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Paris over NYE 2013/14 and what we ate

For pictures of my dining adventures in Paris: http://bit.ly/foodparis

One of the things I most enjoy about being in Europe on vacation is having long, leisurely meals. Paris is a perfect example – we followed Anthony Bourdain’s footsteps to Bistrot Paul Bert, had Pierre Hermé’s delicious macarons, and dined at one of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

Bistrot Paul Bert / 18 Rue Paul Bert / 75011 Paris / 01 43 72 24 01
This was our first meal in Paris, but unfortunately not one of our favorite meals of the trip. The bistro was busy when we arrived, but we were seated right away. The menu is written on a board daily, with a 3 course option at 38€ (if purchased separately, the appetizers is 10€, entree 27€, and dessert/cheese 9€). It’s only lunchtime there but our bodies were still in Eastern Standard Time and exhausted from a day of traveling. The waiters were nice and they explained every item on the board since it was all in French. We opted for the appetizer and main course only with a bottle of house red wine. This is the restaurant that was featured on “The Layover” and the food they had on the show is on a different “specials” board that was not part of the prix fixe. We had the smoked herring and scallops, followed by venison and beef – I adored the buttery scallops but my venison entree was too rare – it was difficult to chew and swallow. We had a decent lunch here but I wouldn’t rush to come back again soon.

Pierre Hermé / 18 rue Sainte-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie / 75004 Paris / 01 43 54 47 77
We were wandering around Le Marais after we visited Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris and we purposely stumbled upon the Pierre Hermé boutique. These are the most beautiful macarons I’ve ever seen, an assortment of rich, bright and metallic colors. The flavors here are exquisite, from hazelnut to passion fruit to foie gras. I bought a box of various different macarons, including a white truffle (my favorite) one that the clerk kept separate (in a bag) from the box so that the scent doesn’t overtake the others. I tried the white truffle macaron as soon as we left the store, it’s one of the best treats I’ve had in the year (it was December 28!), truffle and hazelnut is a luscious combination – I wanted to go back into the store immediately to buy a whole box of them. These macarons were still fresh and tasty after 2 days when I had it for breakfast at the Louvre. Make sure you visit to the store when you are in Paris – even if you don’t like sweets, these gorgeous confections and chocolates make fantastic souvenirs.

Le Chateaubriand / 129 Avenue Parmentier / 75011 Paris / 01 43 57 45 95
This was dinner for our first night in town – they take reservations for the 1st seating (7:30pm) only, walk ins are welcomed for times later in the evening. In 2013, Le Chateaubriand was #18 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. I was lucky to get the last reservation of the night when I called, since they were closed the next two days (on Sunday and Monday) and Tuesday night would’ve been New Year’s Eve. There is no menu here the prix fixe is 60€, you are asked if you have any allergies and preferences for drinks (wine pairing available) to accompany your meal. We had cheese puffs, cerviche, pomelo with foie gras, (a few more dishes), squid, venison, fish, and Tocino del Cielo (must eat in one bite) for dessert. There were some other dishes too, the servers were attentive and introduced every dish to us when they were brought to the table. The decor here is simple, no table cloths, or new silverware between courses – the food is inspired and unique. We left full (stomachs and wallet) and happy and I’d recommend Le Chateaubriand to my good friends any day.

Axuria / 54 Avenue Felix Faure / 75015 Paris, France / 01 45 54 13 91
It’s not easy finding a good restaurant in Paris for dinner on a Sunday night: there’s a booklet called “Les Restaurants Du Dimanche” created to solve this problem. We arrived at Axuria just as chef-owner Olivier Amestoy as taking a break from the kitchen. The restaurant is located in the 15th district and close to the metro 8. This is a neighborhood restaurant but also worth a visit from across town; the decor inside was contemporary, natural, and inviting – suitable for a date or special occasion. As an amuse, we were greeted with cheese puffs and a few slices of charcuterie. We had the 2 course prix fixe for 28€ and there were plenty of choices on the menu. Chef Amestoy uses high quality ingredients from different parts of France: the escargot was made with butter from Burgundy and the beef was from Aquitaine. We also had the ravioli with langoustine and duck with polenta. For dessert I has the Grand Marnier soufflé and it was a perfect ending to our amazing meal. For the rest of the trip I kept checking the restaurant menus to have the soufflé again but I didn’t see it, perhaps it was better this way because the one I had at Axuria is how I’d like to remember my soufflé in Paris – unadulterated and simply heavenly. If I had a few more days to spend in town I would be happy to return to this restaurant again.

