New private London Club at 10 Trinity Square

London boasts a brand new sanctuary, the exclusive private club at Ten Trinity Square. Baroque Access finds out all the details

 

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Ten Trinity Square is a landmark Grade II listed building in London, recently completely recreated by Four Seasons to house the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel London as well as residences and a recently opened private club. Advertising itself as “a new sanctuary for sharing ideas, perspectives and aspirations”, the brand new private London club is now accepting applications for membership.

 

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The establishments at Ten Trinity Square comprise the Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square, 41 private residences and the Ten Trinity Square Private Club. All boast an excellent central location, close to the Tower of London World Heritage Site, Tower Bridge and the River Thames.

 

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The building, which was built in 1922 as the headquarters for the Port of London Authority, is situated midway between the East and the West End, and a short walk to the City of London. Aside from the club, the building is also home to 31 spacious, elegant apartments (The Residences at the Four Seasons), all designed with supremely specified materials and finishes. The hotel itself boasts 100 guestrooms, restaurants, bars and a state-of-the-art spa. It provides several luxury resources and services to each residence as well.

The prestigious new private member’s club was formed in a collaboration between Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Asian developer Reignwood and French wine estate Chateau Latour. The entire building, comprising the hotel, club and public areas, was re-designed by Parisian designers Bruno Moinard and Claire Bétaille of 4BI & Associés who are acclaimed for their master craftsmanship and attention to detail. It is set to become a centre of gastronomy, fine wine and numerous lavish amenities.

 

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The Club was originally the sumptuous boardrooms and executive offices in the original building, and they have been meticulously restored to their former glory, ensuring that their finest features, such as the carved walnut paneling and high ceilings, have been carefully retained. Aside from the panelling and ceilings, the Club also boasts elaborate chandeliers and grand fireplaces.

 

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The Club was designed by architect Bruno Moinard, who is acclaimed for his craftsmanship. It features a selection of palatial rooms where private members can relax, socialize, drink and dine. Adding to the Club’s prestige is that it is home to the very first Château Latour Discovery Room outside of France, in addition to an exclusive Château Latour dining room.

The Château Latour Discovery Room was inspired by the original Château Latour tasting room in France. Here members can see some of Château Latour’s most sought-after vintage wines on display. They can also sample and purchase wines directly from the cellars of both Château Latour and Artémis Domaines estates. These are accompanied by canapés created by three-times Michelin-star chef, Anne-Sophie Pic.

 

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Members can enjoy the Château Latour Discovery and Dining experience, an exclusive menu featuring modern plates that are based on the chef Pic’s family recipes. The dishes are designed to complement the wines and range from red mullet and foie gras mosaïque with bouillabaisse jelly to roasted Scottish lobster with chestnut taglioni and a rich homardine sauce. There’s also Pithiviers of pigeon and foie gras with red kampot pepper and cocoa bean. These masterpieces of gastronomy are followed by a selection of classic French desserts.

Other club facilities include a curated library, billiards room, members’ bar, exclusive dining room, cigar store and sampling lounge where Paolo Paolillo, a master of Havana cigars, assists members appreciate the finest cigars coupled with a selection of excellent cognac and whiskey. There is also a room dedicated to the golf club.

Another bonus of membership at the Club is the opportunity to join the hotel’s luxury spa with its exclusive facilities that include an indoor pool, sauna, hammam, steam room and fitness center.

 

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The Club also hosts numerous events, ranging from arts and cultural presentations to exclusive performances and wine tastings, fulfilling its aim of providing a global meeting place for business and cultural exchange.

 

If you would like to find out about this exclusive members’ club in London, let Baroque Access assist. Contact us immediately, info@baroqueaccess.com and we will assist you in every way possible.

The most exclusive dining experience in the world

Pamper yourself and someone special with a $2 million experience in Singapore, dining at the world-renowned CÉ LA VI Singapore, owned by the Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH) Group. Baroque Access has all the details

 

To celebrate 15 years of collaboration, Russian diamond giant World of Diamonds Group got together with CÉ LA VI Singapore’s sponsor, private equity business L Capital Asia to create the most expensive and exclusive culinary experience in the world, one perfect for a very special occasion, a marriage proposal, or a celebration of life.

 

The entire experience starts with a 45-minute helicopter ride over Singapore, followed by a drive in a chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce and a luxury private cruise. Then it’s time to head for CÉ LA VI Singapore, which is located on the 57th floor of the plush Marina Bay Sands Hotel. The two diners will be greeted the 10,000 fresh roses set against a spectacular 360-degree panoramic backdrop.

