Category Archives: France

Le Grand Vefour 👍👍👍👍👌

Stunning, old world restaurant in the Palais-Royal with the original decor from the 1780s. One feels like an Emperor dining in a classical French palace with modern day tuxedo servers everywhere you look. Reeks of elegance, money, power, class..all the things we are not, nor ever aspired to be, nor ever could be…lots of “nors” in our lives…

Service exceptional!!! There are six people in our little parlour. We have at least four people serving us. Focus on making sure we get that which we want before we know we wanted the same. Yippeee!!!

Chef Guy Martin greeted us at the door and “Mr David” introduced himself. Our recent friend we met at Robuchon St. Germain, Fumi-san, made an excellent introduction. Domo arigato, Fumi-san!!!

Serious wine list. Very happy with the 1/2s so chose two. Only problem is the price, which is near what we would expect to pay for a full bottle! C’est la vie…

Glass of N.M. Duval LeRoy 1er Cru Fleur de Champagne Blanc for an aperitif. Does not suck, especially for an aperitif!!!

Half bottle of 2009 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru “Les Combettes” Domaine Vincent Girardin. Outstanding Burgundy nose, slightly floral and creamy with excellent fruit. Nice, fairly long, smooth finish. Happy we be!

Half bottle of 2008 Chambolle-Musigny Clos du Village Domaine Antonin Guyon. The Sommelier surprised me by choosing (a) a wine I did not short-list, (b) a “village” wine and (c) a less expensive wine than my short-list. A first!!! Having said that, an excellent first. Soft, feminine red Burgundy with a nice, elegant, Queen of England sorta finish…I can feel the “royal wave” in my tummy.

Chateldon (sparkling) and Thanon (still) both excellent waters! We ordered, by error, the Evian. Next time we shall not err as Evian cannot touch Thanon.

Amuse bouche was a creamy cauliflower and oil sauce in a shot glass with a solid piece of what appeared to be a lightly cooked slab of tuna.  Tres yummy.

Our appetizer of various veggies was far too pretty to eat so we declined to eat it…yeah, right! OMYG. Simple broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, mushrooms, etc, but so crunchy and fresh and seasoned in such a way – primarily with mustard – to be a Thai-like orgy in the mouth. Mushrooms don’t rank high for us, but in this dish…Wow!!! We ate all of it! Continue reading Le Grand Vefour 👍👍👍👍👌

Le Foch 👍👍👍👍

A beautiful, classic and classy, old world, business-oriented (mostly businessmen in suits) Michelin One Star restaurant arranged by Louis Roederer.  A very cold five minute walk, but to be expected in December….brrr!!!

Yippee, they have Chateldon water, our fav!!! We do not get this light version of bubbled water too often in Asia, but smile and have a bottle of teeny bubbles whenever offered the opportunity!  We tried to buy a year’s supply of Chateldon directly from them, but we received no response.  Great to have more business than you need…we guess!

The Champagne list, not surprisingly, was massive. Wine list equally impressive. We doubt we know more than 10% of the champagnes on the list.  When we think of how many delicate bubbles have passed through our palates over the last few decades, we always are shocked to visit a restaurant where 90% of the list remains unknown…will we ever sip them all?  Unlikely, but we live by the motto:  We plan to sip forever…or die trying…

Glass of NV Henriot Brut Souverain. Very nice, light, fresh, dispersed bubbles, slightly sour finish. Pretty good and reasonable value.

A bottle of Gaidoz Forget Quintessence Brut 1er Cru Champagne. Equally reasonably priced. Very powerful and heavy nose like a Pinot Noir. Quite heavy, creamy and well-structured on the palate. A lot was going on in this tres masculine champagne. Hard to call it a “champagne” as it was so creamy. Blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Five years in cellar. Very definitely more Pinot Noir, from our perspective. Huge champagne that easily goes with meat.  Very good, but not our fav.

Amuse bouche was a shot glass of boullion (warm, very helpful given the season), Foie Gras (frog grass) and a candy tomato with sesame seeds that was mega-interesting for every sense!!!

Excellent, traditional lil baguette with very nice butter. Better than Sketch or Robuchon, surprisingly. Only one piece….for us…plenty more available!  Too much yummy bread everyday!!!

Creme de chou fleur, foie gras chaud et girolles. Butter, butter, butter…duh. Having said that, we immensely enjoyed the soup. Good mushrooms.  Excellent!

