Simple, Regional Cuisine Wins — the Berlin Edition

21-22 January 2018

I survived the trek to Berlin, thanking my lucky stars we landed at Tegel because of the minimum amount of walking you need to do there to get to the taxi rank. There is no airport as convenient as Tegel anywhere in the world…

One of my problems as I arrive in Berlin as I was running low on ibuprofen, as I didn’t expect to have needed so many! So I was rationing them until the Apotheke near my hotel opened tomorrow morning. But I still needed to go get dinner, and I had targetted something during my trip planning that was a quick 10-minute walk…

Of course now that’s not a 10-minute walk, but nearly a half-hour limp. But I got to Marjellchen and was given one of the last tables they had that wasn’t booked this early Sunday evening. Marjellchen styles itself as a restaurant serving regional cuisine of former German lands to the east, especially in historic Prussian lands. Interesting, reminds me of Jarema in Kraków in how they keep the cultural legacy of lands now lost to history and politics and human movement (forced or whatnot).

I relaxed and ordered a beer and looked over the extensive menu. I then ordered a few items and relaxed. It was not a fun walk out here, having to stop a few times, and I hope this was worth the pain. Then soon the starter arrived.

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First up was a salad with some nice smoked eel in “Königsberg” style. Not bad. I love eel, so this Baltic smoke was always welcome. Then the main course was on the large side coming in a big ol’ pot…

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Wildpfeffer in “Mazurian” style here, a nice game stew with a lot of potatoes to keep one going. Good on a cool night definitely. A simple meal done very well.

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No dessert for me, but I needed booze to make that walk back with this bad foot, so had some potato plonk to fuel that stressful walk back. I thanked the proprietor and headed out, limping my way back to my hotel. The usually-less-than-ten-minutes walk took over 20, wee improvement from the first leg, but glad I made it without much damage…

The next morning the foot wasn’t that much better, but I was totally out of meds for it, so had to find an Apotheke anyway… I picked up enough ibuprofen and walked to another popular local restaurant for lunch, Dicke Wirtin.

The “Fat Landlady” was a famous place for decades for drinking and eating, and when I got there I noticed a TV crew was setting up. Seemingly they were gonna film a short segment… Nevertheless I took a seat in the back and ordered. Beer in hand, I swallowed the meds…yeah, I know…

I was chilling out when one of the field producers approached me to tell me I may end up in the shots, and I said fine. Not a word was spoken in English, of course, so thank goodness my German was good enough. Then my starter arrived…

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Mmm, a wonderful sausage to get me going. Plus, I needed food for that ibuprofen (beer is not a good idea). I ate the delicious sausage with gusto.

As I was chilling out with my beer the same producer returned with a document…ah, the release form. She was quite surprised reading what I filled out as I don’t think she suspected I was an American tourist who was able to answer her verbal questions earlier with no hesitation…

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Then my main course arrived, Königsberger Klopse, and I smiled… A hearty dish of meatballs Königsberg-style (man, they really miss their former imperial city don’t they…) and I started to enjoy them. The feature was being filmed and I’m sure I got into the frame a few times, but I just concentrated on the food…

That was enjoyable. I ended up having a few special brandies, from hazelnut to apricot, to help me get my foot going. The walk back to the hotel was not as bad as earlier, so that was much appreciated.

Well, two nice regional local meals in Berlin, something I really love to do when I am in Germany. I somehow always feel at home in this country, especially at the more local places, and I’m so glad my German is still good enough so I don’t need to speak anything but German at restaurants, pharmacists and elsewhere…

Marjellchen
Mommsenstraße 9

Dicke Wirtin
Carmerstraße 9
Berlin, Deutschland

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Review: Spondi

20 January 2018

The day in Athens was basically wasted as I did not want to pressure the foot much more, knowing I have to deal with airports tomorrow. After that filling nice lunch at Telemachos I just relaxed in my room catching up on reading…which isn’t ideal for a nice Saturday afternoon in Athens, but what can I do?

