January 6, 2015
On January 2, 2015, Linda and I returned to Le Restaurant des Rois at La Réserve de Beaulieu-sur-Mer. We had not been there for four years. During this time the restaurant lost its second Michelin star, which is quite extraordinary as it was one of two three-star restaurants on the Côte d’Azur for many years. Owner Jean-Claude Delion, who has achieved three stars at the restaurant of his other grande luxe hotel, La Résidence de la Pinède in Saint-Tropez, undoubtedly will try to reverse the decline at Beaulieu. He had just had Arnaud Donckele, his three-star St Trop Chef, prepare the heavily promoted holiday meals at La Réserve. Our meal was under the direction of Yannick Franques, who recently joined La Réserve after a career of many short stops, including some very prestigious restaurants.
October 21, 2014
Our last visit to Pierre Gagnaire was almost five years ago, even though we often say that it is our favorite restaurant in the world. At that time I wrote:
“It was a mistake to go back to Pierre Gagnaire on this trip to Paris, even though it is our favorite restaurant there. It was our third time in twenty-two months. That is too often; the magic wears off; one gets too analytical. But I wonder how long we can stay away.”
Linda and I returned for dinner on October 14, 2014.
October 14, 2014
Just before last Christmas, Linda and I had enjoyed a superb holiday menu at Le Chantecler, so we were looking forward to an excellent meal when we returned there for dinner with John and Kathy the evening of October 4, 2014.
October 7, 2014
Linda and I stayed at the Hostellerie de l’Abbaye de la Celle the night of October 1, 2014. This old building near a 12th century Benedictine Abbey was renovated in 1999 by Alain Ducasse into a charming inn and restaurant.
The inn fronts on the old central Var town, La Celle. Behind are its own gardens and vineyard. The chef is Benoît Witz, who has been with Ducasse since the opening of the Louis XV in 1987.
September 30, 2014
On September 28, 2014, Linda and I joined Steve Plotnicki at La Chèvre d’Or, where he was staying. We have been dining there occasionally for over thirty years, but our meal six years before was very disappointing and we had not been back since. We were looking forward to seeing if Ronan Kervarrec, promoted from sous-chef to top chef last year, had made a difference.
September 23, 2014
The son of a butcher and a traditional French cook, William Ledeuil has been exposed to Asian cuisine on many trips and, early on, in the 13th Arrondissment of Paris with its Chinatown. He worked for Guy Savoy for ten years. Then, in 2001, he opened Ze Kitchen Galerie. His Asian/French fusion cuisine gained a Michelin star in 2008. Jean and Thomas joined Linda and me for dinner at Ze Kitchen Galerie on September 11, 2014. Read the rest of this entry »