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Portuguese Restaurant in Sydney

Oops - thanks for the correction! That would have been funny if I ended up taking them to an Argentinian restaurant!!

Nov 28, 2012
joelq in Australia/New Zealand

Portuguese Restaurant in Sydney

Thank you! I will check out the two that you have suggested.
Any thoughts on Porteno and Bodega?

Nov 27, 2012
joelq in Australia/New Zealand

Portuguese Restaurant in Sydney

Hi All,

A Portuguese friend of mine is coming to visit this weekend and would like to go to a Portuguese restaurant in Sydney. I'd be gratefulf or any recommendations that you chow hound's have. Any part of Sydney is ok as we are willing to travel for great food!

Probably more into the moderate price restaurant ($70/head) but would consider all options i.e. not fussed if expensive restaurant or a quality cheap eat as long as the food is delicious!

Many thanks in advance. If I am missing any key bits of info please ask.

Nov 27, 2012
joelq in Australia/New Zealand

Outdoors with a view for wedding reception 20/25 ppl

Thank you both for your suggestions.
I love the setting at Terrace in the Sky but I just don't find their food very inspiring and New Leaf is a little too far out of the way. Astra looks very cool but I am picturing something a bit more private and intimate - something like a rooftop terrace. We don't require fancy but as we are all coming from overseas a view of the amazing Manhattan buildings all lit up (either from within the city or looking from across the river) would be ideal. I might be posting in the wrong place as I think perhaps I am after the venue where we can bring in caterers rather than a restaurant with a view but please keep the suggestions coming.

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New Leaf Restaurant & Bar
1 Margaret Corbin Dr, New York, NY 10040

Terrace in the Sky
400 West 119th Street, New York, NY 10027

Apr 02, 2010
joelq in Manhattan

Outdoors with a view for wedding reception 20/25 ppl

Hi all. I am looking for an outdoor space for a wedding reception for approximately 20-25 people with beer/wine/bubbly bar and passed appetizers.

Our venue fell through (don't get me started on this sore subject!!) so we are back to searching for a nice outdoor space. We are all coming from overseas so would love somewhere with a cool view - it will be August so warm enough to be outdoors enjoying the Manhattan evening. We have a caterer on standby so will consider both venues that can provide food and those that require catering.

Our total budget (excl. service and tax) is $3k so about $120pp.

Please help!!

Apr 02, 2010
joelq in Manhattan

2 dinners - delicious, romantic and unfussy...possible?

Souphie, thanks again for your advice.

One last question: do you consider Les Ombres as a suitable candidate for Christmas Lunch?
Many thanks.

Nov 30, 2008
joelq in France

2 dinners - delicious, romantic and unfussy...possible?

Souphie, I am sorry but I am not sure which one is with Gagnaire as I haven't yet watched them myself.

Would you be able to assist me in getting a copy of the Bofinger Christmas lunch menu?

Nov 29, 2008
joelq in France

2 dinners - delicious, romantic and unfussy...possible?

Thank you both for your replies. I have been to Robuchon in London and whilst it was very good it was not to my liking in the whole dining experience. Thanks for the recommendation with Bofinger and L'Ecaillier du Bistrot. Although, I can't find any info on the web for L'Ecaillier du Bistrot. Le Cinq is just outside of the budget and perhaps a little too fussy for me. I think that a trip to Versaille for La Veranda could be nice way to spend Christmas day away from home although the menu doesn't really impress.
So, I think it is 24th - Le Dome du Marais or Bofinger (hmmmm tough choice!) but I also haven't ruled out Les Bouquinistes. I love the idea of Christmas Markets!
25th - La Veranda (although still not sold on the menu butlimited by Christmas day choices!)

I think I am sounding far too difficult to please!!

Souphie - Thank you for your kind invitation. I see that we are both fans of the Iron Chef. Try http://www.surfthechannel.com/show/90... for a couple of episodes. Enjoy!

Nov 26, 2008
joelq in France

2 dinners - delicious, romantic and unfussy...possible?

Hounds, you have never let me down and I need your help again!
My girlfriend and I are off to Paris for a romantic three days over Christmas. We have three dinners (leaving lunch to whatever takes our fancy) and we will see the Moulin Rouge on our last night so we will settle for a nice bistro on Monte Marte for that. Thus, I am left with two dinners to plan - Christmas Eve and Christmas Night. Please help!

To set the scene: We are both mid-late 20's (ok perhaps pushing the far end of the late 20's!) and really want a romantic, modern, unfussy, restaurant budgeting about 100-150Eur pp per night.

Night 1: We are staying on Place des Vosges and arrive late'ish on Christmas eve so I thought that Le Dome du Marais could be convenient and tasty for first night. Any thoughts?

Night 2: Christmas Dinner I was thinking either Les Bouquinistes or Gordon Ramsay's Le Veranda.

Ideally I would love to take us to Guy Savoy but it just stretches the budget too far (unless it is so highly recommended that we cheap eat on Christmas Eve and go here for Christmas Day/Dinner). If Christmas Dinner isn't usually available I would be grateful for any Christmas Lunch recommendations.

Many thanks in advance for any comments on the above or any recommendations you may have. Lots of useful information on here!

Nov 25, 2008
joelq in France

La Cucina Caldesi cooking classes

I'm booked in for their Sunday Supper class in a few weeks. If you have already been it would be great to hear what you thought.

Jul 21, 2008
joelq in U.K./Ireland

New Persian restaurant in south London

Hi. Thanks for the tip - I actually saw this place when I went past it on the one way system yesterday and I thought that it has to be tried out. Sounds like a bit of an unusual mix of food!

Since you eat in Wandsworth, have you tried Little Bay (down near the round about)? I have been meaning to get there for a look as it sounds like a simple cheap eat. Would be curious to know if it worth the visit as we are spoilt for choice in Wandsworth!

Apr 19, 2008
joelq in U.K./Ireland

L'atelier de Joel Robuchon [London] Reviews?

I was at L'atelier de Joel Robuchon about a month ago and found it to be very good. The food was quality, the flavours were very well balanced, and the staff and service were excellent. Make sure that you save some room for deserts as the 'Selection of Pies' and 'Chocolate Cube' were fantastic ways to end. A meal here doesn't come cheap - at £150 for 2 people 3 courses and a low-priced bottle of french wine it isn't bad value for a good restaurant but you are paying more for the ultra-modern and trendy atmosphere than for a delicious culinary experience. Also, the people next to us ordered the Whiting that is served whole, crumbed, and lying upright on your plate, which we considered a little too confronting and difficult to eat - bear that in mind if you plan to order it! We ate here for an early pre-opera meal and found it lacking a little in atmosphere and would thus be more inclined to return at a busier time when more people would certainly add to the experience.

I have heard excellent reviews on La Gavroche although I have not been there yet.

I recently ate at Wild Honey and found it to be an excellent selection of modern seasonal food with a very relaxed, but smart, atmosphere. I will certainly be eating there again.

I see that your reservation for L'atelier de Joel Robuchon, has come through so I look forward to reading your review when you have returned. Enjoy your trip to London!

Apr 19, 2008
joelq in U.K./Ireland