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La Merenda, Nice, lunch

Slow cooked tripe served in its cooking juices with potato rosti, La Merenda, Nice

Menu from a simple lunch at La Merenda in Nice, France, with food by former Michelin-starred chef Dominique Le Stanc: Salad of rocket, ricotta cheese, preserved olives, baked figs and honey vinaigrette dressing Slow cooked tripe served in its cooking juices with potato rosti Tourte de blettes (swiss chard tart) with icing sugar Everyone talks…

Mauro Colagreco’s Mirazur, Menton, “Menu Dégustation” lunch

La Forêt - ceps, girolles, enoki, parsley foam and sponge, quinoa risotto, parmesan foam, Mirazur, Menton

Menu from a tasting lunch at Mauro Colagreco‘s two Michelin starred, and 24th in the 2012 World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, gastronomic restaurant Mirazur in Menton, France (see the London experience here) (rough English translations bold and in brackets): [Amuse bouche] [Sharing bread, lemon and ginger olive oil] Huître au concombre (oysters and cucumber)  Carpaccio de dorade rose – pêche et fleurs de bégonia (carpaccio of…

Alain Ducasse’s Le Louis XV, Monte Carlo, 25th Anniversary Celebration lunch

Cloches, 25th Anniversary Celebration Menu at Alain Ducasse's Le Louis XV in Monte Carlo, Monaco

Menu from a lunch at Alain Ducasse‘s three Michelin starred Le Louis XV at Hôtel de Paris in Monte Carlo, Monaco, with dishes created to celebrate 25 years of the restaurant’s incarnation and wines to match (rough English translations bold and in brackets): Pour patienter: (Amuse Bouche) Mini pan bagna et fines pâtes imprimées de légumes (flat bread printed with vegetables…

Phil Howard, of The Square, at Nespresso Boutique

Rob Weston and Phil Howard, Nespresso with Phil Howard

I can’t admit to knowing everything there is to know about coffee but I can put my hand up and say that I’m a bit of a coffee snob. I drink what I’d like to call “long, black”; but faced with confused expressions at restaurants, it often morphs into an Americano. Mine, homemade via filter…

Pavé of bitter chocolate with burnt orange and Ristretto coffee recipe

Pave of bitter chocolate with burnt orange nd Ristretto coffee

Phil Howard at Nespresso boutique Ingredients: For the base: 25g raisins, chopped 65g crushed Hobnob biscuits 100g praline paste 35g milk chocolate, melted 10g unsalted butter, soft 35g pistachios, roasted and crushed For the jelly: 300ml orange juice 1 double espresso serving of Nespresso Ristretto 150g caster sugar 3 leaves gelatine 2 oranges, zest only For the mousse:…

Brillat Savarin cheesecake with a coffee crust and apricot glaze recipe

Brillat savarin cheesecake with a coffee crust and apricot glaze

Phil Howard at Nespresso boutique Ingredients: For the base: 35g caster sugar 35g demerara sugar 35g plain flour 35g ground almonds 60g unsalted butter 2 capsules of Nespresso Volluto grounds For the cheesecake: 650g fresh Brillat Savarin or cream cheese 100ml double cream 100g caster sugar 1 vanilla pod 1 orange, lemon and lime – zest only 3 eggs 2 yolks…

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