Ivan Ramen – New York, NY
Oh boy! If you’re familiar with Chef’s Table on Netflix then you already know about this place. If not watch the show, you don’t even need to commit to the whole series, but this episode is worth it. I finally got my husband to watch it and afterwards, he was craving ramen every single night – no joke. We were conveniently on our way to NYC shortly after so we made going to Ivan Ramen our #1 priority. SOOOOO worth it! Holy cow. We were with another couple and all of us ordered the same thing – the Chicken Paitan (with an oven roasted tomato of course). When it came and we took our first bite we were all speechless and then…just moaned. I kid you not. I’m already dying to go back. We got in line 30 minutes before they opened because we didn’t have a reservation and it was a good thing. If you’re a ramen fan this should be at the top of your list!
Steamed Pork Buns – soy-mushroom glaze, picked diakon
Kyuri Pickles – persian cucumbers, spiced rice vinegar, dill
Miso-Roasted Cauliflower – shio-koji butter, fresno chili, bonito
Chicken Paitan – rich chicken broth, minced chicken, egg yolk, shio combo, rye noodles
Il Caminetto, Whistler BC
What was once a tired yet traditional (and delicious) staple in Whistler is now a reinvented, current and modern hotspot both in atmosphere and food. Acquired by the TopTable Group last February, it’s the perfect spot now for a date night, night out with friends, special occasion or last minute dinner at the bar. I look forward to eating here more often when I’m in town. Stop by and check it out for yourself!
Gymkhana – London, UK
A must if you love Indian food and are in London. Beware that a lot of the dishes are spicy. I like spice and the prawns in particular were burn your ears spicy! Unless you are an Indian food pro and know what each ingredient is, ask your server for some guidance with the menu and they’ll make sure you get a well rounded meal. And don’t forget the cocktails. Wowzer they were good (Gooseberry Nimbu Pani)! I especially love how on the menu there’s a little notation under each drink telling you what time of day they’d each be appropriate for. Did I mention they have a Michelin star?!
Trokay – Truckee, CA
You never know what you’re going to get in mountain towns but until recently gourmet hasn’t been on the top of the list unless we’re talking about Aspen or Vail Colorado. Don’t get me wrong, I love nothing more than juicy burgers, a cold beer and a greasy spoon diner for breakfast when I’m near the mountains but this was a very pleasant surprise. Molecular gastronomy mixed with a bit of comfort food as well as classic French dishes. Very unique, very seasonal and very well done. If you’re looking for a nice night out don’t overlook this place.
You have three menu choices at Trokay. The Prix Fixe Menu for $85 (4 courses), the Chef’s Tasting Menu for $145 (10 courses), or the A La Carte Menu. Although a lot of the items we ordered were on the Prix Fixe Menu, we decided to order off the A La Carte Menu to get exactly what we wanted.
Baby Heirloom Beets with Redwood Hill Farms Chèvre, Candied Native American Black Walnut Vinaigrette and Petite Mache
Maryland Soft Shell Crab Tempura with Pickled Fresno Pepper, Creole Remoulade, Fried Capers and Heirloom Lettuces
Kauai White Shrimp a la Nage with Piri Piri Beurre Fondue, Local Gristmill White Polenta and Baby Corn
Granger & Co. – London, UK
Best recommendation ever!!! My girlfriends and I were spending the day shopping in Notting Hill and casually asked one of the shop girls where she would recommend we eat lunch. Without blinking an eye she said, “Granger & Co. and no matter what you do order the ricotta hotcakes to share!”. We did just that and more. Holy s#!t those should be illegal! I don’t care for bananas so we had them on the side but honestly everything about this was perfect. It’s one of those dishes where you feel slightly turned on with each bite. Wow. And then the shrimp burger with jalapeño mayo, shaved radish salad and sesame gochujang. It reminded me of my beloved shrimp buns at Momofuku Noodle Bar in New York.
The Lobster Roll Restaurant – Amagansett, NY
Yes, this is the same place where they’ve filmed The Affair on Showtime. I’ve never seen it but immediately when I posted a picture on Instagram, friends started asking and because of the posters and mention on their website, I know it’s the spot.
My husband and I spent a couple of days in the Hamptons this summer and rented a car one day to explore up the coast. We discovered that each town has it’s own cute feel. While driving to Montauk we couldn’t help but notice this place on the side of the road and immediately turned in for a lunch stop. Good choice us! What do you order when the restaurant has a HUGE sign on it’s roof advertising it’s lobster roll? A lobster roll of course!!! Mmmm mmmm…DE-licious! I wouldn’t really mess around with much else but that’s just me (my husband did have a tasty crab cake to start).