Category: Top Restaurants

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 […]

The Fat Duck – Bray – UK

Quietly tucked away in the little UK village of Bray, The Fat Duck is Heston Blumenthal’s renowned restaurant. Yes there are three Michelin stars but there is so much more to be said about Heston Blumenthal than stars alone can convey. In my mind he stands apart, incomparable to anything else, so I wonder if in his case, stars or hats are meaningless attempts to categorise a chef who is simply not able to be contained, pigeon holed or defined. […]

Executive Chef Christophe Pele at Le Clarence Paris

Le Clarence – Paris

I’m not sure if there’s a more wonderful way to lunch in Paris but  Le Clarence  is up there.  Set in a beautifully decorated French mansion, with all it’s old world frenchieness – Le Clarence  leaves you feeling like you’ve just stepped back in time and into a fairytale.  A beautiful setting, assured cooking  and warm and friendly service make Le Clarence a top spot in Paris for lunch or dinner.   Located just off The Avenue des Champs-Élysées, in the Triangle d’or, this elegant restaurant strives […]

Restaurant A.T - Chef-Atshushi-Tanaka

Restaurant A.T – Paris

Restaurant AT, a most unique and memorable experience on our last  Paris adventure, is first on our list on this one. Hot off the plane and and still travel weary after over twenty four hours 0f travel space, we are nevertheless vibed up about getting back to what we believe is one of the most creative tables in Paris.   Chef Atsushi Tanaka moved me deeply on our last visit and I am eager to again bathe in his quiet […]

Lûmé - Shaun Quade - Melbourne

Lûmé – Creates an unforgettable experience

  Business was the reason for the team and I to be Melbourne for a couple of days. It was the perfect opportunity to introduce my young staff to “doing it in style”. Opportunity knocked so I arranged a table at Lûmé, South Melbourne. All I told the crew was that I had arranged something very special.   Melbourne CBD. Photographer Daniel Bone   Something funny happened on the way to Melbourne   The excitement was building up as we […]

Head-Chef-Ben-Shewry-Attica-Restaurant-

Attica – Melbourne – Australia

  Very humble, oh so wonderful, 3 Hats, and number 32 in The World’s Top 50 Restaurants – Attica, Melbourne, Australia. A well earned and deserved achievement for owner and Chef Ben Shewry and his entire team. A last minute call saying, “We have a table for 2 available, would you like to join as for dinner?” brings an overnight dash to Attica.   We have admired Ben Shewry from afar for some time. Watching reruns of the quiet, humble, “Chef’s Table” episode while patiently […]

Jose Avillez - Belcanto Lisbon Portugal

Belcanto – Lisbon – Portugal

  Fire and passion are the hallmarks of Portuguese cuisine, a story masterfully told through José Avillez at Belcanto, Lisbon, Portugal.   Distinguished with 2 Michelin Stars, 132 OAD Top 100+ European Restaurants 2017 and eighty-fifth place in “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants List”.      José Avillez, one of Portugal’s most celebrated chefs, tasting menu runs for around 20 courses, featuring updated takes on traditional Portuguese concepts, like a dish he calls Wave Breaking, which combines a coastal prawn with bivalves, seaweed and seaweed “sand,” and oxtail with chickpeas, foie […]

Chef Alija Nerua Guggenheim Bilbao

Nerua Guggenheim – Bilbao – Spain

Rarely has one building defined inspiration and architectural genius more than anything that’s been before; Frank Gehry’s masterpiece, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, is frequently referred to as one of the greatest buildings of our time. The building that rendered a seismic shift in architecture and global art culture could easily make some restaurants invisible, but not Nerua Guggenheim Bilbao. Head Chef Josean Alija, himself a student of one of the worlds greatest, most creative chefs, Ferran Adrià, is the creative force […]

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