Share your most memorable restaurant experience!
Fancy, plain jane, whatever. If it had more to do with your dining partner than the actual meal, those are great ones too.
We eat out A LOT, so it's a little tough for me.
The most exciting meal, has to be at minibar.
Only 6 diners at a time and you sit literally at a bar with 4 chefs who prepare your meal right in front of you (I believe they've changed the format since moving). The bar was in their whole restaurant, but only you 6 get that tasting menu while the rest of the diners eat on a separate one staring at awe with what we get.
It was something around 25 courses, but most were no more than a couple bites. Really amazing experience.
My runner up would be at Green Zebra in Chicago. Being more or less a vegetarian (I'm eating some meat now), this has got to be the best all vegetarian restaurant I've been to. They really put forth an effort to make it a very classy experience unlike some other veggie restaurants like the homely Moosewood. Really recommend it to anyone in Chicago.
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We eat out a good deal, too dread. Where should I start?
Local, our favorite restaurant is Bistro614. It's a small place with a limited menu, but everything on the menu is excellent. Nice atmosphere and great people ... including the clientele. (Highly recommend the pan-fried goat cheese and the Napoleon of roasted beets.)
A little further out is the Black Angus in Adamstown, PA. It's the restaurant attached to the Stoudt's microbrewery. If you love beef and beer ... 'nuf said. Just a word of warning ... Stoudt has become so popular that they've licensed the name to Yuengling and they make a Stoudt's label. It is NOT the same as the microbrews.
Speaking of steak, two blocks off the tulip market in Amsterdam is a steak house that will give you a perfect steak and beer for 10 Euro. Can't beat it. Go when it's warm and eat out in the courtyard!
Great Italian restaurant just off Mozartplatz in Vienna. Don't recall the name but it's on the left behind the statue with the octopus (Which is why my son continues to call it "Squidplatz )
Undoubtedly Cellar de Can Roca in Girona, Spain. Started with an amuse bouch which just exploded with flavour, so powerful you though where the heck can he go from here? Then came course after course that showed you. All matched with the most wonderful - and often weird, but in a very good way - wines.
It was #3 in the world at the time then jumped to #2. A year later we went to the Fat Duck which had just dropped from #2 to #3 (it's now somewhere in the late 20s I think). Really should have done the two the other way around. As it was, the Fat Duck was actually a bit of a disappointment.
Last week-end, we went to Ferran Adria's Tickets in Barcelona. Tapas on steriods. As awesome as you would expect - amazing flavours and textures and lots of surprises. Biggest surprise may have been the cost: only $85 each for 17 tapas, cava, water, coffee and (superb) service. From arguably the best chef in the world (and certainly the most influential of the last 2 decades).
Next, we're hoping to go to Mugaritz in San Sebastian for the missus' birthday.
Incidentally, took a look at some reviews of minibar after the OP mentioned it on another thread: I so want to go there!