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L'Atelier de Joel Robouchon
5 Rue Montalembert, 75007
Paris
France
FR

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I have already reviewed the London L’Atelier de Joel Robouchon which just like the Paris one has 2 Michelin stars and is owned by the same man, Mr Joel Robouchon, so to get more information about his restaurants “L’Atelier de Joel Robouchon” you should the London review. I think the food is extremely good and almost the same in both restaurants (if you like a dish in 1 L’Atelier you are almost certain to find this dish in another one), but out of both experiences, I prefer the London one, which I gave 5Ms and the Paris one 4.5Ms. There are 2 “L’Atelier de Joel Robouchon” restaurants in Paris, one closer to the L’Etoile or the Arc de Triomphe, and the other one south of the river (or the left side of Seine as the locals say) in the 7th district, and this is the flagship restaurant of Joel Robouchon and the one that is listed as the 24th best restaurant in the world in the San Pellegrino restaurant awards.

Maija rated: 

4.50

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Upstairs at the Ten Bells
84 Commercial Street E1 6LY
London
United Kingdom
GB

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I had read a lot of reviews of this restaurant in Shoreditch so I booked a table there for dinner for me and my boyfriend on a Friday evening. Ten Bells is a pub in Shoreditch where Jack the Ripper killed one of his victims, Mary Kelly, so it is famous. It is a very small pub and upstairs on the first floor there is a restaurant with the obvious name “Upstairs at the ten bells”. Giorgio Ravelli is the Head Chef and the restaurant serves modern British, seasonal food and initially it was a pop up but it got so many good reviews it is now permanent.

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Locanda Locatelli
8 Seymour Street W1H 7JZ
London
United Kingdom
GB

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I went to Locanda Locatelli located the Churchill Hyatt hotel close to Marble Arch in to celebrate Valentine’s day with my bfriend. I had been there once 5 years ago and I really enjoyed that time and as we rarely eat Italian, I thought this was a great place to go for a romantic dinner. Locanda Locatelli is run by Giorgio Locatelli and despite the fact he opened this restaurant 10 years ago, he is still physically present there and works there (and I know as I saw him speaking to a table next to us during our dinner), which is remarkable and in contrast to other chefs like Gordon Ramsey who are more seen on TV than in their restaurants. Giorgio Locatelli comes from a cooking dynasty from Northern Italy and he is considered one of the best chefs in the world. At Locanda Locatelli, Giorgio serves traditional Italian dishes, emphasising the quality and freshness of the produce as well as adding his own creative touch.

Maija rated: 

3.50

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L'Atelier de Joel Robouchon
13-15 West Street WC2H 9NE
London
United Kingdom
GB

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L’Atelier de Joel Robouchon together with La Petite Maison are my two favourite French restaurants in London. I always say French food is not my favourite type of Food, but having said that I could survive on meals from these two restaurants. Joël Robouchon behind this restaurant is seriously impressive and he has restaurants in London, Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong as well as other cities, and has a total of 25 Michelin stars among his restaurants, more than any other chef in the world, and his Paris based restaurant is the 12th best restaurant in the world according to the St Pellegrino awards. L’Atelier de Joel Robouchon used to have 1 Michelin star and they recently were awarded their second one (I think very well deserved).

Maija rated: 

5.00

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Mikla
The Marmara Pera, Meşrutiyet Caddesi 15 34430
Istanbul
Turkey
TR

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This is the closest to Michelin dining that I have been to in Istanbul, but not many people seem to know about it as even my Turkish colleagues were wondering what this place was when I mentioned it to them. I loved Mikla and in this restaurant you will be offered an amuse bouche, petite fours (so the usual Michelin attributes) and in between a lovely meal full of creativity and using ingredients from all over Turkey. The main chef is Mehmet Gürs, who is Swedish born, but who moved to Istanbul in 1996 and since then has become a mini celebrity and won many awards for himself, for Mikla and also written some books. Mikla opened in 2005, and it is influenced by the Turkish-Scandinavian background of Mehmet, however I only felt the Turkish influence and I did not even know there was supposed to be a Scandinavian twist to the meal until after a few days later when I started reading about this restaurant.

Maija rated: 

5.00

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Ducksoup
41 Dean Street W1D 4PY
London
United Kingdom
GB

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I was a bit disappointed by this recently opened place that has been generating big publicity and got good reviews by the FT and evening standard and the concept of cool, european type tapas in Soho is great, but there were a few problems: 1) there was no room in the restaurant, it is cute to have small places but this was so small, and the tables put together so close, I had no place where to put my bags and I could not move, 2) the concept of the food is good - european cool tapas (see menu in the picture), but for some strange reason a lot of the dishes just did not work … octopus and lamb chops that I had were amazing, but the meatballs, mozzarella, mushrooms and papardelle pasta with beef ragu were a bit tasteless. I give this place 3 Ms.

Date: 03/02/12

Maija rated: 

4.00

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Black Pig and White Pearls
61 Stoke Newington High Street N16 8EL
London
United Kingdom
GB

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I really liked this Spanish tapas place in Dalston when I went there. I wanted to catch up with my friend Harry, and he lives north of Dalston, so he suggested we go to “Black pig and white pearls” as he had walked past this place and he thought it looked interesting. As I am always keen to try out new places, even in remote parts of London, like Dalston, I was very keen to go there. Dalston is super trendy and edgy (if you don’t know where it is, and as this is a fairly new place a lot of people don’t, it is north of Shoreditch) and “Black pig and white pearls” fits right in, as from the outside the building is black and there is no sign on the house, and the only thing that lets you know you have come to the right place is a blackboard located on the street with the name of the place. I went inside and I instantly liked the atmosphere and the decor.

Maija rated: 

4.00

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Cafe Pushkin
Tverskoy Boulevard, 26а 125009
Moscow
Russia
RU

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The story of why and how the restaurant Café Pushkin (or just Pushkin for the locals) came about is so interesting, it could have been the beginning of one of Pushkin’s stories as well (hopefully I don’t need to explain who Pushkin is in detail, but if for some strange reason you don’t know he was one of the best writers in Russia in the 19th century). Apparently 40 years ago Gilbert Becaud, a Frenchman, gave performances in Moscow and he wrote a song “Natalie” in which he said “We are walking around Moscow, visiting the Red Square and you are saying learned words about Lenin, the revolution, but I am thinking: “I wish we sat in the “Café Pushkin”, we would be drinking hot chocolate and talking of other things… ”.The song apparently became popular in France, and Frenchmen came to Moscow and searched for “Café Pushkin” and failed to find it because it did not exist.

Maija rated: 

4.50

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Clos Maggiore
33 Covent Garden WC2E 8JD
London
United Kingdom
GB

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Clos Maggiore is supposed to be the most romantic restaurants in London according to the Hardens guide and it is located in Covent Garden. It is a big restaurant, with many floors, and the most romantic part is in the garden/ conservatory that is full of flowers, so if you want to have the most romantic experience there, make sure you specify you want to sit there when you go (note I sat on another floor, which was still very pleasant and romantic, it had a nice fire to create a pleasant atmosphere). Clos Maggiore serves contemporary French food influenced by Tuscany and Provence, and appearantly has an amazing wine list (the FT wine critic Jancis Robinson appearantly got very excited when she saw the wine menu).

Maija rated: 

4.00

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