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  1. Was there last year. Very similar to his high end DC experience for the food. It is more personal because the area is totally shut off from the regular restaurant. The circular bar seating gives a good view of preparing or plating the food and is created for your experience. The staff makes it totally enjoyable. You will get some of the el bulli techniques throughout the evening. The beverage paring includes other beverages than just wine. It is worthwhile for the extra planning it takes (only 8 seats per sitting) and different enough from the other high end choices that food lovers should try it.
  2. I have a reservation Thursday July 7 at 645 pm at Jose's new restaurant which opened this week. If someone wants to join me feel free to call me at 817 939-8627.-Mark
  3. Was in Cleveland last week end enjoyed Lola, Lolita and Baricelli Inn. Even on a Saturday night Baricelli had tables available. A group of us ate out in the gardens which is something I suggest if the weather is nice. Coming from Dallas it was nice to have 70 degrees at night. The food was outstanding as well.
  4. In the article ,one night Leslie was doing the tasting menu, there were no other people eating in the tasting room. If more people would show up, they probably would not be closing. I am surprised they would stick through the slow summer months and then close when thing usually are picking up. I agree it is a place I would hate to see closed
  5. Thanks for the tireless work. It takes time organizing all that infomation that was extremely helpful in anyone eating in Paris. I used your favorites for two trips to Paris this year and liked them all. Will still look for your posts here on on your blog
  6. I was there with a party of four the last Sunday night in May. It is just three blocks from the Gare de Lyon. There are a total of seven tables in the entire place however you do not feel crowded like in many other places, It is a nice modern place to enjoy a dinner. The good news was it was open on Sunday night. The bad news was that they were out of all fish and had very little meat and we were the first persons there at 730 pm. The dining room was completely filled within 30 minutes. Service was prompt and not lagging so it looks like they have figured that part of it out. The menu does have photos of many of the main dishes. There was a very pretty friendly server but her French was weak. Many times she had to ask the cooks about things. We made do with spare ribs, two different shrimp dishes and a chicken dish. We had the dumplings and a couple of vegatable dishes for first courses. All were very tasty. The prices are reasonable but the portions small so we ordered another order of ribs and shrimp to share among us. It was a plesant experience after eating bistro food for five days. I would again if I knew they had the full menu available. I really wanted to try some fish dishes.
  7. Our next trip is May 26-June 2. I guess I will have to look for places open 31-1.
  8. I also go to Vegas to eat and for the shows. Have been over 20 times. Robuchon at MGM and Savoy are top notch and three star all the way. Joel's is different than anything he has done but it is like eating in a jewel box with high quality food. Savoy has most of the things on the Paris menu. Alex is behind them but at a two star level Daniel, Ducasse and others do not capture the experience of their main restaurants but are still pretty good. I have been reading here for my trip to London and Paris and May and appreciate all the reviews here
  9. I had the ones there with mayo as well plus had the fried ones in pastry. The portion size of the ones you had to pick apart was much more than the fried version. I loved every minute it took to get all the meat out. I just see three star places with 130 euro version for one dish and figured a few board readers might have some info on other places
  10. I would like to know a list of a few places to try. I will be in Paris again in May for five nights. I especially would like places that are more affordable than the three star places. In January I tried both versions at La Fables des Fontaine which at 33 and 38 euros which made me want to look for more. I live in Dallas and can not find them. Anyone in the states know where they can be shipped in?
  11. Thanks to the info here I was at the TVH Sunday night for the first time. I get to Chicago about 4-5 times a year from Dallas and needed a good lounge to go with the great restaurants around. So after a meal at Bristol we went the five blocks South and secured a parking place out front. The place was only half full when we arrived at nine but was packed when we left at 10:30. It is like a very cool night club where you can actually have a conversation without the noise level you encounter in most places. I was in the mood for a more intimate conversation so took a seat in the front room but still had a view of the bartenders in action. I also like the fact that they control the crowd level there. I had the Juliet and Romeo made with Hendricks gin and then went to the Velvet Fog. I think I will try that little trick with lighting the orange at home. All in all, a very enjoyable visit which I will return to each time I am in town.
  12. hemingway


    four of us went two weeks ago on Saturday at 6pm and the place was already slammed. At 8:30 they moved us to the couches in the lounge for dessert and coffee as they needed the table. That was ok because we had the enire area to ourselves. The food was excellent and the $59 pre fix is a very good deal. I wanted upscale Italian at a good price and this fit the bill. I would go back again. The wine prices also are fair.
  13. hemingway