In the evening my dinner destination was the trend-setter for Athens dining for some time now, the 2-Michelin trailblazer Spondi [Σπονδή]. I got to the restaurant by taxi (which I loathe to do since I so like to walk usually…) and of course more steps… I gingerly went down and got to my table and not moved for the duration of the dinner…

The martini was in hand, albeit a tad sweet (it was their special version) it did its job. I looked over the menu and decided to do ala carte tonight instead. Too tired for another tasting menu, especially considering last night’s somewhat disappointing return to Funky Gourmet. I ordered and relaxed…

The restaurant filled up quickly this busy Saturday evening and was glad to see that, as long as service kept going smoothly. The amuse series began with beet gnocchi, which was quite nice in broth.

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Next up was a wee croqueta of smoked cheese…

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Good stuff. I chilled with some of the assyrtiko poured and enjoyed the bread before my starter arrived…

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Hmmm, this was a bit small of a serving of John Dory. Smoked nicely, cooked in salt afterwards. But it was such a puny dish, so un-Athens-like in size especially considering my lunch… Oh well. I nursed my wine and asked for another to pair for the main course. I drank, drank and drank, and my main course still never came…

After nearly 40 minutes it finally appeared…geez, what a wait. But it’s a dish that a Greek kitchen cannot and must not get wrong…

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Lamb. Excellent stuff, they certainly know it. Still unhappy about the long wait, but this was very tasty indeed. They could have trimmed it less and featured more of the excellent fats on this lamb, perhaps they did it to please foreign palates.

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The cold shoulder slices on the side were also excellent, rounding up an excellent tasting of milk-fed lamb. A good end. But for some reason I decided on a dessert, so I ordered. First came, thankfully faster, a pre-dessert of lemon sorbet. Then the dessert…

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A “puff pastry” in their special way. Reminds me of the dessert at Varoulko last year… Of course I had a nice aged tsipouro with it as well. A nice rich dessert to close a night that redeemed itself. Chatted with some folks sitting nearby before they told me my taxi was here, so I limped up the stairs and into the busy Athens evening for the ride back.

An okay night, some probs, some lovely moments, which is par for the course I guess. The lamb was a particular highlight, and the service very friendly, but not very efficient. I wouldn’t put this at 2 Michelin stars to be honest, but it’s a good place and has helped to set a bar in Athens for many others.

Thank you Athens, sorry I couldn’t do much this trip. Off to Berlin in the morning, foot permitting…

Spondi [Σπονδή]
Πιρρόνος 5 [Pirronos 5]
Αθήνα, Ελλάδα [Athens, Greece]

Review: Telemachos

20 January 2018

My second and last day in Athens started as poorly as you can imagine, limping around my crappy hotel room. Last night’s somewhat less-than-expected dinner at the previously-amazing Funky Gourmet was disappointing, as I purposely timed my Athens stay to catch their post-holiday re-opening. But we must go on.

Foot was not great, but it wasn’t gonna stop me from walking a few blocks to lunch. Well, it almost did, but I’ve become a master of the slow limp… Lunch today was at a meat-specialty place just north of Syntagma called Telemachos [Τηλέμαχος]. I got there on the early side for lunch this Saturday late morning, so it wasn’t very busy.

I took a seat way inside and relaxed with a glass of wine and looked over the menu. I had decided until my server came and told me the specials, and everything got thrown out the window. I changed things up and ordered. I chilled out with my wine until a wee amuse came.

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A simple cucumber and cheese nibble, not bad. I worked on my wine until my salad arrived…

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Geez, this was huge, the items in huge chunks. I should have broken up the feta a bit more, but was hungry so attacked this with some gusto. Then my main course came and goodness, I should have guessed the portion size…

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This was the day’s special, braised goat with linguine. The meat was fabulous, lovely deep flavours. The linguine itself in a meat ragu was tasty. But this was huge… I ate about 2/3 of it and took the rest with me.

I limped out of Telemachos pretty happy. It’s somewhere I’ll check out again next time I’m in town, as it has a good menu and tasty interpretations of classic dishes too. Now for that slow limp back to the hotel…

Telemachos [Τηλέμαχος]
Panepistimiou 10 [Πανεπιστημίου 10]
Αθήνα, Ελλάδα [Athens, Greece]

Review #2: Funky Gourmet

19 January 2018

I got back to Athens after a very busy and trying week in Egypt. As mentioned, my foot injury was deteriorating badly all week thanks to me pushing it harder than I should, but I had little choice. By the time I got to Athens it was extremely bad, and I was limping slowly.

