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Bar Brutal, Barcelona – brutally natural

Bar Brutal Barcelona

Talk about a late blog post – my visit at Bar Brutal dates from February this year and this draft has been waiting ever since. Not too much details in my head about it now. But I definetely know that a visit is worth it. In particular wine lovers who enjoy the raw side, the natural side of wines shouldn’t miss this place out. “Natural wine” is the main topic here and the list features specimens from all over Europe, with the bulk coming from Spain and France. And don’t be scared either if you’re not used to natural wines, they actually have a few that do contain sulfites :P Read the rest of this entry »

Restaurant Jean*, Eltville – Frankreich im Rheingau

Restaurant Jean Eltville

Um eine mit Sicherheit etwas längere Geschichte zur Entstehung des Restaurant Jean zu kürzen: Der frankophilen Ader der Familie Frankenbach ist zu verdanken, das Sohnemann Johaennes (“Jean”) sich intensiv der französischen Küche gewidmet hat und mit seinem Restaurant Jean seit einigen Jahren gute Erfolge zu verbuchen hat. Nicht nur die regionalen Führer überschlagen sich mit Empfehlungen, auch der Guide Michelin liess es sich nicht nehmen das Restaurant mit einem Stern zu adeln. An einem sommerlichen Sonntagabend entschlossen wir uns das Restaurant zu besuchen und dem auf dem Grund zu gehen. Wir wählten das 5-Gänge Menu mit 2 Zwischengängen zum Preis von 74 Euro (mit Weinbegleitung 94 euro) Read the rest of this entry »

Restaurant Benu***, San Francisco – When Asian flavors meet French techniques

Benu in San Francisco was the last of 3 fine dining stops during our West Coast vacation. Chef Corey Lee is everything but a newbie, having worked 9 years with famed chef Thomas Keller prior to opening his own venue in 2010.  He is known for combining classical French technique with Asian ingredients and flavours as well as for bringing in all the accuracy he had already proved at the French Laundry and Per Se. By consequence, Benu has been awarded its third Michelin star in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Restaurant Commis, Oakland – Comme il faut!

Commis was the second fine dining stop during our West Coast trip. There’s a lot to like about this restaurant which is located in Oakland, just accross the bridge coming from San Francisco. James Syhabout has created a concept that brings together the relaxed atmosphere of a bistro with high-end cuisine. Bistronomy if you like, but rather fine dining. Anyhow, it is a place where you can relax, lay back and enjoy a meal at the highest level with lots of creativity and executed with zero flaw.

The dishes are precise in the balance of textures and temperatures, but foremost always impressing with flavor interaction. Someone understood how to find the right rules and boundaries to put his talent and creativity on the plate!

Also, I have to say beforehand how I am puzzled about how much of a bargain this place is. 110 USD for the menu is a steal. But let’s tell the story step by step: Read the rest of this entry »

Restaurant Manresa**, Los Gatos – welcome to the subtle zone


Finally I’m there. Manresa is allegedly (according to lists such as OAD top 100 for example) one of America’s top restaurants and one I’ve been particularly fond of trying. The type of cuisine focusing on local and of course seasonal ingredients, and bringing inventive dishes on the table that surprise diners rather than going into stereotypes, had caught my attention for a long time. Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: Fine Dining,USA

Stanley Diamond, La Buvette – Bistronomie mit New York Flair im Bahnhofsviertel

Und wieder tut sich was im frankfurter Bahnhofsviertel. In der Ottostrasse, umrandet von 2 ostafrikanischen Kneipen, befindet sich seit geraumer Zeit das Stanley Diamond – La Buvette. Es handelt sich um das neueste Projekt der IMA-Jungs, die mit Ihrem Restaurant im nahe gelegenen Levis Hotel sowie der Pastrami-Bar Maxie Eisen schon viel zur Aufwertung des Stadtteils beigetragen haben. Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: Frankfurt