Partially open kitchen seen at Main Dining Room Non-alcoholic beverages: Glacial Melt & Ligonberry Spritz I’m happy to say after eating at Aquavit after all of these years, it is still very good for both the food and service. This restaurant opened back in 1987 and it made the reputation of Marcus Samuelsson and moved in 2005 from a light-drenched atrium with a defining waterfall to a more prosaic space in a pink-granite tower in the East 50s, where it stands now. The restaurant had a renovation that finished this past October now has a 40-seat bar and lounge area..
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I’ve made a trip down to the Big Easy, also known as New Orleans. This city captivated me for sometime for the many cultures that meld over the centuries (as complicated as it was and probably still is) that created an interesting food culture because of it—and it’s the supposed birthplace of several cocktails like the Sazerac, Brandy Milk Punch, Vieux Carré, and the Hurricane, to name a few. It will be a slightly random order of posts related to this city’s dining and stunning boutique hotels but I’m starting off with a very satisfying yet seemingly simple Mediterranean inspired..
Interior of dining room and open kitchen Pouring out of a magnum sized bottle of Sylvaner Restaurant Manitoba is a restaurant I’ve been meaning to go for a long time. I’ve first heard about this place when I was in Montreal four years ago. However, I didn’t have enough time to change plans and squeeze a stop by for a quick bite. Manitoba is located out in the industrial neighborhood of Mile-Ex (think of New York’s current equivalent of Bushwick, Brooklyn). (more…)
Exterior Caffeine (cappuccino) + Vitamin C (fresh grapefruit juice) Like most local farmers markets, it’s best to go on the weekend and I went to the beloved and famous Jean Talon Market. It’s so easy to be seduced by the gorgeous summer produce (oh, the perfectly ripened Quebecois strawberries! The sweet peaches! Rhubarb!) that’s available at multiple vendors’ stands. But I had to restrain myself from buying the glorious fruit since I am not permitted to bring this home but I did pick up some really flavorful goat’s milk cheeses and sheep’s milk butter. (more…)
Bar area Indoor meets outdoor seating Menu Sardines, gribiche, grilled bread If you are craving the feel of the beach, seafood-forward cuisine but set in a nice restaurant that isn’t stuffy, and in Montreal, I’d suggest Joséphine. The restaurant has a beach meets modern decor with the streamlined chandelier lights that hangs over most tables, the contemporary, minimalist artwork and the touches of palm type plants strewn on parts of the restaurant. (more…)
Interior of dining room Toasted bread and house made rhubarb and yuzu soda Beef tartare, watermelon, jalapeno and house made cumin breadstick One of my lunches while I was in Montreal was at La Fabrique. It’s right on the popular Plateau/Mont Royal neighborhood and about a 12-minute brisk walk from my hotel. During the weekday afternoons, La Fabrique serves brunch and a 2-course table d’hôte, a fixed price menu with an option for dessert that’s a la carte. (more…)
Tavern 62 is the latest venture (in a familiar space) for Chef David Burke that opened since October 2016. This space was previously Fishtail and from my friend’s and my own recollections from many years ago called Townhouse, where we had our first taste, literally, of Chef Burke’s whimsical take on American cuisine. This time around, the ground floor is the bar, where a large after-work crowd were hanging out with a beer or a drink. The second floor has a spacious dining room that feels like a gentleman’s lounge — dimly lit, dark blue painted walls and long, handsome..
When my friend planned my birthday dinner The Beatrice Inn came to the fore when we read the 2* review from Pete Wells of NYT and was intrigued, to say the least to dine there. After that mutual consensus, we ended up having a reservation shortly. On a rainy evening, The Beatrice Inn wasn’t too crowded and we saw Chef-Owner Angie Mar observing the front of the house and visiting a couple of tables at the end of their meals. This restaurant feels like a modern chophouse — dimly lit and handsome — but had nods to the past. This..
Ambitious Dinner at Blue Bay Restaurant, Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort (1* Michelin; Monte-Carlo, Monaco)
I personally find it interesting that many 1* Michelin restaurants tend to push the envelope with food with young chefs. One of the most unique dinners we had during our visit to Monte Carlo was at Blue Bay at Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort. Executive Chef Marcel Ravin is from the Caribbean island of Martinique and fuses flavors of his background with French cuisine. He creates bold flavors, interesting textures and uses ingredients that seem exotic to someone who has not visited that small isle. When we arrived from our luxe shuttle (a large Mercedes van just to ourselves) from..