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Last night in Paris. Have reservations at Bones, but having second thoughts...

Hopefully, this thread doesn't degenerate into a slingfest. It has contributions from a lot of heavy hitters on this board - Parn, Pti, Mangeur, Shak, JT, etc.

FWIW your different approaches are all useful and enjoyable to read. Parn's almost exhaustive listing of options in an area and not only limited to food, I might add is a great resource.

Most of us like what we read here which is why we keep coming back but as in the restos we end up going to, only the OP or reader can tell what floats his/ her boat.

Jul 01, 2015
mikey8811 in France
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London: Jacket requirement for men?

I've never heard of Antidote but all your other picks have no strict dress code - casual is fine. You'll find Londoners are mostly less hung up about dress codes in restos. Noo Yawkers on the other hand...

Jun 30, 2015
mikey8811 in U.K./Ireland

Trendy Paris grab and go lunches

"Many offices have restaurants/cafes which are subsidised. Or many workers get luncheon vouchers"

That's pretty cool if you don't have an expense account. Is the quality of food at these places pretty decent?

Jun 25, 2015
mikey8811 in France

Paris trip review - AT, Spring, Pierre Sang Boyer, etc.

I agree with JT. Your experience seems to be an anomaly. All of us enjoyed it when we went - for the service, the food and the place.

Jun 22, 2015
mikey8811 in France

Where to buy fois gras in Dordogne?

OK this trip I had foie gras at various places with different results. At Chez Denise, I found it didn't have as much of a fatty mouth feel and wasn't as melt in the mouth. At Amarante it was better but still wasn't as cloyingly rich as I was used to. At Le Comptoir it was was more like what I am accustomed to where it's something you can't do too much of. I don't know if this is a fair description or if it's just me and if this is due to the foie being used or the way it's done (all cold preparations). Would appreciate if you could shed some light.

Jun 21, 2015
mikey8811 in France

Where to buy fois gras in Dordogne?

"What accuracy are you referring to?"

Sorry, you misread my post.

I was referring to the accuracy of Rougie being a good brand which I heard of a while ago.

So it's not really a top brand in France domestically?

A lot of Chinese produced foie is used in cooking in Guangzhou (especially braised in "lo shui") since it is cheaper but the ones I had were inferior.

Jun 21, 2015
mikey8811 in France

Where to buy fois gras in Dordogne?

I heard this a long time ago and don't know how accurate it is. In Asia, the top restos use foie gras by Rougie and there are different grades. The best is apparently Rougie Prestige. Is this actually a good brand?

Jun 21, 2015
mikey8811 in France

Reports josephine dumonet, chez l'ami jean, le cinq

Nice. You're lucky the spaghetti timbale was on the lunch menu at Le Cinq. I had to pay a supplement for it...

Jun 19, 2015
mikey8811 in France

steak frites

Look they are pretty different. If your benchmark for NY/ US steaks is Peter Luger or Wolfgang Puck's Cut, they are different. Hell, for all its "Frenchness" even the food at Daniel (in all its incarnations) is different.

You can do no better or worse than trying for yourself. After all it's just a meal out of many and only you can tell.

Jun 19, 2015
mikey8811 in France
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One lunch in Bangkok: Nahm or Gaggan?

You are most welcome.

If it helps, there is a molecular Thai place called Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin.

Another upscale Thai place is Bo Lan. But Curt & Mr Gimlet are right these places are expensive. If you do not mind the ambience, there are a lot of more cost effective options in Bangkok with great food, Krua Apsorn being one.

Glad the Paris posts have been helpful.

Are you doing the Aman or Como package for Bhutan?

La Mare aux Oiseaux [Pays de la Loire] - Rio Yeti report

This is the same bloke as in Le Jardin des Plumes in Giverny? Or just same name?

Nice review. Nice pics on the blog too - very clear shots. The plumage on the bird looks cool.

Food wise, the langouille, egg yolk & leeks have me... The cheese with white chocolate also sounds interesting - too bad it didn't work.

Jun 17, 2015
mikey8811 in France

One lunch in Bangkok: Nahm or Gaggan?

It depends on if you want Thai or molecular Indian. Your choice - both are good.

Paris - April Trip Report or How To Lose Your Abs In 10 Days, Part 2: Pirouette, Chez Denise, Chez l'Ami Jean, AG, Gare Au Gorille

Been busy and still working on it. But I didn't make it to David Toutain this round. I've dined at Agape Substance when he was there and when he did a stint abroad before opening his eponymous resto. FWIW if you like creative and inventive food it's worth going to. It's fairly light food, courses are small but the flavours come through clearly and the ingredients work well together. It had a spare, zen feel to it. I am guessing it's similar now. My 2 cents.

