Classy Lunch at La Place de Mougins

Escape the hustle and bustle of hectic French Riviera to the charming village of Mougins, only a few minutes away from Cannes on a hilltop. There French chef Denis Fétisson runs two different restaurants and I recently had lunch at one of them, called La Place de Mougins. Lunching in gourmet restaurants is a great way to enjoy those fine venues’ fancy menus in a faster (and less expensive) way. At La Place de Mougins dishes were as good as they look, so let the pictures talk:

Mise en bouche #1, La Place de Mougins
Mise en bouche #1

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Alice Ristorante in Milan

During my recent trip across Northern Italy, I had an amazing dinner at Alice Ristorante in Milan. Awarded with one Michelin star and located inside the slow food temple of Eataly near Garibaldi station, this women-led restaurant serves almost flawless modern Italian cuisine. I chose the shorter Sandrina menu and wasn’t disappointed. Wine pairing was excellent with very local wines! In terms of food, my favorite dishes were the revisited Caesar salad and “superspaghettino”. The red mullet was somehow disappointing, only flaw of an otherwise splendid meal. Efficiency and professionalism of the service has to be mentioned, no long waiting times between dishes which I think is a great thing. In my opinion Alice Ristorante easily deserves another star!

Table for 2, Alice Ristorante
Table for 2

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Lunch at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Thepickytraveller recently had lunch at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in central London, between two planes on a long layover at Heathrow airport. Located inside the Mandarin Oriental next to Hyde Park and run by chef Ashley Palmer-Watts, this 2 Michelin-starred restaurant serves historically inspired British dishes. Which is quite interesting. Now let pictures talk.

Meat fruit (recipe from 1500) at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
Meat fruit (recipe from 1500)

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High-end Gourmet Experience at Funky Gourmet, Athens

Dining at Funky Gourmet is a great experience in many aspects. First of all the restaurant is located off the beaten track, a few blocks from Metaxourghio metro station in the center of Athens. Then it has no signs at all on the outside indicating a restaurant, but only a discreet doorman ready to let you in if you have booked a table.

Salsify in the soil
Salsify in the soil to start with


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Dinner at Noma: Real Once-in-a-Lifetime Gustative Experience

From the moment you step in to the moment you step out (many hours later), prepare for a truly unforgettable journey. But booking a table at Noma, one of the world’s Top 3 restaurants ain’t easy. Not at all… That’s the kind of place you book before booking flights and accommodation accordingly. So on the first Monday of the month before the one you plan to visit, a moment before 10 am (CEST), prepare all your devices with internet-access and connect to the the restaurant’s website. At 10 am sharp the online booking opens and after a while you get a random number in the queue (one per connected device). You will likely have to repeat this many months in a row before being actually able to book a table, as 4- or even 5-digit queue numbers are very usual (meaning thousands of people are trying to do the same as you at the same time)… If you get a 3-digit number, chances are slim but wait for your turn to come and see if there is any time slot still available in the reservations calendar. If you are lucky enough to get a 2-digit number, chances are good you will be able to book a table! But be quick, as when your turn comes and the calendar opens in front of your eyes, time slots will disappear in seconds (the queue number only gives you access to the calendar, without any guarantee to be actually able to book a table). So you managed to do it and got your booking confirmation? Let’s go!

Noma entrance
Noma entrance


Asparagus, berries and seaweed
Asparagus, berries and seaweed

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