Tonkotsu – Soho London

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Tonkotsu Bar And Ramen

Like most places we had to wait. Not too long though probably 15 mins. we looked at the menu and were pretty shocked 10-11 pounds per bowl of noodles. It’s like the same price but in AUD back home.

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Menu outside Tonkotsu Ramen

Obviously they specialise in ramen. They also do things like karaage etc. The ramen are quite different even though you have the well known tonkotsu (pork bone soup) broth.

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Tonkotsu Ramen

Apparently they have a noodle making machine and they make their noodles. I’m not sure but it’s a rare sight seeing skips cooking at a ramen bar.

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Skip chefs

Can’t go wrong with a kirin.

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Kirin 

On this board, basically tells us about the owner going to Japan and met this old guy who told him you must make your own noodles. So he did.

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They story about Tonkotsu

Karaage was crunchy and good.

Karaage

The seafood ramen was good. had a fish on top and caviar on the top. Not conventional ramen but modern i guess.

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Seafood Ramen

IK had the traditional Tonkotsu Ramen. However, she said Momotaro Ramen in Richmond was better.

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Tonkotsu Ramen

Rating

13/20

It was pricey for ramen. I like how they modernised it a bit. Karaage was good. but one thing – i don’t agree with this 12.5% discretionary service charge. Plonk a bowl of ramen at you and you eat and finish. I don’t know that service charge is required for that. Sorry London.

Address

63 Dean St, London W1D 4QG, United Kingdom
+44 20 7437 0071

Restaurant Cofoco Denmark

Missed out on going to Noma this time round. Despite the fact that we glued our eyes on our screens waiting for the seating to open 3 months prior. We just arrived in Copenhagen and had no clue where to eat. Best way was to google! So went through visit Copenhagen and found this place walkable from the hotel.

Copenhagen apparently well known for it’s food and prices!

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Cofoco Menu

Copenhagen had alot of rye bread. This came with a sauce and the bread was warm. Nice.

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Bread

Had a Jacobsen Beer. Almost as good as Belgium Beer.

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Fadol – Jacobsen Beer

So we went for a four course menu. First up was scallops, cauliflower puree, cucumber, dill and rye crumble. This was well presented and tasted well.

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Scallops dish

You get to either order a la carte or choose from a 4 or 5 or 6 course menu. We opted for the 4 course menu.

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Menu

the next dish was Mussel soup. Crab, pea puree, yoghurt, lemon oil and croutons. I tell you what. This was probably the best soup I’ve had in a long long time. Creamy, the flavours married together.

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Mussel Soup

Scandanavian food is very uncomplicated, but they do things well. The next dish is a Veal brisket – corn, cabbage, frikcasse and tarragon.

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Veal Brisket

The Raspberry sorbet reduced cream with liqourice, dried raspberries, white chocolate and raw liqourice. I never liked liqourice. But my god, the way they did liqourice with the dish was amazing. It was actually crunchy and blended well with the fresh raspberries you get in Scandanavia.

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Raspberry Sorbet

The place was on a corner shop and in the basement which seems a bit hidden. But I guess this is a hidden gem you find once in a while. Loved the food. Best meal we had in Copenhagen.

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Cocofo

Rating : 14.5/20

Atmosphere : Friendly waitress who has an Aussie boyfriend! Maybe thats why we got good service.

Go to dish : go for the set menu. Experience it all and the beer.

Address :

Abel Cathrines Gade 7, 1654 København, Denmark

+45 33 13 60 60

Le Souffle Review Paris

Paris was raining like no tomorrow. Almost every day it rained. We were heading off to Denmark this afternoon so we felt like some souffle as we didn’t have it during this trip. We heard about this place on a guide book and it was close to La Fayet and on the way back to the hotel. It was during a weekday so they had a lunch special.

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Le Souffle Menu

They obviously specialised in souffle and had different liquors for their souffles on show.

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French Liquors

We both went for the lunch special which included sparking water or wine. We went for the sparkling water.

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Badoit Sparking Water

Gotta have your bread in France.

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French Bread

Came with a salad as well.

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Salad

French orchid as well on the table

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French Orchid

IK went for the chicken souffle with sauce and then a dessert souffle after.

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Chicken Souffle

I went for a main course fries with chicken instead. The fries were amazing

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Chicken and Fries

The sauce that went into the souffle.

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Chicken and sauce that goes into the souffle
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Line up of Grand Marnier

There was a whole cabinet filled with grand mariner.

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A close up

The souffles were huge! I wondered how many egg whites goes into one of these. So I went for the grand marinier souffle. The waiter dug a little hole and filled it and then poured it around. It was soft and amazing.

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Grand Marnier Souffle

IK went for a sour cherry chocolate one. I ended up having 1.5 souffles.

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IK’s souffle

Finished with a coffee… I miss Melbourne so much!

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Cafe

A little cute card to keep afterwards!

