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Verdun and Reims (and Ypres, why not)

There are a number of posts on Reims including some alternatives in town. I particularly enjoyed Le Bocal, and they have online booking. I was also very pleased with Eveil de Sens, though only there for lunch.

Jul 22, 2015
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[Hong Kong] CH, please critique my 30 hour layover itinerary. Paging KK

Book Lei Garden on a Saturday if you plan to go. We sat outside waiting for the shutters to come up and it was fully booked.

Searching for a Special Occasion Restaurant in Paris

I think you'll need to narrow it down a bit. Where are you staying? What do you like to eat? What is your budget? How important is wine?

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of restaurants that meet your criteria so far.

Jul 09, 2015
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[Hong Kong] CH, please critique my 30 hour layover itinerary. Paging KK

Tasty (at least in the IFC) doesn't open until 1100. Lei Garden has same opening

3 days in London - please review my research and let me know if I'm way off-base! Need help with Indian in particular; Cambridge tips also welcome!

Although OP did ask for Cambridge tips

Jun 25, 2015
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[Manchester, city centre] Sam's Chop House

Is this question for Manchester or Chester?

Jun 22, 2015
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One lunch in Bangkok: Nahm or Gaggan?

Wow, Gaggan is stunningly expensive. I thought Nahm was pricey, and it is.

Brae [Birregurra, about 90 mins west of melbourne]

If you stay in Melbourne for another special meal, ESP (Estelle by Scott Pickett) will be open by then. So ESP or St Crispin would be a nice balance to give your foragey herbs-with-tweezers angle

Brae [Birregurra, about 90 mins west of melbourne]

I meant the bad reviewers maybe were expecting something quite different.

I am not a fan of Attica but would still recommend it. Gladioli is very good and makes a good stand-in for Brae.

Both Kyneton/Daylesford/Trentham and Mornington Peninsula will play the local food card very hard. So Lake House, du Fermier, Ten Minutes by Tractor will have the heavy local (so seasonal) supplier bias in their menus. And all in nice locations for a trip

Brae [Birregurra, about 90 mins west of melbourne]

Provenance is Mrs_G's favourite restaurant in Victoria. I don't know how it has managed to get mixed reviews unless you are expecting a $10 parma.

@abcdesoup, you realise it's a four hour drive from Melbourne? great place for a weekend break of course.

Melbourne Advice - 5 Days

No. Just no.

Tourist in Brisbane - Need Recs

Thanks for reporting back.

I'm not surprised Esquire was quiet on a weeknight, it's an expensive night out and Brisbane is pushing recession. Interested in the flow of the meal - the trend at the moment in degustation is to have a slightly sweet savoury dish as the pre dessert as a bridge.

4X can be good - but only at the Brekky Creek

Whitby - fish & chips

It was Quayside. Phil posted it. I checked it out but didn't eat there - it had sustainable fish and that kind of stuff on a board

Jun 07, 2015
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PARIS -- need basic restaurant recs!!!!!!!!!!!!

When you searched the Board for restaurants that met your criteria, which ones did you like and not like, and what was it about them?

Jun 02, 2015
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Another specific question re: London Liverpool Station and Stonehenge on a bank holiday

I'm neutral on crimping but say no to uncrimped puff pastry

May 27, 2015
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Another specific question re: London Liverpool Station and Stonehenge on a bank holiday

I would recommend a traditional dinosaur pasty, which is crimped along the ridge of the back

May 26, 2015
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Another specific question re: London Liverpool Station and Stonehenge on a bank holiday

Is there a pie and mash shop at Waterloo Station now? Very innovative.

May 25, 2015
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4 nights in Melbourne September - restaurant recommendations

I feel the food at HR is a bit more sophisticated than Gazi, which to me is essentially a souvlaki and salad bar. Fine for lunch but not really a destination, but it is geographically closer for you.

I'd add on a good Asian restaurant - not korean - but something like a regional Chinese

Donovans is one of a handful of stalwarts in the take your mum out kind of space. Good, professional, solid but not spectacular. Stokehouse is a similar slot - I think their rebuild after a very roaring fire might be finished

4 nights in Melbourne September - restaurant recommendations

It's a solid list, presumably drawing on some recent discussions.

If you're going Greek, I would definitely skip Press Club and I wouldn't bother with Gazi unless you are close by. If you want to stay in the Colombaris empire, Hellenic Republic is probably the most enjoyable. There are also a handful of well regarded Greek places like the Cretan Elyros. However, most of these family places can have good nights and bad nights

Mamasita is meant to be good, but I have zero tolerance for their queue and attitude. Tonka is on my list but is booked out well in advance; friends at work thought it was great and its surprisingly affordable if you stay off the booze.

I'm assuming you're staying in the CBD.

Canberra: Big group of 11 year old boys, help!!

Can't remember the name but it looks in the right spot. There is basically a square of eating in Dickson that you can see on the map. The Vietnamese I normally go to by habit is on the south of the square near the Ethiopian restaurant(s) so it probably is Pho Pho Quac

Tasmanian Food Advice

No, I haven't been recently, but am heading down some time this year for a break and MONA

Tasmanian Food Advice

Can you give us a current rundown on Hobart?

Specific questions re: London (researched!)

Hawksmoor- no- but their definition of lunch is quite late. But not 3pm :-(

May 19, 2015
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Canberra: Big group of 11 year old boys, help!!

If you want it nicer and a bit restauranty, Mama's trattoria. Big portions, good prices, excellent quality (for the moderate price).

If you really want to keep it down pricewise, Vietnamese in Dickson. Washing up sized bowls of pho. There are also other asian places in the same Dickson square that would be equally cheap.

It's really easy in Canberra to pay well for mediocrity. I'd just go cheap from the start.

Tourist in Brisbane - Need Recs

Esquire or Urbane for contemporary. Aria is good (as is Sake) but both are Sydney shoe-ins chasing the mining boom, also Stokehouse (Melbourne shoe in). Restaurant II has been there a long time but I don't think would be different enough for you. Gerards as DebbieAnn mentioned is great but, again, might not be different enough (unless you have a specific interest in Modern Levantine). Euro is often mentioned but I wasn't impressed.

Can check them all out online and book now.

Taillevent or Le Cinq LUNCH

In the old days of the 90E menu, it was an extra 20 at lunch.

I hadn't realised it was now E145 - that's getting quite expensive

May 10, 2015
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Reims - continuous service

The wine bar plus nibbles was what I was thinking when I suggested the square at the market. You can also put a picnic together in the other city square - there are a number of shops covering cheese, charcuterie and fruit.

May 10, 2015
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Manchester and Chester dinner suggestions

I said 'a bit weak' for somewhere that gets several million tourists a year. You've obviously got Stockholm Syndrome since you moved up north :-)

But, yes, sticky walnut should be on the Chester list

May 10, 2015
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Booking top end restaurants in Singapore - help please

I've always just sent an email for a booking

Reims - continuous service

There are a bunch of places next tot he market that look as if they are open all day. There should be somewhere as many tourists are sightseeing at lunchtime

May 08, 2015
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