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Le Concert de Cuisine, 15e

Thank you msr John talbott. We made a reservation for tonight post valentines day upon your mention about this place.
We have been to many michelin star or French/Japanese fine dining places during our time in Tokyo. At first I was a little bit apprehensive but my wife and 3 year old daughter thoroughly enjoyed ourselves tonight. Mainly I think what differentiated le concert from the other places in Tokyo is that in Tokyo they try to incorporate French ingredients into Japanese/French style cooking. Here Matsumoto San uses almost all Asian ingredients incorporated into French technique. Abundance of vegetables and teppantaki style of cooking uses less oil and more browning. Just my opinion.
The fish and seafood is excellent, best beef I've had here in Paris so far.
We no longer eat veal anymore but was mistakenly served the veal and it was excellent. Desserts were decadent but very Asiancentrique and first time I ever had Anko (red bean) macaroon. Amazing.
Like I said, our entire family thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
The service was a bit inconsistent but I think he was training new staff. But understandable for Paris.
A great bottle of bio chateau neuf de pape (my first time having an organic wine that good)
Lunch menu changes weekly and dinner menu changes monthly.
Highly recommend

Feb 15, 2014
dingaling in France

Japanese Food in Paris?

The water and rice here is not the same. Sometimes they don't understand that you can't serve the rice hot or warm either. It typically takes an apprentice sushi chef 2 years of practice making rice before he can even look at a fish.

Feb 10, 2014
dingaling in France

Japanese Food in Paris?

Zen was ok. They try to stay authentic which is nice but overly priced for Japanese staple foods. 20euro for a bowl if shoyu ramen? My 1 coin places in Tokyo tasted heartier. And even NYC wouldn't dare charge such a price. But what can we do when we are homesick for Japanese???? My wife wants to go there more often.
Found kintaro when we first got here and the udon is great. But was disappointed that they give you one shrimp with tempura udon????
Recently we found Sanukiya. And much prefer that as you can see by the lineups always outside. The noodles are better and they give you more for your money.

Feb 10, 2014
dingaling in France

Japanese Food in Paris?

Yasuda san si on Tokyo now

Feb 10, 2014
dingaling in France

Dan les landes

Thanks for clearing it up. I guess when I hear tapas. It's all I really know.

Feb 09, 2014
dingaling in France

Dan les landes

You're right sorry we had the calamari. Very nice. Call me American but I would have like it with some kind of dipping sauce or a lemon wedge even maybe? And it was a little peculiar served in a Swiss clog? I could be wrong. Some nice Gambas on the menu or a small size paella or a small fideua?

Feb 09, 2014
dingaling in France

Dan les landes

Haven't posted in a while. Some friends were visiting from London which made us searching for places on a Sunday night.
From several recs on chow hound, we decided on DLL.
Great choice. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed. Good vibe, good friendly service, other side large tablet menu in English. They even had sangria which was kind of a first here in Paris for us.
The dishes were all solid and nicely presented. My only knock would be a bit overuse of truffles. Almost everything on the menu had truffles and I would like to see more seafood. There was a choice of eel that was 50euro for 100g. Would deter most people and we were considering it but decided just to order more of other things. And we got the fish and chips for our daughter. Other than that, I didn't see many other awesome Spanish tapas seafood choices.
The special of the day was a magret of canard with potatoes that came with the bone in the bed of still lit twigs. Nicely done. Lacquered with honey and was really really good.
Price was very reasonable and I would highly recommend and go again But a little bit of a trek for us.

Feb 09, 2014
dingaling in France

Bunker or Bun-ker, vietnamese in ridgewood

Bunker is not trying to be "Bourgeois". It's supposed to be like Vietnamese street food.

Oct 08, 2013
dingaling in Outer Boroughs

Bunker or Bun-ker, vietnamese in ridgewood

A traditional Banh Xeo is supposed to be nice and crispy on the outside and tender on the flip side. So you get textural and flavor difference. Crispy bacon and mushroom is always good!

