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2019/02/06 Dinner at Jerome Ferrer's Europea in Montreal
π 2019-02-06 01:01 in Dining
I arrived in Montréal with not a lot of research for food and when I looked for a nearby restaurant that offered seared foie gras, I randomly ended up at Europea which had a 10+ course tasting menu and was the top restaurant in town. Somehow I was late enough on the right day of the week to get a last minute table. Lucky me :)



this soup was made by heating up the liquid and making it climb into its mushrooms
this soup was made by heating up the liquid and making it climb into its mushrooms




they gave us VR goggles to watch where the oysters came from
they gave us VR goggles to watch where the oysters came from




then came time for cheese which they made for us from milk
then came time for cheese which they made for us from milk


it didn't have much taste though, salt, oil and vinegar helped
it didn't have much taste though, salt, oil and vinegar helped

I had to paint the next menu for the content to appear
I had to paint the next menu for the content to appear





2018/11/29 Ohahu Fine Dining #4: Maru Zushi
π 2018-11-29 01:01 in Dining
Since we were in Ohahu for a few days, and there were lots of good restaurants in Waikiki where we were staying, Jennifer lined up nice restaurants for us every night.
Night #4 was Maru Zushi, another very good Tokyo Ginza like sushi tasting menu with more dishes than we were able to count:












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2018/11/28 Ohahu Fine Dining #3: Senia
π 2018-11-28 01:01 in Dining
Since we were in Ohahu for a few days, and there were lots of good restaurants in Waikiki where we were staying, Jennifer lined up nice restaurants for us every night.
Night #3 was Senia, a custom tasting menu at the chef's counter. It had plenty of food, but when I saw a bone marrow dish go by that seemed very tasty, I added that to our tasting :)









7 extra deserts for the road :)
7 extra deserts for the road :)

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2018/11/27 Ohahu Fine Dining #2: Chef Mavro
π 2018-11-27 01:01 in Dining
Since we were in Ohahu for a few days, and there were lots of good restaurants in Waikiki where we were staying, Jennifer lined up nice restaurants for us every night.
Night #2 was Chef Mavro, a French-like 9 course tasting menu with Hawaiin Flair. It wasn't bad :)










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2018/11/26 Ohahu Fine Dining #1: Sushi Sho
π 2018-11-26 01:01 in Dining
Since we were in Ohahu for a few days, and there were lots of good restaurants in Waikiki where we were staying, Jennifer lined up nice restaurants for us every night.
Night #1 was Sushi Sho, a Tokyo Ginza like master sushi restaurant. It was around 20 courses and they were yummy :)











Oh yeah, we also took the 8 course sake sampler, and the portions were generous :)

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2018/11/20 Jennifer 44th Birthday Dinner at Manresa
π 2018-11-20 01:01 in Dining
Since last time we went it was 8 years ago, time flies. Since then, they picked up a 3rd Michelin star and raised their prices accordingly ;)

Last time I think I was not impressed because it wasn't the typical french tasting menu I was used to, but also because the service was quite slow and the whole dinner took 4H, which is just too long in my book. This time it was better timed, and some of the dishes that I was less impressed with were replaced by new ones that were all quite tasty with multiple levels of flavaours.
The wine pairing cost arond $250, which clearly wasn't cheap. Jennifer was ok with it, but I think she would have appreciated more red wines, even if a good amount of dishes we had were better paired with white.


we started with what looked like macaroons with pate de fruits, but were actually salted
we started with what looked like macaroons with pate de fruits, but were actually salted

sea urchin
sea urchin

tasty ostiestra caviar
tasty ostiestra caviar

lovely dish with edible flowers
lovely dish with edible flowers

so cute
so cute





dessert #2
dessert #2

and dessert #3 with a candle for the BD girl :)
and dessert #3 with a candle for the BD girl :)

and dessert #4 just to be safe :)
and dessert #4 just to be safe :)

2018/08/07 Anniversary Dinner Meadowood
π 2018-08-07 01:01 in Dining
Jennifer booked us a table at Meadowood 3 months early when their calendar opened up. It's a competitor to French Laundry in Napa, which features Californian food instead of French food.

It was a fancy 10 course menu, well presented, and not as much food as French Laundry (both good or bad depending on how you look at it).
The food itself was good, including a nice helping of good tasting caviar, but the French person in me was disappointed at the total lack of any bread, and when I asked about some, all they had to offer was sourdough, which I politely declined :)

The desserts were ok, but not to the same level as a French restaurant like French Laundry, but I'm obviously biased :)

All in all, it was still a good meal which we quite enjoyed, and their reservations were easier to get than French Laundry, so that's also a plus. A few pictures:















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2018/07/25 Birthday Dinner at Sushi Yoshizumi
π 2018-07-25 01:01 in Dining
Jennifer got a reservation for us at Sushi Yoshizumi in San Mateo for my birthday. It was a bit in the style of Sushi restaurants you can find in Ginza, although maybe not exactly to the same level, but at least the best you can find in the bay area :)

It was pretty and yummy :)














2017/11/06 Ming Court Michelin Tasting Menu in Hong Kong
π 2017-11-06 01:01 in Dining
One evening in Hong Kong we had time for a somewhat better dinner. I got a recommendation for Michelin rated Ming Court, and we took their full tasting menu which was a mix of Eastern and Western fares. While it didn't top some of the similar tasting menus we've had elsewhere, they had an interesting mix of things that we hadn't tried elsewhere.

The presentation sure was nice:










2017/08/06 Two michelin rated restaurants in Edinburgh: Number One and Anniversary Dinner at The Kitchin
π 2017-08-06 01:01 in Dining, Greatbritain2017
While I was prepared for pretty bad food in the UK, it's actually plenty of decent to good restaurants, and we went to visit some of them. Edinburgh (Scotland), has plenty of good restaurants, and we went to try 2 Michelin rated ones.

Number one had a tasting menu of 4, 7, or 10 courses. For that day, we figured the 7 course one would be enough. Jennifer got the premium wine pairing to go with it:









a few deserts to finish the meal :)
a few deserts to finish the meal :)

Two days later was our anniversary and Jennifer booked a dinner for us at The Kitchin (yes, it's spelled that way), another michelin rated restaurant. We took the premium tasting menu and Jennifer got the premium wine pairing:









Neither were amongst the top restaurants we've eaten at in Paris or California, but they were both a good dining experience, although not quite competitive in price with similarly good options in California (price was similar except it was UK pounds instead of dollars)


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