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Tantris
Johann-Fichte-Straße 7, 80805
Munich
Germany
DE

Tantris is supposed to be the best restaurant in Munich, and because I was visiting my mum who lives in Munich, I wanted to go there when I was there. Tantris has 2 Michelin stars and has been voted the 10th best restaurant in Germany as well as the 85th best restaurant in the world by the St Pellegrino Restaurant Awards. Tantris is an old restaurant and opened in 1971, and shortly afterwards was awarded first one, and then two Michelin stars, and at that time no other restaurant in Germany had more than 2 Michelin stars. Tantris as you can imagine has had many chefs over the years, but at the moment the main chef is Hans Haas who has also been voted the top chef in Germany.

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4.50

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Chez Lili et Marcel
1 Quai Austerlitz, 75013
Paris
France
FR

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Chez Lili et Marcel is a wonderful French brasserie quite close to one of my clients in Paris, so I have been there on a few occasions. This time my colleague Alex and I wanted to grab a quick lunch so we went there on Tuesday lunchtime. Chez Lili et Marcel is located on the south side of the Seine on a corner of a street and when we went there it was absolutely full and we were shown to one of the few unoccupied tables. The place is wonderful and typical, with wooden tables and chairs and typical brasserie food.

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2.50

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Les Trois Garcons
1 Club Row, E1 6JX
London
United Kingdom
GB

I have been going to Shoreditch House and Beach Blanket Babylon for around 6 years now, and I have never noticed Les Trois Garcons, which is situated right next to the before mentioned places and has been there even before them. Les Trois Garcons is a funny one, as it has a long history and many stories about it, which the people that know really like and appreciate and see when they enter Les Trois Garcons, but which the average restaurant goer may miss.

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3.00

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Balthazar
4-6 Russell Street, WC2B 5HZ
London
United Kingdom
GB

This has been the most anticipated opening of the whole year. For 2 years now I have been reading how the New Yorks’s famous Balthazar will be opening in London, and finally a few months ago it finally happened and Balthazar is now located in Covent Garden. The London born Keith McNally is behind Balthazar, and he has opened up many restaurants in New York, but arguably Balthazar which he opened in 1996 in New York is his most famous one, hence everyone has been so excited about this British man opening the same restaurant in London. The design of Balthazar is the same in London as it is in New York, and it feels a bit like a very crowded brasserie full of mirrors and lights. Note I did think it was very crowded and noisy and there is not a lot of space in between the tables and by the tables so they definitely have tried to get as many tables there as they could. I did like the design overall though and Balthazar had a pleasant expensive brasserie feel to it.

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3.00

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Hammersley's Bistro
553 Tremont Street, MA 02116,
Boston
United States
US

I am a huge fan of the Frommers travel guides and whenever I go to a new city, I always buy the Frommers guide and follow many of their suggestions. My Boston Frommers guide recommended me to visit Hammersley’s Bistro as according to them, this was one of the best dining experiences in Boston, as Hammersley’s Bistro is both a neighbourhood restaurant and a special occasion restaurant, and the chef and TV personality Julia Child encouraged Gordon and Fiona Hamersley to open Hammersley’s Bistro

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3.00

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Brawn
49 Columbia Road, E2 7RG
London
United Kingdom
GB

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This restaurant created a lot of hype when it first opened in Hackney 2 years ago and was named one of the best newcomer restaurants by the Hardens guide and for 2 years running now is in the Harden’s list for best French restaurants under £50/ person. This is a sister restaurant to Soif (have not been there) and Terroirs, another French restaurant which is more central (in Charring Cross), and which I visited last year and very much enjoyed, hence I was always keen to go to Brawn as well.

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2.50

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L'Autre Pied
5-7 Blandford Street, W1U 3DB
London
United Kingdom
GB

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Every year by using my credit card I accumulate points, which I can spend on various things, and last year I decided to use my points for a Michelin star dining voucher. Out of all the places where I could redeem my voucher, I chose L’Autre Pied, as it is quite close to where I live in Marylebone and also was one of the few restaurants that offered to accept the voucher on weekends (in most other restaurants you could only redeem the voucher on weekdays). L’Autre Pied has 1 Michelin star and is the sister restaurant of Pied a Terre, another Michelin star restaurant which has 2 stars. L’Autre Pied opened in 2007 under the main chef Marcus Eaves, but he has now gone (to Pied a Terre) and Andy McFadden has replaced him.
 

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3.00

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Cobea
11 Rue Raymond Losserand, 75014
Paris
France
FR

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My French friend Remy loves Cobea and suggested we go there for lunch. Cobea is located on the left side of the Siene in the Montparnasse district (14th district of Paris) and is located in a restored old 1920s house, and the house has large windows from which you can see a green space and many plants including cobeas. Cobea is named after a beautiful purple flower (in English Cathedral Bell flower) because apparently Cobea flower has a “drive for quality”, and this is a “hearty, exotic flower that evokes the smells and flavours they wish to convey”.  The cobea also represents a universal spirit as it grows in many latitudes. Also restaurant’s name includes the first two letters of the partner’s names, with the final “a” to indicate “associate”.

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4.50

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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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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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