Anywhere in the world, lunch or dinner, if you could snap your fingers and be there for your reservation (or walk-in) right now, where would it be?
For us, Culler de Pau in O Grove, Spain for lunch. Sun pouring in the windows, light sparkling on the water, quiet and cool room with wonderful food and bright acidic wines and all our usual friends in the kitchen and front of house. 4 hours of lunch with maybe a gin tonic to finish. A touch of ritual, a lot of welcome.
To be clear, I don’t necessarily mean the best you’ve been to, just where you most want to go after so long not being allowed to go anywhere. I personally am missing the comfort of a beloved place, familiar and warm, as well as delicious.
Tough question. Bizarrely, the first thing that comes to mind is Barr in Copenhagen. Far from the best restaurant I’ve been to, but so satisfying and in such a comforting and happy setting.
Others that immediately come to mind are (limiting to places I’ve been):
Sawada (Tokyo) – Calm and perfection
Troisgros (Ouches) – To me, still the perfect destination restaurant. And the wine list.
L’Ami Jean (Paris) – The packed, jovial atmosphere is the opposite of social distancing.
Arpege (Paris) – Cozy, sunny, and infinitely satisfying.
Neptune Oyster (Boston) – Similar to L’Ami Jean, it’s the anti-social distancing restaurant
Blue Hill at Stone Barns (Tarrytown) – Great place to take a deep breath and remind yourself that everything is okay.
two possibilities: Troisgros, site of the two best meals of my life, haven’t been to their new digs, or my mom’s kitchen. She’s been dead almost two decades and I’d really enjoy one more of her meals and to see her, even though she wasn’t a strong cook.
This is the first thing that popped into my head as well because my wife and I were just talking about it the other day. We went about 10 years ago and it was really great on a lot of levels. I’ve read it has gotten a little fancier these days so would like to compare to our old experience.