Raviole virtuelle de saint Jacques et Marennes d’Oleron. Almost like a scallop ceviche with a fresh, slightly sour cream. Very complex dish as a lot going on in the palate. Too much cream for us and the scallops a bit too “alive”, but quite tasty. A struggle to finish half, but not a bad struggle!!!

Pigeonneau roti, chou farci et lard frais. Overwhelming presentation with the pigeon flying in your face in a big way. We slaughtered it like a Cantonese warrior in battle!!! The mashed potatoes were as good as anywhere, Robuchon included. OMYG!!! The cabbage caneloni with mushroom and meat, no doubt pigeon, mashed was excellent. The slab of pig was soooo fat that we experienced a blip on the heart monitor after just one bite!!!  Exceptional dish from A to Z.

Bar au beurre d’algues, coeur d’artichaut et fleur de capres. Stunning presentation. Tres yummy. Perfectly prepared Sea Bass…we mean perfect. The crepe was nice. The sauce was not too overwhelming with butter or salt, just a hint,, which appealed to us. Outstanding!!! Alas, we only finished half. Given only stretching this morning (we planned to jog, but too cold), cheese, dessert and dinner tonight, we have to be sensible.  Sipping ‘n snacking can be tiring!!!

Le plateau de fromages. Huge offering of the sort of cheese that makes the French leaders in the field!!! We had some Comte and some local, soft cheeses. Impossible to pronounce…easy to smell…happy to eat!  Thankful for a late dinner as we are full….for a week. Tonight will be a struggle…happy problem!

Sable Breton, citron et framboises dessert. Oh, c’mon!!!  To die for…

Moelleux au chocolat de Saint Domingue, sorbet mangue. Oh, c’mon!!!  Let’s die yet again!!!

 

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Le Foch👍👍👍👍
37 Boulevard Foch
51100 REIMS
France
http://www.lefoch.com

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Sable Breton, citron et framboises dessert
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Gaidoz Forget Quintessence Brut 1er Cru Champagne

Wining and dining…and relaxing and sleeping…all-in-one exceptional destinations…in FRANCE

Quite a few countries offer exceptionally delightful, relaxing, dining and sleeping destinations. These rare, Grand Cru-like blends offer discerning travellers an opportunity to embrace idyllic settings while dining at Oh My Yummy God restaurants and stumbling to exceedingly comfortable snoring – oops, snoozing – environments.
The destinations below are not for a quick lunch or dinner and taxi back to another hotel.  You want to arrive early afternoon, enjoy the natural beauty of the property and the surrounding area, spend some time in the fitness centre and/or spa or just hike around the wooded areas, catch a happy hour sip in the bar, prepare for and enjoy a long, culinary extravaganza along with wonderful wine  for dinner and carefully make your way to slumberland at or around the clock striking Midnight.

Continue reading Wining and dining…and relaxing and sleeping…all-in-one exceptional destinations…in FRANCE

L’Astrance 👍👍👌

After nearly two kilometers walking in the miserable rain, we gave up and boarded the Metro. Fortunately, the man in the Information booth understood English, researched the closest station to the restaurant, sold us a ticket and told us the stop. All in French, bless his little soul. Voila…we could not understand him. We started looking at the board and suddenly realized he had said TROCADERO. Well, we at least hoped he said that because we set off in that direction. A quick look at the map confirmed we were heading in the right direction…whew! Continue reading L’Astrance 👍👍👌

Restaurant Pierre Gagnaire – Chef’s Table 👍👍👍👍👍

We are unabashed Pierre Gagnaire “Groupies”. Simply stated, returning to this Michelin Three Star palace of culinary conquests always is a pleasure. We have even greater expectations, if possible, as we are being treated to Pierre’s new (since 2013) Chef’s Table. Allez, Allez Continue reading Restaurant Pierre Gagnaire – Chef’s Table 👍👍👍👍👍

Restaurant Guy Savoy 👍👍👍👍👍

A nightmare two hour journey from our hotel to this stunning Michelin Three Star restaurant. The taxi drivers decided to strike today in opposition to the introduction of Urbus, which allows consumers to have more involvement/control with their taxi experiences. Idiots! The Marriott hotel staff, who possess less intelligence than a single cell amoeba, only exacerbated the situation on more levels than worth mentioning here. Marriott will get an earful!!!

In any event, we met Chef Savoy at his Las Vegas restaurant – which was fabulous – and we were compelled to try his HQ. He visited all the tables and smiled graciously when we reminded him of our visit to Las Vegas. Continue reading Restaurant Guy Savoy 👍👍👍👍👍