Au Petit Sud-Ouest / 46 av. de la Bourdonnais / 75007 Paris / 01 45 55 59 59
Foie gras and duck was the theme of our lunch: a trip to France wouldn’t be complete without this rich, buttery, and local delicacy. French law states that “Foie gras belongs to the protected cultural and gastronomical heritage of France“. We arrived around 2pm to a dining room filled with tourists from France and abroad. There were different preparations of foie gras, fresh, bloc, pâté, cold, half cooked or fried and the hostess is helpful in describing the choices. There was a toaster on every table, it was nice to have hot fresh bread on demand on this chilly winter day. We had a bloc of foie gras, duck gizzard salad, classic confit duck leg with fried potatoes and mushroom, and duck stew. Don’t miss the mushrooms, it is earthy, wholesome, savory, and expertly prepared. There’s a shop in the front of the restaurant too for more foie gras and other treats to go. Au Petit Sud-Ouest is located just a few minutes from the Eiffel tower and they take reservations by request on their website – it’s a must if you like foie gras and duck.

Le Ballon des Ternes / 103 av. des Ternes / 75017 Paris / 01 45 74 17 98
This was a last minute restaurant recommended by the hotel when we asked for a place with fresh seafood. It is located directly across the street from Hyatt Regency Paris Étoile. The decor is art deco classic French brasserie. We had the onion soup and crab bisque, the onion soup arrived lukewarm but the crab bisque was better. We ordered a platter of seafood that included oysters, periwinkle, mussels, shrimp, and clams – we also added sea urchin (small and briny). Overall the meal was okay, the restaurant is catered to the tourists and hotel guests in the area. The waiters are sliding from table to table and they were not pleasant – he told me they only have champagne in France and there’s no such thing as sparkling wine when I asked if they had pétillant. I’m not impressed and I wouldn’t go back again.

FL Restaurant / 1 bis Rue Augereau / 75007 Paris / 01 45 51 06 04
FL is how the French pronounce Eiffel (as in tower), the restaurant is practically located in the shadow of this world famous attraction. We had a delightful lunch here on New Year’s Eve. The waitress was friendly and her English was very good. The space is intimate and cozy, our bread was served on a skewer and not in a basket. The two course lunch was 16€ and it’s 23€ for three courses. We had the famous Ficelle Picarde, which is a mille-feuille of potato crepes, ham and cheese – it was light and divine and I wouldn’t mind having another serving. The duck terrine was fresh and home made, the fricassées of chicken was moist and served on a bed of vegetables thinly sliced like pasta strands, and the pork special was juicy and crispy on top of a bed of lentil and foie gras. We finished our lunch with a plate of delectable cheese. Nicolas Valanchon is a talented chef and it is easy to see that in his food, the ingredients are fresh here and the combinations are inventive. Be sure to book your table in advance, there aren’t many seats here so you will want to have a reservation.

Picnic at the Hotel:
Foie Gras – Dubernet / 2 Rue Augereau / 75007 Paris /01 45 55 50 71
Baguette Tradition - Le Champ Des Delices / 145 Rue Saint-Dominique / 75007 Paris / 01 45 51 43 86
Champagne – Le Repaire de Bacchus / 122 rue Saint Dominique / Paris 75007 / 01 45 51 77 21
Taramasalata and Salmon Roe - Boutique Hédiard George V / 31 Avenue George V / 75008 Paris / 01 47 20 44 44

Spending $$$$ to dine at a restaurant on a holiday doesn’t appeal to me, I prefer not to be in a room filled with anxious, inebriated strangers. After our lunch at FL restaurant we started gathering the courses to our picnic at the hotel. The area was perfect for this, Dubernet specializes in foie gras and it was right across the street from the restaurant. The wine shop where we got the champagne was around the corner, and the bakery was down the street. We picked up all this on the way to the Eiffel tower after lunch – we thought about going up but the line was too long and it didn’t look like it was moving. Besides, it was grey and cloudy too so we opted not to wait on the queue. We strolled to the Hédiard on the way to the Champs-Élysées and grabbed a few more items, as well as some tea leaves to bring back to the states. We created a scrumptious meal and we were ready to welcome in 2014! Cheers!

NOTE: Many restaurants are closed between Christmas and New Years for holiday break, make sure to call ahead before stopping by.