 

Then it’s time for a gastronomic adventure, 18 courses of Modern Asian fine dining, served during a breathtaking sunset, the sight and scent of 10,000 fresh roses set against breathtaking 360-degree views would redefine them. The gastronomic adventure, an 18-course Modern Asian degustation menu, would then be served during sunset.

 

The couple will dine in absolute privacy – the restaurant will be reserved in their honor – and enjoy culinary luxuries of the finest quality including Fresh Belon Oyster with Champagne Foam, Almas Caviar, Foe Gras, Wild Salmon flown fresh from Alaska, all washed down with some of the most extraordinary selection of vintage wines available, some 44 and others 55 years old, and champagne from the best estates in the world with vintages that are legendary.

Of course, that’s not all. The guests will dine using diamond-studded chopsticks with their names engraved on and relax in splendor on custom-made furniture which will later be delivered to their home. Entertainment is in the form of a live band, and the highlights is the unforgettable, beyond-rare 2.08 carat Fancy Vivid Blue diamond ring, called The Jane Seymour after the British actress, which will be presented at midnight. This masterpiece is encrusted with a cushion cut diamond with a mesmerizing blue color. Jane Seymour OBE wore the ring and endorsed it at a gourmet dinner at CÉ LA VI Singapore in April this year. The ring is the only celebrity ring in the world that has not been previously owned.

 

To mark the moment when the ring is presented, Louis X111 de Rémy Martin will be served and followed by an extravagant fireworks display. And then the couple will retire to bed as guests of the hotel.

CÉ LA VI Restaurant’s exclusive multi-million dollar dining experience is expected to last 8 hours – not counting a good night’s sleep afterwards! Of course, to apply for such an exclusive evening, applicants will be screened before one lucky couple will be chosen to enjoy the ultimate dining experience.

 

If you are interested in finding out more about this extremely rare and exclusive offering, contact Baroque Access now and we will give you all the details. And if you decide to spend the $2 million, we’ll only be too happy to arrange it for you! Contact us right away, info@baroqueaccess.com

Keep your cool this summer

Summer in Europe is always a delight, but if you add an alcoholic popsicle, the entire experience is taken to a another level. Baroque Access has all the details

 

POPS already have a reputation as being the iconic way to enjoy a refreshing alcoholic drink popsicle style. For the past few years, those in the know on the French and Italian Rivieras, plus all over the Med, have savored these iconic British-made alcoholic delicacies, which include Champagne POPS, Bellini POPS and various other exotic tastes. And now POPS has added a new flavor to the mix – vodka popsicles!

 

These luxe lollies were initially launched in June 2014 by two young entrepreneurs who saw a gap in the market for a contemporary, unique and fun concept. And POPS took Europe by storm, especially during the summer months. Jet setters vacationing all over the continent loved the idea of a popsicle that had a certain style attached. A refreshment with a difference, a cooler with a certain cachet.

 

It should come as no surprise, really. There’s an aspect of nostalgia attached to it, a reminder of those halcyon days when we were kids and enjoyed a popsicle on a long hot day. Add the luxurious connotation of some classic champagne, and the POPS take on a whole new meaning. POPS initially launched their Classic POPS, the first champagne ice popsicle, to much acclaim. These contain 37% champagne and come packaged in that nostalgic push-up paper tube we remember so well.

 

This was followed the following year with three new flavors – the exquisite Bellini, made from Prosecco and peach, and two non-alcoholic versions made with real fruit.

And for 2016, POPS has added another cool creation to their premium popsicles – a delectable ice lolly made with premium vodka. Teaming up with British vodka producers Chase Vodka, which was voted the World’s Best Vodka in the prestigious San Francisco Spirits Competition, POPS has now created the Moscow Mule.

 

The pop ices are available everywhere you find the rich and famous in Europe, at top fashion, film, music and sporting events, not to mention on the beaches. They are a favorite with those looking to cool off with something delicious and refreshing that includes an alcoholic kick.

 

This year you’ll find them all over Europe’s most luxurious locations, including Ibiza, where POPS has a pop-up office and delivers this delicious icy product all over the island. Of course, celebrities love them (who wouldn’t?), and fans include the likes of Kate Moss and Miley Cyrus. Whether you’re looking for a fruit sorbet with a kick, a slush that is icy and tempting, or prefer the non-alcoholic nostalgic fruit POPS, they’re a treat. And, need we say, super refreshing.

 

If you would like to find out where to get your POPS on your vacation this summer, contact Baroque Access, info@baroqueaccess.com, and we’ll give the lowdown on where you can stock up.