    Per Se

    I was the fourth member of the Sunday lunch group and have been on a plane back to Dallas so it is my first chance to add my two cents worth. I will add my comments without repeating about the individual details of the food which has been well documented by my fellow diners. I had always wanted to experience Per Se but with my unpredictable schedule and the difficulty of obtaining a reservation, it had never happened. You have read the events that got the four of us together and I am glad everyone was willing to go for it. I really did not have too many fears about not getting along with my fellow egullet because I knew we all would be focused on the food and three of us were excited because it was our first time there. I have been to over a dozen three star places in four different countries and want to say I have never had a better experience in dining. There have been just a few that were right up there with it but none that could go past it. It was made clear at the beginning of the meal that we were introduced to each other by egullet and we were there for the food. I also thought the view was fantastic but purposely sat with my back to that view so I could concentrate on the plate. Since sickchangeup had been there five times he got us friendly with the captain. I think all the extra courses flowed by their knowledge that we were serious about the food. Each one was a technical perfection and the testes just exploded in your mouth. We also let the captain choose the wines and we benefited greatly from his choices. I wish they had given us a summary of what we drank as well. We had head about the Brooklyn beer which and had two wine size bottles of it between the four of but then they brought the rare Italian beer with the Chinese Heritage without asking afterward for us to compare. We were told the Chinese were the first recorded as making beer 5500 BC and this was the old, traditional recipe. There were little stories like that one about many of the food courses and beverages that we sampled. It was mentioned about the six kinds of salt on the table. Three of them were the rarest in the world So I had to experience some of that during the meal. The pacing of everything was perfect as well. The detailed tour of the operations and kitchen was very much appreciated. I have been in other three star kitchens and this one is the largest and most organized of any I have seen. As an fyi for my fellow diners, the other couple taking the kitchen tour right after we did was someone who worked for Ducasse at ADNY. This meal was special because per se made it that way for us but all four of us added to that experience as well. It would be rare to dine at a place like this where all the dining companions were so appreciative of the food and experience and I ant to thank them for contributing to my experience as well. I can understand more now what UE experienced with his friends dining in Europe.
  14. hemingway

    Per Se

    Just used open table to get a reservation for one this Sunday at 11:30. Looks like Ochowie will be there then as well. Am taking my son to Jean Georges tomorrow night but he has to work Sunday.
  15. I ate at Jadis on a Saturday night just before Christmas. It was OK, with some potential, but at the moment it is the sort of restaurant I would visit if it was around the corner not in the depths of the 15eme. I started with a rabbit pate en croute which was quite good although quite a thin slice, my partner had a mushroom and snail vol-a-vont which was a good size and she really enjoyed. For mains I had the blanquet of veal served in the Jadis way - a plate of boiled vegetables with the veal and sauce on the side. A good depth of flavour in the veal, but with really boring vegetables - reminded me of school dinners. My partner had trout on a bed of green mashed potatoes (cresson?) which was OK. Desserts were the real low point, I had a riz-au-lait which had a very sweet coulis on the top - reminiscent of a pre-made rice dessert from the supermarket. My partner had a radical ile flottante which was like a green muffin in custard - weird. I think he needs a pastry chef. Service was perfunctory, we seemed to be the only tourists in a packed restaurant that turned the tables once, probably 40+ covers. The bill was €94 including an €18 burgundy (they had run out of the Givry and it was OK) and Evian. I used to love Guillaume's food at Gaya which used to be our local when we lived in Paris. Were my expectations too high? Or maybe we hit too early in its evolution, or bracketed it with some unfair competition (Spring and Le Cinq the previous days). In fact our lunch at Le Comptoir the next days was far better and more enjoyable. ← Phil-That is an interesting report since you knew his cooking from Gaya and had those expectations. Our two starters were the vol-a-vont and the truffled rissoto and I can not see improving those combo of choices without some three star magic. We both had excellent fish but it did not blow us away. I agree the desserts were the weak point of the meal. But for less than 100 Euros for two I was pretty happy. And I am jealous. I wish I had Spring and LeCinq to "cloud" my judgement Fresh--We had five large pieces of truffle in the dish. They were bigger than a quarter and not quiet as large as a half dollar. They also were about as thick as one of those coins. I never have see such a generous amount, especially for 18 euros.
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