Lûmé - Shaun Quade - Melbourne

Taste of a brilliant mind – Shaun Quade – Lûmé

There is a light glowing softly, way out there on the leading edge of contemporary Australian gastronomy ….it’s chef Shaun Quade’s restaurant Lûmé. I am heading off to Melbourne, one of Australia’s most amazing food destinations. This time I’m flying solo. It’s a short trip so I have had to narrow down my food adventure opportunities to only the best. There is no question, it has to be Lûmé. I don’t think there is anyone in Australia doing anything quite […]

Chef Bertrand Grebaut - Septime in Paris

Septime – Refined Neo Bistro

  Septime – from the Latin septimus, seventh, is Chef Bertrand Grébaut’s Paris restaurant where he seeks to liberate good French food from expensive dining rooms.   Chef Bertrand Grébaut has a wealth of experience and deep roots in honouring simple pure produce. His style infused with the incomparable energies of Joel Robuchon and Alain Passard during his development as a chef. Here at Septime he serves a seven-step menu at dinner and four steps for lunch, focused on nature.   […]

Chef Philippe Labbé - La Tour d'Argent - Paris

Glory Days – Tour d’Argent – Paris

Can La Tour d’Argent in Paris reignite glory days and capture more Michelin stars?   So what’s the big deal? If someone asks you for lunch and says lets go to a place where we can sit and stare at the same rooftops of Paris that inspired Van Gogh and many other artists, a place with breathtaking views of one the finest examples of French Gothic architecture  – Notre-Dame, a place that has not so much a wine list but a […]

Chef David Toutain - Restaurant Daid Toutain - Paris

An inconceivable adventure – Restaurant David Toutain

David Toutain is a master magician who’s vivid imagination and childish playfulness turn a menu into an inconceivable adventure at his very own restaurant in Paris Discretely tucked away in a small side street in Paris’ 7th arrondissement, Restaurant David Toutain is a not to be missed magical treat. Number 53 on the Opinionated About Dining Top 100 European restaurants. Chef David Toutain has one Michelin star and is highlighted in the worlds 50 best discovery series as one to […]

Chef Andreas Caminada - Schauenstein Schloss Restaurant Hotel

Andreas Caminada – Schloss Schauenstein – Swiss Alps Splendour

As one of the worlds best restaurants, Schloss Schauenstein adds to the Swiss Alps splendour Andreas Caminada took a little castle in Fürstenau, Switzerland and transformed it into a rare and wonderful combination. One of the best restaurants in the world; inside a fairytale castle; in a wonderfully majestic area – the Swiss Alps.  Schloss Schauenstein, is number 1 in the world on the Opinionated About Dining List Top 100+ European Restaurants 2018 and in the Top 50 of  The World’s 50 Best […]

Black and White - Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain

“When I die, I will decidedly not be regretting missed opportunities for a good time. My regrets will be more along the lines of a sad list of people hurt, people let down, assets wasted and advantages squandered,” he wrote in Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly   “I’ll be right here. Until they drag me off the line. I’m not going anywhere. I hope. It’s been an adventure. We took some casualties over the years. Things got broken. Things […]

Paris - L' Ambroisie - Chef Bernard Pacaud

L’Ambroisie – Paris – Refined Perfectionism

L’Ambroisie offers an exceptional expression of classic French Haute Cuisine, a continuous feast for the senses in the regal setting of a 16th century townhouse on Place des Vosges, Paris​ L’Ambroisie, Chef Bernard Pacaud’s 3 Michelin star Paris restaurant, proclaims divinity. Named for Ambrosia, the fruit of the Gods – exceptional delicacies capable of conferring immortality and reserved for divine beings. The name may be a nod to the Greek myths, but L’Ambroisie is one of the most traditional and […]

Executive Chef Romain Meder and Alain Ducass - Plaza Athenee

Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée Paris

The menu shouts, “Show me the money” Chef Alain Ducasse is one of the most awarded chefs in the world with a collection of 18 Michelin stars across his many restaurants. Today we are visiting his three Michelin star restaurant in Paris – Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée – No.21 on the The Worlds 50 Best Restaurants list for 2018 and No.66 – Opinionated About Dining Top 100+ European Classical Restaurants 2018. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée Paris – The Haute Couture Address in Paris The Hotel […]

Max and Raf - Le Calandre - Italy - Photo: Marco Peruzzo

Le Calandre – Rubano – Italy – It’s True

Is what they say about Le Calandre true? In 2013 Andy Hayler said, “Le Calandre is without doubt one of the top restaurants of the world”. The folks at Michelin only give three stars because they say Le Calandre is a place of “Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey!” The fine tuned palates of over 5000 reviewing contributors for Opinionated About Dining Top 100+ European Restaurants 2018  say Le Calandre deserves to be ranked at No.10. The Oscars of the restaurant world, The Worlds […]

Chef Yannick Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen

Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen – Paris

Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen, headed up by Three Michelin Star Chef Yannick Alléno is located in Paris’s 8th Arrondissement, also known as the Golden Triangle (or Triangle D’or), a traditionally upper-crust neighborhood. Studded with high-end boutiques, fashion houses, and some of the cities most iconic sites, it attracts those wanting to be glamorous. Chef Yannick Alléno has a reputation as one of the best Chef’s in the world, known for a focus on extractions, pulling the essence out of an […]

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