Mirazur in Menton – Good but No “Wow” Factor

On paper, Mirazur is set up to be a highly memorable meal with its location outside Monaco overlooking the coast and its Michelin two-star standing and well regarded chef but it ended up being a meal that just fell short of being really good. Perhaps it was because it was lunch and the sun's rays through Mirazur's full length windows made the restaurant a tad too warm to be comfortable. But it may also be that we already had a fantastic meal at the Chèvre d'Or in Eze with a stunning...

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Chevre d’Or – Reason Enough to Visit Eze

With a view that looks over Monaco, Michelin two-starred Chèvre d'Or has the view to go along with its beautiful food. It was an especially pleasing lunch all the more so because we had pre-lunch aperitifs in the garden and arguably had the best table in the restaurant - a round table next to two large windows that look out over the Cote d'Azur (sometimes it's good to travel with a group - there were eight of us). Coupled with a very friendly sommelier who immediately made us feel...

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La Place de Mougins – Surely it Deserves a Star

Occasionally I check back to see how some of the restaurants I enjoyed in prior trips are doing. La Place de Mougins, located in the hills of the Cote d'Azur (in Mougins), is a restaurant that I thought would be on its way to getting a Michelin star. However, it still hasn't happened although it has been recognised by the guide. I'm sure this doesn't detract from the positive reviews it is getting anyway from patrons, ranked first among restaurants in Mougins by TripAdvisor.com. The chef...

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Paris’ Spring Restaurant – Crowd Pleasing

Spring is a popular restaurant in the shadow of the Louvre in Paris. It's dinner degustation was pleasing and wallet friendly and I can see why it has garnered a strong following. While I personally preferred the restaurant David Toutain, it remains nonetheless a place I would recommend friends to try if they don't want the fanfare or cost of a Michelin-starred establishment.

I had read a lot about Spring, so my expectations were fairly high. I was also curious to find out if it was...

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David Toutain – Fun and Fresh French Dining

David Toutain food

Of the restaurants I went to my last trip to Paris, David Toutain is the one that I want to go back to and the one that I have no hesitation in recommending. While the restaurants of Paris’ well known chefs - Joel Robuchon, Alain Ducasse, etc. - remain highlights of any trip to Paris, I find I have an increasing preference for eating food by the younger set. I think it’s partly due to the more casual ambience and less costly menus, but in many ways, I think the food holds a little more...

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