Dinner – Thursday, April 4, 2019 Based on two meals a few months apart, I thought Birdsong was one of my favourite new restaurants in 2018 – the menu was focused, the kitchen worked like a well-oiled machine, and the front-of-house was well-trained. They were duly rewarded with a Michelin star at the end of […]Read more "Birdsong"
Dinner – Saturday, March 16, 2019 I had not visited Saison in some time, but news that Laurent Gras had assumed the mantle of head chef was sufficient motivation. I was familiar with his food from L2O, back when we lived in Chicago (dangerously, a mere two blocks away from the restaurant). L2O fully deserved […]Read more "Saison"
Lunch – Saturday, February 23, 2019 Single Thread was elevated to 3* in the 2019 Red Guide. We’ve dined there quite regularly since their opening at the end of 2016 (I count 9 menus in my collection), and for a place we are so familiar with, my expectations don’t change despite what the Michelin man […]Read more "Single Thread"
Dinner – Sunday, February 17, 2019 I last visited Manresa in 2012 – over 6 years ago! That’s a lifetime in the food industry, and indeed the restaurant has risen from the (literal) ashes twice, having suffered serious fires in 2014 and 2018. The cooking is evidently none the worse for wear, as the restaurant […]Read more "Manresa"
Dinner – Tuesday, December 18, 2018 Josh Skenes’ new restaurant has been open for a few months, but I hadn’t the time to visit until now – of course, it had to be on the heels of it being named one of Esquire’s best new restaurants of 2018, driving its popularity through the roof. Fortunately, […]Read more "Angler"
Lunch – Saturday, September 22, 2018 Having recently revisited The Willows Inn at the end of August, and in anticipation of a return to Smyth in early October, I decided to make a quick pit stop at Single Thread to catch up – the five months since our last dinner here has been my longest […]Read more "Single Thread"
Dinner – Saturday, June 30, 2018 Despite hearing some good things about it, I never made it to Rodney Wages’ (ex-Saison, ex-Benu, ex-Atelier Crenn) extended pop-up restaurant, RTB. He ultimately decided to put down roots in the Fillmore, in the same space that hosted his pop-up – enter Avery (named after the abstract painter Milton […]Read more "Avery"
Dinner – Saturday, June 9, 2018 Birdsong is a beautiful restaurant – from its open kitchen with a wood-burning hearth and shiny Hestan stove, to its Chef’s Counter hewn from a single tree. Dining alone this night, I was seated at one end of said counter, closest to where Chef Chris Bleidorn was expediting. As […]Read more "Birdsong"
Dinner – Friday, April 13, 2018 I’ve found that collaboration dinners are most meaningful when you’ve first experienced each restaurant individually, in its respective place. Having done this, one can best appreciate the synergy that develops from the meeting of minds. We had outstanding meals at both Smyth and The Willows Inn (indeed, within weeks of each […]Read more "Smyth & The Willows Inn at Single Thread"
Dinner – Saturday, April 7, 2018 Things seem to be really swinging at the L’Auberge Carmel these days. The Aubergine dining room was refinished with snazzy wooden floors in January, and the hotel’s rooms are in the midst of renovations. In the front-of-house, we saw a number of new faces, and I believe the kitchen is […]Read more "Aubergine"