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One night, one dinner, one big deal.

Pti. We did Timgad years ago and i have the gift of an ashtray( truly gifted not lifted) to prove it...when there were such things as ashtrays. It was ok but i felt strongly that the majority of the clientele were men having dinner with their " nieces" ..ha. Food not inspiring. Interested in Chez Rene ( i know not the one in the 5th). At the end of the day we are happy to downscale atmosphere for food and can have our " blow out aka elegant" dinner in Milan. These cuisines interest us. Thank you.

May 17, 2015
Capeannetoo in France

One night, one dinner, one big deal.

OP here. Thanks for the helpful comments. To clarify my reasoning, we will be arriving to Paris from 7 days and nights in the small town of Montauroux where research thus far has indicated that with the exception of the occasional pizza joint the restaurants are indeed Provencal and traditional French focused. We are a large group with 3 teens and i dont see us trekking back into Nice for a meal. Then we break off as a couple for one night to Paris. Next step of journey Italy where i am sure we will get our fill of good Italian so one more cuisine eliminated. As mentioned Husband could well be a pescatarian. Me hardly so that rules out sushi. And high end was simply to narrow scope of recommendations to special occasion worthy in recognition of milestone anniversary. My natural inclination for this type of an evening would be L'Arome in the 8th but fearing we would be weary of " French" focused food i broadly used the term Asian. There are some fine recommendations here and i thank you. PhilD if you have such a recommendation for North African cuisine it would be welcomed. John not quite enough time btw Montauroux and Milan to take the trip to China. Pti on your original list we have done Diep and Tang and enjoyed both. Plan to look carefully into Toyo. Thanks.

May 17, 2015
Capeannetoo in France

One night, one dinner, one big deal.

Thank you. More homework to happily complete.

May 16, 2015
Capeannetoo in France

A couple of shout outs.

Spent a few days in your fine City on combination of business and solo pleasure. Loved Trinity in Clapham. Third time there ( from Boston). Menu was a bit fish centric tor me but we did tasting with pairing and all were more than satisfied. Feels like a secret special neighborhood upscale gem.
Roux at Landau. Lovely with exquisite service. Happened to be election night so the drama of BBC across the street added to the fun.
I dined alone at Moti Mahal and with the exception of having the bad table ( btw kitchen door and serving area) the experience was lovely. I made the mistake of ordering the lentils cooked in coals for starter which is more liquid than solid but it was so delicious i scooped it all up with great naan.
Had a solo dinner before theater at the Savoy Grille. This war horse has never disappointed me and the kind service for a solo diner and the amazing Dover sole made a perfect night.
Finally a super shout out for Dean Street Townhouse. Saturday brunch and a totally delicious cobb salad with a half carafe of wine made for a super pre theater meal.
Love London. Thanks for your hospitality.

May 16, 2015
Capeannetoo in U.K./Ireland

One night, one dinner, one big deal.

We are spending 7 nights in Montauroux with extended family. Doing our research there. Spending 4 nights in Milan just the 2 of us and will do my research on Italy board. In between we have one night in our beloved Paris. Feel we will be in the mood for very high end Asian for a blow out dinner. Think we will be Frenched out and headed to Italian central. This is the night we will celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. Its a Saturday end of June. Husband big fish lover. Me not so much. Thinking Kei but havent been able to locate recent opinions on the board. Location and price not important. Do you support Kei ? If not where would you recommend? Many thanks.

May 16, 2015
Capeannetoo in France

Babbo Pizzeria. Enoteca

Just an invited guest who was a frequent flyer at OTTO when we visited NYC. Nice of them to remember us when they came north. Bugsey34 We made our reservation for dinner tonite when we left Tues night. But I got opentable notice that they were listed. Haven't checked yet. FYI I had the much touted Marta ( Danny Meyers) pizza in NYC last night. It was good. Babbo Enoteca better imo. Think I will need a 12 step program.

