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2019/07/01 7 Course Tasting Menu at de Silveren Spiegel in Amsterdam
π 2019-07-01 01:01 in Dining
While in Amsterdam, I found a very nice restaurant Yves Van Der Hoff, a young 24 year old chef with much talent.

We got their 7 course tasting menu (skipping the cheese in the 8 course option), and the dishes were quite nice. The price was quite reasonable considering that this easily rivaled michelin star restaurants we've eaten at.
The only thing they could easily improve is having a fancier wine pairing option. The one they had was well priced but also pretty basic wines. They could offer a more expensive pairing option with older and better wines.













2019/06/24 7 Course Tasting Menu at de Silveren Spiegel in Amsterdam
π 2019-06-24 01:01 in Dining
While in Amsterdam, I found a very nice restaurant Yves Van Der Hoff, a young 24 year old chef with much talent.

We got their 7 course tasting menu (skipping the cheese in the 8 course option), and the dishes were quite nice. The price was quite reasonable considering that this easily rivaled michelin star restaurants we've eaten at.
The only thing they could easily improve is having a fancier wine pairing option. The one they had was well priced but also pretty basic wines. They could offer a more expensive pairing option with older and better wines.













2019/06/20 75th Anniversary Dinner with my Dad at Hélène Darroze in Paris
π 2019-06-20 01:01 in Dining
This was our 4th time there. The first time was best as she was not too well known yet. That was mid 2000's. By the 2nd time, the prices had more or less doubled and by the 3rth time in 2014, her prices had stayed quite high, but the service had gone way down, to embarassing levels.

Thankfully for this 4th time, the service was back to where it should have been. The base menu price stayed in the expensive range, they finally stopped forcing you to buy pointless bottled water for prices higher than good wines by offering filtered water if you asked enough, but they sure upsold you a lot on drinks with no price at all. They didn't even publish the price of the wine pairing...

The nice surprise is that we got the chef's table by the kitchen and were greeted by Hélène who was working there that day, and took a few pictures with us).
The meal itself was great and my dad was very happy to get pictures with Hélène, so that worked out great as a 75th BD dinner :)
























they didn't have 1944, for my dad's birth year, but they had 1941
they didn't have 1944, for my dad's birth year, but they had 1941




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





2019/01/26 Chillingworth Road Fine Dining Restaurant in Christchurch
π 2019-01-26 01:01 in Dining
Jennifer found a nice find dining restaurant around Christchurch. It was not too fancy looking, but still had a nice multi course dinner:









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 :)


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