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Petit Comité – Barcelona, Spain

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Petit Comité

(34) 93 – 550 0620
Passatge de la Concepció, 13
Eixample District
08008 Barcelona, Spain

www.petitcomite.cat

Open Hours:
13:00 – 16:00   Lunch Everyday
20:00 – 23:00    Diner Everyday

When in Barcelona, consider a visit to the informal restaurant of Michelin stared chef Nandu Jubany .  You can learn more about Jubany as he is a member of the “Science & Cooking” talks at Harvard University.

The restaurant itself is of modern design, with clean lines and a general air of significance.   A combination of formality and professionalism abound.

Our amuse bouche was a calamari salad and potato pillows.  They were quite elaborate via the effect of double frying at different temperatures.

Of course,  we had the Catalan staples of cocas con tomate (bread with tomato), and  escalibada,  (grilled vegetables) with anchovies and romesco sauce. (Though we would probably order a bowl of the Romesco if possible!)

The grilled octopus with  mashed potatoes and cayenne were good, but what we liked best was the esqueixada bacalla  (fresh flaked salty cod)  with tomato. It was very fresh and tender (and didn’t give me my Octopus guilt trip).

The Truita de botifarra   (open omelette)  with morels, goat cheese and tomato bread sounded better on the menu, as the eggs were too dry and the effect was lost.

Overall, it was quite a nice meal and we were happy and satisfied!

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Washoku Nada – Tokyo, Japan

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Washoku Nada

(81)  36. 427.9238
Fuji Building, 2-23-8  Higashi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0011, Japan

www.washoku-nada.com

Open Hours:
18:00 – 24:00    Monday – Saturdays

Close to Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, one finds Washoku Nada, a gem of a neighborhood restaurant.  Yoko Araki opened Washoku Nada  in 2009 after training at the Honke-Owariya soba restaurant in Kyoto, along with her brother, chef Tetsuya Araki (who also trained in Kyoto).

Washoku is the term for traditional Japanese Food and is recognized by UNESCO as an “intangible way of life” that helps define the island population.  The 4 key elements present are:

1. Ingredients: rice, vegetables, mushrooms, fish, sea dwellers and seaweed
2. Culinary approach: raw, steaming, boiling or stewing
3. Nutritional content: balanced nutrients seen in the many dishes being offered
4. Hospitality: in the full sense of the experience and how it effects your life

The Hospitality above is a much more total concept then what may come to a typical western thought on the subject.   One should include Yoko Araki’s background, as it is present in every  detail.  From the artfully displayed dishes to the carefully paired ceramics and cloths that accompany each dish.  Each dish that is made lovingly and with a wholesome deliciousness that you feel in your soul.

 

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above photo – owner Yoko Araki,  with chef Tetsuya Araki © Tokyo calendar
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Higashiyama Ward – Kyoto, Japan

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Higashiyama

Kyoto’s Higashiyama is a happening area with souvenir stores, cafes, restaurants galleries and more.  Yes, it is very touristic, but try not to apply a regular tourist stop mentality that one dons in other counties.  Everything is priced accordingly to quality .

Guidebooks (and the actual guides) fail to give good directions on how find this district (1 of 11 in all Kyoto).   They all seemed to claim ‘no definite address‘!   After butting heads with taxi drivers and walking and walking and walking …  we came to the conclusion the best way to get there is asking directions to The Ryōzen Kannon; a war memorial and giant white concrete statue of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara.  Across the main street entrance to the memorial  is an uphill walking street.  This is the best place to start your walk. See map at the end of the post.  (In our opinon, The Ryōzen Kannon is not worth the time in a city of more interesting temples and shrines.)

 

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Start  early before the crowds arrive at Kōdai-ji.  Take a taxi to The Ryōzen Kannon – walk up and around  the Higashiyama streets,  stop for lunch wheverer catches your eye (or just enjoy all the street samples!).  Follow this with a short walk to the Hokan-ji (Yasaka Pagoda)  and walk back uphill  and continue to Kiyomizu-dera for  the astounding evening lights.

I you want to do something fun you can rent a Kimono (his & hers) at    at the beginning of the Higashiyama walk . Most Japanese woman and a few men rent Kimonos to tour Kyoto and other historical cities. It  is super cute, lends to wonderful photos! The rental house will also do your hair and accessorize! Returns are very easy.

