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A 3rd Paris Itinerary Post For Solo Dining

Thanks Pti

You have literally given me more food for thought - too many places, too few days. You must be the resident bakery and patisserie expert - you mention some very new names that I had not heard of before this and some Googling.

I will surely check out Gilles Marchal especially and your other suggestions.

With the quality of patisseries, I've often wondered how they compare to the standards of similar desserts served in restaurants. And even if I should order similar desserts at restaurants or just stick to the plated variety that's not found in a patisserie.

about 6 hours ago
mikey8811 in France

A 3rd Paris Itinerary Post For Solo Dining

Thanks Parn and Rio Yeti

I'll cross Delmontel off then. It was probably a "silly" question as it's all subjective but I have a limited number of days and can't literally try them all. I'm already thinking I'll be going into a severe caloric surplus.

about 6 hours ago
mikey8811 in France

Singapore and Malaysia – Part 2/5-Melaka Report

You seem to be a Chicken Rice fan. How did the Melaka version compare to the Singapore one for you?

Nancy's get's a lot of Singaporean tourists. I prefer Amy's Kitchen but that's pork free. There is also a resto helmed by an old lady in a shophouse that is good but the hours are not regular and they close whenever they feel like it.

Did you also try the Cendol desserts? They are particularly good in Melaka because they are made with fresh Gula Melaka, better than that found in Penang to me.

The popiah is also different because they stir fry the jicama, pork and shrimp mix with Gula Melaka and use lardons liberally.

about 6 hours ago
mikey8811 in China & Southeast Asia

A 3rd Paris Itinerary Post For Solo Dining

Thanks Parn

Would you recommend checking out the Montmartre bakeries & patisseries like Delmontel, Sébastien Gaudard & Landemaine (what items are good?) for breakfast in lieu of the usual suspects near my hotel ie. Gérard Mulot, Des Gateaux Et Du Pain, Pierre Herme, Maison Georges Larnicol?

Also, are the Kayser's on rue du Bac & Rue d'Assas the "good" branches?

about 17 hours ago
mikey8811 in France

A 3rd Paris Itinerary Post For Solo Dining

Hi Parn

I looked at SFCarole's old thread where both Parigi and you described various areas around the Montmartre area which are good for walks. I tried keying in the various street names into Google maps to plan a walk but am unsure how it will work out. I then found someone else's walk which follows scenes from Amelie as per the link below.

http://couvreur.home.xs4all.nl/engl/t...

Does this pretty much cover the the interesting areas you have mentioned? I recognise some of the street names you wrote about. They do mention the Hameau des Artistes but nothing about a unlocked/ unsecurely latched gate but I think this isn't the short cut you were referring to near Jeanne B. I'd pretty much like to avoid the Boulevard de Clichy, Place Du Terte areas as far as possible. It would be great if I could end up at Blanche and then take the Metro from there.

As a guess so I can gauge the time, how long would the walk take at a leisurely pace?

Thanks

1 day ago
mikey8811 in France

[Singapore] Holland V Fried Beehoon Breakfast

I didn't realise Chinese food products were banned by customs in Canada. Is that for quarantine/ health reasons or for trade reasons?

Lin Dong Fang Niu Rou Mian 林東芳牛肉麵 – Amazing Beef Noodle Soup In Taipei

Is it just me or is the picture of the soup too clear? The versions of Taiwanese beef noodles I've had either have a brownish broth or a fiery red one.

London Trip Recommendations For Mid to Late April

Hi yuyu

What would you recommend in Borough Market or Southbank Centre?

Mar 25, 2015
mikey8811 in U.K./Ireland

A 3rd Paris Itinerary Post For Solo Dining

Hi

What's the recent feedback on the weekday prix fixe dinner menu at Le Comptoir Du Relais these days? I rang up on the spur on the moment and was able to get a booking for a table but outside in late April - they say they will provide blankets so I presume it will be cold.