Most of my short stay in Athens was ruined thanks to this, but I wasn’t going to let it stop me from eating. The first of two nights back I headed back to Funky Gourmet for their first night back open after the holiday break. My last meal here almost a year ago was so good I was so excited to head back, although several of my friends I’ve recommended this place to were far less enamoured of it than I was…

I’m hoping for a stellar night, to help forget this painful foot, and not have a flashback to December’s less-than-stellar night at the previously fantastic EquiTable (which for a specific reason I declined to re-review)…

Up the stairs gingerly, and I flopped at my table and not moved for the entire meal… It was bound to be a busy Friday night, but this was an early hour, far before the locals go and eat. I relaxed and before I could order a cocktail they already went into the service and that meant the pairing began, with a bubbly…

I’m not too fond of being rushed at the start, especially if the day has been trying like today. But whatever. They brought out the first snack already, the bottarga and white chocolate…

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As I said during my last visit, an odd combination but strangely worked quite well. I know the servers all go through a script, but they know I’m a repeat customer so why describe things like I’ve never seen them? Also odd was that my excellent server from that night last year seems to be running tonight, and she was the only one that described the dishes like I knew them (since she knew I knew them) during those rare times she brought the items. But anyway, that’s nitpicking. Good start, then we have a “find the truffle” game…

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It’s a wee thing that represented the essence of the local winter truffle without the harsh texture. I was told some of the truffles in the bowl would be grated onto a later dish. Nice. Then the third snack, the beet rose.

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Much similar as last time, I really enjoy the earthy base here. But oddly 2 of the 3 snacks were exactly the same as before. Next up was some microbrew beer from Chios and the picnic…

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Well, it seems to have grown a bit from last year’s version. The cute basket is still there, as well as the kitchy edible packaged nuts and so forth. The tarama was excellent, as was the quail egg. The passion fruit “drink” with tapioca was a very nice new touch. Nice selection, I always found this fun and nice.

Relaxed with the tail end of the beer and then the larger dishes started to appear. First up was focused on lettuce…

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Hmmm…baby gem is nice and all, but a bit of an odd “salad” dish. The herbs were nice, but even for someone who loves good vegetables this was a miss. It needed something more, or to have the herbs as the central part of this dish instead of the baby gem. I’m sorry, lettuce is lettuce. The local muscat was nice tho. Then switching to another local white we get the pasta dish.

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They changed this a little from last time. The urchin is still a bit understated, but this pocket pasta was done better with deeper flavours in total. Nice dish. Then the “usual” Greek salad ice…

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Good like last time, but I’m starting to see way too many repeat dishes. It’s not surprising with tasting menus, but it’s been a year… Anyway, then the truffles from earlier in the night reappeared with the foie…

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This worked very well, on a bed of trahana. The foie was cooked very well, delicate yet firm, totally delicious. The best dish of the night by far. Excellent, with a cab franc-merlot blend to go along with it. I chilled out for a minute reflecting on this dinner so far. Service has been okay, but not spectacular like last time; still puzzled why my excellent server last time was just running tonight. Too many repetitive dishes, and some weak items. But again it’s their first night back after the holiday break, so… Then this showed up…

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Hmmm, they eventually removed one of the “logs” and plated it. Pastrami?

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Well, this was not good, unfortunately. The texture of this is just awful, tasted as if it was partly mangled by sous-vide and partly charred, or some other odd combination. The flavour is lacking also. A rather poor dish in nearly every way. Sigh… Gimmick over taste, sadly…

Then I also realised this was the end of the savouries…wow, this was far, far less substantial than last year’s dinner. We moved into the sweeter side with kumquats…

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Oh, this is the cheese dish, with feta hidden…all to be spread on the bread. Not bad, the combination was good but I was still kind of disappointed we’ve left the savouries already. Then more kumquat with this citrus combination…

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All the dry ice stuff but it was an okay dish with a combination of lime and lemon and so forth, but it could have been a tad tartier. Then finally, the chocolate bomb…

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Yes, it had a wick and it didn’t quite burn down… Rich, nice tasting tho. And sadly this was the end already. I ordered a nice tsipouro to try to dull the foot pain before having to face those stairs going down. Anyone with a foot injury knows it’s far worse to go down stairs than up…