Oct 08, 2013
dingaling in Outer Boroughs

La tastaolletes

Your'e welcome.
I tend not to go to the Shi Shi Michellin places, A) because we have a 3 year old and and 78 year old in tow and B) you get a better feel for the cuisine of the country in the smaller family run places and C) no way we could get a reservation for El Celler de can Roca! Haha

Aug 06, 2013
dingaling in Spain/Portugal

El galeo in palamos

Another very memorable dinner here in costa brava. Followed trip advisor again and so far they are 2/2. Tonight we went to el galeo in paramos. Excellent tapas with a very cool service style. Almost like a buffet but they charge by the piece. We got there early as everyone on TA had advised. Around 7! But it is a little too early because we gorged on the cold tapas and was kinda full by the time the hot tapas came out. Some really excellent selections. And A good recommended local bottle of white. Soo affordable.
We had like almost 50 tapas, a bottle of wine, 4 bottles of water and another glass of red for 3 adults and 1 three year old, for a whopping 72 euro!
Wow!
Most cost effective dinner here so far besides cooking ourselves.
Highly recommend!

Aug 06, 2013
dingaling in Spain/Portugal

La tastaolletes

Sorry I wasn't specific at first I had the title As San antoni de cologne it felt it didn't give the restaurant enough props. And too specific of a town.
I spoke to the chef again the next day when we walked by again. It's very interesting that they pretty much rely on all their clientele in the summer tourist months. She says there is practically nobody there in the wintertime. I don't mind her putting my post in their Facebook page. It is the truth and I went in there unbiased. If you think I'm a part if their business, in not. Just a fellow CHer from NYC, Tokyo and now living in Paris.

Aug 06, 2013
dingaling in Spain/Portugal

La tastaolletes

Here for two weeks. Didn't think we would find much here without going to other areas but followed trip advisor. (Don't usually give TA much credibility). Not many posting on CH about this area. We followed TA and went to the #1 ranking restaurant on the list. It was La Tastaolletes along the boardwalk. (If its called a boardwalk here in Europe.). It's a Catalan tapas restaurant. First off. We loved everything about this place. It was a pretty small and unasumming place, so we didnt know what to make of it in the beginning. But was pleasantly surpirsed as the evening went on. We found out the person who spoke English who served us was the chef. She was hospitable and sincere.
Ok, onto the food. We had the Fish cake. One of the best fish cakes I have ever had. She said it takes around 5 hours to make and is a family recipe.
We also had a very memorable Shrimp carpaccio and tuna sashimi and we lived in Tokyo for 4 years. It was a bit surprising that it was served at room temperature but I guess because of the saltiness of the Mediterranean Sea, it quite acceptable.
We also had a Morel risotto which was rich and fragrant. Loved it. My 3 year old had a macaroni bolognese and after that she wanted more risotto.
A nice skewers of Duck breast in berries sauce.
And because i love anythig fried, a Cheese and caramelized onion croquettes. But was awesome.
All their Wines only from empordà. Mostly everything is only Catalan which I respect very much.
There was also a street performer next door belting out reggae and Motown and the evening couldn't be better.
I was even more surprised when the waiter who also took my reservation on the phone in the AM was also the husband of the chef/waitress. Such a cozy unassuming restaurant. My wife, mother in law and daughter and dogs had the best evening of the trip here so far. We walked along the boardwalk back to our rental and the night was spectacular.

Aug 03, 2013
dingaling in Spain/Portugal

Korean in Paris

It must be summer because we finally got a reservation at Bong's tonight. The wife called at 4pm for a 7 o'clock, just for the hell of it and believe it or not we got in. So needless to say, not disappointed at all. I would not put it up against the Korean in Korea, New York, tokyo! or Cali, but it is great for France. We started with the seafood paejeon. It was ok. Then came the kalbi, and tongue. The kalbi was kind of tough. I seriously have marinated softer beef here in Paris. A friend of ours from Tokyo brought over this fermented rice stuff that you marinate with anything. We did it with steaks and made the most tender steaks. Ok, but I digress. So the tongue was really good. All the fixings are really good for Paris standards. They gave you more of any side dishes that you requested. Then came the soondooboo chigae. It was very very good and comforting. We ordered our daughter the kalbi tang and she loved it. Very flavorful. By the time we were leaving the house was packed and smoky. We were all throughly satisfied. And the service was great. The two older guys (maybe the owners) really liked my daughter and was very nice to us. Guess it didn't hurt to throw in the few korean words that we knew from our friends.
It's the best so far in Paris and we will gladly go back again and again if we can land another reservation anytime soon. If not I guess there's always next summer.