Jan 26, 2014
babiemindy in France
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Sushi Nakazawa - full review

My meal that night at $175/pp http://bit.ly/1jUrjEO

Jan 26, 2014
babiemindy in Manhattan

Cabo San lucas and San Jose del cabo Restaurant recommendation...

Hi, do you happen to know the "little hole in the wall joint where local peddlers go for beer and a little lunch. It's on a side street about a block from Peublo Bonito's back entrance, and around the corner from Casa Dorada (I think). They just hired an English speaking mexican from Vancouver who recommended their seafood soup to me. For about 90 pesos ($8), it is made from scratch and loaded with fresh crablegs, shrimps, tender octopus and mussels. Delish!" described by another person on this thread?

I've been to Cabo many times and am pretty familiar with the area, will be back again in December - looking forward to finding new spots.

So far Gordo Lele's, Maro's, and el Farallon are some of my favorites in CSL ~ thanks in advance!

Oct 23, 2013
babiemindy in Mexico

Looking for downtown winebar with delicious bites

What about Jadis? If I remember correctly they have more space there than inoteca.

Sep 11, 2013
babiemindy in Manhattan

New Kam Hing Coffee Shop – One Of The Best Sponge Cakes In Chinatown

it's a pandan jelly mooncake, have you ever had it?

Sep 06, 2013
babiemindy in Manhattan

New Kam Hing Coffee Shop – One Of The Best Sponge Cakes In Chinatown

Lol, thanks... I know what mooncakes are (; They are way dense for my taste but I do love the ones with yolk. I usually get one mooncake each year and just spit it with people to observe the "tradition."

I believe the one I'm referring to is from a traditional dessert shop and may even be served in a bowl... I'll try to find out more from my friend when I see her again.

Aug 29, 2013
babiemindy in Manhattan

New Kam Hing Coffee Shop – One Of The Best Sponge Cakes In Chinatown

I stopped by today on my chinatown food run (roast duck from and doufu hua from Mott) and picked some up - but will wait to put it in the microwave before I have them later on. Thanks for posting about this, I love sponge cakes, haven't had them in forever.

Great site!

PS: do you know anything about a dessert in Chinatown (could be Malaysian) that is only made around Mid-Autumn Festival or seasonal? I forgot the details, but will find out more. My friend was telling me about it last year and I'll be keeping an eye out for it next month...

Aug 29, 2013
babiemindy in Manhattan

Sushi Nakazawa - full review

the rice nicely complements the fish - no complaints there!

Aug 28, 2013
babiemindy in Manhattan

Sushi Nakazawa - full review

Everyone was served the same, but do keep track. He thought he was done serving everyone in the sitting and was about to wrap up when he missed 2 people on the hand roll. They pointed out to him and he obliged. The tuna hand roll was delicious with special seaweed.

Aug 27, 2013
babiemindy in Manhattan

Sushi Nakazawa - full review

From what I saw on Sunday it seems like the 1st seating is at 6pm and then 2nd at 8:30pm - staggered at 15 minute intervals.

I agree with you, the progression is very important - the live shako and scallop were nice additions.

Perhaps it was the higher bill at the end of the meal (175 vs 150) that exacerbated the uni issue (and he had them fresh in a shell earlier in the week). The lack of uni was noticed by almost everyone sitting at the counter.

About the restaurants he visited, it is possible he misunderstood my question and was being amiable. Although he did say he has not been to Soto, Ichimura, or Sushi Azabu yet.

Aug 27, 2013
babiemindy in Manhattan

Sushi Nakazawa - full review

For pictures and video of my dining experience at Sushi Nakazawa click: http://bit.ly/Nakazawa

We got a reservation at 6:15 on Sunday, five nights after the grand opening. After watching the movie and seeing master chef Jiro’s high standards and his continuous pursuit of perfection I was ready for a special culinary experience.

We were the second party to be seated at the ten-seat sushi bar; the restaurant also has some tables in the dining room but that will only open starting September 5th. There’s no menu, only omakase. Beverage choice includes sake and wine, with options for pairing: sake, sparkling wine, or flat wine.

We went with the sake flight, with Maurizio de Rosa as our guide. He explained that for sake drinking, one should start with higher quality in the beginning and then proceed with sake of lesser quality. This made sense to me, when drinking tequila, start the night with Herradura and end with Sauza. Our drinks were paired with the different parts of the meal, starting with junmai and ending with nigori. Most of the portions were standard, but there were a couple that was barely more than a sip.