Rent a villa in St Barth and enjoy a gourmet feast

For the second consecutive year, the paradise Caribbean island of St Barth is holding the Taste of St Barth Festival in November. Combine gourmet fare with a luxury getaway in St Barth – Baroque Villas has all the details.

 

Between 5 and 8 November, 2015, St Barth will become the gourmet capital of the Caribbean, celebrating the gourmet flavors of French cuisine featuring coordinator, Chef Emmanuel Renaut of the restaurant Les Flocon de Sel in Megève in France. There will be a series of 4- or 8-course meals at select venues with superb wine pairings. If you’d like to enjoy this gourmet fest, why not take advantage of the collaboration with several luxe villas on the island to spend at least 7 nights savoring not only superb cuisine, but also a taste of island living on one of the Caribbean’s most jetset islands?

 

Pick your favourite luxury villa

Depending on the size of your party, there are a number of sumptuous sea-view villas on offer including the following:

Villa Athena

Villa Athena

Villa Athena – Overlooking the sea and the beach at Anse de Cayes, this stunning 7-bedroomed villa offers every luxury facility, including an exquisite heated swimming pool and a kitchen fit for a chef.

 

Villa Gem - Palm Springs

Villa Gem - Palm Springs

  • Villa Gem-Palm Springs Situated on a hill in Gouverneur, this stylish 4-bedroom villa offers magnificent panoramic views and every modern convenience.

 

Villa La Manoir de Lurin

Villa La Manoir de Lurin

  • Villa Le Manoir de Lurin – Luxury and comfort abound on this private 5-bedroom estate in the midst of a plantation.

 

Villa Oasis de Salines

Villa Oasis de Salines

  • Villa Oasis de Salines Walk to lovely Saline Beach from this magnificent 6-bedroom villa, which is a favorite of stars and celebs because of its privacy and luxe amenities. Offers two pools, three kitchens and a wine bar.

 

Taste of St Barth Festival highlights

As coordinator of this exciting culinary event, Chef Emmanuel Renaut from Restaurant Flocons de Sel in Megève, France will be serving a special 8-course dinner on Sunday, November 8, 2015, the final evening of the 2015 edition of Taste of St. Barth. During this year’s festival, the following other famous French chefs will be showing off their culinary skills:

•    Yoann Conte of Restaurant Yoann Conte in Annecy, France;

•    Pastry Chef Laurent Jeannin and Chef Eric Frechon of Le Bristol Hotel in Paris;

•    Jerome Nutile of Restaurant le Mas de Boudan in Nimes, France;

•    Stephanie Le Quellec from La Scène Restaurant at Hotel Prince de Galles in Paris;

•    David Toutain of Restaurant David Toutain in Paris;

•    Alexandre Mazzia of Restaurant Alexandre Mazzia in Marseille;

 

If you’d like to book your reservation for any of the dinners being held during the Festival, or would like to book all your travel arrangements including Villa rental in St Barth, contact Baroque Villas right away, info@baroquevillas.com, and we will arrange everything for you.

The Groucho Club to come to NYC

One of London’s most exclusive and renowned private clubs, The Groucho Club, will be coming to New York City. Baroque Travel has all the details

 

Founded 30 years ago in Dean Street in London’s Soho, the Groucho Club is famous for its A-list celebrity patrons that include actors and comedians like Lily Allen, Sienna Miller, Jude Law and Rachel Weisz as well as numerous top notch media execs. The private-members club, which has been sold numerous times, the last time being in 2008, was recently bought for $62 million and is due to be completely refurbished.

 

The chief executive of the company, Matt Hobbs is currently putting together a management buy-out of the business. This will bring a string of new investors to the Groucho Club, which is why rumor is rife that the club will expand into the US, more specifically the Big Apple.

 

The name of this iconic private club apparently is derived from a phrase uttered by comedian Groucho Marx, who was part of the Marx Brothers comedy act. He was quoted as saying that he’d resigned from a private club because he was unable to belong to an establishment that would have people like him as members. When the club was first launched, membership was so sought-after that those who were rejected as members even launched their own club. Today the club has more than 4,000 members, all of whom pay highly for membership.

 The current management changes include diluting the ownership of the private equity group called Graphite Capital that took control of the Groucho Club in 2008.

 

The club, which calls itself “The original arts and media private members club” is open to both members and their invited guests, who can dine there or stay over in the xxx rooms available. Membership involves working in the Arts or the Media, fitting into the club’s “maverick” ethos and being proposed and seconded by current members, and there’s a Membership Committee that meets monthly to decide whether a person is accepted as a member or not.

