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Late night bite in Lincoln sq or Andersonville?

I need a place for tonight (10 pm) to get a small bite and a drink. Perhaps a good small plates place?

Jul 05, 2014
sake in Chicago Area

Super urgent! Drinks near le filet

We have reservations tonight at le filet and would like to have a pre dinner drink before. Any where fun within walking distance?

May 03, 2014
sake in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Saturday breakfast around queen/Bathurst?

Any good ideas of places open at 9 am? Willing to go a few blocks south and west.

Apr 18, 2014
sake in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2nights in Montreal. First night:APDC, 2nd night: somewhere in old Montreal?

2 friends and I are coming to montreal from Toronto in May. We will be staying in Old Montreal. APDC is a non-negotiable it seems for the first night. The problem is coming up with someplace for night #2. My first choice restaurants are hotel Herman or Le Filet, but we would really like to be walking distance from the hotel. Also, We would like something that would be a somewhat lighter meal since I suspect APDC will be heavy. Is kitchen Galerie poisson worth it? I should add, would rather not do Au club chasse et peche.

Mar 27, 2014
sake in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

3 Days, 3 Ladies from Toronto

Your Thursday evening plan is quite ambitious, if it's to include drinks and snacks after the aviary. The aviary has snacks if you're still hungry after girl and goat. Save the publican and au cheval for another visit

Mar 05, 2014
sake in Chicago Area
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Anyone going to momofuku shoto tonight?

Haven't seen it mentioned here yet, but anyone going? The chefs from Ko in NYC will be here for one night only to cook.

Jan 21, 2014
sake in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Xmas eve dinner recs in North Miami?

Would prefer somewhere that takes reservations for a family of 4. Not steak.
Thanks!

Nov 11, 2013
sake in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Bubbly and Oysters - Financial District

Ritz Carlton.

Jul 18, 2013
sake in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Pre-dinner drinks for Friday night -- college/ossington area

Thanks. That's actually where we are having dinner, so wanted to go someplace else first.

Jun 20, 2013
sake in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Pre-dinner drinks for Friday night -- college/ossington area

Any place where 4 of us could sit within a 15 minute walk? We have been to Hoof cocktail bar and would like to try someplace else.

Jun 20, 2013
sake in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best sushi on strip?

we will be in LV in May and want a sushi restaurant with good food/atmosphere on the strip. How is Yellowtail in Bellagio or RA in the Wynn?

Mar 19, 2013
sake in Las Vegas

Catch restaurant - I can't recall seeing any reviews here.

Is it worthwhile for the food if we're looking for a restaurant with a fun atmosphere?

Dec 01, 2012
sake in Manhattan

Paris trip report - August 2012 (LONG)

Yes

Aug 11, 2012
sake in France

Paris trip report - August 2012 (LONG)

Preface – we were in Paris August 3-8. I spent months researching restaurants, although my choices were quickly narrowed by the time of year. All in all though, I feel we ate really well and was really happy with our choices.

Friday lunch - Spring – this was our first meal in Paris. I was unsure about this choice as they were only serving their lobster sandwich menu, but it ended up being fine as we were there within an hour of checking into our hotel and weren’t ready for a huge meal. When we arrived, the upstairs was about half full. The hostess started directing us downstairs, which I wasn’t happy about. I asked if we could sit upstairs and she said it was all reserved (we had made reservations about a month ago). After we were shown to our table downstairs I think she could sense my disappointment so she went upstairs to check availability, but came down to tell me there was nothing available there. Oh well. As an aside, our meal took less than one hour and when we left the restaurant, the upstairs still wasn’t full. Anyway, our waitress was very nice. We each ordered a glass of wine along with the lobster roll and a side of fries. The sandwich wasn’t huge, but very good. Generous pieces of lobster in a light sauce (not really a mayo) that didn’t overwhelm it. Fries were good too. We didn’t feel like ordering dessert (yogurt sorbet) so got the check and left. I would go back when they offered the regular menu, but would be sure to request to sit on the main floor. Maybe it was the time of day and that it was mostly empty, but the downstairs just felt dreary.

Friday dinner – Terroir Parisien. I felt this was an excellent value and a nice way to spend our first night. The restaurant was about half tourists and half French. The manager and our waiter spoke fluent English and we were presented menus in English (I should note that I speak French pretty well, and always addressed restaurant staff in French). We decided not to order a bottle of wine, but rather a pichet of red. I liked how they divided the wine list though, by price, and the prices seemed quite fair. I started with a vegetable salad (can’t remember what DH had) which was excellent. For main courses I had a sliced beef which was slightly overcooked but still delicious and he had an excellent fish over steamed spinach. We got a side of delicious pommes purees. We shared a cheese plate and dessert. Total bill was 103Euros, which I thought was very reasonable for the quality.

