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Some hotel and restaurant feedback from recent France trip

Some hotel and restaurant feedback from recent France trip

Jul 7th, 2003, 02:40 PM
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Lesli, thank you and you're welcome!

Sue and Lesli, strange to say as a Londoner, but I've never tried eels in any way, shape or form. I'd love to try them but I've never had reason to venture to the areas of London that apparently still have eel and pie and mash shops...

I've not had them in France either.

But I did try chicken feet and duck's tongue in China Town, London - does that make up for it?

I had a lovely meal tonight too. Met a friend in London for drinks and dinner and we ended up in Osatsuma - it's a lot like wagamama's on first glance but the menu is more extensive and the quality of food definitely superior. We shared a teriyaki chicken bento box which included gyozo, salad, sushi, pickled ginger and other condiments and miso soup. We also ordered three side dishes - raw marinated salmon slices and a great sauce, breadcrumbed pork slices and some fabulous mixed tempura. With a beer, a fresh (delicious) pineapple and strawberry juice and a pot of jasmine tea the bill came to £20 each including service.

Of course, no one would look for a London food report on a thread about France but there you go! <Shrug>

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Aug 19th, 2005, 11:53 AM
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Just relocated this in response to a recent post on L'Etape Gourmande and enjoyed remembering the trip...

And I've now finally tried eels for the first time - LAST NIGHT!

I had fillets of eel in honey barbeque sauce at a restaurant in London called Shanghai Blues. It was OK but not something I'd be desperate to have again!
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Aug 19th, 2005, 12:05 PM
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Hi Kavey
>And I've now finally tried eels for the first time...<

Try smoked eel in Amsterdam. Very good.

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Sep 7th, 2005, 11:15 AM
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I will post a trip report soon as my daughter and I just returned from 2 weeks in France (1 week in Paris; 1 in the Loire Valley)and four days in London, but this seemed a good place to rave about a place to which I plan to return ASAP!! We stayed at Chateau de la Barre near St. Calais (just east of Le Mans) and found the hosts and house indescribably wonderful. The conversation; the meal; the history, condition and beauty of the house; the setting--all surpassed my highest hopes. It was an experience I recommend to anyone who enjoys the best that France has to offer.
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Sep 9th, 2005, 12:18 AM
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Wow! Thanks for bringing back great memories of past treasures. Next time in La Rochelle try the Best Western Hotel France-Angleterre-Champlain (or is it Champlain-France-Angleterre? One of those combinations!) Excellent staff, beautifully appointed and a lovely garden with high walls--a great get-away for about the same price. We enjoyed a Sunday mid-day meal at Le Corail and it seemed as if all the locals loved this place too; it was packed and the service was still impeccable.

Thanks, too, for the Cognac recommendations; it's one of our favorite cities and we are always looking for a neat place to try.
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