Jun 17, 2015
mikey8811 in France

confused by similar names and difficulty finding menus for others in English

You are one of the few if not the only blogger to show a snapshot of the menu and/or carte in your reviews. I've always wondered how you manage to capture such a clear shot of it. I've tried to take a pic before just to remind myself of what I've eaten but always fail to get a good one.

Jun 17, 2015
mikey8811 in France

Please help with *dropping* places from my Paris list for end of this month

Regards to your lovely wife & you too...

Jun 13, 2015
mikey8811 in France

Please help with *dropping* places from my Paris list for end of this month

I was reading your review of Grand Coeur - sounds swell. Were the "professional translators" you dined with N & D? Please give them my regards.

Jun 13, 2015
mikey8811 in France

Please help with *dropping* places from my Paris list for end of this month

You have a list largely similar to mine in April. JT has had some recent places of interest like Grand Coeur & Louis. I would nix Pirouette but it's subjective & others on this board like it.
I enjoyed the others on your list that I went to. Between Desnoyer & Paul Bert, the former would have better meat though not exactly steak frites but the latter has a fuller range of starters & desserts which may be similar to JCD . Don't think Desnoyer opens for dinner. Just my 2 cents.

Jun 12, 2015
mikey8811 in France

[Manchester, city centre] Sam's Chop House

That sounds delicious...

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

Cooking for myself in Paris - several questions.

OK the reason I asked was because I like them and did not see them on many cartes. Reading some reviews when I compiled my list in early March, they seemed more prevalent. These ones looked impressive because they were large.

I was going to time my next visit during game season when it is hopefully not so cold and also when truffles, scallops and sea urchin are more abundant. When would the best time for that be? Would early Autumn be appropriate?

Jun 10, 2015
mikey8811 in France

Cooking for myself in Paris - several questions.

What are these? Are they frozen & then thawed?

Jun 10, 2015
mikey8811 in France

Cooking for myself in Paris - several questions.

I saw scallops on some cartes in late April and at Marche d'Aligre too. So they were off season and would not be as good?

Jun 10, 2015
mikey8811 in France

Italy Itinerary (Rome, Venice, Florence, Montalcino, and Capri) Phew! Feedback would be appreciated.

Dunno bout your others but in Rome your dinners are the heavy hitters - La Pergola, Il Pagliaccio plus you have full lunches too. How are you gonna eat so much?

Looking forward to your trip report.

Jun 10, 2015
mikey8811 in Italy
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L'Ami Jean and Yam'tcha Lunches

"L'Ami Jean: do they offer the carte blanche menu during lunch? "

Yes, they do.

Jun 09, 2015
mikey8811 in France

Cooking for myself in Paris - several questions.

Yes thanks. I find it difficult to remember more than a few - so definitely a helpful list.

Jun 09, 2015
mikey8811 in France

Barcelona trip report..long but hopefully helpful

Do they still have Carles Gaig's Porta Gaig at the Barcelona airport? I had a pretty good meal there before my flight departure some years ago.

Jun 08, 2015
mikey8811 in Spain/Portugal

Any good Indian Vegetarian restaurants in Paris that will help avoid bad karma?

Some Southern Indian veg dishes definitely have "onions, potatoes or garlic". Unless you order very carefully, it is difficult to replicate a strict Jain meal I think - just to be safe.

Jun 08, 2015
mikey8811 in France

Recommendations for "French by a Japanese chef" restaurants

"you realize that it's a matter of styles, not of origins. You'd find it hard to decide who made what if you had only the plates before you."

That's true. To wit, just reading Alex Lobrano and JT's reviews of Le Bon Saint Pourcain, you don't even need an Asian behind the stove for the influence - both had a leek dish with soft boiled egg and peanut/ satay sauce that much resembles a riff on Indonesian Gado Gado - and in a joint with a history as French as can be.

"all the more since modern European cooking itself is japanized to some extent"

Again, true - the sashimi, puffed rice crackers (is that also a European thing?), calling anything deep fried tempura even if the batter bears no resemblance to a tempura batter.

Jun 08, 2015
mikey8811 in France

Paris Trip Report

It's good to hear you had yourself a good time even though you did not go to as many places that are popular on CH France.

Jun 08, 2015
mikey8811 in France

Paris Trip Report

Actually, there were more submachine gun toting police just about everywhere this trip. They were however, pretty friendly - I stopped to get directions from them a couple of times and wasn't apprehended ;)

Jun 08, 2015
mikey8811 in France

Josephine Chez Dumonet v Chez L'Ami Jean v Regalade Saint Honore

What is free terrain?

Jun 05, 2015
mikey8811 in France