Saturday lunch – Breizh Café. We arrived at just the right time (about 1 p.m.) because we got one of the last available tables before a line formed. Again, the restaurant seemed evenly split between tourists and locals. We each ordered one of the special galettes, and decided to forego alcohol. When our food was delivered, my order was wrong, but it took a while to flag someone down to alert them. My husband had almost finished his when the correct order was finally brought (with no apology). The galettes were excellent. We were quite full, but felt we had to order a crepe, so split a simple one with salted caramel butter and whipped cream. This was amazing. I would recommend Breizh based on food, but service was so-so.

Saturday dinner – Guy Savoy. We wanted to try a 3 star, and this was pretty much our only option for the date we were looking at. Won’t go into detail because it’s hard to remember everything after a 4 hour meal, but it was a great experience. Restaurant was 100% tourists (almost all American, I think). Service was great- formal, but not stuffy, food delicious, and we ate more than we have ever eaten at one meal. The one area of disappointment for me was the cheese cart as I felt it was very heavy on the goat cheese/hard cheese offerings, and not much by way of soft cheese.

Sunday lunch – Café des Musees. Mostly tourists, some locals. I don't think we were able to give this a fair assessment as this was our first meal after Guy Savoy, and probably should have just cancelled as neither of us was the least bit hungry, but we had the reservation and so decided to go. We shared a smoked salmon plate to start. DH had an entrecote which was 2/3 fat. I had a loup de mer with vegetables which was quite good. The food was overall good, but not a restaurant I thought is worth traveling for.

Sunday dinner – Drouant. While the food was very good, this was probably (at least from my point of view) the most forgettable meal as far as the food goes. All tourists, including a table of New Yorkers, who were unhappy when the coffee they asked for was a café, and not an American coffee. When they asked that their decaf cappuccino be prepared with skim milk, the waiter didn’t understand and they tried to explain it as “diet milk”. This made for a running joke for the rest of the trip. Anyway, we each ordered an appetizer and a fish for the main course, followed by an ok cheese plate. The dessert menu didn’t wow us so we skipped it. This restaurant was chosen because it was one of the few that was open on a Sunday night in August, but I probably wouldn’t recommend it if there are lots of other options out there.

Monday lunch – Au Comptoir. By far one of my favorite meals. The only restaurant we went to that didn’t offer us a menu in English. We got there about 1 p.m. and it was full, but we only had to wait a few minutes before a table became available. I was quite surprised by how large the menu was. There were so many choices, and it was so hard to choose as they all sounded good. To start I had a terrine with foie gras, artichokes and potatoes. This was amazing. DH had a pea and mint savory tart that was equally as delicious. For a main, I had a rack of lamb and he had a tuna sashimi that I didn’t try but he really enjoyed. (He was trying to eat light). Although the cheese plates I saw at tables next to us looked fantastic, we decided to forego cheese and dessert as all the eating this short trip was getting to us.

Monday dinner – Gaya by Pierre Gagnaire. This was our last meal and one that I didn’t have high expecations for. I had seen very little posted about Gaya, but it was DH’s birthday and this was his choice. This was such a pleasant surprise. What a fantastic meal, in every way. It’s seafood-centric. The service and food were terrific, and I thought this proved to be an excellent value. When we were seated, we were offered an aperitif. I had a glass of champagne, DH didn’t. We were given an amuse bouche of 2 tiny little seaweed rolls – not sure what was in them, but they were good. The bread basket had mini baguettes and tiny brioche served with a red pepper spread. To start I had probably the best sashimi dish I’ve ever tasted – sea bream over diced tomatoes with some kind of delicious sauce that was creamy , rich and light all at the same time. DH chose something more unusual – it was essentially a galette served with artichoke ice cream and carmelized apples. I tried the ice cream – it was ok, too sweet for me, but he really liked it. To drink DH had a glass of red, and by the time the mains arrived, I was ready for a glass of white, which I asked the waiter to choose for me. He poured me an excellent burgundy. As we were waiting for our mains, the table next to us was served theirs. When I saw what the lady next to me was presented, I started regretting my order. She had the langoustines over pasta with enoki mushrooms. It looked and smelled delicious. I almost changed my order, but ended up being glad I didn’t. My main was a John Dory, served again with a different rich, creamy and light sauce. I almost licked the plate clean. DH had a fish dish that he enjoyed equally as much. We were in the mood for cheese, so we ordered the one cheese they had. It was a nice goat, served over a basil sauce with a mound of haricot verts. For dessert, we shared something with chocolate and guanduja. They were kind enough to split it in the kitchen on 2 separate plates, and brought his out with a candle. I had forgotten that when I had made the reservation weeks before I had mentioned it was his bday, but they remembered. Before we left, we were each presented with a coffee tuile with the most amazing bite size tart au basilic. It was so good, I felt like asking them for several more. Anyway, the total cost of the meal, with 2 apps, 2 mains, a cheese course, a dessert, 2 glasses of wine and a glass of champagne was 185Euros, which I thought was more than reasonable for the caliber of meal.

