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Please suggest NOT THIS

You seem to be going around in circles perhaps in anxiety. Take it easy...

Pierre Sang vs. Au Passage for dinner (another Paris in August post)

Your choices are good and seem reasonably diverse. If you hit all of 'em I think you'll have a good time. You don't have a trad bistro type place on your list though but maybe you omitted that intentionally.

Jul 30, 2015
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Honk Kong, Chengdu and Shanghai in October

There is a Sheung Wan branch of Fu Sing now? I thought only Wanchai and Causeway Bay.

Honk Kong, Chengdu and Shanghai in October

Yeah you are right - the beef rib at Sun Tung Lok is better. I suggested the oxtail because it is their specialty and is a smaller serve than the char siu. I prefer the roast pork to the char siu.

Honk Kong, Chengdu and Shanghai in October

You have a decent list. I would add Honolulu near Yat Lok and Luk Yu for egg tarts and milk tea as well. Solo dinner at Fu Sing may leave you stretched as to what to order as most dishes are to be shared although some specialties like the ox tail can be done for one.

Paris Restaurants

Pti, which is the best season for foie gras?

Jul 24, 2015
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Upcoming Paris trip advice...Neige D'ete, A.T., ES, Pages, Gares aux Gorilles and more?

I notice JF Piege doesn't get much love here, many citing that he is too technical. I met some chefs from Joel Robuchon who think he is tops though. I guess diff'rent strokes for diff'rent folks.

Jul 24, 2015
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Les Tablettes de Jean-Louis Nomicos

Soup, the link don't work...

Jul 23, 2015
mikey8811 in France

HK 30 hour layover update

You did pretty well. The gai dan chai soft serve looks good - where's it from?

Ice cream

"Whereas in my family you would go out of your way for a dessert or pastry"

What a great family. I totally agree. Will you guys adopt me?

Jul 20, 2015
mikey8811 in France

Ice cream

"I never was an ice-cream kind of guy"

I'm surprised given your sweet pastry tooth ; )

Jul 19, 2015
mikey8811 in France

Ice cream

Allende, what would be a good gelato in Italy? My faves in Rome are Il Gelato di Claudio Torce & Ciampini. How do they compare to Grom? Just wondering.

Jul 19, 2015
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Ice cream

OK I'm no Parisian but I liked Constant's ice creams as much as I did the sorbets. From memory, I think the ice creams were better than Berthillon.

Jul 19, 2015
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Ice cream

OK double is crazy expensive. Paying for a couple of a scoops at a time is deceptive.

Amorino is a pan European chain right? I've seen 'em in Spain.

I did walk past Le Bac & Grom and they were packed but I thought maybe so because those hoods seemed more buzzing.

Jul 17, 2015
mikey8811 in France

Ice cream

On the last trip, I enjoyed Christian Constant so much I kept going back and didn't bother going anywhere else. I didn't find it crazy expensive. Business there seemed quiet wen I went though. So how much more does it cost compared to the others?

Jul 17, 2015
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Les Chouettes, Paris - report

Not Rio Yeti, but we all felt it was a great space that day. You need no validation but it is indeed a great setting and hangout.

Jul 16, 2015
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[Hong Kong] CH, please critique my 30 hour layover itinerary. Paging KK

If your hotel is in Wanchai why not go to the Wanchai branch of Lei Garden? It is consistently the best.

Ober-salé - Rio Yeti report

I just read your review of our meal.

Killer shot of the Paris Brest!

You are too fussy - that was a pretty decent Paris Brest by any standards ;)

Happy 14th July ...

Jul 14, 2015
mikey8811 in France

Ober-salé - Rio Yeti report

Your pics look great especially the scallop lasagne and chocolate dessert. Of course one can't tell the salt deficiency from the pics...

Jul 09, 2015
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Is it acceptable to just order a plat?

One and a half not two. For my appetite, two people can get by sharing an entree & plat or plat & dessert

Jul 09, 2015
mikey8811 in France

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

"Shanghai hairy crab roe XO sauce"

Is this XO sauce made with hairy crab roe or to be used as a condiment for hairy crab roe? Am guessing the former but can hairy crab roe keep?

Lyon, France - Poulet de Bresse?

Am not a fan of white meat so tend to steer clear of chicken breast dishes. Pintade seems to be better though because it's got more fat...

Jul 06, 2015
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Lyon, France - Poulet de Bresse?

Thanks for the detailed explanation. Does "Supreme de Volaille" mean breast of fowl but usually taken to be breast of chicken on many cartes?

Jul 06, 2015
mikey8811 in France

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
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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
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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
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