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Copenhagen restaurants on Monday

I am off to CPH for one night only - most of the places I want to go - Geranium, Fiskebaren, Manfreds, are closed on Mondays. I want something special - possible a tasting menu - but not stuffy. Any suggestions welcome.

Nov 17, 2012
daisyK in Europe

Name of gelateria

Hi again

Actually it was Milan but now can be Italy in general - any new chains that are using unusual flavours - this chain I saw in Milan I referred to in my original post was next to Grom near the Duomo, but also travelling through rest of Italy so any new exciting places to know about would be great - with perhaps a new take on gelato

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Grom
via del Campanile, Florence, Tuscany 50122, IT

Jul 20, 2011
daisyK in Italy

Name of gelateria

hi,

I was in Milan a few weeks ago - there is a newish chain, that uses all natural ingredients and makes a big thing with pictures on the wall, of provenance (ingredients from Peru, Chile etc). One branch is next to Grom near Duomo... can anyone tell me the chain name.

Also, are there any more avant garde/ interesting new ice-cream places that have popped up recently?

Jun 23, 2011
daisyK in Italy

mexican stand at elephant and castle [London]

Does anyone know if Arturo is in Waterloo at the moment? Want to go today

Apr 21, 2011
daisyK in U.K./Ireland

Dinner on 29th in London: restaurant needed

Ah, that is the one place I have been told not to book, as friends in question have been three times already! Petite Maison also closed, proving tricky this..

Dec 23, 2010
daisyK in U.K./Ireland

Dinner on 29th in London: restaurant needed

I am taking some friends out to dinner on 29 December to say thank you for something. So far I have tried Hawksmoor, Tinello and Trinity and they are all closed between Christmas and New Year.

Any suggestions for places that are open then greatly appreciated.

Dec 23, 2010
daisyK in U.K./Ireland

Allard v Le Reminet

Thanks. And I wouldn't dream of forgetting!

Also for different, more fun vibe tomorrow I am tossing up between Ze Kitchen Galerie, Derriere and La Fidelite. Any thoughts?

Oct 28, 2010
daisyK in France

Allard v Le Reminet

I have reservations for both for dinner. Which should I go for?

Oct 28, 2010
daisyK in France

Truffle menus

Where should I go in London for the best truffle menu at the moment? Many thanks

Oct 24, 2010
daisyK in U.K./Ireland

Food History MA [moved from UK]

I want to do an MA in the history of food, in London. Does anyone know the best courses out there?

Sep 16, 2010
daisyK in Not About Food

sichuan restaurants in London

No 10 is I think by far the best in London. Had pretty horrible meal at Bar Shu on Sunday, admittedly only two dishes (dan dan noodles and gong bao chicken) but was overpriced and chicken v gloopy

Sep 07, 2010
daisyK in U.K./Ireland

The Loft Project - Nuno Mendes

I really loved Viajante but was rather underwhelmed when Nuno cooked at his loft a year ago. Tiny bits of artistic vegetables and stingy wine (the table bonded by pulling straws for who, Oliver style, should ask for some more), but it has had rave reviews so maybe it was an off night. Odd as the food that night bore little relation to Viajante, and it was meant to be the testing ground.

Sep 02, 2010
daisyK in U.K./Ireland

Silk Road - Report [London]

I drove there at 6pm yesterday and we were the only people in there. Had a fabulous meal of middle-plate chicken, which was a delight, the broth beautifully flavoured. I wasn;t as mad as others on the lamb kebabs - but perhaps because I had just returned from eating my way along the Lycian Way in Turkey... prawn and egg dumplings good, but the star of the show was the homestyle aubergine. It tasted like it had been fried in copious amounts of oil, so not sure if it's allowed to qualify as one of my five a day, but I'd be back in a shot just for that. Along with No. 10's twice cooked pork and Chilli Cool's chilli chicken, this would be my dream meal ( I know Silk Road isn't Sichuan, but I am talking about my dream chilli fix meal).

Aug 27, 2010
daisyK in U.K./Ireland

Silk Road - Report [London]

I want to go tonight and have been calling all day but there is no answer. Does anyone know if it is closed at the moment and whether it is vital to book as I might just go anyway? Many thanks

Aug 26, 2010
daisyK in U.K./Ireland

Best Ethiopian restaurant in London?

I do a supperclub, A to Z of cuisines and it was E for Ethiopian this week. We went to Merkato and overall everyone loved it - we just asked them to bring out anything and everything. Some found the sour-ish bread you eat your food with a little offputting - I loved it. We said heavy on the spice please, and it was - lamb was v good, chilli toast starter great. Beef was rather dry. Lovely people, definitely worth going to.

Aug 26, 2010
daisyK in U.K./Ireland

Dinard recs needed

Hi, I am going to Dinard this weekend and would like to find an excellent place for Monday night. Not fancy schmancy, but good solid food, can be fish. Any recommendations appreciated. We won't have a car so anything central-ish would be great. Many thanks

Aug 23, 2010
daisyK in France

Gueridon service

I am taking my inquisitive nephew around Europe and he wants to try some places where they practice gueridon service - theatrics at the table ie carving your quail at the table, flambe etc. Does anyone know any goodies in London or rest of Europe. New and old good. Many thanks

Aug 20, 2010
daisyK in U.K./Ireland

Weekend in Oxford - any recent updates?

