International

Tom’s International Dining

Tom's International Dining

One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling includes eating cuisine from different foreign countries.  If you have read any of our international trip accounts, we always include the restaurants we have visited.  In this section of Tom’s Dining Out, we examine some of the more recent dining establishments that have served us memorable meals in Europe and Canada.  Hopefully, we’ll be able to travel again soon and once again savor the various delectable dishes each country has to offer.

 

L’Express – Montréal, Canada

Dining Old School in Montréal L’Express – Montréal, Canada French – Visited (twice): September 2019 While planning the Montréal portion of our trip, there was one restaurant I desperately wanted to try. I am not usually one to follow food critics, but in my research I did find it interesting that noted Montréal Gazette food critic Lesley Chesterman gave L’Express four stars (out of four) in 2016, something she had very rarely done for any restaurant (the last one receiving four stars at that time was in 2011 for Joe Beef). She once said that Montréal would be “unimaginable” without L’Express. I’m also a sucker for historic restaurants (see Hollywood’s Musso & Frank Grill in Tom’s Dining Out), so L’Express intrigued me.  Although L’Express … Read more…

Caffe Un po Di Più – Montréal, Canada

Dinner By The Port Caffe Un po Di Più – Montréal, Canada Italian – Visited: September 2019 We enjoyed a number of terrific meals on our trip to Canada, and one that really stood out took place at Caffe Un po Di Più.  Located in the Vieux-Port de Montréal (Old-Port of Montréal), Un po di Più serves Italian small plates to be shared.  From our hotel (Hotel Gault), it was a short ten-minute stroll. (Two photos below from internet)                       Un po di Più (“A Little More”) opened in 2018 and is a creation from the same folks who brought Olive et Gourmando to Montréal, the restaurant where we picked … Read more…

Bovio – La Morra, Italy

Mai Tai Tom’s 2018 International Restaurant Of The Year Bovio – La Morra, Italy Italian – Visited: October 2018 Long before we departed on our Italy 2018 trip, and knowing we would be in the Piemonte region of Italy at the beginning of White Truffle Season, I decided we should end our four days dining at a very special restaurant. Of course, never having been to Piemonte, what should that restaurant be? After researching site upon site, I finally came to the conclusion there was only one choice … Bovio in La Morra. Bella La Morra (below) is perfectly situated in the hills of Piemonte and makes a wonderful base to see and tour the area. We spent four nights here … Read more…

Ristorante Da Cesari – Bologna, Italy

Hail Cesari! Ristorante Da Cesari – Bologna, Italy Italian – Visited: September 2018 Before we had left for our big trip to Italy, I had booked a reservation online for Ristorante Da Cesari, a restaurant I really wanted to visit. I made a great choice.  On our first night in one of the premier cuisine capitals of the world, we strolled from our lodging near Piazza Maggiore … … to an establishment that started out in the 20th century as an Osteria and wine retailer. It was a fantastic choice for our first evening in Bologna. Not surprisingly, although we had 8 p.m. reservations, the four of us (Tracy and I, plus friends Kim & Mary) arrived early (these 10-mile … Read more…

Osteria La Piola – Milan, Italy

Neighborhood Milan Gem! Osteria La Piola – Milan, Italy Visited: September 2018 Our b&b host Walter at the B&B Bronzino House (a wonderful place to stay in Milan … courtyard below) had emailed me that a nearby restaurant would be a perfect place for us (Tracy, me and our traveling friends Kim and Mary) to enjoy on our first night in Milan. He was spot on. At 8 p.m., we arrived at Osteria La Piola, mercifully located only two blocks from Bronzino House (we had walked a lot on our first day in Milan, including visit to the to of the Milan Duomo … don’t miss that experience). Walter had told me that La Piola offers true Milanese cuisine.   … Read more…

