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Mr. & Mrs Bund – Contenental (and on the Bund of course.. v new)
Coconut Grove – gorgeous colonial house with great garden for eating outside. Best Thai food in Shanghai
Fu 1088 – Shanghainese food in an old villa VERY good (English menu)
Lost Heaven – Yunnan (chinese) food in lovely atmostphere
Haiku by Hatsume – creative sushi
Pinchuan – sichuan
F.C.C – Vietnamese
M1NT – fusion, high-end
Issimo – Italian
Sichuan Citizen – casual Sichuan (and next door to Dragonfly Massage so you can combine the 2)
Sun with Aqua – Japanese
Mr.Willis – feels like you’re in SF, if you’re veggie you won’t like it, but it’s one of my favorites. Have to make a reservation. They also have a great brunch.
El Willy – great tapas (need to have a reservation)
Di Shui Dong (2 locations) – cheap and cheerful Hunan food, famous for their ribs
Tian Jia – specialize in Toro (fatty tuna)
City Deli – great sandwhichs for delivery
Pho Real – nice little vietnamese place, v casual

On our first winery tour the other 2 people in our group had gone to 743 Bistro for dinner the night before and raved about it, so we had to try. As an appreciator of wine, I have to say it was one of the coolest dining experiences I ever had. The story goes that a group of local chefs from the area winery restaurants used to get together regularly to test out food/wine pairings on each other. One of them (Lukas) decided to turn it into a full fledged concept with the help of one of his friends. They rented a house and the restaurant is in the living room (only about 5 tables) facing a small garden. It´s a set menu of 15 mini-courses that changes each season. 3 Courses for each wine. After each course, diners are asked if they felt the pairing was correct and explained the chef´s rationale for matching that dish to the particular wine. It was really amazing how each course could make the same wine taste completely different. There is a strong emphasis on local ingredients as well as local wines. Start to finish it´s about a 4 hour meal. The portions are small and relatively light so you don´t leave feeling completely overstuffed. It´s a bit much to do after a day of tastings but if you can squeeze it in, I highly recommend it. Call ahead for reservations. About U$D40 pp.

Someone asked about recommendations for Vietnam, which got me thinking (and searching through old emails). Anyway, this place is SOOO good. Some local friends took Jeanette, Dave and I there and we went back again (and again). Traditional Vietnamese dishes are served on beautiful china in a three-story old building. I would say it´s in the high-middle in terms of price.

Restaurant: Com Viet
Adresse: 13 rue Ly Thai To, Arr. de Hoan Kiem, Ha Noi
Tél.: 8240637

This is still a WIP (consider it v1.0)

Toptable is your friend – check here before you venture to anywhere upmarket, they have great deals (like 25% off if you are out the door by 7)

$ Borough Market – if you´re a foodie, this is heaven. GO EARLY (get there by 10) you can eat there or buy food and make a picnic (weather permitting)

$$ Levant – beautiful restaurant, good Middle Eastern food. Skip the seafood platter and get the meat.

$-$$ Lots Road Pub – good for lunch, brunch or dinner. What a gastropub should be. Make reservations.

$$$ Bluebird Cafe – it´s an institution but I still like it. They do a good brunch.

$$$ Nobu – the best deal is to go at lunch and have the Binto box. OR get snacks in the bar, not really worth the money for a full dinner.

$$ Electric Bar and Brasserie Notting Hill – Great people watching on Notting Hill (and good food). Excellent for brunhc/lunch

$$$ Arbutus – A reasonable Michelin Star restaurant. Worth the splurge. They do wine by carafe/half carafe as well which is cool. Book well in advance

$$ Tsunami – Excellent (reasonably priced) Japanese fusion food.

$$ The Bombay Brasserie – I had been told it was the best indian food in London and I have to say, I think I agree. It´s pricey but they do a good lunch special (14 GBP)

$$ Admiral Codrington – another good Gastrobpub. They specialize in Seafood (yum crabcakes)

$ Beirut Express – Maroush has Lebanese restaurants all over London but I usually go to the one at South Ken. The Hummus Beiruty is rocking. We generally get the shwarma sandwichs.