Highly recommended is the the ume boshi store.  It is one of the best we found in all Japan.  We didn’t purchase enough at the cheaper tourist price and found the same brand at the Ginza Mitsokishi department store, but at a higher price.

 

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Hokan-ji (Yasaka Pagoda)

 

 

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Ginza Kyubey

(81)  33.571-6523
8-7-6 Ginza, Chuo,  Tokyo 104-0061, Japan

www.kyubey.jp

Open Hours:
11:00 – 14:00    Monday – Saturdays
17:00 – 22:00    Monday – Saturdays

Kyubey is a restaurant you may be better off never going to.

Since our meal, over a year ago, we have yet to be truly satisfied and happy at any other eatery.  Kyubey was that good.

Everything about this flagship location is perfect.  You feel at home at the sushi bar.  It somehow remains intimate, even though 8 chefs line the bar and 10 private rooms co-exist over 5 floors above you.  It is a t once high-end and relaxed; perfectly crafted and slightly debauched. Kyube proves that when you reach the highest perfection, you don’t have to put up any front.

Kyubey is considered the epitome of sushi restaurants in Japan.  Rightfully so.  It is a bit hard to describe how a piece of raw fish can be that much better then another piece of raw fish.  Other then to say … The sushi and sashimi at Kyube is THAT much better then any other we’ve ever had.

Our experience began with a rousing welcome chant ” irasshaimase” and was just a ride of perfection.  Piece after piece, laugh after laugh, sake after sake, it was a rock-concert of flavor.

It was only several weeks after when, again,  we were walking away from another highly anticipated gourmet meal  that we realized what was giving us this vague feeling of un-satisfaction.  It was our meal at Kyube that raised the high-bar.

So be warned,  but please go and be rewarded!

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Les Cols – Olot, Spain

LesCols_Hisao_00 Les Cols  -  Olot, Spain Barcelona Spain  Vegetarian Friendly Spain Olot Michelin Garrotxa Food   above photo © Hisao Suzuki – Les Cols

Les Cols

(34) 69 – 981 3817
Avinguda de les Cols, 2
17800 Olot, Girona, Spain

www.lescols.com

Open Hours:
13:00 – 15:30    Lunch  – Tuesday to Sunday
20:30 – 22:30    Diner  – Tuesday to Saturday

In the remote town of Olot  in la Garrotxa, a volcanic area in the north of Catalonia; chef Fina Puigdevall – with the help of RCR Architects –  put forth  Les Cols;  a stunning two star Michelin restaurant; voted most beautiful in the world by a handful of publications.

Puigdevall’s culinary proposals are rooted in the surrounding landscape.  The majority of the ingredients are grown and raised at the restaurant, maintaining an ultra local and organic practices.  It is beyond “farm to table” as the table is at this beautiful 13th century farm.

Our three hour long meal started with a glass of cava and mini hot cheese buckwheat crust sandwiches in the garden, them we where guided to our table

Dishes were paraded through the golden room to vanish soon after!

Buckwheat spaghetti in a smoked broth turned out to be a gelatinous signature dish.
Early spring brought us calçots in a charcoal tempura with beetroot romesco (Catalan nut and red pepper based sauce).  This is a Catalan delicacy – and truthfully we coud have repeated this for a few more plates!

The lovely Pumpkin 5 different ways, was educational and delicious!  It turns out the five was are: grated, cold xantana, crouton, soup, & a sliced with black olive oil !

Overall service was good, attentive, and knowledgeable … not to mention patient!  We asked all the questions and  they indulged our curiosity, even letting us explore the entire place, including the kitchen.

Keep in mind this is a really large meal, so don’t eat a big lunch!  Afterwords, we couldn’t move much and sort of rolled back to our hotel!  (Also beware the herbal liquor if you are not used to it .. it is where curiosity crosses to indigestion!)

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LesCols_Hisao_01 Les Cols  -  Olot, Spain Barcelona Spain  Vegetarian Friendly Spain Olot Michelin Garrotxa Food   above photo © Hisao Suzuki – Les Cols
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