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  1. Hello all, a friend of mine, who is a chef, will be in Florida for his honeymoon. They will be in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and Key West (maybe Orlando as well). Some friends want to present them with great night at a great restaurant. Can anyone give some recommendations? "Problem" is: the 2 are head chefs in a european 2-michelin-star-restaurant that serves a pretty modern cuisine. So their standards are kind of high... But something with a "unique" concept would be great as well. (Or a really great steakhouse) Thanks alot! Greetings k.
  2. Reassuring to hear that Iam not the only one who felt a bit disappointed by the Osteria. But Iam not sure about Combal.zero either - from what I saw and read the cuisine there seems to rely very much on culinary jokes and silly gimmicks. Having eaten at 3 of italys most renowned restaurants by now (and some regular 1*-places), all of them very different (La Pergola in Rome, Il Duomo in Sicily, La Francescana) and all of them kind of disappointing, Iam not sure anymore if italian high end cuisine is really worth the time/journey/money... greetings kai
  3. Glad that you had a great meal, FDE! Some of those dishes look interesting indeed. Maybe I have to go back there - but I have to say that our first dinner at La Francescana in June 2009 was rather disappointing, all in all. The foie gras with 40-year old balsamic vinegar, coated with crushed hazelnut and almond was amazing - one of the best foie gras dishes I have ever had. The "5 different versions of parmeggiano reggiano" was very good as well. But the rest of our 9 course meal was rather mediocre in hindsight - especially when compared to other top end avant garde restaurants, such as Amad
  4. Hi all, today I had dinner at a nice thai restaurant with some friends. Some of us had roasted duck, but one person in our group who travels to thailand almost every year claimed that duck actually is not really thai food and that even in thailand they only do it for the tourists - if they serve it at all... I was (am I still am) skeptical about this remark, since I seem to remember roasted duck from Bangkok food markets. So I asked the young waitress - who confirmed what my friend said: duck ist not really a "thai ingredient". When I asked her why they serve it then, she said something like
  5. Thanks for the report! It's been a while since we have been to Il Duomo. We found the food very good and the restaurant itself lovely (even though we were seated at the "worst table" in the tiny wine-room next to the kitchen), but the service was way too formal, for our taste (a general problem in italy, I think). The full bearded maitre had a kind of "arrogant joviality" to him, while the unsmiling sommelier was rather "distanced". Not so nice. And I wonder how you managed to eat around 15 courses...we had a 6 course menu and could barely eat it all... Got to go there again on our next sicily
  6. kai-m

    Bologna Dining

    Yes, the lightning was not so good - and I don't like to use flash in a restaurant. Regarding the dishes: the foie gras doesn't look very appealing but was absolutely amazing tastewise. One of the best foie dishes I ever had. The parmeggiano-dish, the pasta e fagoli and the bollito/non bollito were very interesting in conception and very good in taste as well. The rest, unfortunately, was rather mediocre. So was the very stiff service.
  7. kai-m

    Bologna Dining

    For anyone who is interested, here is our report about Osteria Francescana, with lots of pictures: http://www.sternefresser.de/index.php?id=143 regards kai
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    Bologna Dining

    Yes, sure, "Meloncello" is not "bad", the service is friendly - and certainly for lunchtime it is quite alright, if you are in the neighbourhood. I just wouldn't bother to walk out there again (or take the bus) specifically to eat at this place. There are other, equally good or better ("Montanara") options that are closer to the centre. That's all I wanted to say. But as you say: to each his own. Greetings kai
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    Bologna Dining

    I cannot really second "Meloncello" - the food was just okay, and given the fact that it's rather far from the city-centre, it is not worth the ride, imho. Our favorite in Bologna was Trattoria La Montanara, via Righi 15: Cozy restaurant, many local diners, friendly young staff and very good traditional food at decent prices. @tupac17616: our dinner at Osteria Francescana was a rather mixed experience. We had some of the dishes that you had as well and while some were great (the parmeggiano for example) I have to say that for a 2*-restaurant the "ordinariness" of some dishes was a bit of a let
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    Any new reccomendations for the island? We will be in the region between Bastia, L'Ile Rousse, Lumio and Calvi in june. There are some michelin-*-places (or hopefuls für a *) in that area. Anyone been there? Thanks! Greetings kai
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    La Pergola, Rome

