France

Restaurant Favre d’Anne

25/07/2016 by .

Only a short time after returning to Angers following a year’s sabbatical, which cost him the Michelin star he rightly deserved at the original Restaurant Favre d’Anne, the eponymous Pascal Favre d’Anne had regained his distinction. If you think about it, that tells you a great deal.

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L’Abeille Restaurant. Hotel Shangri-La

20/06/2016 by .

What does it take to get the ultimate accolade from Michelin inspectors, and is that third star worth the extra cost of the meal to the diner?  Not so long as you can eat at the two-star L’Abeille Restaurant in Paris, which offers a far more joyful and satisfying experience than two three-star hotel restaurants recently experienced by this particular Trip Reporter in the City of Light.

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ALAIN DUCASSE AT THE PLAZA ATHENEE

26/01/2016 by .

Is Alain Ducasse at the Plaza Athenee one of the best restaurants in Paris? Certainly, the man currently regarded as the god of French cooking has the prettiest room in the most glamorous hotel in town and three Michelin stars.

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L’Orangerie-du-Chateau

15/06/2015 by .

Henry James described the Loire as the “land of good dinners” and so it is.   The whole area is celebrating the 500th anniversary of the ascension of Francis 1 known as the “Le Grand Roi François” and a renowned gourmet.    We went to visit one of his homes, the Royal Chateau Blois which is filled with more than 35,000 works of art and also has an awe inspiring 13th century assembly hall. Afterwards it was great to chill out just a few yards away and relax in its ancient orangery which is now a Michelin starred restaurant simply called L’Orangerie-du-Chateau

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