 

Life membership for UK citizens is £10,000 and bi-annual membership is £850. Those living overseas pay £650 twice a year. Those under the age of 30 can become members, but the fees are £350 per month. The club has previously had a pop-up version at the Hay Literary Festival as well as in Ibiza during the summer season. The new funds coming in will be used to refurbish the London club and open one in NYC.  

 

If you would like to find out more about becoming a member of the existing London Club, or the new Groucho Club that will be opening in NYC, contact Baroque Access right away at info@baroqueaccess,com

 

Celebrate spring at Le Cirque

Where is the best place to go for a celebration when you’re in New York City? Le Cirque, of course! Whether you’re celebrating the onset of spring, treating your Mother on Mother’s Day, or just in the mood to kick up your heels, this much loved New York Restaurant is the place to go

 

Number One Beacon Court, or better yet, 151 East 58th Street, is the location for one of the most popular restaurants in New York City, the iconic Le Cirque. Owned and run by the legendary Sirio Maccioni, the restaurant, which was featured in an HBO documentary about its owner, is as legendary as the establishment he created.

 

Celebrated for its exceptional nouvelle vague haute cuisine, this extraordinary restaurant has wooed patrons for 35 years and counting. Of course, if you’re in the mood for a real celebration, then savoring some fine champagne is not all you’ll be doing at Le Cirque. But either before or after a gourmet dining experience, you’re sure to visit the opulent glass bar, where no reservation is required.

 

Interestingly enough, you can also dine at the bar, which boasts a stunning menu – perhaps not as gourmande as the one in the famous restaurant, but certainly theatrical and opulent, not to mention delectable. Something special to enjoy with your choice of fine wine, sparkling or otherwise. A highlight of either the bar or the restaurant is one of pastry chef Regis Monges’ delightful desserts. Le Cirque is known as much for its ambience and gourmet cuisine as it is for its coveted confections.

 

The bar is decorated with magnificent large vases filled to the brim with beautiful flowers and dozens of glass bottles full of brightly colored liquids. Center stage is a flat screen TV and a 27-foot wine tower. The guests are an eclectic mix, befitting an establishment so legendary. You’ll find dowagers and tourists sitting cheek by jowl with high society here, and for good reason. A celebration is an important occasion. Time out from the mundane. An opportunity to live it up with the best of them (well, the best of those who can afford it).

 

Celebrating at Le Cirque is a rite of passage, the opportunity to sit down and enjoy the offerings of an establishment that has stood the test of time and proved its mettle. A choice of the finest champagnes are available on the menu, and each will be a delight. For it’s the ambience, the pomp and ceremony that sets this experience apart from the rest.

 

Jubilant with promise, guests who enter Le Cirque’s hallowed doors are guaranteed an unforgettable experience. So, if you’d like to celebrate in luxury, why not let Baroque Access book your seat at the restaurant? The bar, of course, awaits. As does some of the finest bubbly in Manhattan. Email info@baroqueaccess.com to make your reservation.

New on the block – great places to eat and drink in NYC

So much is happening in New York in February, including New York Fashion Week. Baroque Access lists some new places to grab a bite or something to drink while you’re in town

 The Polo Club

We mentioned last month that Ralph Lauren’s first New York restaurant was coming to Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue – and finally the Polo Bar Restaurant has opened its doors. Both the 178-seat restaurant and the bar are delightful blends of old world charm and designer Ralph Lauren’s trademark style and fashion savvy. Cocktails and light snacks are served at the brass-topped bar, and the elegant dining-room is the place to enjoy delicious classic fare, including Ralph Lauren’s signature beef produced at his own Colorado ranch. Of course, the menu is full of traditional American dishes, which include a signature dish of Ralph Lauren’s, as well as stunning hamburgers, crab cakes, mouth-watering steaks and corned beef sandwiches. Ralph’s legendary Coffee Ice Cream is top of the dessert list.

The restaurant may be the designer’s first in New York, but there are other Ralph Lauren establishments in Paris and Chicago. Of course, New York has had a taste of Ralph Lauren’s signature style for a while now – the flagship store already boasts a branch of Ralph’s Coffee.

The new restaurant has a distinctly traditional feel, decorated in a hunting theme with hunter green walls, old leather banquettes, a fireplace and a beautiful brass-topped bar. The staff is superbly dressed in custom Ralph Lauren garb, including leather wingtips, silk repp ties and grey flannel trousers.

Currently the Polo Restaurant is only open for dinner – lunches will follow. The bar serves patrons from 3pm.

