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  1. And it's at least temporarily final: Bagatelle closes its doors the 21st of December 2009, leaving Oslo and Norwa abruptly without its only 2* restaurant.
  2. It had been brewing for quite a while, rumours within the community, but on saturday it was official: Eyvind Hellstrøm, Norway's "Grand Chef" resigns at Bagatelle, effective 01 Jan. 2010. Reason listed as inreconcilable differences with the major shareholder the financial tycoon and investor Christen Sveaas. http://www.dn.no/vinguiden/article1795886.ece The news dominated the front page of "Dagens Næringsliv", considered Norways leading financial newspaper. Lots of debate has followed in all major media including televised talkshows. Bagatelle's future now hangs in a rather thin thread, whi
  3. Reviving this thread; particularly regarding the Platja D'Aro, S'Agaro area. Anyone been there recently, especially at Villa Mas?
  4. Tristan will be just a leisurely stroll down the road from your hotel, and is both expensive (Especially the markups on wine!) and to me provides an impersonal Michelin *style. I would think that many of the other restaurants along the same waterfront will provide better value/experience. Whatever you do: Do NOT eat dinner at The Mardavall! Poorly executed, bland, overdone, you name it... The breakfast spread is fairly good though, with eggs/omelettes made to order. Otherwise I concur: 1. Do hire a car. 2. Go to Bens D'Avall or El Raco D'en Teix. And I do believe there actually is an Asador Ti
  5. So, I'm off next week to a place famous for its snow and beauty, but not for its good food. Any enlightening experiences??
  6. I'll answer two of your questions in the above mentioned post: 1. Etxebarri: I consider it unique, and would go there for lunch even if not having the full menu. To me the not-to-miss dishes are: The lightly smoke infused caviar, the beef, espardenyes. One alternative for lunch that offers lighter fare, but to me also a unique experience is Kaia-Kaipe in Getaria, approx. 20km west of San Sebastian. Uniquely fresh fish, wine list to die for (If you're into Spanish wines). 2. Regarding the jamon iberico: Oh yes!! There is definetely a lot of difference! Calling all Bellotas equal is like consid
  7. Sult hardly serves any pizza worth mentioning, and calling Brasserie Blanche Asian will have its chef running after you with a set of FRENCH steak knives. Brasserie Blanche is definetely bistro French influenced. Nodee though is spot on Pan Asian with arguably the best sushi in town. Oscarsgate is very much back on form after its first Michelin*. Reserve well ahead. Cru is an exciting new local bistro with extremely limited menu, but reciprocally extremely nice winelist.
  8. The title says more or less all: being a true nerd, also when it comes to grilling, bakingand roasting, particularly Spanish style, I've come across this range of traditional/innovative ovens that I might fit in my new house. www.josper.es Apparently they weigh in at a hefty price and also weightwise, so I'd love to hear from anyone that har had a first hand experience, either privately or professionally.
  9. Defiinetely not as of lately, I believe that the last 23 months the kitchen has become even more focused and cutting edge than ever before, BUT in the fall there was a period where I felt that Bagatelle's performance slumped ever so slightly. Alas, this might have been just the time that the inspectors were there..
  10. Well, the news is out and most surprising part is that Bagatelle loses one of its two * and totally undeservedly so. Amongst the restaurants in the Frogner area Bagatelle definetely is in a league of its own, and rqanks way above both Feinschmecker and Le Canard who both keep their one*. Shame on the guide for this demotion!!! http://www.dn.no/vinguiden/article1332439....rticle_readmore In the Oslo area Restaurant Oscarsgate and Haga gain 1*, very nice (I'm hardly totally objective having a personal interest in the former of these two).
  11. Well doc, there'a one restaurant post-conference that you as far as I know have not been to yet: Etxebarri. Do try it, although I do not know their fare in January. Obviously combined with San Sebastian area etc.. Car is a must though.
  12. Ah, so the snow has finally come to Central Europe and I'm lucky enough to have 1 week end of February in St Cristoph at Hospiz Arlberg. Would love some recommendations for great restaurants.
  13. we made our reservations 3 months out, requested the kitchen table (we're 7 or 9 pax, but alas the reply was that it was booked already. We've tried similar reservations earlier with the same negative results, and on every occasion thwe table's been unoccupied the entire evening of our visit...
