Galvin – La Chapelle, July 2017

While we were in London we thought we might as well try one more Michelin-starred restaurant. This time we chose La Chapelle, a French restaurant in the Shoreditch area of London. The restaurant was chosen for its Sunday lunch prix fixe menu offering 3 courses with a glass of prosecco for £34.50. Their choice to add their own 12.5% service charge at the end of the meal eliminated a tip. The meal started with some green […]

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Tombo Poké & Matcha, June 2017

While in London we were lucky to stumble upon Tombo Poké & Matcha, a restaurant in the Soho district. Sadly for me, it was the best experience with poké that I’ve had and it’s all the way across the other side of the world from where I usually am. The best part of the experience is that it’s a built-your-own type place where you follow 5 steps to choose a base, meat, sauce, mix-ins and […]

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Rijks® Restaurant, June 2017

Awarded One Michelin Star in December 2016, it was quite easy to get a table at this restaurant and the prices were reasonable so I thought we would give it a go. A late flight delay saw my father joining us for lunch as well. The dishes were very much tapas, with no distinguishing between starters and mains, but all expertly presented to be shared between us.

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The Kitchin, June 2017

Edinburgh was advertised to have 5 Michelin-starred restaurants to choose from, so I expected we would try at least one of them at some stage. However our very excellent concierge pointed out to us today that one of them had lost their star, and the restaurant a few doors down closes down for a week once a year, and this is the week. The idea was to have lunch and not spend too much, so […]

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Sushi Rice Bowl Tama-Ya, December 2016

We had a need to shop on the other side of the motorway today, so my mind immediately began thinking about Sushi Rice Bowl Tama-Ya for some brunch. It was a good choice, and we sampled some of the menu, discovering that while it was primary a take-away business you could make custom orders. As was the case with the large serve of pickles I had at the end of the meal. While tasty, I […]

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You Japanese Restaurant, December 2016

I could become a regular at You Japanese Restaurant. On previous occasions it has been closed, and this was in fact my third time to try and get a booking, but thankfully I was lucky. You wouldn’t know it, but they’ve been operating for 22 years, in the same location. I guess I don’t go into Surfers Paradise much to notice. The meal was enjoyable, and the atmosphere about as authentic as you could get […]

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Bistro Franc, December 2016

On our way to our regular drinking spot we pass a French restaurant by the name of Bistro Franc. Previously a popular Spanish restaurant, the owner sought a change in his routine and changed cuisines. I have been following them on Instagram for a while, savouring food that was not for me, but it was finally time to try them for ourselves (website). The menu was well priced, with about 10 smaller dishes and the […]

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Arakawa Restaurant, December 2016

I have recently had my braces tightened, resulting in very sore teeth. This poses some difficulties when you want to eat food, even toast. On this visit to Arakawa I thought I may be on a very restricted diet, but the chefs there were happy to suggest alternatives for me. Thinly sliced sashimi was a start, however I didn’t expect the Nattō to be so hard on my teeth, perhaps a result of the cold (I […]

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Kutchi Deli Parwana, December 2016

On my recent visit to Adelaide, I was anxious to try as much from the local food and drink scene as I could. With the help of the City Brief, I was able to do just that, finding this lovely eatery to sample on my last day. I wish I had been hungrier as the food on offer all sounded really good, but I chose to eat outside of my comfort zone for the one […]

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Hey Jupiter, December 2016

Using the City Brief guide for Adelaide, we chose to visit Hey Jupiter on the trendy Ebenezer Place for breakfast. The morning we chose to visit was a little rainy, so it was a busier experience, but we luckily found a table indoors to enjoy a little bit of France. I found the tea pot size a little underwhelming, and the staff were run off their feet so service was a little haphazard, but the […]

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