The omakase begins immediately, there is no appetizer or amuse-bouche except for the homemade picked ginger – we dive in with Chef Nakazawa and begin with some Pacific salmon with sea salt and California citrus. The procession continues with hand smoked Alaskan salmon (smoky and flavorful), Maine scallop (he shows us the shell and then opens it in front of us), geoduck (lightly seared), abalone, jack mackerel, kohada (aka gizzard shad – one of my favorites of the evening), trigger fish, sword fish, Spanish mackerel, baby cuttlefish, live mantis shrimp (succulent and unique), blue fin tuna (aged for five days), chutoro (I preferred this tonight to the otoro), otoro, octopus, ikura (house seasoned), and anago. The fish came from all over the globe: Japan, Central America, Maine, North Carolina, Washington, California, and Long Island. In total we had about twenty pieces, with a delicious tuna hand roll and (of course) the tamagoyaki to end the meal. The nigiri had a good balance of rice to fish, and they were prepared expertly. Some pieces were seared, others were brushed with different vinegars, juices, oils, sauces, and various concoctions, many of them were enhanced with zests, sea salt, ginger, daikon, Japanese mustard, and wasabi.

The space is modern and simple; the theme colors are black and white and I didn’t notice any music playing in the background. The staff is in formal attire, full suits or black dress. They were attentive, one server for every two patrons – remember, they are only serving ten guests per seating at the moment. The chairs are comfortable and they are fully prepared with purse hanging hooks for the women at the counter. One of the proprietors, Alessandro Borgognone helps out clearing the glasses from the sake tasting and also adds his input when we had questions about the preparation or origin of the fish.

The chefs has masterful knife skills, the ingredients were fresh and of high quality. Chef Nakazawa interacts with us, and he is often smiling and aims to please – I think this is the laid back west coast attitude he picked up in Seattle. He asked for a recommendation for a cheeseburger in NYC and several of us in the restaurant recommended him to check out Shake Shack. Maurizio, the other proprietor, has a passion for wine and sake. Currently he makes sake at home (for private consumption), and he says they may start aging some for the restaurant – they should be ready in about two months.

Chef Nakazawa has been in New York for three weeks; he’s dined at 15 East, Sushi Yasuda, Ushiwakamaru, and Sushi Dojo so he knows what the competition is like out there. Last night they didn’t have sea urchin (uni) – a few of the evenings this week he served live sea urchin in a shell in the omakase dinner. He explained that they only get uni on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Many of us were disappointed; some requested to get a call from the restaurant when they get in a shipment of uni during the upcoming week (this girl wanted the chef to remember her face as "uni face"- lol). Serving fresh uni out of the shell is gimmicky and it’s not imperative, however for an omakase that cost $175/pp in NYC, not have any uni during the meal is inexcusable. Also, if there are different pricing for the omakase (some reported $150), they need to inform their diners know of the choices.

All in all, Sushi Nakazawa is better than many edomae sushi dens in NYC but definitely is not on the same level as some of the bests in town. This is their first week of operations and I’m sure they will eventually figure out the kinks (miso soup or traditional Japanese dessert perhaps); but for my experience, the cost of the omakase was steep at $175 per person, and the six-sake tasting at $40 was also a premium. After tax, tip, and the uni (we bought at the grocery store after) our dinner was about $600 for two. You can argue that this is the value of a meal at Sukiyabashi Jiro – but alas Nakazawa-san is the apprentice, not the master.

Aug 26, 2013
babiemindy in Manhattan

[Sushi Nakazawa] Anyone to join me on Sep. 6 (Fri)?

My meal last night was $175/pp

Aug 26, 2013
babiemindy in Manhattan

Long weekend in Havana: what we ate.

Thanks! We stayed at a casa (Martha Y Ramon) right by Old Havana and the Malecón, close to to La Bodeguita del Medio and Floridita for the famed mojitos and daiquiris

Mar 21, 2013
babiemindy in Latin America & Caribbean

Needed - dinner in Lima and Cuzco

After hiking Machu Picchu the group had dinner at Etapoy in Cuzco, rotisserie chicken for dinner - those chickens were large and juicy (about 1 for every 3 or 4 people is more than enough). We also really liked Granja Heidi. For a truly authentic experience you can stop at the mercado San Pedro, sit have a bowl of soup with the locals.

