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Iberica shoreditch

Shoreditch is the new creative and design center of London. And to some extent of our modern world as few other hubs can be seen as rivals ! 

But it also boasts some great chefs and restaurants. Just out of shoreditch station you can find a first very good and pretty cheap option at Iberica.  Do not expect any Michelin start sophistication. Just excellent fresh Spanish food. 

Buñuelos de bacalao

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QT Hotel Melbourne

First and foremost let me wish you all a very healthy and happy 2017. 

It all started very well for me and my family with some holidays off the slopes in Val d’Isère ( previous post ) followed by a business trip to visit my company’s headquarters in dream city Melbourne

I love that city. Its people. Its passion for nature, sport, food and coffee. Never been there ? Pin it for one of your next trip then as it is a must !

I have been lucky enough to stay at the QT Hotel. It recently opened and is all I like. Small. Excellent service and friendly staff from all over the world. Free internet. Great rooftop terrace. Competitive pricing at around 250 AUD including breakfast. And last but not least an exceptionally good restaurant and room service at excellent value for money ratio. 

Check out some of the dishes I have been lucky to honour for you ! 

Vive Melbourne !

Rooftop terrace with great cocktails and music

Ocean chargrilled prawns

Crab cake avocado fusion

Crazy watermelon topped with vanilla délice

Lounge world class bar

A chair , a table and a mousse

Red snapper – such a beautiful flesh I can still remember it !

Brewery next door

Slow cooked oven potatoes !

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Heaven on slope. La fruitière Val d’Isère

Clearly some restaurants know how to treat customers. Serving excellent food is just not enough anymore. The staff at “la fruitière“, a restaurant located on the beautiful slopes of Val d’Isère in France got it loud and clear. Expect excellent food and a truly wonderful team looking after each single details of your gastronomic journey. Expect great dancing outdoor shows and DJ playing loud from 1 PM onwards during winter season. 

We had lunch there today ( and yesterday…and the day before…) and we could not have started the year any better. 

Benoit & Carolina

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Nothing like home !

We just spent Christmas at home, in Montpellier, south of France, surrounded by friends and family including my grand mother aged 96 ! 

As usual my mum cooked and excelled ! We reached the summum yesterday for lunch with homemade “foie gras”, beautifully prepared “funghi porcini” picked up by my dad. All supported by a gorgeous red wine from sunny Languedoc called “Mas des brousses”. 

Clearly, there is nothing like a meal cooked by a mother ! And I am grateful she taught me that passion for food so that one day my kids might find there is nothing like dad’s little specialities !

Aloha !

Mas des brousses cuvée 2014

Dad’s handpicked porcini

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Donovan’s Melbourne

Melbourne, what a city for foodies ! I had once more the confirmation the food scene was rising fast in Australia and in particular in Melbourne with an extraordinary melting pot of influences, abundance of premium local products from the land and sea, and lots of new young chefs orchestrating all this. 

I also had the confirmation that Australians are great welcoming hosts and a true land of diversity. 

I would name a few restaurants absolutely worth the wait. Pictures below are from Donovans, a local institution facing the sea. 

Another great one is Bistro Gitan in famous South Yarra neighborhood. 

And so many more to discover. 

Thanks !

queensland leader prawns grilled with oregano

yellow fin seared tuna

raw of the day !

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Hotel number sixteen, London

This hotel is a gem. Located 100 meters away from the busy south Kensington station, it offers a bubble of silence with an open garden on the rear. 

I never stayed in the hotel, but used it very often for work or meetings. 

Worth mentioning they serve an excellent afternoon tea with some of the best scones in town. 

Free wifi. Ok drink prices. Nice personnel. A no brainer. 

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Restaurant Leclere, Montpellier

We just arrived in my home town of Montpellier for a week to celebrate Christmas in family. And we are of to a very solid start from a food perspective. An excellent lunch at the newly opened restaurant LECLERE

  

The menu is set at an unbeatable 22€ for three courses. Wines by the glass at 5€. 

The starters were our favorite. Carolina had “crème de courge de pays, siphon de parmesan, oignons doux en tempura”. She said it was damn good ! And I have all reasons to believe her. Mine, “Bonite à cru, anchois, choux fleur rapé, aromates cerfeuil”, was superb. The bonite ( a smaller version of tuna ) served raw reaches the Everest of freshness !

 

We then both had the “chapon”, a large chicken usually served around Christmas. Perfectly cooked. Accompanied by celery purée and a couple of spinach leaves. The whole lot reduced using a white wine. Un délice !! 

 

Bonite à cru

  

crème de courge

  

Dos de chapon

 
For dessert the ” Ganache chocolat noir” has been our favorite. 

All in all an excellent experience for a very reasonable 56 € bill. 

Really proud of my hometown ! Go discover Montpellier and its food gems. 

  

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