All in all, it was a great visit. Thanks to all the chowhounders for providing all the research that went into planning. Next time though, only one meal per day!

Aug 09, 2012
sake in France

Which one for dinner on a Friday night? Dans Les Landes or Terroir Parisien?

This is for our first night in Paris. Which would you choose?

Jul 18, 2012
sake in France

Early dinner near Tarragon Theatre on Sat.

Fanny Chadwicks. It's at Dupont and Albany.

Jul 06, 2012
sake in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

our proposed restaurant itinerary for August

thanks for the feedback. I may go with DLL for Friday night then. As for all the meals, we are pretty big eaters and prepared to go and eat. Hopefully all the walking will help a bit.

Jul 05, 2012
sake in France

our proposed restaurant itinerary for August

This is what we have booked:

Friday - lunch – Spring

Friday– dinner – Dans Les Landes or Le Galopin

Saturday – lunch - Breizh Café – (no res)

Saturday – dinner – Guy Savoy

Sunday – lunch - Café des Musees

Sunday – dinner – Drouant or Les Fins Gueles

Monday – lunch -Les Jalles or Au Comptoir du Relais (can’t reserve for lunch)

Monday dinner – Gaya

Any comments, especially for meals where we have 2 options? thinking about scrapping both Drouant and LFG for Sunday dinner and booking Terroir Parisien...

Jul 05, 2012
sake in France

Lobster sandwich lunch at Spring?

thank you!

Jul 04, 2012
sake in France

Lobster sandwich lunch at Spring?

So DH and I will be in Paris for a few nights at the beginning of August. Unfortuantely, my initial restaurant list has dwindled in size due to August closures. Spring is open for the first day or 2 of our stay, so I thought that we could have lunch there the day we arrive. I got a reservation, but was told that they will only be serving a lobster lunch - sandwich, fries, ice cream, wine. Is this worth it for our first lunch? Most of the other restaurants I wanted to try will be closed, and the ones that are open I was hoping to save for dinners.
Thanks!!

Jul 04, 2012
sake in France

Paris restaurants open in August

thanks for posting this. We'll be there the 1st weekend in August so this is helpful.

Jun 25, 2012
sake in France

How far in advance do you need/ can you book for difficult reservations?

thank you! They're both on my list, I'll cross my fingers that they'll both be open when we're there.

Feb 23, 2012
sake in France

How far in advance do you need/ can you book for difficult reservations?

We'll be in Paris in August and wondering how soon restaurants like Frenchie take reservations? I know it will depend on their actually being open in August...

Feb 23, 2012
sake in France

Does the Lo-Cal zone still exist?

It was on Rush near Walton. I used to go there in high school and get pizza with non-fat cheese. I think they also had good veggie burritos, if I remember correctly. It was one of the first places that offered low fat, dairy free, etc. I don't live in Chicago anymore, but I'm wondering if it's stil there?

Jan 30, 2012
sake in Chicago Area

Any update on Catch, the new restaurant on St. Clair West?

I think it's by the Rushton people. Is it happening?

Jan 17, 2012
sake in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Trendy, fun upscale restaurants in LV for 12-14 ppl

Jaleo in the Cosmo.

Jan 11, 2012
sake in Las Vegas

Need rec for dining at bar on Lincoln Road tonight!

My husband is at the Ritz on Lincoln Road for a conference, and will most likely head out for dinner alone tonight. He's looking for a restaurant within walking distance or short cab ride, where he can eat at the bar. No sushi. Through my brief research, I've found Meat Market and Altamare. Any feedback or other suggestions.

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Meat Market
915 Lincoln road, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Nov 10, 2011
sake in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Brunch Sunday before touring ROM

Dim sum at Dynasty? I personally think Over Easy is terrible.

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Over Easy
208 Bloor W, Toronto, ON M5S1T8, CA

Nov 10, 2011
sake in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Need a cafe/lounge/bar quiet enough to talk with ample seating, somewhere close to downtown...

I have to organize a parent social. We need a place for about 20 adults to gather for a couple hours on a weekday evening. It should have enough places to sit for most, allow us to talk, and be located somewhere between Queen and St. Clair. Any ideas?

Nov 08, 2011
sake in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Birthday Resto in the Annex

I live in the Annex, and there isn't anything in the neighborhood that comes even close to qualifying as a bday restaurant based on food and/or atmosphere. That said, Guu might be the closest, but it doesn't take reservations.

Oct 24, 2011
sake in Ontario (inc. Toronto)