Senzanome in Brussels means “Without a Name” in Italian; it is considered one of the fifty best Italian restaurants in Europe and one of the high dining venues in Belgium.
At Littleboboon, we are very wary of high-end Italian gastronomy as we usually find it overrated, or at least we did so until last March when we went to have lunch at Lumen in Milano where chef Luigi Taglienti dazzled us with his cooking. So we went to Senzanome with mixed feelings, hoping that Giovanni Bruno's level of cooking would match Lumen's.
For our dinner, we opted for the “Degustation”menu in seven courses. Our hopes were high after the first four dishes: we had to admit they were pretty good indeed, we thought that at last Giovanni Bruno and his team deserved their one-star at the Michelin Guide.
Unfortunately, just as we had experienced at Marc Fosh restaurant in Mallorca, the following dishes broke our appetite and feelings: the fish was too salty, the desserts were mundane and pretty bad, definitely not up to the standards of a high-end restaurant.
The restaurant itself is beautiful, stylish and well located in the area of le Petit Sablon in Brussels.
The service, very cold and a little bit snob when we arrived, started to loosen up halfway through the meal and eventually became more relaxed -- our Maitre d' even cracked a smile on our way out.
The wine list was very good with a great selection of Italian wines and a decent offer of by-the-glass.
Irregularities are the traps and weaknesses of some chefs. As human beings we understand that chefs cannot always be at the top but as patrons we can hardly tolerate that they spoil our dinner.
In our opinion, Senzanome had better step up their game if they want to keep their star in the Michelin Guide.
Address : Place du Petit Sablon, 1
Tel :+32 2 223 16 17
Wow! Incredible! Fabulous! That was our reaction when we set foot in the restaurant La Villa in the Sky, located on the 25th floor of the IT Tower in the business district of Brussels, at 480 Avenue Louise.
What a fabulous venue to have dinner with the best view in town. With that incredible a setting, we were eager to discover if Chef Alexandre Dionisio's cooking matched the view.
For dinner, you can choose between two menus “Louise” and “In the Sky” which cost respectively 155 euros and 195 euros. We opted for “In the Sky” which looked more appealing to us and we were not disappointed.
The menu selected came in seven services, from the aperitif cocktail to the amuse-bouche, from the entrées to the main dishes everything was well thought out, delicate, refined, delicious and perfectly cooked. Even the olive oil, the bread and the butter were perfect.
Our little gourmet (who is seven years old) enjoyed all his dishes and told the chef that his food was excellent!
They have a very good wine list, coming from all over Europe and the world, but also a very good by-the-glass selection. Each glass of wine was chosen to complement the dish, each one was pertinent to the food we ate and proportionately served by a great female sommelier. A special mention to her, probably one of the best sommeliers and one of the best hostesses we've had so far.
The service was impeccable, the team was very welcoming, warm and kind; one of the best if not the best service we've experienced with the Michelin starred restaurants. Every gastronomic restaurant should have a service at this level of excellence.
Alexandre Dionisio is not only a great chef, but also a nice and warm person. At the end of the meal he came to us and told our son that he was very happy to see he enjoyed his meal very much.
A grand bravo to Alexandre Dionisio and his team! To us, La Villa in the Sky is one of the best restaurants in the world we've experienced so far.
A small remark though: the restaurant is not accessible to people in wheelchairs as the elevator only goes as far as the 23rd floor and from there you have to climb the stairs to reach the 25th. It's really a pity.
La Villa In The Sky
IT Tower - 25th Floor
Avenue Louise, 480
Tel :32 2 644 69 14www.lavillainthesky.be
If you want to lunch in a quiet and beautiful place in the heart of the historic city of Palma in Mallorca, you should head to the stylish hotel Sant Francesc and its restaurant, Quadrat.
Quadrat Restaurant & Garden has a beautiful patio with eight tables, where in spring and summer you can lunch or dine in a cosy and relax atmosphere.
Alfonso Lillo, a Gordon Ramsay and Heston Blumenthal alum, is the executive chef at Quadrat where he prepares the three-course “Menu Del Dia” which changes every two or three days depending on the local market. For 22 euros, we got a dish of Pica Pica (that means "small plates of tapas") to be shared by the whole table, a main dish and dessert.
The small tapas were tasty and delicious; our main dishes were good and the dessert were excellent. The only gastronomic faux-pas we noticed was the Heinz tomato ketchup they serve with their homemade French fries. A five-star resort and restaurant should ban these products and make their own sauce.
The wine list had an option for every taste, including a great selection of Catalan and Mallorcan wines.
The service was warm, nice and efficient.
Quadrat is the kind of address you want keep to yourself, it feels so exclusive.
QuadratAddress: Plaça de Sant Francesc, 5. Patio,07001 Palma, Balearic IslandsSpain
Tel: +34 971 49 50 00
Nous sommes fans de l'émission "Invitation au voyage" sur Arte, présentée par Linda Dorin.
Du lundi au vendredi à 16:30 trois mini reportages sur trois destinations différentes que Linda Dorine nous présente, et c'est l'évasion garantie.
Pour les voyageurs comme nous, c'est un bonheur quotidien de pouvoir voyager tout en restant sur place en rêvant d'un futur départ.
Bonne émission et bon voyage!
Après notre périple gastronomique à Majorque de retour à Paris, nous cherchons un restaurant qui pourrait nous mettre de bonne humeur, un peu de chaleur et de soleil dans le cœur et enchanter nos palais.
Nous avons opté pour le restaurant Automne et nous avons bien fait, car c'est du bon, du très très bon.
La Bistrologie par Nobuyuki Akishige c'est le terme qu'utilise le chef japonais pour définir sa cuisine de très haute volée. On comprend mieux quand on regarde de près le CV du chef : formé chez Patrick Henrioux à la Pyramide (**) à Vienne, puis chez Arnaud Donckèle à la Pinède (***) à Saint-Tropez.
Pour notre dîner, nous avons choisi le menu en cinq temps qui commence par un bouillon de volaille, tomme de Savoie, noisettes, croûtons, duxelles de pied bleu, un délice qui nous a donné envie de découvrir la suite, et la suite c'est sublime : foie gras mi-cuit, ananas poché au poivre noir et sauge cristallisée ; en plat, la queue de lotte, chou de Pontoise, jus de moule aux agrumes et caviar avruga, puis le canard Challandais de Gérard Burgaud, purée de courgette et cébette grillée. En dessert, une poire pochée, mousse chartreuse, croustillant de cacao, glace au poivre de la Jamaïque, légère et onctueuse pour une partie de la table et pour l'une des convives qui n'aime pas le chocolat (si, si, ça existe) le blanc manger avec sorbet à l'huile d'olive et coulis de citron (une tuerie).
La cartes des vins est bien sélectionnée, juste comme il faut, il y en a pour tous les goûts et tous les budgets. Pour notre part, nous avons opté pour une jolie bouteille de Vino Rosso de Vino Di Anna en provenance de Sicile.
Le service de Madame Akishige et du sommelier hipster fut parfait.
Automne n'a qu'un seul défaut : le restaurant est un peu exigu, à l'étroit, le lieu n'est pas à la hauteur de son chef et de son équipe. Ils mériteraient un plus bel espace, un écrin pour pouvoir mettre en valeur toute l'étendue de leur grand talent.
11, rue Richard Lenoir
Tel : 01 40 09 03 70
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