The New Eleven Madison Park 2017

After some summer fun in the Hamptons, it’s back to business for Eleven Madison Park, which has returned to its NYC address with some big changes in store. The first is the physical renovation, in which the black booths have been removed to make way for blue fabric banquettes that open up the dining room space and make things feel more like a lively but intimate parlor room. The bar has also expanded, which is good news for those who might want to walk-in or do the less fussy 5-course $155 bar tasting experience. Even the place settings have also undergone a makeover, which you can read about more here in the NY Times.Read More

Mirazur Restaurant in Menton, France

mirazur in menton, france

Menton is a third-tier city in the French Riviera that gets passed over in favor of its glitzier neighbors. But its one claim to fame is the fact that it is home to Mirazur, a two Michelin star restaurant that is apparently the 4th best restaurant in the world, according to The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. Cannes may have better looking people and beaches, but money can’t buy you a restaurant of this stature and class.Read More

Lunch at Quintonil in Mexico City

embarking on a long and leisurely lunch at quintonil

I left the fate of my lunch at Quintonil in the hands of my friends Alejandro and Liz, two Mexico City insiders who I was confident would steer me towards the right dishes. While the menu was in English, there were too many unfamiliar Spanish words highlighted in quotations that I just didn’t recognize. Terms like “escamoles”, “cuitlacoche” and “cegueza” were beyond my scope of “tortilla”, “mole” and “tacos”. So rather than try to translate everything, I let the locals do their job while I nursed my lovely avocado mezcal cocktail.Read More

The Ledbury in London

the ledbury

If you only have one night to splurge on a meal in London, save it for dinner at The Ledbury, the two Michelin star restaurant that ranks No. 14 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. The few fine dining meals that I had in London at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and The Clove Club were certainly impressive, but they don’t compare to the food at The Ledbury. This is the type of tasting experience where every dish blows you away and leaves you feeling like this is the best and most interesting version ever of whatever you’re eating.Read More

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

dinner kitchen

British cuisine is about as exciting as a plate of meat and potatoes. That’s literally its traditional core–sausages or meat pie with a side of boiled veggies. This homely plate just doesn’t measure up against a sexy plate of Italian burrata or Japanese sushi. If there’s one man who’s up to the challenge of making an English roast something to talk about, it’s Heston Blumenthal, chef of famed restaurant The Fat Duck and now Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in London. The premise of Dinner by Heston Blumenthal is to pay homage to England’s gastronomic past, an ambitious undertaking given its centuries of existence. Blumenthal references everything from 14th century cookbooks used by the royal chefs of King Richard II to the whimsical pages of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. The royal court probably wouldn’t recognize Blumenthal’s take on their frumenty, a medieval dish of cracked wheat, that gets remade as a Mediterranean octopus dish, or sambocade, an ancient cream cheese tart, but they would all be in agreement that his interpretation was better than their own. They also wouldn’t recognize their surroundings, either. Gone is the cold castle and in its place is a beautiful dining room in a modern, grey and black color scheme with mostly wealthy Chinese tourists in the seats.Read More