Nov 142017
 

Excellent French cuisine at a reasonable price.  Great atmosphere, great wines, great desserts and the service – impeccable.  We met friends here for dinner and we were very impressed with both the food and the service at this restaurant. Everything was very delicious and came to the table with a great presentation.

Le Séjour Café

We selected a very nice bottle of Rosé to go with our dinners.  The kitchen was in plain view and it was fun watching the chef plate everything.  The service was excellent – very attentive, accommodating and friendly.  I chose the fish of the day which was served with potatoes, mushrooms and root vegetables.  My wife selected a medley of mushrooms over mashed potatoes.  Both dishes were very tasty.

The presentations on the desserts were amazing.  I had the Tarte au Citron (citrus cream tart) with a lemon sorbet.  Wow.  Very light but also very delicious.  A perfect dessert for me.

Apparently this restaurant is next to another very excellent restaurant in Nice – Mon Petit Café Nice.  The brother runs one and the sister runs the other.  We’re looking forward to trying the Mon Petit Café the next time we are in Nice.  I highly recommend the Le Séjour Café if you are visiting Nice.  Reservations are recommended.

Tarte au Citron

Le Séjour Café
11, Rue Grimaldi
06000 Nice
France
Telephone: +33 4 97 20 55 35
Hours: 12:00 – 13:45, 19:30 – 21:45

 

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Oct 222017
 

Ceviche of tuna and swordfish

We had the chance to meet some friends in Nice, France and we were searching for a restaurant in Nice’s old town.  After a little research, we decided on Le Bar des Oiseaux.  Excellent choice!

The restaurant met my expectations in every way.  A great location, a creative chef, a small menu made from fresh ingredients of the day, great desserts, a good selection of French wines and impeccable service.  Everyone at the restaurant was very friendly and did everything possible to make our dining experience enjoyable.

Monkfish with carrots, potatoes and local charcuterie

We shared a starter of tuna and swordfish ceviche.  It was delicious.  I selected the fish of the day for my main course.  It was Monkfish with carrots, potatoes and charcuterie with an artichoke sauce.  The fish was very fresh and very tasty.  We selected a bottle of rosé from a local vintner to accompany our meal.  We decided to have dessert and our waiter indicated that the chocolate mousse was one of his favourites so we decided to ordert it.  Wow.  It was very light and creamy; like eating a chocolate cloud!

La Bourride – Mixed fish with cappelletti

We went back a second time together with our friends.  I tried a pasta dish made with several types of seafood.  This was definitely the dish of the night!  The pasta was excellent and the seafood was very fresh and very delicious.  We shared a dessert made of lemon cream on ginger crust.  It was heavenly.

Heavenly Chocolate Mousse

The restaurant has an open kitchen and the head chef checks every dish personally before it is served.  I highly recommend this restaurant if you’re visiting Nice.  I believe you will have a very enjoyable and memorable dining experience.  Reservations are recommended.

Bar des Oiseaux
5, Rue Saint Vincent
06300 Nice
France
Telephone: +33 4 93 80 27 33
Hours: 12:00 – 14:00, 19:00 – 22:00

 

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Feb 202013
 

Here’s an intimate French restaurant near Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin that I think is fabulous. Please be sure to make a reservation as this little gem of a restaurant is normally fully booked. Once you have experienced the charming ambiance, the gourmet food and the superb wines you will understand why.

They offer a variety of two, three, and four course menus or you can choose to order à la carte. Their menus change regularly, which is something I like to see, as this keeps the dining experience fresh. They keep a few typical French favorites on the menu for the traditionalists, but they always have a few of the chef’s special creations to keep it interesting. I think the Entrecôte is wonderful and one of the best tasting steaks in the city. Pair it with a glass of Côtes du Rhône and you have a delicious meal.  And for those of you with a sweet tooth, I can recommend the Crème brûlée.

Their friendly staff will do everything possible to make your dining experience enjoyable. Check out their website for more information.

