Gourmet Chinese food enjoyed within the Summer Palace itself. This ass-kicking hotel restaurant had it all going – the traditional deco, the service, the ambience and the location. Different from most Chinese restaurants that I’ve been, this one was quiet and the waitron knew what service was. Honestly, after 8 years of bad service in China, this place was a paradise found.
Bateaux Parisiens was a restaurant / cruise that operates on the Seine. With the iconic Paris as its back drop, the beautifully arrange French cuisine was just orgasmic. We did the lunch cruise 12:45 service premier (front of the boat, next to the window). 2 hours of pure Parisian romance. With generous helping of champagne, wine, cake, starter, main, cheese, dessert, and more wine. I had major food coma. We were really lucky that there was hardly any body on the cruise on that day. I think there was only 6 tables? So we had plenty of good service and attention from the waitrons.
Contemporary French cuisine experience in the middle of nowhere. Do you know where Saint Alban de Roche is? (I did not) Anyways, chef Romain Hubert is simply brilliant. The dishes are imaginative and a tickle to all the senses – sight, aroma and taste. His artistic flare with flavours and complex cooking method really does pay off. Think foam and paper thin aubergine… His restaurant serves upon appointment only. Just himself and a waitron. More chic and less pompous than the usual French gourmet restaurant.
Authentic French cuisine cooking experience, full house French chefs with full on Franglais 😛 or just straight French. If you are serious about cooking, you must know French, right? Chefs are super cute.