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I think half of this croissant with peach jam filling at Sant Ambroeus café in Milan is pure butter, the other half – pure pleasure. As for the cappuccino… Oh well, coffee is just one of the bunch of things Italians know how to do better… ( like shoes for example!)

 

Sant Ambroeus : Corso Giacomo Matteotti, 7, 20121 Milano, Italy; tel. +39 02 7600 0540

 

 

 

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At Koya and Koya bar (49 and 50 Frith St, London W1D 4SG, London; tel. +44 20 7434 4463) the main focus is cold or hot udon noodles and all kinds of traditional or innovative broths that can go with them (think smoked mackerel, beef shabu-shabu or mushrooms with walnuts miso), but the small plates are not less worthy, like the pictured miso marinated mushrooms.

There is a good chance that Koya might become my new “cantine”, if I spend more time in London…

 

 

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The “Yankee” burger at Mandarin Oriental’s Bar Boulud  is seriously good. I think I’ve found the perfect burger in London.(Costs £ 13)

 

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L’Assiette Champenoise (40 Avenue Paul Vaillant Couturier, 51430 Tinqueux;tel. +33 3 26 84 64 64),the latest restaurant in France to receive 3 Michelin stars, is 45 min by TGV from Paris and 5 min by taxi from the central Reims train station. It’s chef Arnaud Lallement has inherited the restaurant and the hotel from his father after working at the kitchens of such grand chefs as Roger Vergé, Michel Guérard and Alain Chapel. The hotel and the restaurant were beautifully refurbished few years ago – the dining room is adorned with a magnificent, custom made chandelier by Baccarat, Bernardaud porcelain is used for serving.

 

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Each time I go to Hedone (1*) each time I feel that it’s getting better and better.  I don’t know how far a chef can go in search for perfection, but Hedone’s chef Mikael Jonsson is not far from it.

Pictures from my recent meal after the jump…