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What is your most memorable dining experience?

post #1 of 16
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If you had to choose a single dining experience, what was it that made it special and which dishes stood out in your mind? What did you enjoy about the restaurant?

post #2 of 16

hakkasan hanwayplace london.

 

tempura softshellkrab!!!! i just looooooove softshellkrab

 

kumquat mojito, by far the best cocktail i had till now

 

the setting, the waiters, the interior, the whole pakkage was sublime

post #3 of 16
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The photos from your dining experience look amazing. What a great place. I have not yet been to London but hope to make it there someday. Funny, I've been to 11 countries in Europe but not England!  Thanks for sharing your experience. 

Soft shell crab is my favorite too. Love this season.

The best cocktail I've had was at  Rick Bayless' Topolobampo in Chicago.  They have a margarita menu and their margaritas are to die for.

post #4 of 16
i've never had a margarita before, shame on me :-)
i've always wanted to make soft shell cran at me work but the chef does'nt like soft shell!!!
such a shame
post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 
Margaritas are soo good. We have a lot of Mexican restaurants in Chicago with great margaritas.
Wow, a chef who doesn't like soft shell crab? He should at least realize that his customers probably do!
: ) Soft shell crabs are one of the joys of life!
post #6 of 16

Best dining expereance (so far and I've only been there for lunch. Work keeps me from dining out at night that much) Oak at Fourteenth in Boulder Colorado. The item that won me over was the Tomato braised meatballs with Anson Mills grits and burrata cheese. I can live in the cast iron skillet they come served in for the rest of my life they are that good. The grits were super luscious with the addition of parmersan cheese. The burrata just puts it over the top.
They have an extensive drink list that's season along with the lunch and dinner menu. The best drink I've had yet was the Oaxacan Marigold..smokey Mezcal, Reposado Tequila and mole bitters? Yes please!! Also helps that your ice cube is a hand carved sphere of ice.

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the first time I ate at Le Manoir, Raymond Blanc's restaurant. His food is sublime.


http://www.manoir.com/web/olem/le_manoir.jsp
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The most memorable dining experience that I've had to date was Cyrus in Healdsburg, CA. Everything on the tasting menu was yummy but these were the best dishes:

 

 

Foie Gras Torchon with Fig and Port Reduction, Fig "Glass", and Brioche

 

 

Tallegio and Truffle Risotto with Corn and Truffle Foam

 

Raspberry Yuzu Tart with Cream Cheese Ice Cream, Raspberry and Cream Cheese Powder

post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thanks everyone for sharing! Cyrus looks wonderful, and Boulder CO sounds idyllic. I visited Raymond Blanc's website for that restaurant and it looks like 5 stars!  I want to go now!

 

My most memorable dining experience was with my husband at Le Grand Vefour in Paris, France. It was sublime!  What an historical place with the largest cheese tray I've ever seen.

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I was invited to give a lecture in Monte Carlo about 10 years ago.  I arrived from California after traveling for about 18 hours but got to the  hotel feeling surprisingly awake and energetic.  I asked the concierge what he thought the odds were of getting a table for 1 at Ducasse's restaurant, Louis XV.   Of course he said unlikely but called anyway and lo and behold I got a table.  I was alone, in the middle of a very elegant dining room and stayed, enjoying dish after dish, from 8 PM to after midnight.  The staff was excellent and being along I was a bit of an oddity (maybe they thought I was a Michelin critic).  I remember that several of the dishes were accented with a variety of olive oils.   A pea soup (sounds mundane but it was quite the opposite), was bright green, redolent, and finished at the table when the waiter added a dash of olive oil.  The soup was multiflavored with various spices, but the sweetness and freshness of the peas stood out.  A fabulous dish and the best soup I have had anywhere.  I know this sounds pretentious, but you asked so......

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Coleen S:  I agre that The Grand Vefour in Paris is really great!  I agree with Coleen.  The first time I went there was ages ago when Raymond Oliver was the executive chef.  A frogs leg soufflee stood out as really remarkable.  I've been back twice since Guy Martin took over and really liked his cuisine as well.  I was sorry to see when he lost his third star, for reasons that escape me.  The setting is absolutely fantastic and  unique.  La Belle Epoque. 
 

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While visiting Rome, I got lost looking for a certain restaurant. By the time I found it, there wasn't a single seat available and I was starving, so I simply went across the street to this small family-owned trattoria, called Il Fico. Simply put, I had the single best pasta dish I've ever savoured in my life, a white Amatriciana with truffle. Coupled with the super-friendly staff, the fragrant fig trees, and just being in Rome, the whole experience was something else. 

post #13 of 16

Manny years ago I took a 3 and 2 star restaurant tour of France. UNBELIEVABLE each place was an experience, and I doubt if they could be topped.

Chef EdB
Over 50 years in food service business 35 as Ex Chef. Specializing in Volume upscale Catering both on and off premise .(former Exec. Chef in the largest on premise caterer in US  with 17 Million Dollars per year annual volume). 
      Well versed in all facets of Continental Cuisine...

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Chef EdB
Over 50 years in food service business 35 as Ex Chef. Specializing in Volume upscale Catering both on and off premise .(former Exec. Chef in the largest on premise caterer in US  with 17 Million Dollars per year annual volume). 
      Well versed in all facets of Continental Cuisine...

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post #14 of 16
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@Mamelok, you do not sound pretentious at all. What a wonderful surprise to have gotten a table at Ducasse's restaurant!  Have yet to try his restaurants or Joel Robuchon's.  Would love to try Taillevent.  I haven't met anyone who has also eaten at Le Grand Vefour so it's great to hear about your experience.

 

@regisundertow, sometimes those smaller, non-Michelin rated places can impact us  in such a meaningful way and feel like we discovered a hidden gem.  We found a similar place in Mykonos, a Greek island where the locals were eating. It was not fancy or touristy at all. It was family run but it was the best seafood I've ever had.

 

@Chefedb, that sounds incredible and something I would love to do. Sounds like Touring Food Mecca!  What an experience that many people never have the chance to do. Which restaurants do you recall and what was your best memory there?

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Restaurant Pik in Valance, Rest. Paul Bocuse In Leone, Chantaclair in Niece, Jules Verne in Paris, Alain Ducase.  and many other unrated places that were great.  Lunch in a better place took min. of 3 hours  soup to nuts

Chef EdB
Over 50 years in food service business 35 as Ex Chef. Specializing in Volume upscale Catering both on and off premise .(former Exec. Chef in the largest on premise caterer in US  with 17 Million Dollars per year annual volume). 
      Well versed in all facets of Continental Cuisine...

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Chef EdB
Over 50 years in food service business 35 as Ex Chef. Specializing in Volume upscale Catering both on and off premise .(former Exec. Chef in the largest on premise caterer in US  with 17 Million Dollars per year annual volume). 
      Well versed in all facets of Continental Cuisine...

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Paul Bocuse, Jules Verne and Alain Ducasse - wow those are big names - it doesn't get much better!  Fantastic!

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