Etikettarkiv: French

Baligan – Cabourg (Normandy) France

Restaurant Baligan 

Address: 8 Avenue Alfred Piat14390 Cabourg, France

Telephone: 0231241092
Open for lunch and dinner
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If you want to enjoy good seafood (in a fairly sleepy Normandy town) this is the place to go to. Baligan is the local fisherman’s name for octopus – The essential theme is: – fresh – seasonal – well prepared. Take the menu or go a la carte and enjoy. We had the fishsoup as starter which was really tasty but unfortunately didn’t go for the seafood plate as main which looked very good at the table next to us.
Meals are a bit heavy with lots of cream or butter. This is typical from Normandy cuisine but may be too much for you . In that case, I recommend to just pick up a starter and a dessert, out of a menu offering an incredible assortment of gastronomic options.
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Fantastic oysters!

The food served (especially fish and fruit de mer) is absolutely fantastic. The products we were served were excellent (especially the oysters) and fresh and tasty.

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Lobster Risotto with with fish
This is where the locals go (crowded on the Saturday): a bustling, crowded and jolly atmosphere.
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Carbonara de seiche, pâtes maison à l’encre de seiche (Black Carbonara with octopussy)

The personnel was also very nice, and after the dessert a small glass of Calvados was offred to us. If you love the fish soup, you can buy it take away. Do make reservations or you are disappointed as there are not that may places available.

Restaurant Proviant (Stockholm) Sweden – Rating 9/10

Restaurant Proviant

Sturegatan 19

Tel: +46 8 22 60 50

Opening hours:  Mon-Fri 11.30 – 15.00, 17.00 – 24.00, Sat 17.00 – 24.00, Sun 17.00 – 22.00

For the sixth consecutive year Proviant was awarded Proviant a Bib Gourmand by Michelin. A BIB Gourmand awarded to restaurants that serve good food at a reasonable price. I believe this very much highlight the personality of Restaurant Proviant.

A first glance at the menu gives you the feeling this is a french bistro but a closer look shows everyone that Proviant is all about the freshness and the origins of what they serve. From the starters we tried the Swedish toast (se below) with shrimps and salmon and the forest mushrooms on toast – they were both lovely.

image2[3]Swedish toast with shrimps, smoked salmon, apple & horseradish

From the mains I was a bit defensive and went for the Steak Tartare which was lovely but maybe a bit ordinary (not their fault) but uniquely served with whiskey to pour over the meat – fun and brought a good new taste to the dish. Most appreciated was probably the Lemon sole on the bone with cabbage, apple with fennel & tarragon sauce – looked really fantastic.

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Proviant is a Small, cosy restaurant, limited menu but nothing really missing. On top of serving really well cooked, really good food, it was served with very good timing (and a smile). And for the great quality we got, I feel that the menu was quite reasonably priced.

Two important things to remember:

1) Please visit the butchers shop located next doors. Fantastic

2) On sunday they have a set 350 SEK menu (3 dishes) which usually is fantastic.

 

BBQ Restaurant Haragia – Biarritz (France) – Rating 8/10

Haragia

26 rue Gambetta (close to Les halles)

Tel: 05 35 46 68 92 – Reservation needed

Opening hours: Dinner 2000-late

Restaurant Haragia
Small with limited tables (and not expandable at seasons)- Menu is not diverse with only 3 or 4 main dishes to choose from and 2 entrees.

The restaurant have around 20 seats in around 20 Sqm with simple and functional decoration (menu is on the wall, no printed menus). It opens (for first seating) at 8pm and the restaurant soon filled and the atmosphere was fantastic with everyone really enjoying the conviviality.

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Some slices of Bayonne ham as a starter – Rating 7/10
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The Cote de Beuf is sold by the kilo here and several pieces were presented by the chef himself before we made our selection.

The chef was absolutely amazing (watching him select, weigh up, marinate and arrange the meat on the grill was pure theatre). He worked hard and alone, and fair price for the meat and the work.

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Beef Tartar with salad – Rating 8/10
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The meat is grilled over an open grill that is constantly filled with charcoal
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The fantastic result from the BBQ – Rating 9/10

The meat was first grilled on the higher level for about 15 -20 mins. then on to the lower level and to char it to perfection. It was well cooked and served with  yummy juicy serve with their own mango cause. All escorted by a simple green salad and sweet potato frites

Restaurant Chez Ospi – Biarritz (France) – Rating 8,25/10

Restaurant Chez Ospi

6, rue Jean Bart Biarritz

Tel: 05 59 24 64 98

Opening hours: Lunch from 1200 and Dinner from 1930

In a small street in the city centre, this neighbourhood bistro proves to be Fantastic. Two brothers work alongside each other in the kitchen, creating lovely market-based dishes while keeping the spotlight firmly on Basque products.

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Chez Ospi is located in a small side street a few blocks from the busy tourist area

We had an absolut fantastic evening at Chez Ospi. The service was very professional but also warm and very welcoming. The restaurant seemed to be very popular both among locals and with tourist as it was a mixed crowd.

Starters
Starters

It was not easy to chose the starters, but we went for the Fois Grais (since you almost have to eat this i France) and the Ravioli with crab. Both were excellent

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Main Course

From the mains we had sea beam (very good) and the turbot filet (maybe best ever had) and the beef tournedos which also were good with out any taste sensation.

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Dessert

When we came to dessert, we were to full 🙂 to pick …but wanted to have the chocolate fondant that was superyummy!