I've not been able to book this place for the umpteen years but have had the la carte no bookings menu so am tempted to try. My alternative that night is Zebulon.

Mar 25, 2015
mikey8811 in France

London Trip Recommendations For Mid to Late April

Added:

Geales
Barrafina - Covent Garden looks more interesting with more offal
Qvo Vadis
Hawksmoor
Delaunay or Wolseley - more for late breakfast egg dishes

Mar 25, 2015
mikey8811 in U.K./Ireland

Michelin Lunch Value - Last Minute?

What did you end up having?

Mar 24, 2015
mikey8811 in France

Moderately-priced London restaurants?

What's the Marco Pierre White Wheeler's Bank like?

Some of the dishes are competitively priced. Opentable has a 50% off but ends Apr 6 though.

Mar 24, 2015
mikey8811 in U.K./Ireland

La Marée Jeanne

Looks like Clamato but cheaper.

I'll probably check it out.

Mar 24, 2015
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Input/help narrowing my list please

I made a reservation at Le Lulli but they wrote to say they are revamping their menu as of Monday.

"So from next week, we will propose a different menu, based on classic and international dishes (Black Angus Steak / Beef Tartar / Smoked Salmon etc)."

Bummer.

Mar 24, 2015
mikey8811 in France

Input on my list?

Hi Parn

For the souffle places, is it possible to pop in just for dessert post dinner or lunch elsewhere?

Mar 23, 2015
mikey8811 in France

Trip report: A. Noste, Les Déserteurs, Bistrot des Capucines, Le Lulli, Mangetout, La Vache et le Cuisiner, Le Pramil, Stéphane Martin

Thanks sfcarole

Le Lulli has a last seating of 2.30 pm - don't know what time they chase you out though and if it would be a rushed affair. It takes 15 mins to get there from St Lazare as opposed to Desnoyer.

The other options are Passage 53 - also about 15 mins from St Lazare or JT's more recent review Les Comptoirs Du Medocs which is only a 7 min walk away but which least appeals menu wise.

Mar 21, 2015
mikey8811 in France

Trip report: A. Noste, Les Déserteurs, Bistrot des Capucines, Le Lulli, Mangetout, La Vache et le Cuisiner, Le Pramil, Stéphane Martin

Hi sfcarole

I read your long benchmark setting tome and tweaked my itinerary accordingly to include Le Lulli (BebeMoche's review & JT's why isn't it 1*) and Kigawa (your description of the chestnut souffle, had feared it was too Japanese but turns out not) which I had omitted before.

I want to go to Giverny on a weekday day trip but would like to be back in Paris for lunch and was wondering about the right amount of time if I took the 8.20 am (or 7.20 am) train to Vernon & the 12.53 (or 10:53 am) train back to Paris. I see that you did the same thing. How long did you need in the gardens?

The lunch options are Hugo Desnoyer or Le Lulli. Bookings for 2-2.30 pm which are pushing it if I take the 12.53 pm train which arrives at 1.40 pm.

Thanks

Mar 20, 2015
mikey8811 in France

Moderately-priced London restaurants?

Is this the Green Man you are referring to:

http://www.thegreenmanw1.co.uk/

There are 2 others.

Mar 20, 2015
mikey8811 in U.K./Ireland

Trip report: A. Noste, Les Déserteurs, Bistrot des Capucines, Le Lulli, Mangetout, La Vache et le Cuisiner, Le Pramil, Stéphane Martin

It seems A Noste has a polarising effect. Yours is the second negative review I have seen whilst a lot of stalwarts seem to love this place which is puzzling. Either the food is inconsistent or it comes down to personal preferences. I have booked the upstairs for a dinner and it will be interesting to see how it turns out.

Mar 20, 2015
mikey8811 in France

A 3rd Paris Itinerary Post For Solo Dining

Shakti,

Is this the one?

http://www.lexpress.fr/styles/saveurs...