$ Bagels on Bricklane – 24 hours real bagels..the best thing at the end of a long night. Or a shopping break snack.

$$-$$$ Hunan – my favorite restaurant in London. There´s no menu but you will be asked for any dietary restrictions you have then then you will eat some of the best Chinese food you ever had (ask for the pork with prunes). Let Mikey pick the wine for you.

$ Dim Sum place in Bayswater – the most authentic Dim Sum we found in London.. They don´t take reservations so get there early. (I need to confirm the name with Ann)

$-$$ Jakob´s – Organic predominantly vegetarian Armenian deli/cafe (try the falafel sandwich)

Hummingbird Bakery – REALLY good cupcakes (my fav is the red velvet).


Janet´s bar

Bohemian Kitchen on Old whatever street (need to check this one again)


Upstart Market (Sundays only) – an indoor market for emerging clothing and accesarry designers. Some cool ethnic food stalls as well.

If you like markets, this is a good listing:

The Bar at La Gloria

The first accolade is not only based on my personal experience but also on the advice of my Liman friends. Unlike some other Pisco Sours we tried, it wasn´t too sweet or syrupy. It still packs a serious whallop, definitely the strongest cocktail I ever had. La Gloria is not cheap, even by international standards, but if you´re going to splurge on one meal in Lima – this is the place (but you can also just drink at the bar in the front room). Make sure to order the grilled calamari!! (reservations are a must)

For those who don´t know: A Pisco Sour is a cocktail which contains Pisco (a regional brandy), lemon juice, egg whites, simple syrup, and regional bitters (like Amargo bitters, though Angostura bitters work if regional bitters are unavailable).

BKK Street Food

BKK is known for good food. After BBQ Chicken from food stalls on the street, these are a few of my favorite places:

Royal India–  BEST Indian food I had outside of India. VERY casual – kind of like eating in someone’s living room. The nan is amazing.

Laothai – Cheap good Thai and Lao food (and nice deck to sit outside):  Sukhumvit soi 16, #186 (tell your taxi driver Somerset Apartments, it’s another half block down on the opposite side)

Spring – YUMMY chocolate desert place:  sukhumvit soi 199, #1

Sukhothai Hotel – if you’re in BKK on a weekend, the champagne brunch is awesome. Not cheap, but they make their own truffles and have an amazing cheese table and and and..

Cabbages and Condoms – great cause, great Thai food.

Friends The Restaurant

Friends the Restaurant is a venture of Mith Samlanh Friends, one of my favorite organizations – I aspire to working with them in the future. Aside from the fact they do such amazing things for street kids and their families, the food and service was excellent – best meal we had in Cambodia. Learn more about Mith Samlanh Friends and they awesome things they do.

FINALLY! A good reasonably-priced Japanese restaurant in Shanghai. Haiku has cool atmosphere and great food. We had an awesome meal, the spicy tuna roll rocked as did the jalapeno roll, which I might not have ordered myself but I’m glad someone did.

28B Taojiang Road
near Hengshan Road

Envy had been recommended to me ages ago but it took until now to finally get a chance to eat there.  The ordering is a little confusing; if you’re party is less than 6 people you can choose between a la carte or set menu. Since we were a big group our only choice was between the 4 or 5-course set menus. All the food is “global fusion” and the chef decides what he wants to serve you, which may or may not be the same as the table next to you. Yes, they ask about any allergies/dietary restrictions beforehand. The Tartare plate was great (Tuna, Salmon and steak serves in various ways), the wine list was very  balanced with good options under 30Euros. It was a very fun meal, but not for ‘meat and potato’ people. It’s not cheap either, we had wine, 4 courses, desert and coffee and it came out to about 70Euros/head. I would definitly go back, it was an experience and everyone in our party really liked it.

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