Top 10 Restaurants from 2014

A restaurant is rarely just about the food, it is always colored by the company, the state of being, the location, even the wine and the weather. Here were my top selections from 2014. These were some of the best and most memorable meals, but there were certainly other just contenders, places like Ristorante Crocifisso in Noto, Sicilia, or Ristoro del Lamole in Chianti. It … Continue reading Top 10 Restaurants from 2014

Le Clos St. George

Sometimes a restaurant is all about the experience, as surely may be the case here. Sitting outside overlooking the garden and enjoying the soft early summer sun as you sip champagne strikes a favorable impression. As expected, the wine list has an incredible number of champagnes, especially from Ay, a Grand Cru, and they have a pleasantly surprising selection of half bottles. Choose a few … Continue reading Le Clos St. George

Chez L’Ami Jean

This legendary Basque bistronomique is a longstanding favorite. While prices run high, the portions are incredibly generous, and you don’t need to order much to leave feeling incredibly full. The setting is casual and friendly. Servers wear jeans and their own clothes. Arrive early and order a glass of wine for an aperitif and it will come with a small plate of sliced cured sausage. The … Continue reading Chez L’Ami Jean

Septime

Spare industrial chic, this beautiful unpretentious restaurant offers incredible value. Consider it one of the leaders of the bistronomique movement. The constantly changing fixed price five course lunch is a steal for this now starred restaurant. Service is friendly and accommodating. Garden fresh vegetables are a focal point. Raw Albacore is anchored by colorful roasted beets. Foie Gras in Lobster Broth, is a decadent duo, … Continue reading Septime

Spring

Spring is a hip and happening modern restaurant. The dining room hums with activity, as crowds come to enjoy the wonderful updated French food. Tables are arranged closely around the small open kitchen, while servers expertly navigate the narrow spaces between tables. The hum of activity adds excitement to a menu full of surprises. In fact there isn’t a menu, the chef just cooks and … Continue reading Spring

David Toutain

Sophisticated, refined and elegant. It’s French with a strong Japanese accent. An Asian aesthetic carries through to a minimalist décor inspired by nature. Service is polished and professional, and with lots of space between tables, nothing will distract you from the food which demands your attention. Let them start you off with a glass of champagne, it is a gorgeous rose, and will set the … Continue reading David Toutain