Monday, December 22, 2008

Restaurants - Best bargains in 2008

Enjoy Food & Travel has given a full review of 17 restaurants in 2008. For those of you wondering what the best bargain was, here comes the five best restaurants reviewed this year. The best experience in 2008 was a renowned restaurant in Johannesburg

1. Best bargain in 2008: Gramadoelas, Johannesburg (4,91 points)

Gramadoelas was the last place we ate during our stay in South Africa and definitely the classiest! The food was awesome, the interior was breathtaking. Gramadoelas has been host to royals, as well as presidents and cultural celebrities, but in spite of this, the price for an exclusive dinner here will not break your back.

An eclectic, exotic, elegant, exclusive experience in Johannesburg.

Read full review here

2. Café Zeleste, Copenhagen (4,88 points)

Close to perfection and better than the last review (4,69 points). I do recommend the lunch at Cafe Zeleste, if you are travelling to the Danish capital. But if you are hungry, you can easily enjoy a three course dinner here, and still not feel stuffed. For lunch - may I recommend the Huks Fluks and the lobster soup, if on the menu.

Read full review here

3. Restaurant Ida Davidsen, Copenhagen (4,83 points)

Ida Davidsen is a living legend, a queen rivaling the deeply loved Danish regent Margrethe. Whereas queen Margrethe rules this small, densely populated Scandinavian country by law, queen Ida is the undisputed queen of the Scandinavian open sandwich. She has, from her dark basement restaurant in Store Kongensgade in Copenhagen conquered the hearts of lovers of Scandinavian open sandwiches. You have not heard of her!!! Well, pal, you are greatly out of touch - at least if you love open sandwiches.

Read full review here

4. L'éveil des Sens, Strasbourg (4,81 points)

I am usually critical and occasionally grumpy when visiting a restaurant. I am hard to please, as I have had my fair share of good meals in my culinary career. But then, suddenly you accidentally find a place out of the ordinary. This means the awakening to new flavours as I did at L’eveil des sens in Strasbourg. This was a place that offered that extra refinement lifting our experience from the good to the extraordinary. This was delicious, delicate, delirious, delightful dining!!!

Read full review here

5. Pizzeria Ristorante Claudius, Sitges (4,78 points)

One our best meals was a simple, still elegant late night dinner at Claudius, a small modest pizzeria / ristorante by the Mediterranean. This meal was inspired by an important principle in good Italian cooking - less is more. From a few, but excellent ingredients the cook created wonderful food!! At Claudius all was perfect - nearly, as only Allah is perfect!

Read a full review here

And the following restaurant had this score:

6. 4,66 points:
Café André Citroën, Copenhagen
7. 4,6 points: Le Gourmand de Saint Jean, Lyon
8. 4,59 points: Mama Ludba’s, Copenhagen
9. 4,48 points: Gaststätte Zum Stadtkrug Altstadtbrauhaus, Schwerin
9. 4,48
points: Le Laurencin, Lyon
9. 4,48
points: Santinos, Oslo
12. 4,38 points: Brasserie Flo, Strasbourg
13. 4,33 points: Santa Maria Restaurant, Sitges
14. 4,1 points: Le Petit Glouton, Lyon
15. 3,66 points: Le Mandarin, Lyon
16. 3,22 points: Golden Bamboo, Copenhagen
17. 2,70 points: Le Rendez Vous des Gastronomes, Lyon

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