• Stücki is the beautiful restaurant of Tanja Grandits in Basel, Switzerland. On our weekend in Basel, we decided to go eat there because it has two stars in the Michelin guide.

    Stücki hotel and restaurant is located on the hill north west of Basel, the area is quiet, residential and bourgeois.

    We arrived by the tram 15 that stopped just in front of the restaurant, we climbed a few stairs in order to enter in the restaurant which at first glance seemed very spacious, and indeed it is with four separate areas plus a nice terrace for summer lunch and dining.

    Tanja Grandits is supposed to be one of the most creative chefs working in Switzerland and that was one of our criteria for selecting her restaurant. For our dinner, we chose the menu Aroma served in eight courses.  The first four dishes were very good, tasty and originals, the chef seems to excel in sweet and sour savors, but unfortunately the last four dishes were disappointing. The vegetables and the veal were too salty, and for the finale, the dessert was not what we would expect of a two-star restaurant.

    The wine list was very impressive as it should be for a restaurant like Stücki. Our French-speaking host and sommelier did a very good job in selecting three different and original wines for us.  

    The service was impeccable.

    Overall, our dinner at Stücki was like watching an exciting film with a bad ending. Very surprising for a seasoned chef like Tanja Grandits to deliver such an inconsistent performance.

     

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    Restaurant Stücki

    Bruderholzallee 42

    CH-4059 Basel

    www.tanjagrandts.ch

     


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  • 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.

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    Address : Place du Petit Sablon, 1

    1000 Brussels

    Belgium

    Tel :+32 2 223 16 17

    www.senzanome.be

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  • 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.

     

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    IT Tower - 25th Floor

    Avenue Louise, 480

    1000 Brussels

    Belgium

    Tel :32 2 644 69 14www.lavillainthesky.be

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  • 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.

     

    Quadrat

    Address: Plaça de Sant Francesc, 5. Patio,
    07001 Palma, Balearic Islands
    Spain

    Tel: +34 971 49 50 00
     

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  •  Marc Fosh is probably the only British chef working in Mallorca, Spain. He started there in early 2001 and in 2009 opened his first restaurant and earned a Michelin Star.

    To be honest, Marc Fosh was not our first choice for our last night in Palma the Mallorca, we initially wanted to go to the restaurant Zaranda (**), but they considered our almost eight year old son to be to young to sit through the whole dinner quietly and thus would not take our reservation. So our option B was Marc Fosh where they kindly accepted a seven-year-old.

     

    When we looked at the menu, we found their “Menu Natural” very appealing, it was indeed true for the first three dishes : the savoury goat milk yogurt with compressed apricot, granola, curry and pickled red onion; salt baked beetroot tartare with wild fennel pollen; and probably the best Tortellini dish we ever had, cooked Tajine style with tomato and a smoked garlic emulsion.

    But the four following dishes were a let down, a disappointing finale not up to the first three dishes. The two desserts were downright distasteful.

    How could a menu go from high to low in seven acts? How could Marc Fosh score so high and finally lose so big? One reason, we suspected, was that the Menu Natural was not thouroughly thought through by the chef and his team, plus the dessert should be more refined and subtle.

    Overall, our dinner at Marc Fosh was so-so and left us wondering whether he really deserves a Michelin Star when there was such an enormous gap between all the dishes.

    The wine list was mostly Mediterraneen (Spain, France and Italy) with great local wines from Mallorca. They also had a great choice of cocktails.

    The service by our hostess was impeccable and in English.

     

    Marc Fosh

    Address : Carrer de la Missio, 7

    07003 Palma de Mallorca, Spain

    Tel : +34 971 72 01 14

    marcfosh.com

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