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.
Zurich – Fancy some mezze? In the middle of town towards the university area, there is a small restaurant with a beautiful cozy garden with a lot of trees and bushes (where little mice and birds are living). There are some tables inside but lots more outside in the garden with colorful umbrellas.
The service at “Kleine Freiheit” is very friendly and they get their food freshly made every day from their neighbors called “Orient Catering“. As the name says it is also a catering service for parties and apéros but they serve food at 3 to 4 different tables.
In my opinion they have the best hummus and the best falafel far and wide … try it out.
Paris – This was one of my favorites during my Paris visit.
We walked up to Montmartre and Sacre Coeur and then back into “St. Georges quartier, 9th arrondissement”. If you fancy an apero walk through “rue des Martyrs”.
The place and the food in “Le Bon Georges” were as the name already says…”très bon” and much better.
The menu is not big but they serve the special meat of the white cows “Boeuf Polmard” (Blonde d’Aquitaine cattle, similar to Charolais which is more known) and they serve it strictly “Bleu (raw)” or “Saignant (medium rare)” because anything else would be a sin. We had steak hacké, similar to a hambuger and carpaccio…..just delicious.
This time, I have to mention the wine as well. Normally, I prefer Spanish or Italian wines, but this Côte-Rôtie (Montez) was just excellent and also in combination with the meat…I hope to find it in a near cellar soon.