there and will have to order the tomato bread and foie :)
We were disappointed when we couldn't book Frenchie in January so book early. If you like Asian food, one of our favorite meals of our trip was at Lao-Lane Xang. You must order the crispy duck. It is divine and was worth the trek to the outskirts!
Don't forget at falafel wrap at L'As du Falafel, crepes at Breizh Cafe. And get the Vanille tart at Pierre Hermes...so delicious :)
In Barcelona, we're planning our vacation in a month and the only reservation we can't get is for Tickets restaurant which books 60days out on their website at midnight barcelona time so I'd recommend you set your calendar for the booking.
thanks everyone! We're planning to have the prefix lunch menu at Alkimia so hopefully we'll still be able to handle a tasting at Cinc Sentits for dinner.
Any thoughts on Cerveceria Catalana vs Ciudad Condal for lunch on friday before we board the cruise? They seem pretty similar.
We will report back!
Thanks everyone for your thoughtful advice!
PBSF, I think I was overly ambitious in trying to eat at every single famed modern Catalan restaurant and will probably forego Gresca lunch, and stick with Alkimia lunch, Cinc Sentits dinner, Hisop dinner and Gelonch dinner. We will forego an Abac meal due to its location and so we can spend our budget on two meals instead :)
For lunch thursday, I am now debating between Cafe L'academia for traditional Catalan cuisine (and to take advantage of their menu del dia), or Can Mano (due to your recommendation).
When we first arrive on Tuesday morning, we wanted to grab a flauta de jamon iberico and was wondering if we should go to Cafe Viena for this or Escriba (read good reviews on both places)?
And for some yummy ice cream/gelato, should we check out Gelaaati Di Marco/Arcobaleno/Vioko?
Thank you Haarison for your extensive reply even though your reply has disappeared from the site for some reason. I can't read SnackHappy's reply either :( Regardless, I did read Haarison's post before it was removed. Your tips are extremely helpful.
I should have clarified La Granja I'm referring to is on Carrer Banys Nous. I apologize for the confusion.
I have a few more questions:
I can't seem to decide on a lunch place for Thursday before taking the cable car from Barceloneta/San Sebastia tower to Montjuic. Here are the ones I'm consider due to location (between hotel & Barceloneta):
After El Tablo del Carmen show, is it worth the detour to stop by Tickets around 8:45pm (thurs night) to see if there is an opening?
We will be at the Magic Fountain on Thursday Dec. 13th so I'm guessing there won't be a show then :( But I copied all your suggestions about the sights to see during our walk down from Montjuic.
We are also planning to attend Mass at Santa Maria del Mar (thanks for the tip). Should we pay to visit the roof on a prior day?
And any thoughts subbing in Comer24 (so many mixed reviews) for Gelonch/Hisop/Cinc Sentits?
Also, should we opt to eat lunch at Gresca on Xmas Eve instead of Paco Meralgo (which our friend mentioned she thinks is overrated)?
Thank you all so much for your input? We're so excited about visiting Barcelona!
My fiancé and I are spending 3 nights in Barcelona prior to a 10 night cruise (to Palma de Mallorca, Malta, Sicily, Naples, Rome and Florence!), and one night (Monday Xmas Eve) after the cruise in Barcelona before we fly out the morning of Christmas Day. I put together the following itinerary for Barcelona after reading every chowhound thread on this city, dating to a year back. We haven't booked a hotel yet but are looking at Casa Camper or Hotel 1898 for the first 3 nights as their locations are centralized. We may book Europark on Xmas Eve due to its Eixample location. I am looking forward to all the seafood/tapas culture, but my fiancé is not big on seafood unless it's fried or raw (such as sashimi) as he is a big meat eater. We would appreciate any input and any must not miss dishes at the places we are visiting :)
Day 1 Tuesday (taking it easy after red eye flight from nyc):
Attractions we're planning to visit:
Day 2 Wednesday:
Attractions we're planning to visit:
Day 3 Thursday
Attractions we're planning to visit:
Day 4 Friday
Day after Cruise Monday Xmas Eve
Planning to visit:
Some general questions:
2) We are planning to walk a lot and thus are considering a centralized hotel. However to get to Sagrada Familia/Guell Park/Montjuic, I'm assuming the metro is the fastest/cheapest method to travel? Are there 3 day metro passes to buy or it won't be worth it if we're walking a ton?
3) We looked at Barcelona Card, Museum Card etc but they don't seem worth it for the attractions we're visiting. Are there any other discounts available? (the Paris Museum pass was so handy)
4) We're considering a day trip to Montserrat, perhaps on Xmas Eve but we're not sure if it'll be too stressful. Should we just stay in Barcelona to enjoy the city more leisurely?
5) Is the beach worth a visit or it'll be too cold in December?
Thank you in advance for your input and reading my long post!
L'As du Fallafel and Breizh Cafe. Our proposal was at the beautiful Place des Vosges. Enjoy your stay!
I'm so sorry for the late report back on the trip. She said yes! The day after I proposed, my fiancé's wallet got stolen in the metro (good thing it wasn't the ring!) so we spent most of the day handling that. Then a day later, she got the stomach flu (or food poisoning) and we spent the entire day in the hotel. Sadly we had to cancel our much anticipated reservation for lunch at Spring due to her stomach ailment. Despite these hiccups, we loved Paris and would visit again. Here are the highlights of our trip in no particular order:
Lao-Lane Xang: one of the best meals of the trip. the crispy duck was amazing!!! the pleasant server spoke Mandarin (but not English) so my fiancée could communicate with her. (the entire menu was in french)
L'As du Fallafel: our culinary highlight. the falafel wrap was the best (better than the shawarma) we went back again the following day!
Breizh Cafe: great place to try out crepes. we split a savory buckwheat crepe and a dessert crepe.
Pierre Herme: after visiting 5 bakeries in Paris and eating too many macarons (including Jacque Genin, Gerard Mulot, Sadaharu Aoki, and Lauduree), our absolute favorite pastry is the Vanille Tart at Pierre Herme. We wish we had them in nyc. a must try, imo
Le Severo: we came here because I wanted to try steak frites and it was very good. my fiancée doesn't like steak so she ordered the pate. She was disappointed since it came as a more tendon filled, harder texture and she was expecting the creamy type. we ordered creme brûlée (or flan?) for dessert and it was good.
Chez L'Ami Jean: this was the disappointment of our trip. the Cote de boeuf was tough. my fiancée is not a fan of steak in general but even I was disappointed. (we went to Minetta Tavern in nyc a few months after and the cote de boeuf here was much better). she really wanted to try the foie gras but you can only order it for 2. however the restaurant brought her a generous slice to sample. that was a very nice touch. the highlight of the meal was the rice pudding (very, very good). as a side note, the restaurant billed us for one extra appetizer. (the billing mistake happened at another restaurant too maybe Le Severo, so remember to check your bill)
we went to a Japanese restaurant that was decent (forgot the name but it's on the popular street with all the Japanese restaurants), because my fiancee was homesick for Asian food. it was good comfort food but not extraordinary.
the paris museum pass was terrific and we were able to hit all the major attractions on it. our favorite place was the versailles palace. the gardens are breathtaking.
we are looking forward to returning to Paris in the future. next time, we'll have to try the other recommended places including le comptoir du relays, Le Chateaubriand and Spring. thank you again to everyone for making our trip so special.