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What restaurant would you like to try if money was no object?

Asked by Kardamom (28468points) March 9th, 2014

It doesn’t even have to be an uber-expensive restaurant, it might just be a restaurant that is in a city that you’d like to visit. On the other hand, it could be the most expensive restaurant in the world. Maybe it was something you saw on the Food Network, or in Bon Appétit Magazine, or in the Zagat Guide.

What restaurant would you pick and why? If the particular restaurant has a website, in which we can see the menu, let us know what’d you’d order.

You can also list your number 2 and 3 choices as well.

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gailcalled's avatar

The French Laundry in the Napa Valley

The chef’s tasting menu has a prix fix of $295/ excluding extras such as shaved truffle garnish. I have not checked out the prices of the wines.

“It received a favorable review in The New York Times and was called “the best restaurant in the world, period” by Anthony Bourdain.”

it looks pretty and there’s never any snow. Good enough for me.

zenvelo's avatar

Despite money being an object, I am hoping to go to French Laundry. later this year.

And I want to go to it’s counterpart in New York, Per Se.

zenvelo's avatar

@gailcalled great minds etc….

gailcalled's avatar

@zenvelo: I’d only pay those prices if I can eat outside and breathe unpolluted air. No NYC for me. (its)

gailcalled's avatar

I just checked the wine list at “PerSe.” One bottle listed for $5000. So, for two, with truffles and two bottles of wine and a tip, that comes to about $15,000. Count me out. But it’s fun to read about.

Kardamom's avatar

I’d like to try the Greens restaurant in San Francisco. It’s an upscale, avant garde (their word) vegetarian restaurant.

The first course would be the yellow finn potato griddle cakes with leeks, manchego, parsley and chives. Served with romesco, crème fraiche and herb salad $12.00

The main course would be the butternut squash and sweet potato gratin with poblano chilies, grilled onions, smoked cheddar and fromage blanc custard. Served with tomatillo sauce, cashew cream, grilled polenta and rainbow chard and kale with pumpkin seeds $24.00

My second choice would be the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite, mostly for the beauty and grandness of the building and the surrounding forest. Just look at this place Outside and Inside

I would order the vegetarian onion soup gratinée $8.75, and the Ahwahnee green salad with Grilled Balsamic portobello mushroom with peppercorn ranch dressing $9, and then the house-made vegetarian burger with a chickpea, lentil and brown rice patty on multi-grain ciabatta bun with roasted mushrooms and a side of potato salad $18.

And thirdly, I’d like to visit Sagar in London. Partly because it’s in London, and partly because it’s an innovative vegetarian Indian restaurant.

For starters I would order the fried idli, ently steamed rice dumplings fried & served with coconut chutney & tomato ketchup £4.95, and the bhajia, Chopped onions dipped in light batter of gram flour, rice coriander seeds and fried them to give the extra munch £3.95, and the pappadam, Two crispy snacks made of black gram lentils served with pickle & chutney £2.50.

Then I’d try the rasam, a traditional south indian spicy soup £3.75.

For the main dishes, I’d like the paneer dosa, a rice & lentil pancake filled with home made cottage cheese, potato, onion, carrot and capsicum (red & green) with mild spices £7.25. And aloo gobi, A delicious curry with cauliflower, potato, fresh tomato and capsicum (red & green) with home blended south indian spices £5.95.

A side order of Indian pickles, lime chutney, apple chutney, mint sauce, mango chutney £1.75.

An order of garlic rice, Basmati rice tossed in a deep pan with fresh garlic, cumin seeds, dried red chillies served with raitha £6.25.

And for dessert, gulab jammun, home made condensed milk rolled into balls, deep fried and soaked in sugar syrup £3.45

And a mango lassi to drink, £3.45

My picks are not that expensive, as you can see. The travel and accommodations would be where the money would have to be spent, just to get there and stay there.


Kardamom's avatar

@ibstubro I thought you were a vegetarian. Nerua doesn’t seem to be very veg friendly.

hominid's avatar

@gailcalled – Did you see the French Laundry episode of Bourdain’s A Cook’s Tour? It looks like the episode is available here.

ibstubro's avatar

It’s all about the venue, @Kardamom.

I have no idea what type of mushrooms are pictured, but both they and the seafood look wonderful. I like the emphasis on fresh and local.

In truth, I’d eat live cockroaches if it got me to the Guggenheim in Spain.

gailcalled's avatar

@hominid: Thank you. I’ve bookmarked it for later. Does he bring his banker or venture capital guy with him? From the little I have heard, the narrator has said that “it is impossible to describe”, and then proceeds to describe them.

hominid's avatar

@gailcalled – It’s been years since I watched this episode. I believe he brings Eric Ripert with him as one of his guests.

El_Cadejo's avatar

Morimoto’s Restaurant in Philly. I’ve been dying to try fugu for some years now.

Aster's avatar

Stupid me. I don’t know about any expensive restaurants and hate getting dressed up. I’d like to simply see a Four Seasons inside, though. lol

zenvelo's avatar

@Kardamom Greens is pretty reasonable all things considered. I think it has the best view of any restaurant in San Francisco, and the food is delicious.

The Ahwanee is also good, but not great. Yet I have always wanted to go to the Bracebridge Dinner.

Kardamom's avatar

@zenvelo I’ve seen pictures from that dinner, it looks like a hoot!

@Aster You don’t even need to go to an expensive restaurant. My ideal vacation would be to travel across the U.S. in a motorhome, camping at National Parks and discovering small vegetarian restaurants from California to North Carolina, from Maine to Florida, From Washington to Texas. Kind of like Diners, Drive-ins and Dives for the veggie set.

talljasperman's avatar

Montana’s steakhouse.

Kardamom's avatar

@talljasperman If you like Montana’s Steakhouse, you’d probably love Clearman’s Northwoods Inn. There are 3 of them in Southern California. My favorite thing about them, is that they all have fake snow on the roof and look like lodges. The food is really good too. Maybe some day you’ll get out this way. You need a vacation, you could come out and go to Disneyland too, which is pretty close by.

gailcalled's avatar

@zenvelo: Your Bracebridge Dinner link introduced me to mignardises, a new word for me. I knew that mignard meant “small and cute.”

** Bite-sized French pastries.

ragingloli's avatar

One of Gordon Ramsay’s

thatturtle's avatar

I have a seemingly endless list of must eat at joints, but if I have to pick just one it would be Noma ( I like to be surprised and taken out of my food element when eating out sometimes. The slight otherness of the food and prep appeals to my questing taste buds.

filmfann's avatar

The French Laundry, if I am unable to pick the Restaurant At The End Of The Universe.

El_Cadejo's avatar

@filmfann One of my favorite scenes

“If you’ve done 6 impossible things this morning, why not round it off with breakfast at Milliways?”

tups's avatar

Noma in Copenhagen.

talljasperman's avatar

I would search the US for the last Bullwinkle’s restaurant , their chicken was better than KFC.

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