I had wanted to visit Post Ranch Inn for quite a while and was so disappointed on this particular morning when I realized that the may gray was not going to burn off. However even without a sunset (which I hope to get back for some day) the view is amazing. And even when the fog rolled in limiting visibility to about a foot, the effect was still worth experiencing. View aside, this was a really great meal with impeccable hospitality. And I have been craving smelt ever since.
Morro bay oysters, rhubarb, sweet William, tarragon
The Jane is housed in a repurposed chapel of a military hospital which makes for stunning setting for this lover of architecture and food. The restaurant suffered a fire after I booked and was closed for several weeks. I was afraid that our reservation would be cancelled but the stars aligned. This lunch was delightful.
we got burnt
chu-torro, scrambled egg
sea urchin spaghetti
langoustine, quinoa, carrot, vadouvan
foie gras, rhubarb, hazelnut, nano-hoshiko
white asparagus from stephanie longiune, smoked eel, teardrop peas
perte blanche from bourcefranc-le-chapus, plankton, kaffir
I absolutely loved Kadeau Bornhom but the stunning setting certainly adds to the overall experience. So I was a bit skeptical about how the city version would compare. It is equally lovely and certainly feels the same yet different. The menu is in danish and I am a bit too lazy to translate so I will let the photos speak for themselves.
Horribly I did not take a photo of the menu and months later my recollection of all ingredients of these dishes is sketchy, They were all delicious and we loved everything about Leonti. If I lived in this neighborhood you would find me at the bar at least once a week.
I am still a bit conflicted about Leo. This is a very interesting and educational experience and I would never otherwise have a chance to experience most of these ingredients and the beverages that were a part of the pairing. There was a table next to me that did not want to even try some of the more exotic ingredients and they missed out. However I didn’t find any of these dishes to be delicious and there was not one that I would choose to have again. And there was more than one that I really struggled with which rarely had happened to me. Perhaps go for the experience because it is one that you won’t otherwise have.
A great spot for a civilized and delicious lunch in LA.
Mostly I am horrified that it is almost a year later and I haven’t been back to Somni yet. I have been a huge fan of everything in the ThinkFood group for years and Somni is definitely my favorite even after flawless experiences at e and minibar. Getting back there will be my first New Year’s resolution.
While I am sure that the setting is more beautiful during the day, darkness did nothing to diminish this fantastic experience. It certainly should be much higher on the World’s 50 Best list. And for anybody who loves a cart, the bread, cheese and tea carts are not to be missed.
Dinner at Onyx is a perfect 2 michelin star experience. Service was very welcoming and friendly despite the fairly formal space and all dishes quite good. The bread basket is perhaps the best one I’ve had and its truly a shame that I couldn’t put more of a dent in it. Definitely a do not miss when in Budapest.
I can’t quite believe I haven’t been back yet. My only criticism is that these fantastic dishes that stood out to us on the menu collectively came with too much bread. If you haven’t been yet, a definite must-do in LA.
Josef – clove infused gin, apple brandy, almond, fennel, lemon
The last dinner of a whirlwind trip to Seoul was really quite good. The theme of the menu was “Stamina Food” which reflects the Korean philosophy of food in the sense that it is not nearly a means of indulging in the pleasure of eating but as medicine for protecting and recovering one’s health. The very detailed dish descriptions provided described how each dish was chosen and how it was cooked. Very thoughtful even if too long to post here.
In 2017 Sung Anh moved Mosu from San Francisco to Seoul. It is definitely Korea’s gain as this was an absolutely lovely dinner with fantastic service and delicious dishes, especially the abalone “taco.”
I’m still not quite sure what I think about Vespertine. The building is fantastic. Photos really do not do it justice as you need to see it within its neighborhood. I loved the outdoor space where we started and finished as well as the rooftop. But the dining room just felt odd and dark and cold and the music was mind numbing. I can’t say that any of the dishes were memorable but were all just good. At the very least it makes you think.
It was definitely a weird experience to be at the new Noma. But it was perfect and still feels like Noma. After so much anticipation it went far far too quickly and was all a bit of a blur. Going back through my photos and the menu it seems that some dishes were out of order so after so many month I have given up on a few of the descriptions.
nasturtium tart, sea buckthorn and blackcurrant butterfly
In a city of great restaurants Manfreds is my favorite casual spot. Perfect for lunch, dinner or a glass of wine. The food is always fantastic and I can’t imagine ever going to Copenhagen and not coming here. I forgot to take a photo of the menu but the XL beef tartare I can’t forget.
Yes there is really good pizza in Copenhagen (and charcuterie too)! I unfortunately don’t remember what pizzas we had but they were all quite good.
charcuterie and cheeses
salad from Farm of Ideas, parmesan and cured egg yolk