Jul 20, 2013
dingaling in France

Wenzhou Chinese in Belleville

I do want you folks to try it for yourselves and get your opinions on it. But I seriously did not get the signage. Sorry. But it's the sloppy Wenzhou in the middle of the block.

Jun 25, 2013
dingaling in France

Batignolles for lunch

Not sure if this helps but we went to Atao during Mother's Day for dinner. It was excellent. My wife wants to go back. Prolly pricey for that neighborhood but maybe lunch is cheaper. And they speak English if you need. One of the best cold seafood platters we have had. And they specialize in oysters.

Jun 24, 2013
dingaling in France

Wenzhou Chinese in Belleville

I would have no problems being descriptive in NYC or Tokyo. But in still new to Paris! Hehe

Jun 24, 2013
dingaling in France

Wenzhou Chinese in Belleville

I'm not very verbose, I apologize. I am Also trying to recall just on memory and unfortunately don't read Chinese. And I know they didn't have a card! Hehe
I'll do better next time.

Jun 24, 2013
dingaling in France

Korean in Paris

My favorite dish is hwe neang myun. The buckwheat noodles with raw fish. Any chance of finding that here?

Jun 24, 2013
dingaling in France

Korean in Paris

Ah ok. I read about some in the 5th.
I found this site to be real helpful so far
http://koreanfood.about.com/od/review...

Thanks

Jun 23, 2013
dingaling in France

Korean in Paris

Haha sorry. Never can tell.

Jun 23, 2013
dingaling in France

Wenzhou Chinese in Belleville

We decided to go to Belleville for lunch. We wanted Chinese and figured we can find any kind of Chinese there. It started to pour so we just went into a Wenzhou Chinese place. In the middle of the block on the stretch of rue Belleville. It looked real nasty and dirty upon walking in but the food was actually quite good. We had these scallion pancakes stuffed with a sweet Chinese pickeled vegetable and the fried pork buns. I saw tons of them upon waking in but when we ordered, they were sold out. So I settled for the ones made out of rice flour. They were all really good. Good consistency and good filling. Also had a bowl of pork rib noodles. The soup base was flavorful and the ribs were soft. Some of the best egg noodle i have had in paris so far. Family had wonton noodle but my wife said they skimped on the filling but otherwise a good bowl of wonton noodles.
We would go back but they are pretty dirty and sloppy looking. When we were walking back to the car we saw some other Wenzhou noodle places that looked a lot cleaner and nicer. Will probably try that next time.

Jun 23, 2013
dingaling in France

Korean in Paris

Are all the restaurants you mentioned above in the 15eme?

Jun 23, 2013
dingaling in France

Korean in Paris

Thanks for the heads up. Yeah we go to either Chinatown for our Asian supplies or the disgustingly expensive Kioko Japanese market in Opera. We walked by a Korean market in that area but haven't had a chance to go in yet. Is that one of the ones that you mentioned?
We live in the upper 16th with a 3 year old and 78 year old mother in law in tow. So we often sacrifice convenience and proximity over quality. Miss the old days of just venturing and end up wherever my wife and I would end up.
Thanks again.

Jun 23, 2013
dingaling in France

Korean in Paris

Well since we live here now, we get a M-F daily dose of French or western food. I'm Chinese so I usually cook Chinese at home and mother in law is Japanese so we get that as well. We also crave Thai, Viet, and Korean, but that's usually eating out.
You don't understand us Asians. We gotta have our rice man!

