Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Panta Rei - Going Italian in San Francisco

Mozzarella con bruschetta
Staying in the Telegraph Hill/North Beach area of San Francisco, there most definitely was not a shortage of Italian restaurants to choose from. However, choosing a restaurant with an interesting menu and that wasn't trying their hardest to lure in the tourists was a bit harder, especially if looking at restaurants along Columbus Ave. After looking at all the menus up and down a three block stretch of Columbus Ave, we chose Panta Rei as their menu was actually dated for that day, was a simple one page menu, as opposed to an impossibly long book of items, and all the staff were speaking in Italian.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Rich Table - Rich in imagination and flavour

Sardine Chips
When I visited Rich Table last year, it was on a whim. No reservation, I just happened to be in the neighbourhood of Hayes Valley and thought I would check it out. I sat at the bar and ordered some items recommended to me by the bar tender, since I would never order something call sardine chips on my own. This year, I made a point of going back, this time I got to take both my humans, not just the female.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

First Impressions are deceiving at Masala Wok

Butter Chicken
I had originally heard about Masala Wok from my dental hygienist. She always raved about their buffet and when a Groupon went on sale, we decided to give it a try. I have to let you know that it’s not the easiest place to find. You basically have to know that it’s there. The restaurant itself doesn’t look like much from the outside, as it’s part of an older strip mall, and neither does the inside. We’ve been twice, once before the renovations and once after. I have to admit that it looks much better after the renovation, but the interior still looks rather sparse, although not nearly as dated as before. However, the look of the restaurant is deceiving as one wouldn't expect much given the efforts put into the appearance of the restaurant, but all their efforts go towards their food.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Rustic Aboriginal Dinner by Chef Shane Chartrand at Sage Restaurant

Enjoying the wine
Although I had met Chef Shane Chartrand at a few previous events around Edmonton and sampled a dish here and there, I’d never actually eaten at any of the restaurants he had cooked at prior to being invited to a media dinner at Sage Restaurant at the River Cree Casino. Admittedly, I’d wanted to try his food for a while now, but driving all the way out to the River Cree Casino, for a meal of unknown caliber wasn’t at the top of my list of things to do. However, the media dinner gave me an excuse to go there to experience a guided dinner while surrounded by others we knew.

Friday, June 20, 2014

A 3 Michelin Star Italian Restaurant in Hong Kong? That's 8 ½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana!

Moo, the male human and
Chef Umberto Bombana
After having practically nothing other than Chinese food or a bad facsimile of Western food for over two weeks, the humans and I were dying for some quality Italian food. We had found out about 8 ½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana through the Top 100 Restaurants in the World list, sitting at number 39 in 2013, and hoped that a dinner there would finally satiate us. Reservations turned out to be harder to get than we thought via our usual means, the Visa Concierge service. However, a quick in person trip to the restaurant proved fruitful, as we were told that dining after 9:30pm any night of the week would be possible. Given that it's the only 3 1/2 Michelin Star Italian restaurant located outside of Italy, it's no wonder it was so popular! Plus they were running their special alba white truffle menu, which the staff informed us was incredibly popular.
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