Tokyo – A Japanese friend recommended this great small place in Roppongi to us. Although it was a Sunday evening it was full of people, so don’t forget to reserve your table or place at the bar.
You can order your food in tapas sized portions and just eat as much as you can. The food is not too complicated but very good. It can be very loud inside, so maybe not the best choice for a first date or romantic night 😉
Tokyo – The Shibuya branch of the Teyandei restaurant is a hidden gem for me. We reserved a table on a Friday night and did a nice walk before dinner around vibrant Shibuya. This branch is a “take off shoes” restaurant, so do not wear your oldest socks 😉
The food is inspired from Okinawa (south islands of Japan) and I tasted sea grapes for the first time.
The washroom offers here as often their own slippers.
Meran Südtirol– The name of the restaurant sounded a bit like a tourist trap at first. But I was taught a lesson.
The restaurant is situated in a historic building, tables are topped with white blankets and traditional silver cutlery. The staff and especially the chef Andrea Fenoglio were very welcoming and helped with the choice of our menu.
Have a look at the gallery with the traditional dishes, newly interpreted. Pizza margherita in the glass and vitello tonnato – not flat on the plate but small turrets – mouthwatering!
The chef also runs a pizzeria in Meran, called “357 tre, cinque, sette” which I will for sure visit during our next trip to Meran: http://trecinquesette.it/
London – Are you looking for contemporary Cantonese dim sum in London? You will find them in two London branches of the Yauatcha restaurant in Soho and City. We reserved a table at the Soho branch.
The dim sum and all other dishes were just delicious. The price is justified if one thinks of the elaborate preparation of the food and the location in the middle of London. See some of the food in the picture gallery an on their website. I will definitely go again.
Paris – We spent a long weekend in Paris and a friend recommended this Alsatian restaurant in brasserie style to me.
The weather was really hot and so we were “for once” happy to be inside in the air conditioned restaurant. The spacious and high rooms are spectacular and the main room has a glass ceiling (cupola style) with beautiful colors that gives the special atmosphere.
The food was excellent. Actually, we just wanted to go for a light lunch, but the menu was so tempting so we were even persuaded by the very nice waiter for a small dessert….picture shows it all.
Barcelona – If you are a fish and seafood lover this market is a must for you. You can see all the creatures from the sea – dead or alive – presented at the endless stalls. Besides there are also many stalls with “croquetas” (one of my favorite tapa in Spain, as it is very difficult to find any outside the country, made with fish, meat or vegetarian small balls and fried crispy).
If you haven’t tried a small sample at every food stall and are still hungry, there are loads of restaurants around the market. We chose Joel’s Oyster Bar (will follow in one of the next posts).
Barcelona – If you want to do some “people and yacht watching” while dining exquisitely, One Ocean club is your choice.
The atmosphere, view and food is very good, but not really a bargain budgetwise…
I recommend having a drink before dinner at around 8 or 9 pm and then enjoy the sunset at dinner. If you are a couple you will most probably get a table directly at the water on the terrace, as these are the only tables for two 😉