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The firewater came with a LOT of end-of-night snacks, but only touched 1 or 2 things. I wish the savoury courses ran a little longer and had more substance. Certainly was nowhere as good as the previous visit. The service was okay but a little less smooth than last time. The food was less interesting; the “funky” stuff didn’t change much, and they removed some of the best stuff from last time (like the lamb brain). Too many new dishes didn’t work, like the lettuce or the pastrami log (how apt that description from the poor texture), though the foie was excellent. Unfortunately, like EquiTable in Zürich, my second visit after being blown away the first time rocked me back to earth…

Oh well. A painful hop down the stairs, with the toilets in a basement with even more precarious stairs, I was happy to jump into the cab back to my hotel. Damn, I hate not being mobile… A downer of a night after a downer of a day…

Funky Gourmet
Παραμυθιάς 13 [Paramythias 13]
Αθήνα, Ελλάδα [Athens, Greece]

Bucket List is Almost Done: the Cairo Edition

15-18 January 2018

I had dreamed of visiting Cairo since I was growing up in Hawai’i, when I first discovered Egyptian history and mythology. Then at the time one of my favourite bands, Iron Maiden, released Powerslave, which was based on Bruce Dickinson’s similar love of the theme, adding to my lifelong fascination. But with so many other things going on I never made the trip — until now.

I got from JFK to Amsterdam, then to Athens. A quick overnight and I was off to Cairo. I was a bit worried as a few days before my trip I had hurt my right foot badly from a ill-planned hike on icy, hilly terrain. Problem was in the days between that initial injury and the trip, I under-estimated the damage on the left foot (which I also overdepended on the days after). So by the time I got to NYC it was my left foot, the tendons were just in awful shape. And the more I overcompensated one side, the other side got worse…

I got to my modest hotel after a typical traffic jam and had the night view from the roof deck…

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The next morning the foot was not good. But I needed to walk a crapload in Egypt, and I had promised myself that when I get to Giza I would hike up to the Pyramids like I always imagined I’d do.

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I kept that promise, but it was painful… I also fell into a hidden trench during the hike, the fact it was millennia-old didn’t quite make it much better. But I fought on. No camels, all on my own power. But it was a dream come true, and I basically had the site to myself for good part of the early cool morning. Less touts than usual due to the cool temperature, and few tourists at that early hour.

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I really spent a good part of time at the Pyramid of Menkaure, which was always my favourite over the years because it’s more isolated and it’s more “human” for some reason… And I had it for myself…

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I hiked for several hours before heading back down and back to my hotel. The constant movement helped and I was walking okay, but I knew it’ll hurt like a mother later — which won’t be helped by the afternoon’s further activities… But then before I left my hotel I got this final view…

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That afternoon I devoted my time to exploring Saqqara, the set of historical monuments and tombs near the ancient capital of Memphis. Most people make a beeline to see the famous Stepped Pyramid of Djoser, which was sadly surrounded by scaffolding.

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In fact, what bothered me was the sheer amount of reconstruction here — and unfortunate Chinese grafitti I see on tiles. One of the worst things about mass tourism is this kind of crap… But explore a bit and staying away from the touts, you find less visit tombs of various officials, including that of Ankhmahor.

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Amazing when you look at the details crafted over 4300 years ago… But I was spent and my foot was killing me, so we headed towards my friend’s place in Maadi. So glad to catch up with dear friends after nearly a decade not seeing them (last time was at my much-missed restaurant in NYC).

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The next day I devoted the morning to the Coptic area of Cairo. Foot still not being too happy, but nevertheless I limped to the Metro and got to the area and explored the various historical churches of the area. But more importantly, I devoted a long stay at the amazing Coptic Museum, which is totally under-visited. I felt like the only visitor there, seeing priceless works of art, historical treasures and religious relics — even reading a page of the Nag Hammadi scrolls with my own eyes. No photos, and I happily respected it.

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I of course explored the large Coptic cemetery in the complex, which so few people to because they just focus on the churches. But you see something very interesting in these tombs too. My foot was a little better, so I walked north and visited some other churches and the German Cemetery (I had to find a specific grave there for an Estonian diplomatic legend). Then I headed north again by Metro (now very crowded) to the Egyptian Museum.

