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Barcelona Monday in August

Thank you for your input. Set Portes was also on my radar. I would like to go there for Sunday lunch but I think my friends will be hot to trot to the ship. If PLA will accept this booking for Saturday night, that is the way I will go. Thanks PBSF for reminding me about group restrictions. Pla only accept telephone reservations, so I will call and use my best Spanglish ... My friends are first timers to Barcelona and all arrive on different days. I arrive on Saturday so will suggest we all meet for a drink at La Boqueria before it closes at 8 pm and then wend our way to Pla. BTW, the cafe bar immediately south of the Royal Ramblas hotel is brilliant for a Spanish breakfast, wonderful fresh orange juice, good strong coffee, free croissants and marvelous jamon on baguettes. It was written up in the NYT.

Aug 08, 2012
britinflorida in Spain/Portugal

Barcelona Saturday in November 2012

This is the title of my question. I was previously there in August 2010 and had lots of help from Chowhounds, especially PBSF. Now looking for somewhere to go for dinner with friends - 12 of us - preferably walking distance from Las Ramblas.

Aug 03, 2012
britinflorida in Spain/Portugal

Barcelona Monday in August

Many thanks for your Barcelona in August 2010 recommendations. We enjoyed Paco Meralgo - and the stroll - also paella at Can Majo. Señor Parellada was disappointing, good atmosphere but food just OK.

Now we will be 12 of us in Barcelona for a Saturday night in November. My friends think I am a world traveler foodie, so I have a reputation to uphold. Cafe Academia was my choice but they are not open on a Saturday. Pla is walking distance from our hotel on the Ramblas. Botafumeiro sounds good but we would have to take taxis. Help please!

Aug 03, 2012
britinflorida in Spain/Portugal

Terrific Pho, Bahn Mi, and Spring Rolls at Amy's Pho on 301 (SARASOTA)

Have been getting the #15 for lunch every week for a couple of months now and love them. Last night we wanted to try the roast duck soup. It looks exactly like the dish I had when visiting Saigon earlier this year, which was exceptional. A bowl of duck broth with noodles and greens and crisp roasted duck on the side. We got there at 6.45 but they had already closed. I went there for #15 for lunch today and Mr JR (is that his name?) told me to call in advance in future. I am longing to try the duck soup.

Jul 27, 2012
britinflorida in Florida

Hong Kong at Easter

Unlimited Champagne - very tempting ... Let me know what you think of stinky tofu, compared with, say L'Epoise? Thanks to everyone for your input.

Where to eat if you have 24 hours in Singapore?

And in the US Anthony Bourdain recommended Candenut Kitchen. Thanks for all your help. I am all set now for Singapore and Hong Kong. Just waiting for replies to my CH query on Saigon ...

Where to eat if you have 24 hours in Singapore?

Second thoughts we would like atmosphere for dinner. Maybe compromise on food quality. Do you know IndoChine on the Waterfront?

Where to eat if you have 24 hours in Singapore?

Really do not want more Cantonese after HK.The thought of Burmese curried noodles rings my chimes! Spicy, sour sweet, mmm... Would this work for dinner or is it a food court? If so, we could do Palm Beach for dinner and Little Myanmar for lunch next day??

Where to eat if you have 24 hours in Singapore?

Thank you I am getting more focussed now. We arrive from Rangoon late afternoon (18 April) and will stay one night at the Excelsior Hotel, Coleman/Hill Street. We will have already done foodie things in HK and Saigon and will continue from Singapore to eat our way to Bombay. Klyeoh has given excellent advice for HK and we will certainly have had our fill of Chinese pork there! We are looking for good Singaporean food for dinner. Next day I am thinking breakfast on Seah Street (kaya toast) and lunch at Palm Beach Seafood for black pepper crab before we will rejoin our cruise ship in the afternoon. So what do you suggest for dinner? BTW do you have any recommendations for Rangoon?

Overnight in Saigon

For dinner with only one night in Saigon, do you recommend Nam Phan, Quan An Ngon or Cuc Gach Quan? Or somewhere else? Looking for good Vietnamese food and atmosphere.

Where to eat if you have 24 hours in Singapore?

Better than Straits at Hyatt? Yes to chilli crab!