Restaurant Le Piaf
Schloßstraße 60
14059 Berlin
Telephone: +49 30 342 20 40
Website: http://le-piaf.de

 

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Dec 262012
 
Chez Bruno French Feinkost

Chez Bruno French Feinkost

I enjoy a good wine with my meal and so I pass this information on to those of you who also enjoy wine, specifically French wine.  There is a lovely French Feinkost (delicatessen) in Berlin-Zehlendorf called Chez Bruno where you will find an extensive selection of French wines, spirits, cheeses and other delicacies.

Sometimes I need a little help in selecting the right wine(s) to go with my meal; as we all do from time to time.  Talk to Bruno, tell him what you are preparing and a little bit about what you are looking for and he will provide you with the perfect wine pairing(s) for your meal.

If you’re an oyster lover, be sure to stop by towards the end of the week, when they have French oysters available.  Yummy! Chez Bruno is my destination for French wine in Berlin!

More information is available on their website: http://www.chez-bruno.de/hp/

 
 
 
 
Chez Bruno
Berliner Strasse 31
14169 Berlin
Telephone: 49 (0)30 80 90 78 04

 

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Nov 112012
 

Located just a few steps off the Rembrandtplein (Rembrandt Square), Brasserie FLO is a wonderful French restaurant with an excellent menu and wine list.  If you like fresh seafood, i.e. Le Plateau de Fruits de Mer, this is the place.  When entering the restaurant you will pass the display of all the fresh seafood of the day.  Yummy.

I had the French onion soup for a starter.  It was excellent with an aged cheese baked over the top and filled with onions in a hearty broth.  I selected another appetizer as my main course, a house smoked salmon served over warm potato salad with a mustard sabayon.  Delicious!  If you like smoked salmon, you will love this dish.  My wife had the vegetarian cannelloni with spinach and mushrooms and a morel sauce.  She thought the dish was amazing.  It was artfully presented and the taste was superb.

They have a very nice French wine list.  We started with a glass of Chablis and then enjoyed a glass of Cote de Rhone with our main courses.

We used all the restraint we could muster not to have dessert.  But I must say the dessert menu was filled with lovely French specialties.

When visiting Amsterdam, I can highly recommend a visit to Brasserie FLO.

Brasserie FLO
Amstelstraat 9
1017 DA Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Telephone: 31 (0)20-890 47 57

Visit there website at: www.floamsterdam.nl

 

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May 062011
 

When you visit Paris, I highly recommend that you visit L’Auberge Dab.  Located in the 16th arrondissement, this restaurant has been serving the freshest seafood and finest meats in Paris for many years.  A charming atmosphere, excellent service and yes – delicious and very well prepared French cuisine.

I really enjoy their “Nos Plateaux de Fruits de Mer” – a delicious selection of fruits from the sea.  Select a nice bottle of white wine to accompany your meal.  I can heartily recommend the Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

For more information about this very fine Paris restaurant, visit their website at: http://www.rest-gj.com/aubergedab-1.html

L’Auberge Dab
161, avenue Malakoff
75116 Paris
Telephone: 33 (0)1 45 00 32 22

 

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May 062011
 

Here’s a delightful French Restaurant located at Rüdesheimer Platz in Berlin.  A great location (right next to the U-Bahnhof), friendly service, and excellent French food make this a “must go to”  destination in Berlin.  The menu is updated with daily chef’s specials.  The descriptions of the entrees stimulate both your imagination and your palate.  I found the staff to be very friendly and quite helpful.  They offer a nice selection of wines to accompany your meal.  I am definitely going back.  Bon appetit!

I had the Filet vom Adler Fisch (filet of Sea Bass) with coconut curry foam on a nut Risotto.  It looked good when I saw it on the menu and it was absolutely delicious!

You can find out more about this gem of a restaurant on their website – http://www.restaurant-pastis.de/

Pastis
Rüdesheimer Straße 9
14197 Berlin, Germany
Telephone: 49 (0)30-81055769

 

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