Sojo for excellent Chinese. I went to Oxford last weekend to try Magdalen Arms and it was closed for much of August, but I seem to remember it was opening this week again. Definitely worth a shot.

Aug 17, 2010
daisyK in U.K./Ireland

How can I score a Fat Duck reservation?

I know of a couple who recently walked into the FD at 1pm on a Saturday, on the off chance of a reservation. Someone had just cancelled, and they got seated immediately. Ditto another friend at Royal Hospital Road for a Friday night dinner. They both said that by then it was too late to call standbys, so there were free tables. If you are travelling for a special occasion, then obviously this isn't possible, but in a throw-caution-to-the-wind moment, quite fun (and decadent).

Aug 05, 2010
daisyK in U.K./Ireland

Dishoom - Bombay street cafe in London

Not sure if it was the replica clock from Victoria Terminus, the posters from Chor Bazaar, or just the succulent chicken seekh, but it took me straight back to Bombay , where I was working last year. Already I am a big fan of Dishoom, where I went to eat tonight. Everything I ate - the tandoori paneer, tikka, kulfi, was excellent, and made me miss Bombay more than I already do. I was back in Bademiya (arguably the best kebabs in Bombay), minus the rats...

Very happy also to see chilli cheese toast - my breakfast fix when idli wouldn't do.

Worth a trip - apologies if it was just opening night sparkle. Hope it lasts.

Jul 14, 2010
daisyK in U.K./Ireland

Barcelona for Vegetarians

Does anyone know of any actual vegetarian tasting menus in Spain along the lines of what Ducasse and Bras do in France?

Jun 21, 2010
daisyK in Spain/Portugal

Vegetarian tasting menus

Thank you, will try L'Arpege

Jun 21, 2010
daisyK in France

Vegetarian tasting menus

Does anyone know who does the best veg. tasting menus in France (and the rest of Europe in fact)?

Many thanks

Jun 21, 2010
daisyK in France

solo diner looking for a long and intellectualized dinner experience with good wine pairing

I loved Viajante when I was there a few weeks ago for lunch. I saw two contended lone diners so it certainly fits the bill in that respect. You also get to see an edgier end of London you'd not normally see as a tourist.

Jun 18, 2010
daisyK in U.K./Ireland

best place for summer fruits/peaches in London?

Yes you can go on foot, and then you get in free. There is no minimum spend but as it is a wholesale market you get things in boxes, so if you are on foot, probably best to bring some big canvas bags or something so you can empty the fruit into them. Some things were also being sold individually ie English strawbs for £1 a punnet. I paid cash - you get a receipt from the guy selling you the fruit, and each shop has a little booth where you go and pay. They should take cards if people are buying up such big orders ( but not 100% sure). There are specialised Italian and Spanish fruit stalls so you'll find loads of stuff.

You go inside the main fruit and veg building, and it is an alleyway inside (Buyer's Walk), ask someone as it's a huge place.

Although it is advertised as being open till 11am on the website, the traders told me they pack up at 9am. I got there at 7am, then went and had a cheap as chips breakfast in one of the caffs.

Have fun!

Jun 18, 2010
daisyK in U.K./Ireland

best place for summer fruits/peaches in London?

I saw the most amazing flat peaches yesterday in New Covent Garden Market (depends where you are in SW London but NCGM is in Vauxhall, free to walk in, £4 car). Almost bought a whole tray of them. That is where many of the greengrocers go to get their food. Can't remember how much they were but my 2 kg of giant cherries were £6

Jun 17, 2010
daisyK in U.K./Ireland

New Covent Garden market query

I drove. I live in Pimlico so it's a short hop across the river. £4 to get in with a car, otherwise free. For flowers, I will go on foot next time; only really worth buying all the produce if you're catering for the masses.

Jun 17, 2010
daisyK in U.K./Ireland

New Covent Garden market query

Thanks, went at 6.30am this morning, and rather like a trip to Ikea, came away with far more than I went in for. Now the proud owner of 9 kilos of peas, among other things... no flowers in bins though but peonies far cheaper than at the florist.

Jun 16, 2010
daisyK in U.K./Ireland

New Covent Garden market query

Thanks, excellent advice... Are the bins obvious and does anyone care/ notice?

Jun 15, 2010
daisyK in U.K./Ireland

New Covent Garden market query

I am cooking for 15-20 for the World Cup on Friday and want to fill the house with flowers and serve strawberries and cream.

Has anyone been to NCG market, and is it worth going for what will be a crate of strawberries and a few big bunches of flowers? Is the produce really top-notch, and can a member of the public like me still buy from all of the stalls?

Also the website says it is open till 11am but should one get there market-early ie 6ish to get the good stuff?

Really what I am asking, is should I just go to Waitrose instead...

Many thanks

Jun 15, 2010
daisyK in U.K./Ireland