Where to eat if you have 24 hours in Singapore?

Not sure what we want. Something tasty and typical of Singapore. I'm not normally a buffet person, but do you think this is the best bet for one night? Any lunch recommendation? Clark's Quay or Raffles area?

Where to eat if you have 24 hours in Singapore?

We are also in town for 24 hours. What do you think about Candlenut Kitchen for dinner?

Hong Kong at Easter

I saw either Bourdain or Zimern eat stinky tofu on tv and it did not look good. Am willing to try most things and like stinky cheeses, but I draw the line here! Only 2 of us so could not manage a whole Peking Duck.

Hong Kong at Easter

Nearest to Rose Essence Chicken on the online menu at YTH is Stewed Chicken with soy sauce and hua diao wine in casserole - and it is marked as a chef's recommended dish. Would this be good? Do you think Peking Duck is overrated too? Is there less of a line at Tim Ho Wan on a Monday morning? Baked BBQ pork buns ring my chimes for breakfast. I am not a fan of Western breakfasts. And yes, we are planning lots of walking! Thanks for all your help.

Hong Kong at Easter

You are right, Charles, I do live on the Florida coast and Brit is my nationality not my name. Hubby is American. Florida is flat and the beaches, although spectacular tend to be featureless: no trees and no mountains in the background. Florida Chinese food is dreadful, so I don't want to eat Western food in HK. I have never liked buffets and am easily talked out of the idea. We will be in HK for 3 days before embarking on a 35-day cruise. The plan is to eat the best food in HK, Vietnam,, Rangoon (a side trip), Singapore, Phuket, Cochin and Bombay before cruising through the foodie desert (for me) of the Middle East to Athens. It's a bucket list trip. Any suggestions on these destinations welcome. Back to HK: I have more or less decided on Friday lunch at Din Tai Fung and dinner at Lei Gardens East TST. Saturday lunch at Fu Sing (seduced by the 3-layer crispy pork belly) and dinner at YTH. Is it a good plan to pre-order the Beggar's Chicken? Presumably the price of HK$780 is per bird not per person? Sunday we will start the day at Tim Ho Wan, visit goldfish, flowers and birds in Mong Kok then hop in a cab for Repulse Bay. I watched a film clip and it looks like a good contrast to MK with good people watching, hopefully good food and atmosphere at Spices. Sunday night at Ye Shanghai as previously mentioned. I only know Shanghai noodles. What dishes do you recommend there?

Hong Kong at Easter

For an Easter Sunday lunch, would you choose a hotel buffet or Repulse Bay?

Hong Kong at Easter

Is "almost all Michelin" not a good idea? If we do Sunday buffet, please suggest somewhere for a light dinner. If we had to skip one dinner, should it be Cuisine or Ye Shanghai? How about Sunday lunch at Spices Repulse Bay? Is it too hot to sit outside in April? Thanks for wine info.

Hong Kong at Easter

Hello Hong Kong Chowhounds. We will be in HK for 4 days at Easter weekend 6-9 April. Is this a problem for restaurant availability? I have spent many late nights recently reading all the boards, threads, etc, especially medgirl answers. Now I have a plan and some questions. We will stay at the TST Hyatt, arriving early Friday morning from the USA. Thinking early lunch at Din Tai Fung for comfort food, followed by a nap when we get our room. Dinner that night at Cuisine Cuisine. Saturday we will do the Big Bus tour on HK island and hop off near Fu Sing for early lunch. That night we have a reservation at Yan Toh Heen. Sunday - should we have a hotel buffet lunch? They all look expensive. Is there some quintessential HK Sunday lunch experience? Or shall we just go about our tourist activities and get dim sum or soup somewhere for lunch? That night I am planning Ye Shanghai, with drinks first at Felix and Irish coffee afterwards in the Pen lobby. On Monday we join our cruise ship at 3 pm so I was thinking a last indulgence perhaps at Tim Ho Wan? In addition, we want to buy a case of French wine to take on the cruise ship. They charge corkage but it is still worth it to avoid their over-oaked and overpriced US wines. We like Burgundy, Cote du Rhone and Provence Rose. There is a Jasons Marketplace near the Hyatt. Is this a good place to buy wine? All suggestions and recommendations enthusiastically welcomed.

