April 27, 2015

The 40 Best Restaurants In BRITAIN


Heston Blumenthal, The Fat Duck.
Heston Blumenthal, The Fat Duck. 
Photograph: Perry Curties/Corbis Outline




Forty chefs open up their address books for Observer Food Monthly and reveal their favourite places to eat...










April 24, 2015

VENICE - A Foodie Guide


Chef Bruno Gavagnin, a native Venetian who now runs Alle Testiere ( second from right), stops by Trattoria La Zucca to chat with the meat-centric restaurant’s chefs.
Chef Bruno Gavagnin, a native Venetian who now runs Alle Testiere ( second from right), stops by Trattoria La Zucca to chat with the meat-centric restaurant’s chefs.
 PHOTO: STEFANO SCATÀ FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL





‘You never get bored of the food in Venice. You just have to know where to look’


AS THE CLOCK STRIKES 8 a.m. on the church of San Giacomo di Rialto, there’s not a tourist in sight. But Venice’s waterways and back alleys are heaving with traders ferrying their wares along the Grand Canal...










April 22, 2015

Chef Chase KOJIMA On Where To Eat In TOKYO


Tokyo never sleeps: Chef Chase Kojima enjoys stopping for quick bites on his bicycle ride home.
Tokyo never sleeps: Chef Chase Kojima enjoys stopping for quick bites on his bicycle ride home.




 Japanese cuisine specialist Chase Kojima... 
"There are so, so many  hidden gems in Tokyo". 


My favourite is  Ryotei Kappo Kaiseki in  Kagurazaka - Tokyo.


It's a small kappo restaurant that serves old school, traditional Japanese degustation. They aren't interested in the Michelin Guide and maintain a strict policy of "Ichigen sama okotowari" - which means they politely decline first time customers unless they are introduced by a regular customer - ...










April 18, 2015

Ferran ADRIà - 'This Is Not A Dinner'


Adrià with his crew of chefs. 
Stefano Buonamici





Last night in Barcelona - Ferran Adrià,  the renowned Catalan chef worked a dinner service for the first time since he closed El Bulli... 
 Co-hosted with Dom Pérignon’s head oenologist, Richard Geoffroy, the event at the Palo Alto market was titled “This Is Not a Dinner.”









Dom Pérignon cellar master Richard Geoffroy and chef Ferran Adrià. 
Stefano Buonamici



April 16, 2015

Chef Skye GYNGELL On Where To Eat In LONDON



Skye Gyngell





Australian-born, Paris-trained Skye Gyngell made Petersham Nurseries Cafe a phenomenon. 

As a writer, she has penned award-winning cookbooks and was the food writer for the Independent on Sunday for five years. In October 2014, Gyngell opened her much-anticipated London restaurant, Spring in Somerset House...







Spring
Somerset House, New Wing
Lancaster Place
London WC2R 1LA


A dish from Skye Gyngell's Spring. 





April 15, 2015

EL CELLER De CAN ROCA - Girona - Spain - One-Year Wait


Jordi Roca, pastry chef from El Celler de Can Roca makes the frozen milk cloud component of his dish, 'Lemon Cloud'.
Jordi Roca, pastry chef from El Celler de Can Roca makes the frozen milk cloud component of his dish, 'Lemon Cloud'.
Photo: Marco Del Grande




 What it's like to eat at the 'best restaurant on the planet'


Founded in 1986, in an inauspicious suburb of Girona, the pretty Catalan city where ... the restaurant is run by the Roca brothers: Joan - head chef - Josep - sommelier and Jordi -in charge of desserts -  each thought of as a master in their field.

With three Michelin stars and a waiting list so long that three people are employed just to tell callers "no", it's now considered the heir to Ferran Adria's El Bulli...




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April 13, 2015

VENICE - Lost In Streets Of Romance

Wander off the beaten track in Venice and you will be rewarded with a slice of real life.
Wander off the beaten track in Venice and you will be rewarded with a slice of real life.





Standing at a bar, elbow-to-elbow, an ombra in one hand and a piece of cicchetti in the other, is an almost daily ritual in Venice.

Straying into richly rewarding back streets where locals meet in bacari - small bars - drink a modest glass of wine - known as an ombra - and eat cicchetti - little bite-size snacks of delicious things...









Venice is the setting for Nicky Pellegrino’s new novel. On a fact-finding visit she strayed into richly rewarding back streets



April 11, 2015

Chef Eric CANINO At LA VOILE - Ramatuelle


A Chef’s Advice for Preparing His Five Favorite Springtime Ingredients



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The Michelin Guide has awarded a first star to La Voile restaurant, managed by Chef Eric Canino.