Babbo Pizzeria. Enoteca

Went to F&F soft opening last night. It was fabulous. We are big fans of OTTO in NYC and this is indeed that plus more. More ambitious and extensive menu and larger portion offerings with great stuff coming from wood fired pizza oven, grille and ability to deep fry. Pizza totally different from NYC in a very good way. Service was efficient , informed and kind even with first night jitters. Energetic room but it wasn't distracting or headache inducing at all. As per OTTO bread sticks and rustic baguette wrapped on table. Wine served in quartinos. We had Bobbo chopped salad which was perfectly dressed and had many veggies in addition to several lettuces and chopped ham, then pepperanato nicely nicely done , meatballs ( beef and pork) which were large but fluffy not too compressed but not falling apart in a good red sauce Round 2 we ordered a Margherita pizza thin crust nice char not overloaded with mozzarella or basil. Not a slice left. And we had an order of the grilled hot Italian sausage. 2 huge links with good char ( too much to finish ). But did absolutely have to share an order of olive oil gelato. Perfect ending. I think portions more generous than NYC but prices not inflated in fact more than reasonable for the location ( pizza was 9 bucks and substantial in size) with definitely more ambitious offerings including several grilled meats ...Dennis from the bar in NYC is very involved and was in full training mode last night. Outdoor seating on the way for summer months. Open 11- midnight 7 days a week. We live very close by and now have an excellent reason to walk over the bridge. Likely a few nights a week! A wonderful addition and a very laudable maiden voyage. Suspect will be a tough ticket quite soon.

Montauroux and environs

Thank you Pennafort menu looks perfect for my husband and me while Moines appears that it may accommodate a family meal. Much appreciated.

Mar 22, 2015
Capeannetoo in France

Montauroux and environs

Have rented a villa in Montauroux for family reunion. End of June. 7 adults 3 kids aged 9,11,13. Well behaved , relatively good eaters in fact 13 yo has loved foie since she was 3 . Looking for a place or two in Montauroux or within 20 min drive for a family meal ( lunch and or dinner) and also looking for more upscale where my husband and I can dine alone. Again lunch or dinner. Expect to eat most often in villa and understand there is a supermarket in Montauroux near the villa. Any recs re specialty food shoppes for cheese bread etc welcomed. Parigi I have seen your mention of La Jas de Soupie but not sure it is still open as can't find much on web. Love a good roast chicken and that would have been heavenly. Are we doomed to haul back to Nice? If so that will be the rare lunch. And therefore would appreciate strong recs in Nice as well. Price not a consideration. Never been to south before and very happy to be going. Thank you for your thoughts.

Mar 21, 2015
Capeannetoo in France

Unexpected weekend. Help please.

Took advice to call Four Seasons concierge and the line up now is :
Thursday Nota Bene
Friday Bar Isabel ( hoorah)
Sat Splendido
Sunday Dim Sum Luckee
Thanks everyone and I will report back.

Unexpected weekend. Help please.

Thank you so much for taking the time to write the above. Immensely helpful. And I will report back.

Unexpected weekend. Help please.

But original question ...Is Carbon corporate and staid?

Unexpected weekend. Help please.

No but I will thanks. Raval looks too fish centric for me ( perfect for husband) ....Is Isabel more balanced ? I thought more non fish options at Isabel which would make me happy.

Unexpected weekend. Help please.

Thanks for the quick and thoughtful responses. Flipped out Opus for Splendido and Crown Princess does not appear to accept reservations. I will call tomorrow as Dim Sum is not a strong suit in Boston. Is Carbon corporate? We were looking for something fun and interesting for Friday night. Bar Isabel fully committed which would have been my first choice for Friday. Ideas for runner up?

Unexpected weekend. Help please.

Next weekend we are coming from Boston. 3 dinners (thurs fri sat) have been reading the board along with a few recs from well Toronto traveled friends. Here are the dinner reservations: Nota Bene , Carbon and Opus. Any mistakes? Need a rec for brunch Sunday , staying at Four Seasons and flying out of City airport. Eat most anything. Price not a consideration, just food..... And wine! And a place to linger for a couple of hours between check out and 4pm return flight Thanks very much.

Need Dorchester Lower Mills Milton help post wake tomorrow

Thanks everyone esp CHamster. It was perfect. We had 20 people and a wee one ( 7 mos old and not a peep from him) Bella took great care of us and I highly recommend both the salads and the delicious pizza. We ate til we couldn't and little ETOH ...more than reasonable check. Big tip for big accommodation. Gave credit to CH ( chowhound and c hamster) for the find. Very much appreciated support during a difficult time. Thank you.

Need Dorchester Lower Mills Milton help post wake tomorrow

All set with just an email. Colleen incredibly helpful. Thanks All.

Need Dorchester Lower Mills Milton help post wake tomorrow

Bingo. Calling now. Thank you !

Need Dorchester Lower Mills Milton help post wake tomorrow

Thanks Hamster. Any opinions on Tavolo at Ashmont. Also very close ... Sonnys and VR were always dreadful even 40 years ago!