In Lima there's the typical Astrid y Gaston and La Mar, and there's another stand out called Cesar (they may be open on Sunday night). Here you will find different varieties of causa - we loved the filet mignon and olive versions. Located across the street from La Mar.

Mar 19, 2013
babiemindy in Latin America & Caribbean

Long weekend in Havana: what we ate.

Prices for drinks are controlled by the government, at most places a bottle of water costs the same as much as a bottle of local beer. Here is a run down of what we ate in chronological order (for your viewing pleasure: http://bit.ly/ZKSKVB

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Casa Particular Srs. Martha Y Ramon
Aguacate 61, bajos
e/ Empedrado y Tejadillo

We arrived in the evening and our first meal was dinner at the casa we stayed at. We had large shrimps (lobster), chicken soup with noodles, salad, plantain chips, and rice. This is part of the whole Cuban experience, there is nothing more authentic than eating homemade food by the owners of the casa. We enjoyed unwinding from a day of traveling in the private, cozy dining room.

The next morning we had breakfast at the casa, which consisted of fruit salad, ham, cheese, rolls with butter, fresh juice, eggs, and tea. Our Spanish skills were lacking, so we couldn’t communicate to the chef that we liked our eggs sunny side up or poached but the fried eggs served its purpose.

Paladar (plural: paladares) is a term used in Cuba to refer to restaurants run by self-employers. Mostly family-run businesses, paladares are fundamentally directed to serve as a counterpart of state run restaurants for tourist seeking for a most vivid interaction with Cuban reality, and looking for homemade Cuban food.

Sociedad Asturianas are state run restaurants.

Tien Tan
Blvd. del Barrio Chino, C/Cuchillo No. 17
e/Zanja y San Nicolas

This was our first lunch in Havana, we’ve read about this restaurant while planning our meals and happened to walk by and decided to stop in for some food. This is Chinese cuisine, pretty standard, it wasn’t bad but nothing special. There are plenty of choices on the menu, the prices were relatively high, but it’s justified by the larger portion size. If you’re craving Asian food, this will do, but don’t expect it to be authentic. We didn’t see any Chinese people working there (the chef was in the kitchen), there were other Asian patrons.

Sociedad Asturiana Los Nardos
Paseo de Martí No 563

This is where we ended up for dinner on Thursday night when we couldn’t get into Doña Eutimia, the restaurant is located across from El Capitolio. We waited for about an hour, you will know that you are at the restaurant by the line on the sidewalk. It was worth the wait, food there was good and affordable. The highlight was the lamb stew, it was served with pieces of bone with rich marrow inside. Our 2nd favorite in Havana.

Paladar Doña Eutimia
Callejon del Chorro # 60-C
Plaza de la Catedral
537 861 1332

This was our favorite restaurant of the trip, located in the Plaza de la Catedral. We tried to stop by on Thursday evening around 8pm without a reservation but they were fully committed and unable to accommodate us.

To get there, go to the Cathedral Square, stand looking at the main restaurant in the square. There is a small dead end lane as you look to the left. Go down the lane and the restaurant is in the right hand corner next to the art gallery/market (Graphic workshop). Be ware of the solicitors on the street right as you approach the restaurant, they are trying to get you to eat somewhere else. Do not go with them, the place they are taking you to is not Doña Eutimia, they work for the other paladares nearby.

We tried to go again the next day for lunch, and were seated promptly. The restaurant was busy, the waiter who spoke to us the night before recognized us and came over to apologize for having to turn us away. After having our meal there, we understood why they were so popular, the food was delicious: we had the octopus appetizer (served with bread to soak up the garlic oil), pollo asado Doña Eutimia, and ropa vieja del chorro served with chips, salad, rice, and beans. Don’t miss the refreshing frozen mojito. I would’ve happily returned for another meal here during our trip, it was that good.

Paladar la Guarida
Concordia No 418
btwn Gervasio & Escobar
537 866 9047

This is a must go spot for both sightseeing and dining, it was featured in the movie ” Fresa y Chocolate.” The interior of the building was beautiful, I had the curry seafood boil which was tasty but overall the meal was just okay and quite pricey. The conejo entree and octopus appetizer were not memorable.

