french food

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Glasshouse, The
14 Station Parade, Kew TW9 3PZ
London
United Kingdom
GB

My boyfriend took me to Glasshouse for my birthday. Glasshouse is one of those restaurants that for years I have seen in the Hardens guide as one of the most mentioned restaurants, that always scored very well on the quality of food, but that I have never visited myself before, mainly because it is located in Kew, so not that easy to get to. Hence I was very happy when my boyfriend booked this and surprised me. The Glasshouse serves modern British food and is owned by Nigel Platts-Martin and Bruce Poole, who also owned two other restaurants in London Chez Bruce and La Trompette (MMm) and out of these two, I prefer Chez Bruce. The Glasshouse opened in 1999 and got its first Michelin star in 2002.

Maija rated: 

3.50

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Café du March des Enfants Rouges
37 rue de Bretagne 75003
Paris
France
FR

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On a Sunday morning I wanted to get some brunch with my five friends in Paris. We were staying in the Marais area and so wanted to get food somewhere close by. We walked past quite a few places and Café du March des Enfants Rouges looked nice and we had not yet visited this brasserie and so decided to go there. Café du March des enfants rouges is a typical French brasserie, with red decor, loud French speaking waiters, tables and chairs outside where people drink coffee, eat a croissant and smoke a cigarette and with the more serious eaters inside. It is named after Le Marche des Enfants Rouges which is the oldest food market in Paris, built in 1615 under the rule of King Louis XIII, and the market means “Market of the Red Children” and the name comes from a nearby 17th century orphanage where the children wore red uniforms.

Maija rated: 

1.50

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Café Charlot
38 Rue de Bretagne 75003
Paris
France
FR

I was staying in Paris with my girlfriends for the weekend and on a Saturday morning we all fancied some light breakfast/ brunch in the neighbourhood area where we were staying. One of my friends suggested we go to Café Charlot, a neighbourhood French brasserie. Café Charlot is located on the corner of Rue Charlot and Rue de Bretagne in the Le Marais area in Paris. It is a very typical brasserie with people sitting outside and enjoying their morning cigarette and coffee and people sitting inside and eating a more substantial meal.  When we arrived at around 11.00 the place was full and they had problems finding us a table where to sit as there were seven of us.

Maija rated: 

2.00

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Derriere
69 Rue des Gravilliers 75003
Paris
France
FR

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I was visiting Paris with 7 girls and for our Saturday dinner, before hitting the clubs, we decided to visit Restaurant Derriere. Restaurant Derriere is located in the trendy Marais area, in the 3rd arrondissement of Paris, hidden behind 4x4 Restaurant Damilial and the trendy Andy Wahloo bar hence it is called Derrier (as in behind) and it was opened in November 2008. They call themselves a “French cooking flat” or “home away from home” I guess because of the decor it feels like you are in someone else’s flat when you walk in, and the idea is that you can entertain friends here “at home” every night.

Maija rated: 

4.50

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Café de Flore
172 Boulevard Saint-Germain 75006
Paris
France
FR

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Café de Flore is a French brasserie on the trendy Rue Saint Germain on the left side of the Seine river. We were walking on Rue Saint Germain and my friend Katrina suggested we stop there for a late light lunch as she said this place was quite famous (clearly is as they even have their own Wikipedia page that says they are one of the oldest and the most prestigious coffeehouses in Paris, celebrated for its famous clientele and Café de Flore has hosted many intellectuals since World War II!!). The name of the Cafe is taken from a sculpture of Flora, goddess of flowers and the season of spring in Roman mythology, located on the opposite side of the boulevard.

Maija rated: 

2.00

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Le Petite Maison
Le Petite Maison, Trade Centre
Dubai
United Arab Emirates
AE

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Le Petite Maison in London (MMMMM) is one of my favourite restaurants in London, one of the few 5M restaurants. Le Petite Maison in Dubai is supposed to be the 92nd best restaurant in the world, according to the St Pellegrino awards, and the 2nd best restaurant in UAE (after Zuma) according to this list, when the London Le Petite Maison does not feature on this ranking system, I was super keen to come here when I was in Dubai for a few days.

Maija rated: 

4.50

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Millésimes 62
13 Place de Catalogne, 75014
Paris
France
FR

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One of my friends suggested Millésimes 62 restaurant for lunch, as it was convenient for us to meet there. Millesiumes 62 is located on a roundabout, on Place de Catalogne, close to the Montparnasse train station. It’s not quite a brasserie, it is more of a restaurant, and they serve French food with a strong influence from the South and Provence. The inside of the restaurant was pleasant, with a few different areas, dining room, bar and they also have a private room. We were seated in the dining room where you could find nice sofas, white tablecloths. Millésimes 62 was originally opened in 2005 but the current owners, Sandrine and Stéphane Savorgnan, took it over in 2007, and Sadrine has worked in hospitality and Stéphane is a chef that has worked in many restaurants, so together they know how to run a restaurant. The main chef at the moment however is David Ditte.

Maija rated: 

3.00

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Little Social
5 Pollen Street, W1S 1NE
London
United Kingdom
GB

Little Social is a sister restaurant to the now very famous Pollen Street Social (MMMM – see my review) which is located across the street facing Little Social, and both are owned by the talented chef Jason Atherton. Little Social is a more casual, less pricey restaurant than Pollen Street Social (on average starters are £9 in Little Social and £14 in Pollen Street Social and main courses £20 in Little Social and £30/£35 in Pollen Street Social), and for me the food is almost as good, if not as good, and Little Social does great value for money as on their fixed menu, 2 courses cost you £21 and 3 courses £25. Little Social serves you British produce cooked in a modern British/ French way.
 

Maija rated: 

4.50

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Le Manoir Aux Quat Saisons
Church Road, Great Milton, OX44 7PD
Oxford
United Kingdom
GB

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My amazing boyfriend was observing the Latvian celebration of my namesday and had bought me a present, a day in Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons where I attended a Clarins make-up session, Raymond Blanc cookery school and which finished with a wonderful lunch.

Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons is a luxury hotel and restaurant in the village of Great Multon, near Oxford in Oxfordshire. The hotel is absolutely beautiful and like a small cute and beautiful cottage located in a historic manor house. The rooms are not cheap and the cheapest one is around £600, and it also features the famous chef’s Raymod Blanc’s restaurant with his own vegetable garden next to Le Manoir where he grows quite a few of the things he later cooks in his restaurant. We visited the two-acre vegetable garden after our meal, and it was so interesting to see 90 types of vegetable and 70 varieties of herbs all grow there.

Maija rated: 

4.00

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Amarone
Meent 72-A, 3011 JN
Rotterdam
Netherlands
NL

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Amarone is a 1 Michelin star restaurant in Rotterdam. It looks very polite and like a Michelin star restaurant with white tablecloths and very sophisticated inside with an open kitchen on one side of the restaurant. The main chef is Gert Blom who serves French food, and Amarone also has an impressive wine cellar with over 500 wines, and their wine sommelier Harrie Baas has apparently won many awards.

My friends Rob and Cornelis really like this restaurant and go there a lot and I have been there with them on a few occasions as well. On this occasion a big group of us went there for lunch. I absolutely love the amuse bouche or little snacks that they brought us before we ordered our meal, which included very delicious cheese croquettes, crispy bread with nice salami and a filled small tomato. 

Maija rated: 

3.50

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