12 posts tagged Gourmet

Borago: The most underrated restaurant in Latin America

Confused, happy, surprised, amazed and happy again. These are just a few of my emotions I had during and after my meal at Borago in Santiago. I had flown from Lima to Santiago for a gourmet weekend and Borago was the reason I chose Santiago.   Having been open for 13 years Borago is not a new restaurant despite the fact that it is just in the last few years that the people outside Latin America have come to know Borago. The focus of the restaurant is to display and preserve indigen... Continue Reading

It’s all about the details at Restaurant IK

I looked up as a direct spot over our table increased in strength and just 5 seconds later the first 2 snacks were placed on our table. Small bite size snacks where one of them were to be eaten with tweezers. At this point I thought to myself “they think of the little things at IK” and my expectations for the evening increased.   The story of Restaurant IK is one of drama and tragedy. Just weeks before it officially opened the owner and chef Ivan Kisic died in a tragic accident ... Continue Reading

A restaurant with a greater purpose – The Mil experience

When you open a gourmet restaurant that seats just 20 people at a site located at 3400m above the sea level an hour flight from a big city followed by more than an hour drive out of which a big part is in dirt roads there must be a greater meaning to it all. For chef Virgilio Martinez there is a greater purpose to opening Restaurant Mil at Moray. The restaurant is located overlooking the ruins of Moray which is the site where the incas experimented with the effect of different altitudes on ... Continue Reading

Simplicity at Estela

Last year I spent my birthday with my wife at Estela and had a great evening. This year I also spent it in New York again it seemed obvious to return to Estela. What can I say I like traditions. The restaurant is one of the few casual restaurants that have had success on The Worlds 50 Best list. From the street it is like any other New York restaurant with a narrow entrance leading you upstairs. The restaurant is dominated by a big bar, closely located tables and loud background music ... Continue Reading

Innovative “Nordic Italian” fusion cooking at Relæ

In a beaten down (now trendy) street of Nørrebro in Copenhagen Relæ opened their doors in the middel of the financial crisis as a restaurant serving good quality food dominanted by vegetables at low cost. Both are still true today. Relæ serves two menues a small 4 course and a larger 8 course menu. From a cost perspektiver the 8 course menu offers a very cost attractive option and is definently the way to go. A small snack to start with. A baked and then deepfried Jerusalem ... Continue Reading

In the hunt for the second Michelin star at Clou

Less than 2 weeks ago Clou moved to a new more intimate location with a bigger menu and fewer guest with the goal of achieved the coveted second Michelin star. A good friend of mine is a close friend with the owner so we had talked about going to Clou for a while so now the timing was right on the money.   The first snack was a Clou classic in form of an oyster with passion fruit and ginger. Nice combinations of flavors with off course was a great match for our vintage Cava. ... Continue Reading

The diversity of Peru on a plate – amazing experience at Central

Some restaurants come with greater expectations then others. Exactly one year ago, I met my girlfriend at Central so for that reason alone Central will always have a special place in my heart. Virgilio Martinez takes on the mission to rediscover the massive diversity of Peru covering both the Andes Mountains, the extremely rich Amazonia, the coast and so forth and presents it to the guests at urban Central in Lima. Usually I do not make disclaimers on my posts but the food at Central, is for ... Continue Reading

A taste of London at The Clove Club

  My exposure to british finedining before this trip was non existing. I was therefore very uncertain of what to expect. Afterall they showcase everything from the molecular and once cutting edge restaturant that is The Fat Duck where as the now more known restaurants seem to lean more towards classic french taste.   The Clove Club is located in the very modern and hip area of Shoreditch in an old classic mansion. Internally the décor continued to reflect the upscale ... Continue Reading

New versions of ”New Nordic” at Restaurant Mes

The amount of medium prices restaurants in Copenhagen is massive and new ones open each month. This good thing about competition is that it keeps everybody on their toes, but hard for a dedicated foodie to keep up. Therefore, 5 months after opening of Restaurant Mes it was time for me to visit it. The decor is light and simple with a moss wall to highligt the New Nordic connection. Being a medium priced restaurant  the tables were sitted quite close, but if the food is good it is worth ... Continue Reading

Oops I did it again – a great evening at 108

I don’t cook on Fridays. A principle that usually means a pizza or a burger, but it has also on more than one occasion taken me to a fine dining restaurant and a tasting menu. This Friday the choice was restaurant 108.   First dish was a dish that was heavily inspired or similar to a Noma dish. Raw scallop with scallop roe, kelp salt and a rich oil from rose hip and a reduction of sourdough bread. I loved this dish. Filled with umami and the kelp salt was simply just a great ... Continue Reading