An interesting experience in a setting with wonderful views, ambience, and professional service. I much preferred the style of menu in tonight’s dinner compared to 11 Madison Park if comparisons can be drawn. Many of the dishes were lovely, some fantastic, but what was a recurring issue, maybe issue is too harsh a word, was that some elements just didn’t marry up effectively. The halibut, lobster, quail, and cheese were examples. Fantastic proteins cooked to perfection but let down slightly, or worse with the halibut, by elements which didn’t truly complement the dish. The additional elements should have their place to counteract other flavours (eg sweet v sour), or provide a textual contrast, and most importantly complement and better yet, elevate, the overall dish. But on several occasions, this didn’t occur. The salmon cornetto, caviar, summer melon, and desserts were excellent meals and overall I had a positive experience and was comfortably full. It did come with a hefty price tag though, so on that basis I’d still lean towards The Ledbury as my first choice and Petrus second. Just my opinion and what suits my tastes. Others will no doubt disagree. I’m very happy to have experienced dining at such a well regarded restaurant. . . . → Read More: USA, New York – Per Se
I’ve never had a degustation with so many courses and while I was full, I wasn’t uncomfortable fortunately, but not far from it. It was also my first time to a world ranked restaurant and a 3 Michelin star restaurant. We entered at 7pm and left at 12:20am – yes, over 5 hrs of eating and drinking! However, it was all delivered at a comfortable pace. I loved the duck and sea bass and was amazed at what they did with tomato in creating a confit, jelly and soda. However, I can’t say I was blown away with what I ate. Maybe I’m unfairly drawing comparisons to other restaurants with courses, but the London restaurants, The Ledbury and Petreus, were far superior in flavour and far cheaper. The setting of the restaurant at 11 Madison Park is modern and smart, while the service was highly professional. Some meals had a bit of theatre and drama and while the food was prepared to a high standard and quality, in some dishes I didn’t think the ingredients always paired well in terms of flavour. There were some really clever techniques employed such as the numerous ways they utilised tomato, but in the end, it’s all about the taste and it didn’t reach the high levels I was expecting. . . . → Read More: USA, New York – 11 Madison Park
Friday 12th July Really excited to be in the big apple, yes, last stop is none other than New York. After the red eye flight, a 1 hr drive from the airport, and then a short wait while we got our shared apartment sorted, I really needed sleep.
Time flied and I haven’t eaten anything . . . → Read More: The City That Never Sleeps – New York, USA – 2013
Sunday 7 July Vegas baby! So we checked out of our shared apartment suite at Staybridges which was lovely and wonder why Perth can’t have accommodation or apartments like this. We had a 1 hr drive with a quick stop at Walmart. It’s like Big W and Woolworth’s in one with a pharmacy, eye doctor, . . . → Read More: Off To Sin City – Las Vegas, USA – 2013
Friday 5 July Seems like a lull over San Francisco as the streets are empty and most places are shut. Obviously big celebrations for 4th July mean a break the next day.
We roamed the streets looking for a place Anthony Boudaine had recommended but after the long walk, it was shut. So we headed . . . → Read More: Wine Country – Napa Valley, USA – 2013
Tuesday 2 July
We set off for San Francisco but we drove about an hour and stopped off at the sleepy coastal town of Santa Cruz. There’s a large amusement park by the beach with beach volleyball games taking place. Unfortunately the theme park wasn’t open as yet so we walked by it and observed . . . → Read More: Vertigo From The Golden Gate Bridge – San Francisco, USA – 2013
Monday 1 July Began the long road trip to Monterey taking the scenic route. After a few hours we stopped off in Santa Barbara and ate breakfast at the Santa Barbara Roasting Company. Had a warmed ham & cheese croissant which was large and filling and an iced vanilla creme with whipped cream on top. . . . → Read More: From LA to Monterey – USA – 2013
Thursday 27 June
Early start today as I leave DC for LA. Grabbed a beef burrito at the airport for breakfast which was very filling and tasty. However, Guzman’s in Northbridge was better.
After a 5 hr trip which included arriving 30 min early, caught a taxi to my hotel. LA is very dated. It . . . → Read More: Disneyland and Hollywood – Los Angeles, USA – 2013
Sunday 23 June Not much to report today as it went traveling. Checked out, caught the tube to Victoria Station, caught the Gatwick Express to Gatwick Airport.
Then flew Icelandair to Reykjavik. The airport is tiny but has many gates with few seats. Most people sat on the floor including yours truly. Very few shops . . . → Read More: All Clear From The White House – Washington DC, USA – 2013
I’m really being spoilt but I must indulge while I’m all the way over here. Another fantastic dinner in a lovely polished setting with professional service to match the professional food served. I thoroughly enjoyed my dining experience with the highlight being the main course of roast duck. What a fantastic jus so full of flavour it absolutely transforms the meal and steals the show from the perfectly cooked and roasted succulent duck. Of course, there was consistency across all the dishes and the signature dessert of the chocolate sphere presented not only theatre, but such amazing chocolate decadence. If there is a meal to finish off the night, this was it. . . . → Read More: UK, London – Petrus