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Château Angélus lunch at Hélène Darroze at the Connaught, Mayfair

Sweetbread, cauliflower, muscat grapes, vadouvan at Helene Darroze at The Connaught

Menu from a lunch at Hélène Darroze at the Connaught in Mayfair with food from the two Michelin starred restaurant and wines from Château Angélus to match: Bollinger Special Cuvée Brut Sweetbread, cauliflower, muscat grapes, ‘vadouvan’ Carillon d’Angélus 2012 St Emillion Pork, pumpkin, Medjool date, Ras el Hanout Château Angélus 2008 St Emillion Chocolate, mint Château Angélus…

Duck & Champagne at HKK, City, Review

HKK's Cherry wood duck with mantou and caviar

88 Worship St, London EC2A 2BE hkklondon.com Duck and Champagne is a pretty random combination, isn’t it? Food and wine matching common sense would probably suggest that a gamey fowl like duck is best served with a red wine of some sort, say a Pinot Noir; or at the very least, a bold white wine like Chardonnay….

Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, dinner

Roasted lobster out of the shell on herbs oil and chives, Azurmendi

Menu from a dinner at the three Michelin-starred Azurmendi in Larrabetzu, with mostly new dishes and a few classics: [Artichoke cracker with citrus gel] [Peanut] [Pumpkin-parmesan butter biscuit] [Asparagus cotton] [Avocado bonbon] [Pickled courgette] Homemade salted anchovy millefeuille Roe and dill CaipiriTxa Hibiscus Infusion Chestnut leaf [Frozen olive on black olive soil] Egg from our hens,…

Highlights from San Sebastian Gastronomika 2015

Paco Morales at San Sebastian Gastronomika

San Sebastian Gastronomika 2013 Two years ago when I attended San Sebastian Gastronomika (SSG) for the first time, I was invited by the conference to present on Chinese food with Hunan restaurant’s Chef Peng, who I had co-authored a cookbook with. The schedule was hectic but I had some time to sit in on the ‘Alta’ demonstrations in the…

Akelarre, San Sebastian, lunch

The leaves and the foie under the rain at Pedro Subijana Akelarre, San Sebastian

Aranori tasting menu from a lunch at Pedro Subijana’s three Michelin-starred Akelarre in San Sebastian: Just to begin: Bloody Mary Stuffed mussel Potato and prawn amber Anchovy stuffed black olive Aranori: The leaves and the foie under the rain Green broth infusion, scampi and smoked monkfish Very thin and light beef tartar, new potato soufflé…

#AtxaAndreRicard at Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, six hands dinner

CaipiriTxa, #AtxaAndreRicard at Azurmendi, Larrabetzu

Menu from a six-hands dinner at the three Michelin-starred Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, with food by Eneko Atxa (Azurmendi), André Chiang (Restaurant André) and Ricard Camarena (Restaurant Ricard Camarena) and fermented juices (from André Chiang) and wines matched to the food: Greenhouse Asparagus cotton Tomato [Pickled courgette] Mushroom leaf Punch (Eneko Atxa) Picnic Homemade salted anchovy millefeuille Roe…

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