Restaurants
Hedonist's Gazette

Fera

In my roundup of 2015, the one where I drone on about some rapper from Milton Keynes before detailing 19th century clarets that I thought were quite nifty over the last 12 months, I ranked "Fera" in Claridge's Hotel as one of my O.M.G. restaurant experiences....

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The Kitchen

Located on the west side of Boulder, Colorado's Pearl Street Mall, The Kitchen is a classic bistro styled restaurant that serves up superb food. Matt Collier is the head chef and the emphasis here is on local purveyors, and they offer a tasting menu as well as a la carte. While the wine list in the past was absurdly priced, it seems much better these days, and the selection is solid, with an array of both local and import bottlings....

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Restaurant Daniel

With special guest Frédéric Engerer, administrator of Château Latour, and Florence Rogers-Pinault, the owner's daughter, this special meal set up by The Wine Advocate turned out to be a spectacular evening of friendship, great wine, and amazing cooking from Daniel Boulud at his flagship restaurant in New York on 65th Street....

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The Coal Shed - Brighton

Located close to the South Lanes just a pebble's throw from the beach, The Coal Shed has built up a strong reputation alongside its sister restaurant The Salt Bar. It has a cozy interior: rustic in feel, almost bistro-like, simply furnished with some aesthetically pleasing, old-fashioned, bare light bulbs suspended overhead....

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L'Enoteca Tognoni - Bolgheri, Tuscany

You can choose from plenty of fine restaurants in Bolgheri, but only after you've had your first meal at L'Enoteca Tognoni. Consider it a contractual agreement, a sort of gastronomic right of first offer. Once you've fulfilled your obligations at this dearly loved, institutional favorite, you are free to explore the other eating options in town. Or, if you are like me, you'll just come back to Francesco Tognoni's celebrated wine shop and restaurant for the meal after that....

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Magdalena Restaurant - The Ivy Hotel

Magdalena, with British chef Marc Levy manning the kitchen, has the potential to be one of the finest restaurants in all of Maryland. The restaurant and the luxury boutique hotel, The Ivy, have become the first Relais & Châteaux hotel in the state. Levy, who knows his way around a kitchen, continues to turn out stunningly creative and full-flavored dishes that show off his talent, but never cheat the diner on taste, with fascinating marriages of textures, flavors and temperatures....

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Jean-Paul Jeunet - Haute-cuisine in the Jura

Arbois is the wine capital of the Jura, as much as neighboring Poligny is the world capital of Comté cheese or Lons-le-Saunier is the world capital of The Laughing Cow cheese wedges (seriously!). Each village here seems to be the capital for something or other... Anyway, Jean-Paul Jeunet is the haute-cuisine restaurant in the Jura wine region, the one Michelin-starred establishment in the region, a hotel and restaurant in the very center of Arbois, near the Place de la Liberté. A must...

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Charleston

If someone ever writes about the history of fine dining in Baltimore, certainly Cindy Wolf and her partner Tony Foreman will have an illustrious place in the evolution of Baltimore as a fine-dining destination. Wolf has been working the stoves at Charleston for years now, and the restaurant seems to go from strength to strength. The restaurant is still the reference point from which just about any other restaurant in Baltimore has to compare itself. I hadn't been there in...

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Cobau - Tokyo

Yakiniku takes the concept of a restaurant and obviates the skilled chef. You, my friend, are going do the cooking and they'll provide a grill carved into the middle of the table and a pair of tongs to help you along. Oh...and because there is no need for a chef to ponce about with his reduced sauces and fancy foam, they concentrate on one thing - giving you a plate of the finest meat to grill and the most exquisite...

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