Mallorca – I read in a magazine about the restaurant Fabiola. The pictures of the interior reminded me of an exotic garden or jungle with lots of green plants. As I read the menu, my mouth was watering instantly. The menu contains pretty much everything I like to eat.
Sitting finally in the restaurant, we had the agony of choice with ordering the modern interpreted tapas.
We ate a lot more as you can see in the pics, as everything was really good, we could not stop ordering more food. Also the bread you get (wam) in the beginning is a sin itself – crispy outside and inside soaked in olive oil! We ordered 2 bottles of Alion wine, that we also knew from Casa del Vino in Switzerland. A fantastic pairing with Spanish food.
Mallorca – Winter in Mallorca is boring? Not at all.
First of all you have space, because it has fewer tourists. Second, the sun shines more often in winter than elsewhere and the temperatures are still pleasant. Only one should note that outside of Palma (the the capital city of Mallorca island) a lot of the hotels and restaurans are closed from November to March.
A friend recommended Fera restaurant in the centre of Palma and it was really worth going. You can choose between different menus and if you like wine pairing, you can even do sake pairing. The food was not only very good in taste, but the presentation was very elaborate and unusual.
Zurich – Simply good means, the chef of the gamper restaurant uses very good local and seasonal products. This 5-course surprise menu also makes it easier for the non-fussy eater: you can immediately enjoy the aperitif and do not waste time studying the menu.
The menu costs 83 CHF and you can order wine by the glass, if you prefer to taste several wines.
That evening, I was most excited about the second course. It consisted of blue mashed potato, in the middle lay a “1-hour egg” which was topped by sweet potato froth, simply delicious. But also all the other dishes that came out of the kitchen were absolutely my taste: Leek terrine with mushrooms, salsify with truffel, pig neck with sauerkraut (probably one of the best I ever had) and a dessert (you can choose between cheese or something sweet).
This time I will not say, that you have to reserve, because you can not reserve. So it’s best to come around 7pm or again at around 9pm to get a table.
Zurich – I have heard many good things about Kokoro (the heart) but never managed to get a table. Some weeks ago I finally managed to book one. I was amazed and thrown back to Japan. The food was amazing, the staff very friendly and efficient and even the toilets are Japanese style (insiders know).
So if you are looking for an authentic Japanese dinner – not only containing sushi – you should reserve your table already today.
The prizes for the food are reasonable, but beware, the sake prizes add to the bill….
La Rochelle – Do you like your seafood simple? Le P’tit Bleu (small Blue (Boat)) offers exactly this. You can choose between oysters, sword shell (“Couteaux” extraordinary good), squid, sardines, shrimps and a piece of butter and bread. You also have a choice of beer and wine, and that’s it.
The simple restaurant is located directly on the harbor of La Rochelle and offers a great view over the castle, the old town and the incoming and outgoing ships at high tide. I have rarely seen such an extreme change of tides as on the French Atlantic coast.
The terrace offers simple tables outside and is only open in good weather.
Lyon – Finally we managed to visit Lyon, the gourmet capital of the world…some say.
I found this small restaurant in an article and was not sure to really trust it. When the restaurant called me to confirm the reservation one week in advance, I realized that it was definitely not a small, simple pub.
My expectations rose and we were not disappointed. We knew the chef was Japanese, but when we were there, we felt a little like in Japan. All staff was Japanese and no small details in service, table setting was left to chance.
The menu costs 92 Euros but it is really worth it. It would not be surprising if Tsuyoshi Arai soon got an award for his kitchen.
Unfortunately the battery of my mobile was empty, so there are not so many pics of the delicious food.
Street name “du beouf” (beef) where 14 février is located
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 😉