Need Dorchester Lower Mills Milton help post wake tomorrow

Thank you both. I have done the Commons as well but after the funeral service. This will now be 16 adults I think just looking for pizza , salad and drinks. This will be after the wake the night before the funeral so they prefer pizza to sit down coursed dinner. Private room not an absolute but if you were to choose btw Sonnys or Villa Rosa ( is it still even there?) or any better pie ...where? Google is my friend. I am looking ....

Need Dorchester Lower Mills Milton help post wake tomorrow

Need to locate a casual spot for 10-15 family members post wake Tues at around 730. Doubt any children. Extended family who haven't seen each other in a long while. Happy with pizza and drinks.Wake in Lower Mills...my vintage when I lived in the area was Sonnys , Villa Rosa or Venezia. Any thoughts...not too expensive. But a step up from a bar would be good. Some elders (80+) so accessibility and parking really helpful. Pegmeister are you out there? Many thanks.

I am in sympathy with my Parisian food lovers

Rachel lots of adversity , but persevered as long as they could. Totally awesome steak frite if I recall..

Jan 15, 2015
Capeannetoo in France

I am in sympathy with my Parisian food lovers

I was in NYC early September 11, 2001 I was likely on the last plane ( from Boston arrival at 830am) to go around the tip of Manhattan and the Towers intact. Was a great ( at the time) restaurant downtown Cap Souto Freres ? where I had many a business dinner. Shortly after I got home several days later I tried to call them fearing the worst. The manager answered and responded to my frantic inquiry re their well being " we are here, we are well, our souffl├ęs rise and New York will once again". Adversity and solidarity. Let the food reign. My deepest belated and heartfelt sympathy and I truly feel your pain.

Jan 15, 2015
Capeannetoo in France
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Sometimes last minute is good

50/50 experience. Loved Carbone as much as the one other time I visited. Great table facing into second dining room. Excellent sidecar to start. Half order of rigatoni vodka sauce. I could live on that stuff. If you had one meal...etc. not an overpowering portion. Ordered veal Milanese. Good size chop not obscene with mushroom sauce to die for. Chop was a bit tough for veal but not dry. Gifted me a meatball which was delicious Service stellar. Again a shtick but a well done shtick. Will return and stick with apps ( loved the baked clams at lunch) and can't imagine not ordering the rigatoni.
Not so great with Ma Peche. And we have been many time pre the makeover and the dim sum approach and always loved it. My bad that I requested a table vs bar seating. Just thought it would be more comfortable on an old back after a 12 hour work day. Regretted that as was in a middle table ( 3 two tops per row) in the middle of the room. Had face set for pork bun which never appeared and habanero chicken ( Ellenost and I tend to have very similar taste) anyhow ordered cocktail which seemed to have been lost in the shuffle but did appear 20 minutes after I ordered it. Said I was interested in the buns and 1/2 Hab chicken. Was warned of large chicken portion but forged ahead. Chicken appeared almost instantly and while I loved the crust the bird was pretty dry to the point where I had to request a steak knife ( yeah I wasn't treating it as finger food). 6 pieces essentially wing leg 2 thighs partial breast and actually the back which had no meat to mention. So not cartoon portion at all. I was offered one cart ,soup...so passed. Disappointing and maybe a singleton taking a 2 top was a source of quick shuffle and short shrift service. So many restaurants so little time....will venture elsewhere next visit.

Jan 13, 2015
Capeannetoo in Manhattan
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Sometimes last minute is good

Just tried opentable late last night. Solo dining. Tonight Carbone , tomorrow Ma Peche. Rigatoni vodka and fried chicken within 2 days. Le Lipitor on Wednesday.

Jan 12, 2015
Capeannetoo in Manhattan

REMINISCENSE OF BYGONE PARISIAN DINING-THE ERA OF ELEGANCE

No John circa 2003 if I recall. Maybe it was the company or the occasion as three of the 10 participants are no longer with us. Personal choice but my very best memory of food in Paris. It was magic.

Jan 01, 2015
Capeannetoo in France

REMINISCENSE OF BYGONE PARISIAN DINING-THE ERA OF ELEGANCE

Me too. The most memorable meal of my 65 year life.

Jan 01, 2015
Capeannetoo in France

January 2015 Openings and Closings

Anyone have any scoop on when Serafina ( old Radius space) will open. Have a business mtg Jan 29 and need dinner for 20 +\- colleagues. Perfect location.

Pete Wells's Top 10 New Restaurants -- thoughts?

Loved Batard and want to keep The Simone a secret just for us.

Dec 31, 2014
Capeannetoo in Manhattan

Pete Wells Top 10 New Restaurants NYC

The Simone damn now we'll never get in!

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/31/din...

Dec 27, 2014
Capeannetoo in Food Media & News