  14. Reading Dan's mouthwatering suggestions for tapas/pintxos I'm definetely looking even more forward to my trip next week; "The Viking's gastronomic crusade" of the region. But: I'd love some up to date info on the following places: Arzak (Have been rather dissapointed foodwise since Elena took over, and unfortunately Juan Mari's memory and mental capacity seems to be suboptimal.. Stellar wine list though). Akelarre Martin Berasategui (Disappointed paricularly with the service/attitude last time, but that was 3 years ago, any improvement?) Kaia-Kaipe in Getaria for lunch (Chose that over Elka
  15. I'm pasting in my experience of about a year back, I believe my visit falls just about in between these two rather contrasting reviews.. society donor Posts: 127 Joined: 11-August 03 From: Oslo, Norway Member No.: 10,570 Judith: I'm sorry to say that my two last visits to Moo in February and April 2006 duplicated your visit. On the latter occasion I was hosting a group of colleagues and friends and the service was totally off any pitch. The waiters, maitre d' and bartenders have the unique ability to act busy whilst achieving and doing absolutely nothing... After 1,5 hours we had received our
  16. [ Rias de Galicia along with Gaig and Inopia are the restaurants in Barcelona that I haven't been to that I have a burning desire to get to. ←
  17. I totally agree with the above posts, and one does have an opportunity to taste lesser known wines that I definetely consider a bargain quality/price wise. If you're a sucker for big names the opportunity is more than ample with names like Dauvissat, Coche-Dury, Leflaive, top Italians and French wines as weell. All of them at less than average price. Two albarinho gems from our last visit this May: Do Ferreiro Cepas Viejas 2004(?) that is slightly crispier than its corresponding Seleccion de Anada from Pazo de Senorans. Also Gran Vegadares 2002, fantastically sublime floral overtones with a m
  18. IMHO: Lunch, definetely! Going back there the 6th of September with some fellow gastronauts, arriving at BIO airport at 12.00 and then headed directly to Etxebarri, San Sebastian afterwards.
  19. Just back from "The Viking's Gastronomic crusade" last week starting out in BCN, which in 5 days included Mugaritz, Etxebarri, Arzak, Cinc Sentits, L'Esguard, Coure and sunday lunch at elBulli. 2100km on the odometer, threw in a meeting with Satolaya at Roda with superb tapa lunch on our way to San Sebastian. The Cirsion 2005 was stunnning! Will post short reviews of the other places later, but back to Etxebarri: Our tasting menu was more or less like the one of Joe Gerard, expect that they did not have any espardenyes, which to me was a major disappointment. We did however have the finest s
  20. I'll be doing a small gastronomic tour the next few days includinge Etxebarri, and looking tremendously forward to it; how is their wine list/-pricing?
  21. Agree, it's probably the best dessert wine made from the Moscatel grape, but be sure to check out the different Vi' de Gel of Gramona from Catalunya, particularly the Riesling and Gewurtztraminer..
  22. One thing: Be aware that thursday 17th of May is Norway's version of 4th of July; lots of parades, festivities etc., which also means that the restaurants might have different/amended menus and opening hours than usual. It also means that more places than usual will be open for lunch.. Although the childrens' parades and festivities on this day have lost some of their traditional touches, it is still very wothwhile to visit downtown early in the morning (from around 10), combining this with a visit to Frognerparken in the early afternooon. At either Bagatelle or Oscars Gate I'd go for the se
  23. For Oslo, please strike D/S Louise and Babette's off your list unless you have an extremely strong inclination for either one (Like being a personal friend of the owners or anything similar) Babette's used to have a good atmosphere back in the days that Helge Rønn ran the place, but we're talking 10 years past its prime. D/S Louise does not serve anything near quality food, but has a good location. I do second Christophers suggestion of Bagatelle for THE best cooking within Oslo's (And Norway's?) borders. I equally second his suggestion of Oscar's Gate, (But then I might be considered not q
  24. Guitián is a wine from Valdeorras in Galicia, the winery is called La Tapada and Godello is the name of the grape. I don't know if this will be available in the States. ← It comes in two versions; unoaked and oaked, very different in flavour, aroma and texture (Much like when you barrel age the albarinos), and can be distinguished by the latter having a black label and a heftier price tag.
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