After six years of what he refers to as “passion and patience,” Eric Canino — the chef  behind La Voile...
  - situated in the South of France just outside St. Tropez - finally achieved his first Michelin star last February. “I felt a profound happiness,” he says.


Today, La Voile opens for its first season since Canino and his team earned their star...





A dish from chef Eric Canino's new spring menu at La Voile: red tuna with spices, served with a salade niçoise and quail egg.
A dish from chef Eric Canino's new spring menu at La Voile: 
Red Tuna with Spices, Served with a Salade Niçoise and Quail Egg.



April 04, 2015

Saffron-Scented LAMB with an Almond Sauce




I believe lamb, saffron, and  almonds are a culinary ménage à trois that is meant to be together at all times.
The earthy meat, creamy almonds, and perfumed saffron bring in elements characteristic of Moghal cooking—the cuisine of the Muslim emperors who had a profound cultural influence in northern India. Smoky black cardamom adds another twist, along with the other aromatic ingredients in the spice blend. Remove the whole spices from the curry before serving it, or instruct your guests to set them aside should they land on their plate...



Recipe  by  Badam Zarda Gosht






April 02, 2015

Chef Arnaud DONCKELE - One Of World's Best


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Chef Arnaud Donckele - La Vague d'Or - Saint-Tropez





Chef  Arnaud Donckele - La Vague d'Or - Saint-Tropez - has enjoyed a meteoric rise in recent years.

In 2012, the 37-year-old was named as a star for the future by the International Culinary Academy and last month he came 20th in a ranking of the world’s best chefs by Le Chef magazine...











April 01, 2015

Discover EUROPE’s Hidden GEMS


Lavender fields in Provence, France
Lavender fields in Provence, France




To discover the real  gems of Europe, you need to head off the main tourist trails and travel to some of the regional areas to discover small villages, great cuisine and charming locals.


Here are some of the favourite regions where you can immerse yourself in the culture and come close to feeling like a local...










March 28, 2015

CáCERES - Spain - A Foodie Tour


The kitchens at Michelin-starred Atrio




Cáceres is a place of genuine flavours and simple preparation... reflecting the city’s proximity to rural Spain.

Dishes include migas - a rustic fry of breadcrumbs, garlic, bacon, chorizo and peppers, and lamb caldereta - a shepherd’s dish flavoured with rich and smoky pimentón de La Vera – paprika, the star spice of Extremadura... 


With fine tapas and cutting-edge restaurants, Cáceres, in Extremadura, is a worthy gastronomy capital of Spain for 2015. 










March 26, 2015

The Best WINES to Pair With CHOCOLATE


From left, 2009 Taylor’s Late-Bottled Vintage Port; 2010 Mas Amiel Maury; Henriques & Henriques 10-Year-Old...
From left, 2009 Taylor’s Late-Bottled Vintage Port -
 2010 Mas Amiel Maury
Henriques & Henriques 10-Year-Old Malmsey 





Whether you’re a serious wine-lover or passionate about chocolate, it’s worth exploring a marriage of the two...

Think about texture as well as taste: A warm chocolate fondant is very different from a cold block of white chocolate.










March 25, 2015

DSTAGE in MADRID - Restaurant Report


Dstage Diego Guerrero
Dstage Diego Guerrero





Nervy young chefs like Diego Guerrero are making the Spanish capital an avant-garde culinary destination...


Move over, Barcelona...









March 23, 2015

SRI LANKA - The Spice Island - Platter up


Food and wine spices





Sri Lanka's  top restaurant - 
 the officious-sounding 
Ministry of Crab ...

Ministry is set in the Old Dutch Hospital complex, which should be the first stop ....for its excellent cafe and shopping scene...
Ministry is pumping on the signature cocktail - Small Island iced tea made with Sri Lankan tea and Old Arracka traditional spirit made from the sap of coconut palm flowers...

The signature dish -  chilli crab - comes out in a flurry of waiter's whites and torturous cutlery while the open kitchen rattles and howls...

...book ahead! 









March 20, 2015

PARIS - Top Five WINE BARS


Fish La Boissonerie
BEST FOR A LATE SUPPER - Fish La Boissonerie 
PHOTO: LINDSEY TRAMUTA





Paris has always had a good wine scene, as Proust and Hemingway can attest, but in the past decade it’s really boomed as cool new  bars à vins and néo-bistrots have added to the traditional cafés...