[Toronto] Bar Raval

My visit: Bar Raval has been the talk of town and being a huge fan of its famed sister restaurant, Bar Isabel, I knew I couldn’t miss out on a stop here before leaving Toronto. It was a gorgeous day out so we decided to sit on the patio. Our meal kick started with the sobrassada…

[Paris] Le Chateaubriand

A little background:  A former stonemason and gardener, whose family hails from the Basque country, Inaki Aizpitarte seems an unlikely candidate to spearhead a mini-revolution in the Parisian restaurant scene. The chef opened Le Chateaubriand in 2006 and soon became a leading figure in what has been dubbed the city’s ‘bistronomie’ movement, which saw a…

[Paris] L’Arpege***

A little background:  There were those who thought Alain Passard was going mad when he announced several years back that he would turn L’Arpège’s focus to the vegetables he was raising at his biodynamic farm just outside Paris. Now, in 2015, it seems the epitome of fashion. After nearly three decades of cooking at the…