Category: Sensory Feast

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 Alexandre Couillon - La Marine - France

La Marine – Noirmoutier – France

Restaurant La Marine, a landmark food destination located off the west coast of France, in a sea port village on the island of Noirmoutier.  France’s Gault & Millau Chef of the Year 2017 Chef Alexandre Couillon and his wife Celine, born and bred islanders, have taken the humble beginnings of his fathers mussels and chips holiday bistro and created a vibrant modern two Michelin Star restaurant. Passionate foodies from across the globe make the journey to experience the freshest seafood […]

Restaurant Kei – Paris – Resplendent

Named for the Chef, Kei Kobayashi, two Michelin star Restaurant Kei, in central Paris is today’s adventure. It is tucked away in a little side street only a few blocks from the worlds largest art museum the Louvre. Searching out breakaway chefs who have begun their careers in the big houses and are now establishing their own identity, leads us to Kei. We have been particularly enjoying the magic that Japanese chefs bring to French Cuisine and by all accounts […]

De Librije – Zwolle – Netherlands – Full Boer

Jonnie and Thérèse Boer – Passionate memory makers   We are taking a very special journey to the northeastern part of the Netherlands, to the beautiful town of Zwolle, to explore the experience of dining with the venerable Jonnie and Therese Boer at their restaurant De Librije.    The old prison building that’s now De Librije No matter where you look for guidance on exceptional dining experiences, restaurant De Librije, continually stands out as one of the best fine dining destintaion […]

Restaurant Pages Chef Ryushi Teshima

Restaurant Pages – Paris

Restaurant Pages, is an unassuming Paris restaurant where Japanese chef Ryushi Teshima takes the art form that is French cuisine and blends it with Japanese food culture, applying the skill of a master craftsman driven by the quiet pursuit of perfection.   This combination ultimately creates a wonderful Restaurant experience, so much so, that Restaurant Pages finds its way to the top of the Top Paris Restaurants in the pages of my journal.     It is our fascination with finding and […]

L’Arpège – Paris

Controversy, innovation, creativity, passion, enthusiasm, all emanate and swirl around the life force that is Alain Passard, Executive Chef and Owner of Paris restaurant L’Arpège. In 2018 L’Arpège landed at No.4 on the Opinionated About Dining Top 100+ European Restaurants list and No. 8 in The Worlds 50 Best Restaurants list. I’m here to find out more about Alain, the destination foodie temple he’s created, and to learn if L’Arpège really is french for “exceptional”. L’Arpège ………maybe it’s french for “exceptional”   L’Arpège, his restaurant […]

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