Barcelona Monday in August

Thank you, PBSF, the Sunday night stroll to Paco Meralgo is very appealing so that is what we will do, hopefully walking off our paella lunch and shaking off the subsequent siesta. Many thanks to everyone for your advice. Bon profit!

Aug 08, 2010
britinflorida in Spain/Portugal

Barcelona Monday in August

Many thanks for all your input. Unfortunately many of them will be closed when we go. Am now considering Pla for Sunday night. it is open and walking distance from our hotel. Any comments? Would Paco Meralgo be better considering it is a taxi ride away? For Monday night I am thinking Senor Parellada as most reviews have been good. Am concerned about very bad reviews for Asador Aranda service, plus there only seems to be lamb and sausages on the menu.

Aug 06, 2010
britinflorida in Spain/Portugal

Barcelona Monday in August

Thanks for Botafumeiro, it looks atmospheric and it seems to be open on Mondays in August. I saw a post from PBSF recommending Sauc, Hisop, Gresca and Hispania. Will check websites for days of operation. Also considering Cal Pep for Monday lunch. Any comments? Anyone?PBSF?

Aug 02, 2010
britinflorida in Spain/Portugal

Barcelona Monday in August

Our third time in Barcelona, always to or from cruise ships and never experienced any memorable meals. We have two days and two nights this time, Sunday and Monday 22/23 August. Thinking Sunday beachfront paella lunch at Can Majo and Sunday night at Paco Meralgo. Monday we plan to start at Boqueria and work our way up to a drink on the roof at Espai Gaudi roof terrace, perhaps with a siesta in between. Would appreciate suggestions for Monday lunch and dinner. We eat everything and like fish and lamb. Have enjoyed tasting menus, especially in Buenos Aires, but not interested this time. Too many interruptions. It's the last night of our vacation so we are looking for atmosphere. Possibly Ca l'Isidre or somewhere in Sarria?

Aug 01, 2010
britinflorida in Spain/Portugal

Eight Nights in Buenos Aires

Thanks for your input. Maybe I should provide more info. I used to travel on business annually to BA 6-9 years ago. Alone female. Walked everywhere and, at night, taxis back. Dinners at mercy of colleagues and I remember chewy overcooked meat and leaden lasagna. Now returning with husband, combining business with pleasure. Understand Palermo is now trendy but am allergic to trendy. However mind is open so can reconsider. My thoughts? Wed, first night, tired, business next day, walk to Juana M, dinner and then crash. Next day trade show and cocktail party in hotel then crash. Fri meetings then start vacation - lunch at El Sanjuanino? That night Puerto Madero for a drink and wander around. Dinner where? Saturday La Brigada - which one? Or steak in Palermo? Sunday La Vineria. Next 5 nights in Mendoza. Then, back in BA, Saturday wedding anniversary at 647. Sunday will definitely want something local, so how about Cafe San Juan? Monday Casal de Catalunya or is this too low key for our last night?

Eight Nights in Buenos Aires

Leaving in a week for 8 nights in Buenos Aires, staying first at Caesar Park and then Claridge Hotel with 5 nights in Mendoza in between. Have narrowed down our restaurant choices, based on Chowhound posts etc. Please help with a few opinions. Must do's seem to be La Vineria, 647 Dinner Club, Camarico, La Brigada and La Farmacia. Possibly Juana M. Not very interested in trekking up to Palermo. What is best in Puerto Madera - preferably fish? Katrine? Does any chowhound know anything about Club Espanol or Casa Catalunya?

Sunday & Monday in Paris in October

We have just 2 days - Sunday and Monday in Paris in October. Looking for a dining plan. A lot of restaurants and bistros seem to be closed on Sundays and Mondays.Our second visit. Last time we visited all the tourist spots and had good lunches but just OK dinners. Now we want to focus on good food and avoid tourist traps. Not megabucks but willing to pay for quality. Staying in St Germain. Can stay somewhere else if this is a really lousy idea for a Sunday. We like walking. I speak schoolgirl French. Arriving early on Sunday after overnight flight from USA. Perhaps we should have a good lunch and a light bite in a wine bar that evening? Recommendations? Bastille market sounds interesting. What do you recommend for Monday?

Aug 22, 2008
britinflorida in France