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Le Souffle card

Beautiful shop front.
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Rating : 14/20

Dish of the day : Obviously the souffle. but the main was also nice. Grand Marnier souffle for sure

Tip : Go for lunch, lunch special is quite reasonable.

Tip 2 : Don’t have 2 souffles. its too much!

Le Souffle

36,rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris, France

L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon Saint German Review

I booked this a month ago before the trip and I have to say I’m pretty damn excited. There are a couple of Joel Robuchons in Paris. They are also all around the world like in Japan, Hong Kong, London, Macau etc. Michelin star restaurant and world famous. The one in France should be the best right? Here we go. We walked from Champ De Elysees to the Saint German branch which took 30 mins. So IK was hungry, tired and sick of walking by the time we got there. It’s a fairly dark place and with all the de Joel Robuchon restaurants, they all have the black and red theme.

We were greeted and led to the communal bar table which sits around 15 right around. They have 2 sittings and I could understand why this is one effective way to serve all 15 guests at once with really one waiter. This waiter could speak 5 different languages apparently and I have to say the French are impressive with their english. Better than I anticipated.

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Tasting Menu

So there are two choices. The Tasting menu or a la carte. They didn’t really explain very much as i think everyone just goes for the tasting menu. The only difference is you get to choose the main. AND, the menu was all in French and there was no point getting the dictionary out.

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Plate and Napkin

The first dish was the Amuse Bouche.To start, Le Crabe Royale – Aux Fine Lamelles de <Daikon> Epicees 

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Amuse Bouche

Came with a basket of bread which we didn’t touch as we knew there was better things to come.

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Basket of Bread

It was an open kitchen, the head chef overlooking his staff whilst they were at work. He seems pretty young in his 30s and very cool demeanor about him, no typical chef’s hats and white aprons.

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Robuchon’s open kitchen

This next starter was the le gaspacho – a la catalane, croutons dores sous un sorbet moutarde a l’ancienne. Pretty much a soup with a mustard sorbet. It was a cold dish, but having cold soup was actually good. Opens the palate up.

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le gaspacho – a la catalane, croutons dores sous un sorbet moutarde a l’ancienne

le caviar – seems to be a common theme during this europe trip for me! sur une <cerviche> de saumon, glace aux agrumes peruviens. A cerviche of salmon with ice underneath and peruvian citrus. I had so much caviar but it is pretty reasonable in Europe esp in Scandanavian countries.

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sur une de saumon, glace aux agrumes peruviens.

Next up was Les Girolles – et l’artichaut sur un <Macaroni Vegetal> dore au comte. Here we have chanterelle mushrooms on top, Macaroni with vegetal inside. Basically a bit fat pasta with basks and count with a sprinkle of saffron on the side. Out of all the dishes, probably wasn’t my favourite. Tasty regardless.

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Les Girolles

L’oeuf (The Egg) it translates to Cocotte en <meurette> sus une fine croustade. Basically a casserole in a red wine sauce with fine croutons. This was amazing.

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L’oeuf

I was yearning for this in France. Le Foie Gras! – de canard chaud, cerises et amandes fraiches dans un jus acidule a l’hibiscus . Foie gras was so rich but a combination with the cherry with a hibiscus jus was just perfect. It was delicious!

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Le Foie Gras

Le Saint- Pierre – grille, asperges sauvages sur une emulsion coco-tandoori, citron verte et poivre de <timut>. This was like a little seafood soup. Grilled wild asparagus on a coconut emulsion, tandoori, lemon and green peppers with some clams. This was just unbelievable.

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Le Saint- Pierre

there were a few choices for the mains but i went for the sweet breads. Le Ris De Veau – cloute de laurier frais a la feuille de romaine farcie . The leaf on top seemed like a eucalyptus leaf. This was very rich and each time i hear short breads, I forget out rich it is.

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Le Ris De Veau

IK ordered the L’agneau De Lait – en cotelettes a la fleur de thym. Milk lamb chops in thyme. The thyme was so fresh the chops were small but tasty. A side of mashed potatoes on the side which was filled with rich butter.

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L’Agneau De Lait

A bit more mashed potatoes here. Way too much but so rich, full of flavour.

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Mashed Potato

Finally we start the desserts. L’Agrume – pamplemousse et orange sous un sorbet a la mandarine et son croquant au citron vert Almost like a creme brulee citrus version – Grapefruit and orange sorbet, in a crisp mandarin and lime. This was so refreshing after so much heaviness in the food. The crips broke with a nice crack and had a mousse inside. Yum!!

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L’Agrume

To finish up Le Chocolat Tentation. Very interesting dessert, a nice round chocolate crisp around, with some citrusy flavours on top, a little chocolate dome int hemiddle and chocolate soil underneath in a separate bowl. The idea is to pick some of the top bit up and layer it with some chocolate soil. French cuisine was definitely out of this world.

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Le chocolate tentation

The tummy was struggling but we thought maybe a coffee would help. Some more caramel and friands to just top it off. Coffee was awful btw.

