Archive for the ‘Personal Experiences’ Category


Dining In Cannes

June 7, 2009

Trying to find somewhere nice to eat in Cannes is not very hard, however, trying to find somewhere that serves good food and does not require the salary of a F1 driver to dine, is bit more of a challenge.

So when you accidentally come across a small quirky restaurant away from the roar of the mammoth cars and the pretentious tourists, you have to question why you have not heard of this place before. Bistrot Gourmand looks like a converted shop, displays a very mediocre interior and even their website looks questionable.

The entrance is very basic but rustic with large windows and the finishing of a property that has seen better days . Robbie Williams was bellowing out of the stereo as we entered and I had to question, where we had found ourselves. Come on, I have just seen yachts worth millions of pounds and paid €20 for ice cream and water, so forgive me for being slightly pretentious. Saying that, everyone has their faults and you cant knock a good chef just by his music choice.

Joking aside, Bistrot Gourmand serves a three course set meal for €30 and has to have been some of the best food I have ever eaten. The quality of the meats and finishings, must be in comparison to some Michelin star restaurants. The concept of keeping the food and surroundings basic but traditional has to be the reason behind their success.

Overall Experience – Highly Recommend


Gordan Ramsay’s New York

March 16, 2009

A recent  trip to New York (NY) saw me pining for a meal at Per Se, a french restaurant voted number one in the world. The four months waiting list however, seemed like a  slight problem and not something  i could do much about. Persuading the restaurant that i was in NY to prevent further decline to the economy and i was there to spend my hard earned but devaluing  British Pounds did not seem to work. However, i got a place on the waiting list for the waiting list, which obviously made me feel so important.
As time was ticking along i decided to go for Gordon Ramsay’s Maze at The  London, which is a new restaurant and highly recommended by British visitors.

On entry you realise that this restaurant is very dark and not as big as you would expect. The ambiance they describe as relaxed with luxurious surroundings is accurate , however, the dim lighting and emphasis of trying to be modern, pushed a lounge bar feel, which may not be to every-ones taste. There was a underlying vibe of pretentiousness and elitism, but i suppose this is expected in NY, where i have found expensive places means snobbery.

I went for the five course $70 meal and to normal European standards, they came as small but adequate portions as expected in some of the best restaurants. The food was excellent and the flavours were breath taking. This had to be by far the best food i have eaten in NY and in the world to date. Unfortunately, the service was not of the same standard and not so complementary.
The meals came out very slowly and the staff were very formal. Not formal in a friendly manner, however, more of a “do you know where you are eating?” attitude. They nearly served my friend a nut based dish, even-though they were already aware of the allergy and pointed us o the fixed menu for those who are allergic to nuts.
Overall, the experience was pleasant. The food gets top marks and i would recommend this place as i do believe we got value for money. Service and attitude of staff can ruin the experience, however, I would take the gamble and visit this place again. Highly Recommended (just about)