Since I became facinated by Egypt in the 1980s, I have been dreaming about this moment. Didn’t imagine limping between several sets of metal detectors would be it, nor me shouting at Chinese tourists rubbing priceless pieces of history or LEANING on them… But it is just breathtaking…

Scroll through some of these Instagram posts for some amazing pieces of art… And more here… And slowly making my way around, even more. It was busy inside, but most of the people were focused on the bling and other things. I found the carvings and sculptures the key. And anyone familiar with Egyptian history and mythology would find things like this beyond fascinating…

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After several hours of happy wandering (and unhappy wandering yelling at folks getting too touchy again), I had enough. It was also filling up with post-lunch folks, so I decided to find lunch. I was tired, so I just hiked over to the InterContinental — cuz I figured I can get a cab afterwards. So limped over there and went to its Lebanese restaurant, Sabaya.

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Nothing too special. The baba ghannoug was okay, the halloumi squeakily salty, and the mixed grill burnt to a crisp. Sigh… And worst of all, when I asked the doormen for a taxi (instead of a limo) they told me I had to get out and get one on the street myself. Fine. Shitty hotel, glad I’m no longer a loyal customer of this failing brand. Limped down to the street and found a cab and headed back to Maadi to rest that foot…

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The next day that foot was still not good, so employed the help of a driver more. First up was the Citadel, which was a nice climb and hike around. Foot was far worse than previous days, so hopped back to the car and then to the historic mosques across the way. The details of the Sultan Hassan Mosque-Madrassa is amazing…

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Explored both, then we hit the first of the 2 cities of the dead. First up was the South Cemetery, and the fantastic tombs of Sultan Mohammad Ali’s family. Scroll back on this to see some of the fantastic tombs. Then we headed to the heart of Islamic Cairo and I headed to explore more tombs…

Oh no, the crowds this Thursday. I was told today was the last day of exams so the place was overrun by joyous students celebrating. It was impossible to navigate this and I did it as best I can. Plus, several of the tombs were inexplicably closed… Oh well… Then we headed to the South Cemetery and my foot was pretty much gone at this point, so I limped around a bit and had to call it a day…which is way too bad…

As much pain as I was in, at least had a nice meal with my dear friends that evening before my flight out Friday morning — which was a painful experience at utterly disfunctional Cairo Airport, of course… But despite all the pain, I would not have traded any of this — especially Giza and the Egyptian Museum. That’s a 30+ year dream come true, so I fought through the pain and walked and walked…

I was almost immobile by the time I got to Athens…ugh…

Sabaya
InterContinental Hotel Semiramis
Corniche El Nil
Cairo, Egypt

Review #2: Radiance

13 January 2018

I stopped quickly in NYC en route across the Atlantic once again, and once again I made a quick lunch stop at Radiance in Midtown East. Last time I was here had a surprisingly good dimsum lunch, so I thought to repeat it. My server remembered me and made a recommendation I would not have looked at otherwise — and I took it.

I relaxed with some wine (one of the good things about dimsum here, they have very drinkable wines, especially this pinot gris) and soon enough my starter arrived, the black rice shumai.

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Very tasty, some people think it’s too much, but I like it. It adds an interesting kick to it all. Then came the recommended dish, Chilean seabass.

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Wow, this was fantastic. I already love this rich fish, but this was done perfectly, keeping all the wonderful flavours internally in the juicy flesh, with just a tad of external flavouring to enhance. Really surprisingly delicious. If I had known this was one of the most delicious things I would eat this entire upcoming trip I would have screamed, but…

I really enjoyed that. And as I was trying to kill some time, and since I do not eat (or drinking anything except water) on flights these days, I ordered a few more things to keep me going until tomorrow evening (long flights coming). So with a bit more wine I relax until they appeared…

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An excellent seafood shumai, then those delicious duck rolls I enjoyed so much last time…

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Mmm, as good as before. This was a good lunch. I was full, and I thanked my server for the excellent recommendation and good service. Headed out very happy! Highly recommended!

