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Please critique this itinerary - a week in Paris, restaurants in the 6th

Thanks for the heads up. I could only get an outside table and was wondering if it was worth braving the cold for. I haven't been able to get one for umpteen years but have had the brasserie style fare there a few times.

Apr 09, 2015
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Please critique this itinerary - a week in Paris, restaurants in the 6th

sfcarole

Off topic but I remember you dined at Le Comptoir du Relais for the weekday prix fixe dinner not long ago. I managed to get a reservation but was wondering about the quality of the food since it isn't covered much here. Is it still worth going to or have standards dropped?

Your comments appreciated.

Thanks

Apr 08, 2015
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Traveling to Paris with child, and question about Frenchie

Have you tried both lunch and dinner at A Noste upstairs? I have a reservation for dinner but location wise, lunch would suit me better. I'm just wondering how different the lunch and dinner menus are. The dinner menu is on line - 6 courses, one of which is all you can eat meat like a churrascaria but I can't see the dishes for the lunch one except for entree, plat & dessert. On JT's site, he had the lunch but it looked like they served him the dinner fare, VIP as he is ;)

Apr 08, 2015
mikey8811 in France

Please critique our list of chosen places in Paris

Hi Phil

Have you been recently to Comptoir for the weekday dinner? I managed to reserve but it's for an outside table and am wondering if it's worth braving the cold for. I've never been able to book it before for umpteen years. Is it still decent or overrated?

Apr 07, 2015
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Please critique our list of chosen places in Paris

Parn, I thought the menu at Comptoir is the same at lunch both weekdays and weekends and only dinner on weekdays is the prix fixe menu?

Apr 07, 2015
mikey8811 in France

Please critique this itinerary - a week in Paris, restaurants in the 6th

You have a cool 10 year old...

Apr 07, 2015
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London Trip Recommendations For Mid to Late April

Thanks Lecker

What's a good place near the Park Tower for an early breakfast on a Saturday morning? I leave on the 12.00 pm Eurostar to Paris so presuming I have to be at St Pancras by 11.00 am, I guess I need somewhere that serves breakfast at 8.30-9.00 am?

I'm thinking of taking my luggage and going to The Wolseley and then taking the tube to St Pancras from there but don't know if they will store my luggage.

Thanks

Apr 03, 2015
mikey8811 in U.K./Ireland

La Marée Jeanne

Sounds like you prefer Clamato. Are the desserts at LMJ better than the maple syrup tart?

Apr 03, 2015
mikey8811 in France

A 3rd Paris Itinerary Post For Solo Dining

OK more regarding pre/ post prandial strolls than the meals. Would it be too much to do Musee Marmottan in the morning prior to lunch at Hugo Desnoyer (plus maybe Le Corbusier Foundation nearby) followed by the Fondation Louis Vuitton after? Having not been to either, I can't gauge the time required for a leisurely visit

The alternative would be to couple the Fondation LV post lunch at Les Tablettes on another day.

Thanks

Apr 03, 2015
mikey8811 in France

SF hound to KL, Penang, then Singapore

I didn't even know they policed for hygiene at KL eateries.

A 3rd Paris Itinerary Post For Solo Dining

Thanks for that. I've read JT's review. I have it booked already. It was hard calling up. Christophe spoke very little English and eventually passed me on to the front of house named Maloud who was pretty fluent.

The Alex Lobrano review about eating out on Mondays worries me. I didn't know there was a dearth of fresh fish on Monday as is isn't mentioned on the France boards as it is much mentioned in Barcelona or Rome. For other places that is, not so much for Amarante as seems meat driven.

Apr 01, 2015
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Singapore and Malaysia – Part 3/5- Kuala Lumpur Report

No address that I know - like most places in KL.

Input/help narrowing my list please

Not in town yet. Only there late Apr (hope it gets warmer) when we meet up. Looking forward to your report on La Maree Jeanne.

Apr 01, 2015
mikey8811 in France

Paris, Change of Pace Meals

No probs. Info is info. Lurve stinky runny cheeses like Epoisses and Vacherin Mont d'Or - would these be considered liquide or un peu?

Mar 31, 2015
mikey8811 in France

Input/help narrowing my list please

JT, you're covering 'em with a vengeance since your return - must be the Venice canal water... Do you have La Maree Jeanne on the cards to see if it's a good Clamato substitute?

Mar 31, 2015
mikey8811 in France

Paris, Change of Pace Meals

The Antillais, is that the Creole place that does the crab farci and beignets?

Mar 31, 2015
mikey8811 in France

London Trip Recommendations For Mid to Late April

Also any thoughts on:

Medlar
Portland
Quality Chop House
Bubble Dogs
Pitt Cue

Thanks

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

London Trip Recommendations For Mid to Late April

Yep looks like moved to Kings Cross.

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

Paris Food Tour

They have a branch in London too as does Patisserie des Reves. Wonder what the quality control is like for branches abroad. I was told the Patisserie des Reves in London is not as good.

Mar 30, 2015
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Singapore and Malaysia – Part 3/5- Kuala Lumpur Report

"Pig Offal soup and chicken rice"

The pig offal stall has been there forever. The chicken stall nearby used to be very good, probably the best in KL but has relocated. I haven't been to the chicken stall you dined at.

"Soong Kee Beef Noodles 86, Jalan Tun H.S.Lee"

The other nearby beef noodle stall is better. It has a branch that does all types of offal from tongue to penis. Given you like offal you would have swooned for that.

Paris Food Tour

The last thing you'd want the child to do is feel nauseous from the lack of sleep and puke all the confectionery out...

Mar 30, 2015
mikey8811 in France

[Malacca, Malaysia] Aunty Lee's - the best Nyonya restaurant in town?

There is a steamed version which is custardy - like a quenelle or mousse, that's the closest way to describe it. There is also a grilled version which is drier & that's closer to a fish cake

A 3rd Paris Itinerary Post For Solo Dining

I'll put up my hand for an internship too if only for the few days I'm there.

I checked out the carte at the Golden Bauhinia (strange name the HK national flower, I know the owner hails from HK but still) and the Francois Perret pastries don't seem overly expensive compared to outside patisseries, so I will try to make a pitstop there - it looks to be a short walk from Chez l'Ami Jean. Is that generally the case for hotel prices where pastries are concerned?

Mar 29, 2015
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Input/help narrowing my list please

It's a shame that happened. Alas JT, don't fall off your gondola but it seems to be true.

Le Lulli wasn't originally on my list of go-to's until I read some of the pretty positive reviews here and scoped out the menu. It seemed pretty much what you guys had described, creative food with quality ingredients, aiming for a star (generous amuse bouches, plate presentation) and punching above its class, with a good value menu to boot. The lunch menu had items from the carte which seemed rare for a lower priced lunch menu. The space also seemed attractive and was centrally located.

The new menu is what you can find in any hotel coffee shop anywhere. I'm not sure if tourists these days still demand this generic sort of food. At least the ones on this board don't seem to. I wonder if the chef has left - it seems to be a waste of his talent doing food like this. I cancelled my ressie. It would have been a waste of a scarce meal slot. I said as much to them. On the plus side I can try another resto in its place.

Mar 29, 2015
mikey8811 in France

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.

Mar 27, 2015
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.

Mar 27, 2015
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.

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?

Mar 26, 2015
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

Mar 26, 2015
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?