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Coffee and Sweets

This family walked out of the restaurant and guess who we saw – ZLATAN. omg. drove off in a volvo lol. Then another woman came with some body guards – I think she was from the embassy here or something. Definitely alot of high flyers about eting at this place. Wonderful experience. It was definitely rushed, but the quality of the food was top notch.
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Rating : 17/20

Dish of the Day – The dessert and Foie Groe

Tip : Come earlier with expander pants.

Joel Le Robuchon – Saint Germain

5 Rue Montalembert, 75007 Paris, France

Le Jules Verne Review

We have never been to Europe let alone to one of the world wonders – the Eiffel tower. You’d be blown away by how majestic this famous tower is. You’d be able to spot it a mile away and to be able to dine up there as well is once in a lifetime experience everyone should do.

The Eiffel Tower

The restaurant we were going to was the Le Jules Verne – a one star michelin restaurant. It had its own lift up to the restaurant which saves you from queueing up and you don’t have to buy a separate ticket up as well.

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Le Jules Verne entrance

A few more snaps before we head up.

View from the bottom up

Once you enter, you are greeted and you have to go through security before entering.

Inside the lobby area

Took this just before heading up the lift

Big mirror before the lift

The dining area is at the 123m the second level, theres a higher observatory deck you can also up to as well.

Display of how tall the building is

You are able to see through the glass so you have an idea about this whole gigantic tower.

Views from the lift

More pics inside the lift

view from the lift

More pics from the lift

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Views from the lift

And more pics.

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More Views

Once we got up you were welcomed to your table and maybe because i booked early, we got a window seat. Upside down palte and some funky cutlery.

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Table setting

We didn’t really used these to eat but it was just for show i guess?!

Le Jules Verne Cutlery

I enjoyed the ambiance too!

Me enjoying the views

 

Had some cheese sticks and a bottle of sparking orezza to start.

Orezza Sparkling

For lunch you can choose to have their degustation or a 3 course meal. We chose the 3 course meal and it was ample.

The Menu

Went for a French beer – 1664 Kronenburg.

1664 Kronenborg

IK had a mocktail.

IK’s mocktail

Even the butter was shaped in an Eiffel Tower!

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Butter Shaped Eiffel Tower

The French Pastries and bread are just so damn good.

French Bread

First course was an amuse bouche – tuna with some cut up asparagus drizzled with olive oil. It was very tasty despite being simple.

Amuse Bouche

The first entree was a half smoked salmon, tangy vegetable and herb tartare. The texture of the salmon was unbelievable. Look how even the herb tartare is immaculately dotted from a big size to a small dot.  It was a lovely combination.

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Salmon Entree

When you’re in France, you gotta have escargots right? IK had the Helixberrin Snails, warm marmalade and parsnip jus. I had one of these and I was definitely in France.

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Helixberrin Escargot

For the main course I had the corn-fed chicken fricasse, tomato stuffed in tomato. I tell you what. The french do amazing sauces, and this was one of the best jus/sauces I have ever tasted. It wasn’t just a simple chicken dish, there was a lot of thought into the sauces and the stuffed tomato was very interesting. Lots more tomatoes inside that which really married well with the chicken.

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Corn-fed chicken main

IK had the grenobloise pollock, quick sauteed spinach with swiss chard leaves. She said it was very tasty and it looked and sure did.

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IK’s main course

Now onto dessert. This was probably the highlight of the meal. Crunchy tower nut, chocolate from our factory in Paris. Inside this was crunchy and so much bite, it was rich, but it was devilishly good. The ice-cream helped a bit to cut through the sweetness but it was sweet but so addictive.

Tower Nut Chocolate

It also came with some pralines, macarons, a whole friggin bowl of marshmallows and pastries. I mean how the hell do you finish all of this.

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Pastries, Marshmallows, chocolate

The praline chocolates were devlishly good too.

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Chocolates

IK’s main was a Melba Peach our way. with cream on top. Raspberry on the side. It looks better than it tasted. Should have went for option 3. It wasn’t bad but not as good as my devilishly chocolate crunchy nut.

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Melba Peach Our way

Hmmm after one bite, you’re in chocolate heaven.

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We really couldn’t finish the rest…

Unfinished desserts

But we definitely had to take a photo of us having lunch at the most romantic place on earth possibly.

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Us Dining at Le Verne Jules

The chef’s book ‘Ducasse’ and other things for sale as well.

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We also got to take home some goodies and the menu home!
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After the meal, you are able to go down a floor to the observatory deck and look around and it was amazing. The best short cut and perk if you hate lining up queues.

Bottom Line

Loved it, it lived up to its 1 star Michelin rating and it was pure French. So French so good. The jus and the sauces were so damn good it really lives with you.

Would I go back ? No doubt

Dish of the day : hard but my main course was very delicious.

Rating : 16.5/20

Avenue Gustave Eiffel, Paris, France

01 45 55 61 44