Off to JFK. Off to Amsterdam-Schiphol. Off to Athens-Venizelos. Off to Cairo…

Radiance [Midtown East]
208 East 50th Street
New York, New York

* See why I needed to eat? Won’t be eating again until Egypt tomorrow night…

Review: Alexandre

16 December 2017

I apologise for the late posting of this entry. I thought I had posted it before I left for my most recent trip, but I had forgotten…

After that solid lunch at Bruneau, I had a long afternoon getting soaked wandering Laken… Oh the joys of fighting the Brussels public transport system, where in the weekends it crawls to a state of near-paralysis. I went back to dry off and to deal with some logistics, before I headed out to dinner.

Tonight’s destination is Alexandre, a 1-Michelin restaurant — at least in 2017. It seems it had lost the star for the 2018 guide, which honestly I’m not sure what to think anymore. Michelin has become such a joke that I can’t be sure if it’s a good thing or a bad thing to have lost that star…

I got to the small eatery on this busy Saturday night and things began nicely for sure with a good martini. I happily went with the tasting and pairing and chilled out. The service was excellent as we started and the early amuse items all featured beets in some way — which makes me happy, as I love these things. First was in a shell…

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The filling was horseradish and smoked eel, which wasn’t bad. A tad understated like lunch, but I suspect it’s just because I like my horseradish strong… The next amuse incorporated foie…

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This time with a slice of yellow beet, a pretty good bite, though perhaps a tad sweet. The place was now full and things slowed down quickly. Took about 15 minutes for the last amuse, which focused on goat cheese with a thyme syurp…

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Hmmm…this didn’t really work here. You can see the before and after pix here, but for me this was just messy, and that syrup was just odd. Anyway, a good enough start. With a very generous pour of assyrtiko we start with mackerel.

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Not bad, far better than the ones I got last night at Sea Grill. The sauce was surprisingly helpful here. Tho again, another 15-minute gap tho. I wonder if they’re timing things…which is terribly annoying to the single diner… However, it was tolerable because of the big and early wine pours. Not a bad start, but the next dish took about 20 minutes to come out…

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Wee langostine here with quinoa. Far better than yesterday’s gimmicky version, this was smaller but nice. In fact everything on this plate was on the cute side. And checking my clock, it indeed is being timed as it was almost again exactly 20 minutes before the next item comes out, sweetbread.

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Pretty good here, but there’s a lot of sunchokes here…and that just wrecks my digestive system, so I brushed it aside. Not bad, but as someone who isn’t a genuine fan of sweetbreads (in fact it’s probably my least favourite of all offal), I could have gone with something else here. But not bad. It’s not standing out much, but…

The wine pours have been generous, but now it’s not coming before the food, which is annoying as I’m just sitting and waiting. This time it took 25 minutes before the next dish, the venison…and of course it came before the wine…

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Really boring version here, the texture was not good, the flavour pretty mediocre. Again, nothing unusual here, nothing stands out. The wait did not help certainly, as I asked them, if possible, to accelerate things a little. It came out a little quicker, but still on the slow side…

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Okay, this was just odd. The cheese here is just overwhelming, to the point that my lips were having an adverse reaction to it — along with the really acidic paired xerex. What happened here? I had to ask for another wine as for some reason this is just hurting my lips badly. I couldn’t even finish this…lovely flavour, but there’s something here that’s causing this unpleasant reaction…

I’m puzzled, and at this point too tired to think about it. This meal is starting to look like it was gonna run into the 4th hour — despite it being a 7-course dinner. Then the last item, the chocolate…

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Not bad, but I just wanted to finish this dinner. This dragged on way too long, and you can tell the service got a bit overwhelmed with the larger parties, which is too bad. I can see this is a small operation, and when you get big parties (especially on weekends) it could turn a bit pear-shaped. Especially near the holidays. So oh well…

Anyway, they were very pleasant and although things were rather ordinary, it was a generally okay — albeit slow — night. I won’t really recommend this place, but considering the crap that was last night at Sea Grill, which for some reason kept both of their Michelin stars, I won’t dissuade you from a visit here. Perhaps on a less hectic night things would run a bit smoother here and some of the issues that somewhat drained me this evening would have not been an issue.

Sigh, Brussels, sigh…

Alexandre
Zuidstraat-Rue du Midi 164
Brussel-Bruxelles, België-Belgique

* If you’re wondering why this trip’s reviews drop off here despite one more night in Brussels, then Basel and Zürich, there are good reasons. I won’t go into them, but there are…so until the next trip…