    The view is really nice, indeed. When were there, there was even a huge fireworks right in front of the terrace, due to a wedding in the house...gorgeous! Can't wait to read your update! (Speaking of a nice view: a friend of mine raves about the restaurant in the hotel hassler: great view of the spanish steps and fantastic food) greetings kai
  12. Yeah, I had seen your review in that other thread, fortedei. It was strange to read about your extremely negative experience, though, since I only know people who love the place and have gone there every year on their holiday, for years... Italian diners, on the other hand, didn't seem to love it that much, either.
  13. Yes, tupac, but this was an old rumor. The article from the italian wine magazine is brand new, though, and seems to be well founded, especially since they cite an italian restaurant critic and the owner of the nearby restaurant "La Pineta"... http://www.winenews.it/index.php?c=detail&id=15745&dc=15
  14. Hello, as far as I could see Fulvio Pierangelinis very famous restaurant doesn't have it's own topic... ...and maybe it doesn't need one anymore, because I have read on an italian website (dated april 13, 2009) that the restaurant has been closed indefintely since october 08. Can anyone confirm this? Maybe some of the italy-specialists here? Thank you! regards kai
  15. kai-m

    Bologna Dining

    We'll be in the area in june - great to find so many nice recommendations here! Any more recent visits to other places? @tupac17616: We want to go to Osteria Francescana as well, especially after reading your report... Could you tell me about their prices? I figure that the tasting menus are quite expensive, but usually italian restaurants have very reasonable wine prices... Is it true what I read somewhere, in a blog, that they don't serve wine by the bottle?? Do they have a dress code? And some people (italians especially) complain about the place being very "stiff" with the waiters hardly
  16. Actually, on my one visit (so far) it didn't seem like "that kind of place" either (my remark was supposed to be a tad provocative). As I stated above I found the service terrific. But obviously the have a certain policy regarding the splitting - or maybe it just depends on the given waiter's mood...(by the way: when we were there, they kind of did a splitting, but were a bit reluctant at first, too. And there certainly was no "miscommunication". I wonder how there could be...). Anyway: I love the place and I wouldn't bother about that matter for a second - if the policy would be clear. greet
  17. mbernstein: Iam not sure I (and UE) got you right - did you have this marvellous truffle dessert at Providence or at Patina? greetings
  18. san: I don't think that this a question of "before they didn't do it and now they might". I think they always did it and always will - depending on who you are... greetings
  19. Re: Splitting wine pairings - I have the impression that they don't do the splitting for everyone. With a friend of mine, who was there in late 2008, they were very reluctant to do it. And he even had the upgraded pairing.
  20. Again, to answer my own question... We didn't try much in Flagstaff (a really nice town, by the way!): --Karma Sushi & Tapas - nice atmosphere, but he the food was just not good. The miso soup had no taste; the fried rice with chicken was oily and overcooked; the rolls were "alright" at best. --Macy's: Really good and tasty sandwiches with good side salads that are not only your regular "iceberg and tomato" stuff. I liked this place alot! Lots of "european looking" students (meaning: no quarterbacks and no fraternity guys...). Really nice, european atmosphere. Very friendly service. ("hipp
  21. Okay, that is something different...and they didn't take the kid out? For a walk or to feed it or something? That is bad, indeed. No, I meant the occasional "quieking" or something like that, which can be quite funny and loosen the atmosphere in all too uptight restaurants...
  22. As I said in my review above Iam very familiar with "avant garde" or so called "molecular" techniques - and Iam a big fan of it (with Juan Amador in Langen/Germany I have one of europes leading 3*-avant-garde-chefs right around the corner - and it is my favorite restaurant; 2 Nights before Moto we had dinner at Alinea and loved it.). But with Cantu's creations I just don't think that they work - my very personal impression, of course! But I will not cancel out the possibility that the circumstances were a factor in the negative impression of the food as well. greetings kai PS: I don't have suc
  23. As you say: such a small "first class" restaurant should not accept such large groups in the first place. And if a group, no matter how large or small, is noisy, they should ask them to be a little more quiet. I think it is better to "upset" one group than to upset all the other guests whose (pretty damn expensive) dinner gets disturbed... Regarding the cole slaw: alright, no ice cream. It kind of had the texture of ice cream. I love cole slaw salad. In what way does this preparation enhance the experience? Anyway, apart from the preparation/presentation this one was simply oversalted.
  24. Well put, docsonz. Regarding the almost comical service glitches - there is no other way than to attribute this to a "bad night", maybe due to the described circumstances with that large group - which, on the other hand, should not happen at such a restaurant anyway. Regarding the food: I thought the exact same thing about "takes on american comfort food" etc, while we were there (even for a foreigner this is not that hard to see). Still, I don't think that this is enough as a concept. After (!) our visit I read a review on chuckeats.com - and I think he nails it pretty good. (Even though his
  25. Well, so we have been to Moto, when we visited Chicago in september. I was very eager to try this place since I have read so many great things about the place here and on the LTH-forum as well. But boy, oh boy, what a huge disappointment in every regard. Looking back I should have seen it coming, because in a way it already started when I called to reconfirm my reservation and the lady checked back on the 2-3 (!) dietary restrictions (apple, wal- and hazelnuts) I gave them via e-mail, saying something like "Oh, as I see I have a whole list (...?!?) of restrictions here, that I have to give to
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