Jun 23, 2013
dingaling in France

Korean in Paris

So my family and I have relocated as Tokyo chow hounds, to being Paris chow hounds since February.
We have ventured enough in Paris so far ( with a 3 year old in tow). To start writing in the forum.
So recently we have been craving Korean. Especially korean BBQ

Last week we really wanted to go to Bong over in the 15eme Have read and heard many great things about it. We drove there and found parking in a lot about 10 minutes away and when we got there, the owner said to me in Korean French that they were full. End of conversation, didn't really even offer for us to wait or discuss any other alternatives. We looked in and it looked legit. Grills on every table. I can't wait to eventually get in this place.
So we found a nearby korean called Dami on rue dupleix. No grills here but they had some bbq and traditional dishes. Ordered a seafood paejan, soondooboo chigae, dolsol bibimbab, and bulgogi. Everything was solid. Panchan was limited compared to the US and Korea. Although I wouldnt order the bulgogi again. We would definitely go back.
So the following week(last night) we craved BBQ again and tried to call Bong and make a Reservation. Once again they are full. I think we are going to call a week ahead next time. So I scour the Internet and naively listen to tripadvisor and its commentators. We head to Korean BBQ on rue ponthieu off of Champs Ely. Wow what a mistake. They say korean BBQ, but of course it has Japanese food also. Japanese in Tokyo is a whole other topic. (Wife and mother in law are Japanese, and we just moved here from Tokyo, so I think we have the credentials to judge Japanese cuisine). No panchan, no lettuce with BBQ, just meat. Comes with generic soup, a bowl of rice with some pickled veggies on it. And we just ordered our daughter a California roll. Meat was frozen and kinda just whatever's. we ate quickly and just got the heck out of there as tourists and French customers were starting to come in. Definitely will not be back there.
So until our next venture, and hopefully I will be able to write about Bong soon.

Jun 23, 2013
dingaling in France

East Village 1st date drinks

Angelshare on 9th and 3rd is always a good bet.

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Angel's Share
8 Stuyvesant St, New York, NY 10003

Aug 06, 2011
dingaling in Manhattan

Italy 2011 progress report. Rome/Sienna/Florence/Venice/Milan

Al covo was excellent. I really admire the restaurant for their food and wine ethics. I think they are members of Italy slow food. They don't use animal fats or butter but try to let the natural flavor of the ingredients come through. They have local and bio dynamic or organic wines. Everything was great. For starters My wife ordered the seafood appetizer which was so fresh and full of things that we had not even had before. I am still trying to figure out how they have such tender octopus. I ordered the sea bream tartare. So fresh and so clean. One of the best ever.
Entrees we had the special sole filletnand the tuna sandwich. Which was not a sandwich but layers of tuna and eggplant laid up like a towering sandwich. With almost like a sweet miso sauce. It was great. Their cheese plate was great and desserts were great. Some of the more expensive meals on our whole trip was in Venice but still cheap by NYC and Tokyo standards. And very good food
Our last night in italy was in Milan. These 3 hour drives leave very little time for planning and it's my own fault for not planning earlier. The concierge recommended a place called il coriandola. It was good but also expensive and I bet all the concierge send their guests there. Had an excellent fried shrimp. The server called it Italian tempura. I was skeptical but they were big lightly fried and nicely battered huge portion of fried shrimp and my wife ordered an octopus salad that was also a very generous portion and very very good. My wife was craving one last carbonara. But it wasn't on the menu but they were nice enough to make it for us anyway. It was good but came out way too salty even before the Parmesan. I got a braised beef in red wine sauce that was really nice. Not the best braised beef I've ever had but the sauce was good and it came with a really good polenta and i usually don't like polenta that much. But my 1 1/2 year old liked the polenta a lot also.
So that pretty much recaps our almost 2 week journey of semi northern Italy. I think we had some surprises and some disappointments but in all a great eating expedition. Will probably try to hit southern Italy next time around
Hope all this info will help someone!

