The Ninth – our Restaurant Review

We have just come back from Michelin-starred The Ninth in Fitzrovia, and were heavily impressed. Chef Jun Tanaka, whose, you guessed it, 9th restaurant this is, offers “simple but refined French Mediterranean-style dishes”, all made for sharing. Probably because of the rumoured recent pasta obsession of the chef (which is a very good thing, considering his immense skills making pasta!), the dishes today were mostly Italian influenced. For a very competitive £27 per person you can choose three tapas dishes each to share. Between the two of us, Ms B and I ordered 6 tapas, following the waiter’s recommendation to order the duck leg twice, because it was by far the most substantial dish and you want to get a good fill (she put it more elegantly). Besides that, we ordered (3) sea bass carpaccio, salsa verde & pickled kohlrabi; (4) pappardelle, venison ragu, hazelnut and sprouts, (5) pumpkin fregola risotto, […]

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Pachamama Restaurant, London, our Review

We had heard good things about Pachamama in London’s Marylebone district for some time. Yesterday my wife (Ms B) and I finally made our way. We arrived on time for our 12:15pm Saturday brunch reservation and were among the first few guests to be seated in this basement venue which still manages to let in some sunlight through windows in the ceiling.    We immediately liked the warm atmosphere that combines rustic elements featuring a lot of natural wood with a certain elegance and eclectic décor elements. Ms B kept on mentioning “so female-friendly” with a big smile, and when the space gradually filled with more and more groups of ladies, I made the stern decision not to bring the boyz here for a few pints (they actually do not do pints here, anyway, just bottled beer, cocktails, etc.). There were two other couples and another group that involved two […]

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Cafe Boheme, Soho – our Review

We’ve recently visited Café Boheme in Soho for the first time, for brunch. There had been a fair bit of hype around this place over the years, so our expectations were high. We were immediately taken in by the pleasant, warm, very French café atmosphere. Service was perhaps a bit abrupt and not overly helpful, but hey, that is very Parisian, probably a good thing!    We ordered the obligatory Eggs Royale (£9), ham and cheese omelette (£7), and a dish which now seems to have dropped off the online menu, but which contained pastry, strawberries, and cream for roughly £6. Besides, we ordered one flat white and one latte (each £2.80), one freshly squeezed orange juice (£3.90), and one Bloody Mary to share (£9.75)    I was pleased with my Eggs Royale, they were just right and nice and runny. Ms B seemed equally happy with her omelette, which […]

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L’Ange 20, Paris – our Restaurant Review

L’Ange 20 had been recommended to us by friends, and what a great recommendation that was! It also came in very handy that it is located 5 minutes walk from where we were staying this time around, close to Place des Vosges in the beautiful Marais district of perhaps the planet’s most magnificent city: Paree (read our blog post about the Marais here). We were immediately taken in by the pleasant atmosphere which combined warm colours of a traditional Parisian corner bistrot with modern elements. The waiter was marvellous and led us through the menu, throwing in a few jokes and witty remarks that made us laugh.    We followed his recommendation and went for king prawns in angel hair pasta with homemade guacamole (£9) as starters, grilled duck breast with green pepper and eggplant parmigiana (£20), as well as seared cod fillet, vegetable julienne, black rice with ginger (£20; […]

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‘Being Modern’ Exhibition: MoMA at Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

During a recent trip to Paris, we finally made it to the much talked about MoMA exhibition at our beloved Fondation Louis Vuitton. Masterpieces of Max Beckmann, Alexander Calder, Paul Cézanne, Marcel Duchamp, Edward Hopper, Jasper Johns, Frida Kahlo, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Gustav Klimt, Roy Lichtenstein, Pablo Picasso, Man Ray, Paul Signac, Andy Warhol, and several dozen further artists were included.      The exhibition followed a timeline and opened with MoMA’s first decade. Works included Hopper’s famous House by the Railroad, Cézanne’s The Bather, up to post-war works from Pollock (Echo: Number 25) and de Kooning (Woman I).   The next section was perhaps my favourite one and focused on Minimalism and Pop art.    The third and last section, located on the top floor of the magnificent building, focused on contemporary works from around the world, most of which were acquired by MoMA in the last two years. […]

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