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Pullman – Montreal, Canada



Wine Bar and Tapas Bar
(1) 514 288-7779
424 Avenue du Parc,
Montréal (QC)  H2X 2H5 Canada


4:30 pm – 1:00am  Daily

The first thing that catches the eye at Montreal’s Pullman is the large centerpiece – a wine grass chandelier.  Quite a remarkable and clever design for wine bar.

While on first glance Pullman seems small and unassuming, it is largely due to the clever design of the space by Cabinet Braun-Braën.  The  restaurant is divided into small vignettes over its multilevel retro-futuristic expanse; Pullman is large enough to host 150 guests.  All of whom are enjoying their lovely meals in tranquility!

The tapas menu is a simple check-box card to be filled in with the provided pencils; very practical and fun.  The wine menu, however,  is a bit overwhelming with more then 340 choices!

Pullman delights in all respects.  I would say that the photos of the food do them justice.  The dishes are as tasty as they are attractive!

Pulman-a00Above photo © Bruno Braën
Reggiano Parmesan croquettes with a smoked piperade
Pullman-001Wild  scallops carpaccio with olive oil, daisy buttons and spring greens
Pullman-014Front: crispy green beans with truffle oil and roasted almonds; Back: port-steeped cheddar grilled cheese.
warm plate of winter vegetables on a bed of saffron mayo and a crown pretzel
Pullman-005Mixed Fried Mushrooms, Crostini and Watercress
Pullman-009Ricotta Gnocchi, Roasted Tomato Fondue and Basil
Pullman-012   Russian style gravlax, curated in sea salt, accompanied by hard boiled quail eggs (cooked to perfection, no sulfur stain aground the yolk), cream, salmon roe, condiments and blinis



Canım Ciğerim – Istmbul, Turkey

Tomislavmedak-Canım_Cigerim(Above photo  © Tomislav Medak)

Canım Ciğerim

(90)  212 252 6060
Asmalı Mescit Mah. Minare
Sok. No. 1  34430
Beyoğlu, Istmbul, Turkey


11:00am  12:00 pm – daily

Canım Ciğerim is one of those places that we found with our noses, wandering the back streets of Istanbul – only to find out that it is in fact quite well known!  The name has a literal  translation  to ‘”my soul, my liver”,  grilled liver being the specialty of the house – but there are  many standard and vegetarian options.

A kebab house with a grill afire full of tangy meats and veggies – the smell wafts well down the street – drawing in all hungry passerby!  Grab yourself some skewers and top with the tasty condiments – pomegranate molasses,  grilled tomato, grilled onions and peppers  fresh dill,  fresh parsley,  fresh mint and chili paste.

I’m sure the team at Canım Ciğerim is there right now laughing and grilling 🙂


Next door an Ottoman desert called Künefe a melted cheese wrapped in shredded filo dough, soaked in honey  and topped with pistachios

Sudhamshu(Above photo Künefe  © Sudhamshu)

Bazaar – South Beach, Miami

SLS MIAMI Bazaar_025 copyFerran Adrià Olives, Modern & Traditional Liquid green olive and gordal olives stuffed with piquillo pepper and anchovy

Bazaar by Jose Andres

(1) 305 455-2999
SLS Hotel South Beach
1701 Collins Ave,  South Beach
Miami Beach, FL 33139


Open Hours:
18:00 – 00:00    Diner  – Sunday to Thursday
18:00 – 01:00    Diner  – Friday & Saturday

We are seeing more and more ‘outpost’ restaurants – where a big name chef attaches his name to a local property.  It then becomes a Where’s Waldo campaign to figure out where the chef actually is, and how much involvement he actually has, with that particular monikered restaurant.

Having been to the Jose Andres outpost in Las Vegas, we were very unsure which version of the Chef would be present on South  Beach, Miami; after all, Miami feels a bit closer to Vegas then Barcelona.

We are quite happy to report that our meal, drinks and service were at an all-time high.  In short, the dinner was fantastic!

Kudos to Chef Vargas for the day-to-day work and keeping Bazaar at the top end of  Miami dining.  Each dish was coordinated perfectly – from the stylish presentation to the exquisite  finish.  We really had a lovely meal – topped off with an extra Caipirinha (Made with Liquid Nitrogen table-side of course!!

If you find yourself in Miami – Bazaar by Jose Andres is heartily recommended 🙂

SLS MIAMI Bazaar_018 copy Dragon fruit and tuna Ceviche with, pecans, lemon juice, and hibiscus foam

Note that Bazaar has an all-day menu and is a great place to also pop into for a quick lunch.  Standouts include the Gazpacho Patricia (tomatoes, cucumbers, crouton, sherry vinegar), the Pan con tomato (perfect bread flown in daily from Spain) and the afternoon drink of choice .. Passion Fruit Up (Dark  rum , passion fruit and ginger – laurel syrup , topped with passion fruit espuma)

SLS MIAMI Bazaar_009 copySmoked Kusshi oysters, compressed apples, apple mignonette and apple foam
SLS MIAMI Bazaar_011 copySmoked Kusshi oysters, compressed apples, apple mignonette and apple foam
SLS MIAMI Bazaar_005 copyJasmine’s Margarita , pomegranate, fresh lime and Sal de Gusano with Mezcal
SLS MIAMI Bazaar_021 copyNot Your Everyday Caprese cherry tomatoes, liquid mozzarella over pesto with drops of balsamic reduction
caprese 10 copy(above photo © SLS Hotels) Not Your Everyday Caprese
SLS MIAMI Bazaar_014 copyConch Fritters ‘Café Atlantico’ with a liquid bechamel cente
SLS MIAMI Bazaar_030 copyhot and cold scallop ceviche
SLS MIAMI Bazaar_015 copyPan con tomate
SLS MIAMI Bazaar_022 copyGressini trees with truffles  and Parmesan Espuma
SLS MIAMI Bazaar_029 copyOctopus  with romesco sauce
SLS MIAMI Bazaar_023 copyGressini trees with truffles  and Parmesan Espuma
The Bazaar_Liquid Nitrogen Capirihna_Darko Zagar copy(above photo © SLS Hotels) LN 2 Caipirinha
SLS MIAMI Bazaar_035 copyPreparation of the liquid nitrogen LN 2 Caipirinha
SLS MIAMI Bazaar_032Baby Japanese Peaches fresh burrata, hazelnuts, arugula over praline
SLS MIAMI Bazaar_038Chef Vargas
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