Lunch – Saturday, February 2, 2019 A solo lunch afforded me the opportunity to visit one of Tokyo’s leading modern Italian restaurants, perched atop the Bulgari building in Ginza. I had pre-ordered the Menu Luca Fantin – their lengthiest tasting menu. Champagne (or rather, Italian bubbly) in hand and with a pleasant view of Ginza, […]Read more "Il Ristorante Luca Fantin"
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"
Dinner – Friday, November 23, 2018 Thomas Frebel was a core member of noma for many years, serving as its head of R&D, and now he has made a home in Tokyo. With him, he has brought a group of ex-noma team members and other “nomads”. I skipped noma’s 2015 residency at the Mandarin Oriental […]Read more "Inua"
Dinner – Wednesday, October 17, 2018 I never dined at the original incarnation of Ko – my loss, I’m sure. The current grown-up, polished version of Ko has occupied its current space in the East Village since ~2014 (and just expanded last year). An entire wall of the restaurant is dominated by steel fridges holding […]Read more "Momofuku Ko"
Dinner – Friday, October 5, 2018 With only one night in Chicago, I struggled to choose a restaurant to visit – so many good options! Noah Sandoval’s Oriole and Iliana Regan’s Elizabeth were strong contenders, but I ultimately decided to revisit Smyth. We had a very good meal there shortly after it opened in 2016, and […]Read more "Smyth"
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 – Sunday, August 26, 2018 It’s hard to believe that our first (and only) visit to Lummi Island was two years ago – where has the time gone? More recently, we enjoyed Blaine Wetzel’s food at the three-way collaboration dinner with Smyth and Single Thread. This was sufficient motivation to plan a prompt return […]Read more "The Willows Inn"
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"