Sociedad Asturiana Castropol
Calle Malecon 107
537 861 4864

On our last full day in Havana, we had a snack at Sociedad Asturiana Castropol after we watched the sunset on the Malecón. The location was perfect as it is right on Avenida de Maceo. Our pizza was made to order, we can see the chef making it and placing the pizza into the oven from our table. This would be a nice choice for dinner if we were not already heading to Atelier.

Atelier
Calle 5ta., No. 511 altos
entre Paseo y 2
Vedado
537 836 2025

The food was much better at Atelier than La Guarida and it’s at the same price point – the menu is hand written so I’m guessing they change the offerings frequently. This was located in Vedado, closer to Hotel Nacional than Old Havana. We had jamón serrano, smoked salmon, paella, and duck. Butter for the bread was heart shaped. We sat on the terrace and looked out over a quiet neighborhood.

Mar 17, 2013
babiemindy in Latin America & Caribbean

Top 5 Most Overrated in Manhattan

Peter Luger's
Minetta Tavern
Momofuku
Blue Smoke
Porterhouse tied with BLT Prime

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Minetta Tavern
113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

BLT Prime
111 East 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010

Blue Smoke
116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

Apr 17, 2010
babiemindy in Manhattan

Introduction to Hong Kong... Zuma, Caprice, and...?

Bo Innovation sounds really interesting. WD-50 was a fun experience. Do you think I would need to make a reservation for 1 person there?

I'd definitely like to try Chinese when I'm in town, though like Peech says, as a solo diner I won't be able to order many dishes.

Thanks for all your suggestions so far, I am looking forward to my trip :)

Nov 22, 2008
babiemindy in China & Southeast Asia

Introduction to Hong Kong... Zuma, Caprice, and...?

Zuma is comparable to Nobu, whilst Caprice is comparable to Jean George. If you have been to Nobu or JG in NYC, why bother? Why not take advantage of the current financial storm and go high end Chinese instead?! Mega discounts everywhere! Yan Toh Heen in the Intercontinental or T'ang Court in the Langham hotel are two good choices on the Kowloon side. On the HK side there's Lei Garden in the IFC mall, Lun King Heen in the Fourseasons or Golden Leaf in the Conrad. If $ is no object, feel free to give Fook Lam Moon or Forum a try. The braised dried abalone will set you back a bundle but its really yummy!!! If you really wanted western, I would save it for Galera a Robuchon in Macau. At least Michelin 2*. For a unique experience I would give Bo Innovation a try. A 'Chinese' El Buli if there's such a thing! Good Luck!

PS: A number of fellow chowhounders also had rave reviews about Italian food at Causeway Bay's Da Domenico. Best Scampi/clam linguine east of Milan! Very expensive though! Be prepared to pay US$65 for a plate of pasta!

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Charles Yu Nov 18, 2008 09:48PM

Thanks for the insight Charles. I was thinking about balancing the trip with western style dining as well as food places that locals would go to whether it be street vendors or small mom & pop kind of establishments. I love shanghainese steamed buns!

High end Chinese? Not really a believer, do the ingredients/ preparation/ creativity justify the cost? I will read up on Yan Toh Heen, T'ang Court, Lei Garden, Lun King Heen, and Golden Leaf. I'm not a huge fan of abalone, what is it like compared to the abalone in the States? Out of your suggestions, what are your top two?

I will definitely check out Galera a Robuchon and Bo Innovation. I'm sure you've already heard that the new Michelin Guide for HK comes out in early December, I'm looking forward to what they have to say as well.

Nov 19, 2008
babiemindy in China & Southeast Asia

Introduction to Hong Kong... Zuma, Caprice, and...?

I will be in Hong Kong for business for a few days in December for the first time. Being from New York City I've been to many world-class restaurants like Le Bernardin, WD-50, and Jean Georges, Nobu and Daniel. I would like to experience the best of the culinary world in Hong Kong, I definitely would like to try Zuma and Caprice -- as well as local Hong Kong cuisine. I've read mixed reviews about Amber and Pierre Gagnaire. There is a L'Atelier in NY, so I may pass on that unless it is highly recommended by someone. Would like to also go to Macau for a day.

I will be traveling solo, am open to meet fellow chow-hounders for dinner on Sunday. Looking forward to a culinary adventure :)

In town Sunday - Friday, with a day reserved for Macau. What do you think of Zuma and Caprice as my top picks? What are the top 3 restaurants or culinary experiences, in your opinion, that shouldn't be missed on a first trip to Hong Kong?

Thanks!

Nov 18, 2008
babiemindy in China & Southeast Asia