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Ravioli of crab Txanguro, bisque emulsion – Rating 8,5/10
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Duck foie gras with peaches lavender honey – Rating 8/10
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Turbot filet, broad bean, summer truffles – Rating 9/10
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Beef tournedos, potatoes, parsley, horseradish foam and peper sause – Rating 8,5/10
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Chocolate fondant Nutella + pearls du Japon and foam of milk in the vanilla – Rating 7/10

On the whole a fantastic experience and we can’t wait to go back. Thank you Julien Ospital / Fabien Ospital for a great evening!

Casanis Bistrot Restaurant – Marbella (Spain)

Casanis Bistrot Restaurant

Calle Ancha 8 – Casco Antiguo (Old town), Marbella

Opening hours: Every day 9.30am to midnight

Tel: +952 900 450

Casanis Bistrot Restaurant
Casanis Bistrot Restaurant

Casinos Bistrot Restaurant was founded ten years ago by Belgium owner Guy Sirre, 45, who arrived in Marbella via a career straddling Michelin-starred restaurants in France, London and San Francisco. Tucked away down the old streets, Casanis Bistrot is a real find. Set in a typical Andalucian townhouse – based around an evocative patio – there is a very distinct ambience at work. It has a happy atmosphear  and really pleasant and helpful wait staff add to this a wide selection of food on the menu and a good set of specials this restaurant won’t disappoint.

Restaurant on both sides of the busy street
Restaurant on both sides of the busy street

The ground floor comprises a nice dining area (inside and outside) but it also (especially for the winter) has an upper area a place to get away with a roaring fireplace and the ambience of a tropical jungle (!)

Red mullet with asparagus and mushrooms
Red mullet with asparagus and mushrooms

I found the food to be excellent. Casanis is famous for their Moules Marinieres and Beef Wellington. The menu can be described as bistro-style food made for market-fresh products and it comes with French/Belgian influences.

Some favorites on the menu were Vietnamese Nems (a type of spring roll) served with mint, coriander and nuoc-nam dipping sauce; spicy tuna tartar with a velouté of squash but we also loved the Red mullet (see above) and seared red tuna served with asparagus and potatoes; a ragout of fish with prawns, scallops, monkfish and a lobster bisque; lamb shank served with green beens, shallots and potatoes; and the popular guinea fowl stuffed with foie gras served with spinach and celeriac and potato mash

Current head chefs are Franco Francescini and Fabian Cangas. You can watch me ”do their thing”…since there is a TV screen outside the restaurant showing the hectic work in the kitchen (!)

Interior of the restaurant
Interior of the restaurant

If you get really interested….I found this 15min presentation video on youtube

Presentation clip

 

Restaurant Esperanto – French Table – Stockholm

Restaurant Esperanto – French Summer Salon

Kungstensgatan 2

Tel: +46 8 696 23 23

Opening hours: Tue-Sat 1800-2300 (two seatings)

Outside Restaurant Esperanto
Outside Restaurant Esperanto

Esperantos dining room is on ”summer holiday” and instead the owners has opened a French Summer Salon with focus as always on respect and availability of raw material, animal nature and this year with a french touch of food and wine. All guest are seated around one large marble table with 16 guests welcome per seating.

It is a truly fantastic dining experience – well worth its Michelin Guide star!

Esperanto restaurant opened its doors in November 2005. It is run by the former member of the Swedish Culinary Team Sayan Isaksson. Restaurant manager: Sara Kalin. Sommelier: Soren Polonious. The name Esperanto is apparently taken from the  book ”The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho.

The Menu at Esperanto French Summertable
The Menu at Esperanto French Salon

From the menu we are suggested to pick 4-5 starters and one of mail courses. This was enough for two persons.

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Steak tartar with oyster emulsion

The Restaurant is based in an old 19th century Spa and the environment and quietly attentive staff give a relaxing serenity.

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Last year Esperanto shared the award for best restaurant in Sweden. As the name suggests, it finds inspiration in food cultures worldwide.

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Galette de Couchettes
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Duck egg with green soup and roe
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Brioche with fromage blanc
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Boeuf Grille with haricot vert

The Boeuf that came after the first four awesome starters…..was maybe the best we have ever eaten!

Even though it was a +29 degree evening and the restaurant has no outside seats, but with the open windows it was a ”must go again” experience highly recommended

Stockholm – Cafe Saturnus

Cafe Saturnus

Tel +46 8-611 77 00

Eriksbergsgatan 6

Opening Hours: Mon-fri lunch 08-20, Sat & Sun 09-19

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Cafe Saturnus is a popular cafe and restaurant located on Östermalm in central Stockholm. In the relaxed environment you will be served deluxe simple but tasty café food . The premises , in which one finds everything from dedicated regulars to curious tourists and very famous people like Roger Federer and Princess Madeleine with her husband Chris!

They all contribute together with the staff to a genuine atmosphere inspired by France – in the mornings there will be loud french music like for example  Edith Piaff in the cafe.

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Currently ranked as the 54th best restaurant/cafe of over 2000 in Stockholm by users on the Tripadvisor. The large cinnamon rolls are especially well-known in Stockholm, where they become something of a classic among locals. Also their Banoffe Pie is awesome!

Cafe Saturn is owned and operated by Christina and Christos Pispas who took over the business after the previous owners in 2003. They are often seen in the kitchen (Christina) and talking to customers in the cafe (Christos)

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To get in the right mood in the morning, stop by for a double espresso macchiato, read the papers and enjoy the french music. You will not be disappointed!