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 😉
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/
Bogotà – What helps against altitude sickness? Bogotà city is on 2’640 m above sea level and higher than many resorts in the Swiss alps. My special tip is Aguardiente, Colombian’s most popular drink. It is an anise-flavoured liqueur that works like medicine for the stomach.
We met some friends for dinner at the restaurant “Andrés carne de res DC” which was already recommended to us by several locals and tourists.
We chose the “DC” city branch, as the original place, even bigger one, is about 1 hour by car away.
The food is really good, although you might think the place was built just for the tourists. Every evening, various birthday people and beauty queens are elected with special decorated sashes, who often do not even know about their “luck”. After dinner the place turns into a crazy party place.
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.