"butch" seems right on. Duck in blood, confit lamb shoulder...

Where did you have the chef's cooking before?

Mar 20, 2015
mikey8811 in France

A 3rd Paris Itinerary Post For Solo Dining

Thanks Parn, the food & hood human GPS.

I'll cross out Paul Bert & La Regalade then.

Is the Domaine de Lintillac on rue Rousselet the same as the one in St Augustin? The logos look similar but the St Augustin one has a slightly bigger menu. The other foie place that people mention is Au Petit Sud Ouest. How does that compare food and price wise?

Mar 19, 2015
mikey8811 in France

3 days in Paris - please help

You are very hirsute - that's a happening hipster look these days no?

Mar 19, 2015
mikey8811 in France

A 3rd Paris Itinerary Post For Solo Dining

OK nearly all done and set to go. Will cover most of list above. Am missing just one of the older school places for dishes like bone marrow, seared foie gras, offal, souffle, etc. So far have firmed Les 110 Taillevent and Chez Denise.

Are these ones still good for consideration or have standards slipped:

Bistrot Paul Bert
La Regalade (probably original as have read much debate between that vs St Honore or Conservatoire)
Comptoir Du Relais
Violon d'Ingres (probably "finer" than the others)

Have done Comptoir (not the tasting dinner menu, have never met anyone that has done that) and Violon but years ago. Am reading that Comptoir and Paul Bert are overrun these days.

Josephine Chez Dumonet and L'ami Louis probably fit the bill but are too rich for me.

Thanks much

Mar 19, 2015
mikey8811 in France

London Trip Recommendations For Mid to Late April

Yes, lots of Malaysians in London...

Mar 18, 2015
mikey8811 in U.K./Ireland

London Trip Recommendations For Mid to Late April

Hi Paprikaboy

Yes, you hit it right on the head. Not only Malaysian food but most Asian food is better here than what you can probably find in London. I also travel quite a bit throughout Asia so don't need to get Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, fixes in London.

Thanks much

Mar 18, 2015
mikey8811 in U.K./Ireland

London Trip Recommendations For Mid to Late April

Hi Robin Joy,

I will be at the Mondrian in Southbank and then the Park Tower in Knightsbridge.

Thanks

Mar 18, 2015
mikey8811 in U.K./Ireland

London Trip Recommendations For Mid to Late April

Hi

I will be in London from mid to late April and have booked the following for lunches:

The Ledbury
Dinner
Harwood Arms
Koffmans
Fera
Kitty Fisher's

This would cover 6 of the 9 days that I am there and the plan is to have heavier lunches and light dinners since lunch tends to be better value.

Any suggestions on filling in the dinner time meals? Not looking to spend too much as my budget will already be exhausted with the lunches. I've done a search for budget or cheap eats on the board but can't seem to find the right suggestions. Also, not looking for Asian food as I am from Asia.

On one of my days without lunches, I will probably go to Hawksmoor for that decadent English fry up thing they do. Any other recommendations appreciated.

Thanks

Mar 18, 2015
mikey8811 in U.K./Ireland

A 3rd Paris Itinerary Post For Solo Dining

Hi globalgourmet

I coincide with you from Apr 13-15. I'm unsure if I am doing that many stars. You can contact me at my moniker at hotmaildotcom to see if we can arrange something.

Mar 14, 2015
mikey8811 in France

Best Museum Restaurants

So if trekking it out to the Louis Vuitton museum, it would be best to trek back to Les Tablettes rather than dine at Frank right?

Mar 13, 2015
mikey8811 in France

Fashionable new london restaurants?

I've got Koffman's, Dinner and Ledbury on my to do list for a trip next month. Probably Hedone too. Anything else you can suggest with good lunch deals?

I'll probably do Koffman's for dinner as I want to have the pied de cochon which is not on the set menu.

Mar 11, 2015
mikey8811 in U.K./Ireland