Ok what was the best dining experience you ever had, and where was it? Antywhere in the world?
For me it was last year, a midday experience in a private venue at a DC Ritz that seemed to feature one culinary delight after another, each course paired with an excellent champagne and wines. It lasted for hours, the chef explained the food preparation, the sommelier described the wines as they were poured, and the staff were extremely attentive. Highlight of the meal was a steak of Kobe Beef flown in from Japan, eerily tender, and very well marbled,
Worth a month's salary, but someone else paid!
I might have guessed that you would come up with something as incorrigibly indulgent as this one.
Well, here's my sixpenny worth:
In the Catalan city off Girona - one evening two or three years ago, with two great friends who had given an up a steady existence in the UK to seek a different life-style in Spain. Prefaced by an exquisitely dry Vesper, the meal was in fact a "tasting menu", running to nine "courses", each accompanied by a glass of wine chosen by the sommelier who was one of the three Roca brothers who founded and still run the restaurant - one the maitre d, one the pastry cook and the last i/c wines. The food was excellent, but it was really the cool, calm, quiet,genuinely welcoming ambiance of the place where every minute was to be savoured and remembered, that made the occasion. Cheap it was not...............but in terms of overall quality it was priceless.
In the Spring of 2009, I had dinner at Le Jules Verne atop the Eiffel Tower in Paris. We had perfect timing - enjoying the view from daylight through sunset into dark. A truly extraordinary experience. http://www.lejulesverne-paris.com/
Cyrano de Bergerac in Krakow. http://www.cyranodebergerac.pl/cyrano_home_an.htm
I too really enjoyed Jules Verne, about a month ago! It was very special, I would not go at 7 PM again as I had to wait for the place to open and had to go thru security screening. Better to go later in the evening.
Likewise, i have been to Krakow, but not Cyrano's. Krakow, if a great place, very good value, very beautiful place to go. Will look forward to trying the rest. next time! Thanks!
The year escapes me ( 1991-1994?)....
I was invited by Coke to dine at Jack's Firehouse in Phila. The proprietor and chef was a gentleman named Jack McDavid. Jack hosted a show on the Food Network with Bobby Flay. We were treated to an eight course meal. I was a bit skeptical when Jack came to the table and announced that all courses were being prepared with a Coca-Cola product as a main ingredient.
OUTSTANDING!!! Unfortunately, I can't recall all the dishes, but the one that sticks out was the South Dakota Black Bear featuring Cherry Coke.
Jack's Firehouse has been a destination whenever I venture into Philly. It's still there today and well worth your patronage.
This post really hits a soft spot with me. Just this past week, Michelle and I were reminiscing about a trip in 1993 or '94 when we took both sets of our parents to France, Monaco and Switzerland. Of course, I was a baggage handler for 15 days, but that's another story....
We were fortunate enough to have been comped 3 top floor suites at the Loews' Monte Carlo hotel (now a Fairmont) that juts out into the harbor in Monaco (I did business with Loews/Lorillard, hence the comp). The hotel had a limo at my disposal for the entire visit. I think it was a Bentley. We ate at this phenomenal restaurant called the Brasserie De La Mer. They had some 'famous' world class chef that Michelle knew of and said we just HAD to eat at his restaurant because we would never get to experience his cuisine again. It was absolutely exquisite! Veal, steak, seafood, salads, soups. We had it all. Every bite melted in our mouths. The presentation was world class (and world priced). And that view....we sat overlooking the Monaco harbor area with all the multi million dollar yachts. We were treated like royalty. The staff poured over our table with a service standard that begets kings and queens. I had, and have never since, been treated that way at any other restaurant. The food was the best we had on the entire journey. The place was absolutely impeccably elegant! But, the best part was the joy on the faces of our parents who were living an experience they had never dreamed of ever being able to do. When finished, I was told that Mr. Loew's from the USA (not real name) had taken care of the expense and so there would not be a charge for the meal we had enjoyed!
Of course, sadly, we were remembering because her dad passed suddenly last week just as I was on my way to bring him to our home in FL for the winter. Wonderful man. I will never forget him as we did so many 'fun' things together.
Thanks for the post that helped me remember that wonderful experience!!
OK, so now, jerrycoin is making me hungry. Is it time to discuss the finer points of foie gras? Let me see if I can't get this discussion back on track. For folks visiting DC, if you like foie gras, may I humbly recommend:
I am eating as I read you comments and now you have me hungrier! These places sound great. Some bone marrow and fois gras is tough to beat. Have you been to The Little Inn on The Washington? (I may not have this named correctly?). Have read about this great place, but never been, if you have, please share your experience.
Jerrycoin - your sources are rock solid (if not particularly price sensitive). The Inn at Little Washington is considered by many to be the finest all around dining experience in the greater DC metropolitan area. http://www.theinnatlittlewashington.com/ If you live in a world where money is no object, the afficianados would recommend that you also
This is a really difficult one ... and a very popular topic given the number of responses! I would have to settle on Latium in London UK ...www.latiumrestaurant.com We have been to this restaurant many times and the food, service and wine list have met our expectations for an excellent meal every time. There are two options on their A' la Carte menu ... two courses for £29.50 and three courses for £35.50. If you happen to be in London, it is worth a try ... but best to book, as it is popular.