Aug 04, 2011
dingaling in Italy

Italy 2011 progress report. Rome/Sienna/Florence/Venice/Milan

Please don't get me wrong board. We didn't have a bad experience at la gensola. It was ok and just not what we expected our first night in Italy. It wasn't bad.
Thank you sernoff for the advice. It will be well heeded if I can continue to get wifi here. It's a bit sporadic. We got into our hotel kind of late. And Al Covo was fully booked so we resorted to the hotel restaurant called La terrazza. It was the most shi shi Fu Fu restaurant that we have been to the whole trip and the most expensive but still cheap by Tokyo standards. We ordered tuna tartare and fried zucchini blossoms to start. And they were both fantastic. The tuna was very fresh.
We followed that up with a grilled turbo and grilled sea bass. Both again were very fresh and light and well prepared. They had great desserts here but we scarfed it down because we had a very sleepy baby.
We have reservations for tonight at Al Covo

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Al Covo
Campiello della Pescaria,Castello 3968, Venice, Veneto 30122, IT

Aug 02, 2011
dingaling in Italy

Italy 2011 progress report. Rome/Sienna/Florence/Venice/Milan

Day 6 and we were on our way to firenze
First we stopped off at a winery in the area. We tried the day before but many were closed by Friday afternoon. This one was one of the few tha was open on a Saturday. I know this is not food related but I have to write down what a nice experience we had at Felsina winery. This totally changed our impression of Chianti. The owners daughter greeted us and showed us around and gave us a nice tasting. Their grapes are along the tailed of chianti and border the Sangiovese and that is why they describe their chiantis to be different.
So for lunch we stopped at another local trattoria in beredenga. I think the name was Quei 2. It was hard to read but we had a really nice pici in tomato sauce and a parpadelle with wild pig. They were very solid and tasted very fresh.
We got into Firenze and tried to get a reservation for Cibreo which came highly recommended by the daughter ofthe winery because she was originally from Firenze. But it was closed for the holidays. So we were really close walking distance to Due G.
A really great no frills simple meal. awesome chicken liver crostini. Followed by a really great risotto and i ordered fried chicken, vegetables and brain. What a combination. I love fried chicken and have to try it in every country I go to. I figured the brain was sweetbread and I like fried sweetbread. The dish was fattening but great. Really good juicy tender fried chicken and it seems like they only give you the meaty drumstick area. The fried veg was a good assortment of blossoms, eggplant, onions and green peppers. And the sweetbread was solid. We really liked it there also and it seems our food experience outside of Rome only seemed to get better.
The next day we were to meet up at the piazza del republica for a tour guide group and had lunch at the restaurant where we were supposed to meet. The name was something gubbe and I had a really nice pizza there much better than the other ones I tried. My wife had a nicely done light vongole. Fresh and clean tasting.
For dinner we tried to get a reservation for Ora D'aria but it was closed also on a Sunday. We later passed by it on our tour and it was indeed closed and we saw all the write-ups and awards that were posted outside it's window and knew we missed a nice place.
So after the tour and walking around for a bit we passed by this Chinese restaurant named Mandarina. This was also recommended to us by our winery friend. She said it was the best Chinese in Firenze. It was open and we were quite frankly a little italianed out. I figured I could be the first to write about a Chinese place in Italy. (maybe)
Very good hot and sour soup even for a chinamans standards. Not sour enough but my wife liked it. We got sizzling beef with onions, it was really good and they used green onions. A Thai fish, the sauce could have been better because it didn't taste Thai to us at all. You know sweet and sour and spicy but the fish was fried very nicely although it was a small fish. And eggplant Chinese style which is one of our favorite dishes and which I often cook at home. It was pretty good also. All followed by 3 bowls of rice. Haha. It was definitely comfort food for us and we were very satisfied. It was soooooo cheap too. All that food and a large bottle of beer and water for 38. The cheapest dinner had in Italy so far. Always count on Chinese food to be cheap anywhre you go.
On to the next city of Venice.
Will report when I get wifi there.

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Cibreo
Via Andrea del Verrocchio, 8/r, 50122, Florence, Tuscany 50122, IT

Aug 01, 2011
dingaling in Italy