Prestonfield House – Edinburgh, Scotland

Afternoon Tea For Four With Peacocks, Bagpipes & A Wedding Prestonfield House – Edinburgh, Scotland Afternoon Tea – Visited: May 2017 After a morning and early afternoon of walking in the steady drizzle through Edinburgh (including this priceless view from Princes Street Gardens up to Edinburgh Castle) … … Tracy, Kim, Mary and me found ourselves in a minor dilemma (par for the course for these travelers).  We did not have time to go back to our lodging to change from our soaking wet clothes into nicer attire for our date with Afternoon Tea at the luxurious and opulent Prestonfield House, located about a five minutes drive from Edinburgh’s city center.  We were all also soaking wet.  Oh well, there … Read more…

L’Escargot Bleu – Edinburgh, Scotland

Ooh La La: Best Damned Steak Tartare … Ever! L’Escargot Bleu – Edinburgh, Scotland French – Visited May 2017 While staying at our lovely b&b in Edinburgh (Millers64, which has subsequently closed due to the pandemic), our hostess Louise told us about a French restaurant (you can only have so much Haggis), L’Escargot Bleu, where she happened to be friends with the owners. As it turned out, Tracy, friends Kim & Mary along with myself got the Royal Treatment, although it looked like everyone dining received great service. The restaurant touts its “French twist using the – best of Scotland” menu.  How did I know?  Well, I could read the writing on the wal The interior was charming, and the meal … Read more…

L’Ange 20 – Paris, France

Travels With Mai Tai Tom 2016 Vacation Restaurant Of The Year L’Ange 20 – Paris, France There were lots of great choices this year for the first ever Travels With Mai Tai Tom Vacation Restaurant Of The Year, but L’Ange 20 in Paris brought home the award with two impeccable dinners on back-to-back evenings. L’Ange 20 barely edged out L’Arôme in Bonnieux and Le Bacchus in Beaune, both of which were also excellent (as were many restaurants we visited on this trip, but these three were the crème de la crème). Tracy and I visited L’Ange 20 in 2014 and had intended to also dine there our last evening of that trip, but we had to cancel a day early … Read more…

L’Arôme – Bonnieux, France

Dinner In The Cave L’Arôme – Bonnieux, France Continental – Visited: September 2016 Situated on a stunningly picturesque Provence plateau high in the Luberon hills, beautiful Bonnieux became our home for four nights in the autumn of 2016 on our three-week trip to France. The owner at our fantastic B&B, Les Terrasses du Luberon, a property complete with sweeping views over the surrounding countryside, had recommended L’Arôme as a wonderful choice for our first night. Our dinner reservations on this evening were at 8 p.m. Our walk into town for dinner would prove to be an adventure. First of all, B&B owner Jean Marc, in an Indiana Jones moment, asked whether we needed a “torch” for the journey. My first … Read more…

Le Bacchus – Beaune, France

Beaune Appétit Le Bacchus – Beaune, France Visited: September 2016 While I’m busily writing the France 2016 Trip Report (which should be slightly shorter than War and Peace), I thought I’d include a couple of France restaurant reviews to (for lack of a better phrase) whet your appetite. This trip we were fortunate enough to dine at some of the best restaurants we’ve encountered on any of our journeys, including this one (Le Bacchus in Beaune, Burgundy). On our first night in the delightful town of Beaune, Tracy and I (along with friends Greg & Gloria, who we hooked up with for a few Burgundian days) walked to a little place I had read great things about before leaving on … Read more…

Carmen de Aben Humeya – Granada, Spain

Great View … Marvelous Meal Carmen de Aben Humeya – Granada, Spain Visited: May 2015 In 2015, we spent three weeks in Spain. Carmen de Aben Humeya in the Granada’s Albayzin district turned out to be easily our favorite meal of the 20-day trip. Tracy and I, along with friends Kim and Mary, were staying at the wonderful Apartamentos Turísticos Alhambra, which had a gorgeous rooftop view of the Alhambra. Kim and Mary had found this restaurant, about a five-minute walk up from our lodging, on a previous evening’s stroll. They made 8:30 reservations on our last night of three in Granada.  After a little vino on our rooftop … … we took the short walk uphill to Carmen de … Read more…