Nov 252013
 

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The restaurant is located in the former Pittsburgh and Lake Erie (P&LE) railroad station. The elegant main dining room is simply breathtaking.

I like their menu as it consists of one page (for me a multi-page menu is a real turn-off) and offers a great variety of seafood and land fare, appetizers, soups, fresh salads and desserts. I find the seafood entrees particularly good here and I frequently order one of their “market fresh” entrees. On this occasion I ordered the seafood trio which consisted of one of their Maryland-style crab cakes, a piece of grilled salmon, and 4 coconut-crusted shrimp. Delicious!!!

The Grand Concourse offers a nice variety of wines from arround the world to accompany your meal. If you need some help with making a selection, just ask your server for some advice. The staff at the Grand Concourse is very friendly and accommodating. My wife is a vegan. She spoke to the chef about her dietary requirements and he prepared a delicious vegetable curry over rice for her. She said it was fabulous.

If you’re looking for an excellent restaurant with a great ambiance while visiting Pittsburgh, I recommend that you try The Grand Concourse. Reservations are recommended.

The Grand Concourse
100 West Station Square Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Telephone: 412-261-1717
Website: www.muer.com

 

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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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Jun 242012
 

Here’s a great restaurant located in the heart of the historic district of Brussels, Belgium.

A friend of mine recommended this restaurant to me and I’m glad that he did.  My experience at Chez Leon was wonderful.  They offer a nice selection of Belgium fare on their menu.  The mussels are especially good and you can have them prepared in a variety of ways.  I opted for the more traditional “Formule Léon” which is a bucket of Mussels with Pommes frites and a beer.  They were delicious!

Chez Leon has a vary diverse and interesting menu and offers everything from fresh mussels to filet steaks.  Their seafood is particularly good with fresh offerings of mussels, shrimps, oysters, and lobster.  Try the the “Le plateau Léon” for a nice mix of their fresh seafood.

I enjoyed my dinner there so much that I went back a second time during my visit.  I can highly recommend Chez Leon to visitors of Brussels, Belgium.

Check out their website for more information: http://www.chezleon.be/index.asp?intro

Chez Léon
rue des Bouchers 18
B-1000 Bruxelles
Telephone: 32 (0)2 511 14 15

 

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