1 East 55th Street, tel: 212 207 8562

Zuma New York

Already renowned internationally for its original London restaurant and branches in Hong Kong, Dubai, Istanbul, Miami, Bangkok and Abu Dhabi, Japanese restaurant Zuma has now opened in New York as well. Located on a stunning site in Midtown Manhattan, the two-story restaurant is stylish and elegant and offers an exciting menu of authentic dishes designed to be shared, inspired by the informal modern Japanese dining style called ‘izakaya’.

Zuma's chicken wings with sake, sea salt and lime - tori no tebasaki. Photo Credit: John Carey

Zuma's chicken wings with sake, sea salt and lime - tori no tebasaki. Photo Credit: John Carey

Options are numerous, flavors are bold, and presentation is simple, a tradition that creator Rainer Becker has perfected and the reason that Zuma is so popular all over the world. The restaurant, which was designed by Noriyoshi Muramatsu from Studio Glitt, boasts three kitchens, a bar and lounge. Dining is informal yet sophisticated, and well worth sampling when you’re next in town.

261 Madison Avenue, tel: 212 582 5812

Zuma's spicy beef tenderloin with sesame, red chili and sweet soy - gyuhire sumibiyaki karami zuke. Photo credit: John Carey

Zuma's spicy beef tenderloin with sesame, red chili and sweet soy - gyuhire sumibiyaki karami zuke. Photo credit: John Carey

 

Chefs Club New York

This new restaurant in New York’s Nolita area serves a range of exciting, innovative recipes from some of American most famous chefs. Designed by the Rockwell Group and incorporating magnificent art installations from Murray Moss, the restaurant is a creative space where chefs can experiment and innovate. The concept for the Chefs Club originated in Aspen at the restaurant in the St. Regis Hotel where visiting chefs are hosted year-round. Stephane De Baets, who works with the owner of the St. Regis, assisted in the development of the original restaurant, and is involved in the New York one as well.

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The St. Regis Aspen Resort

The Manhattan restaurant, which is located inside the Puck Building, is believed to be the first of many to be opened around the world. When master chefs are not in attendance, the innovative menu is still worth savoring – the chefs are all responsible for developing the menu that is served year round. When one of the culinary artists comes to town, the dishes on offer are all new and very exciting, and well worth experiencing in a series of events and masterclasses.

For 2015, Chefs Club by Food & Wine has selected four master chefs to create exclusive dishes. Both Erik Anderson from Chicago and Lachlan MacKinnon-Patterson delighted diners in January. In February, there are two chefs of note. You can savor the tastes of Linton Hopkins from February 5th to 7th. Hopkins opened the Restaurant Eugene in his hometown of Atlanta in 2004 and quickly gained a reputation for his superb dishes created using the very best produce from Georgia.

Next is Gabriel Rucker, who will be in the Studio at Chefs Club on February 24 & 25.  He was named one of Food & Wine Magazine’s Best Chefs 2007 and is renowned for his innovative cooking style.

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If you’re interested in dining on creations concocted by these two gourmet masters, we suggest you make a reservation right away.

275 Mulberry Street, tel: 212 941 1100

A cut above the rest: 10 best restaurants of 2014

Baroque Access lists the top 10 in the lauded ‘World’s Best 50 Restaurants List’ for 2014. Put these restaurants on your bucket list, to visit in 2015

Every year, restaurateurs around the world wait with baited breath to hear if they have made the cut, and are featured on the ‘World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ list. To find your restaurant’s name on this coveted list is as important as being awarded a Michelin Star – it’s considered one of the highlights of the international gastronomic calendar.

Of course, the Top 10 restaurants are the best of the best – and we feature them here, to give you an idea of where you should be enjoying gourmet dining next year.

 

10. The Ledbury, London, UK

Meal for 2 without wine - $270

The menu created by Australian Brett Graham is a delightful mix of traditional flavors. His dishes offer layers of delight as you savor them. Here, the taste is more important than the look of the dish – Graham concentrates on what goes into the food, more than how it looks. And it works in his favor. You taste his passion in his creations. Graham hunts his own wild birds, so the game here is sublime.

 

9. Alinea, Chicago, USA

Meal for 2 without wine - $420

OK, so he spent time in Ferran Adrià’s kitchen at El Bulli – and that will give you an idea of what chef Grant Achatz puts on the table. But if you thought El Bulli offered the strangest concoctions possible, you’re wrong. Achatz takes avante garde to a whole new level. His 18-course tasting menu isn’t a meal, it’s an extraordinary feast that delights every sense. Even the tableware is chosen to suit each dish. As the menu changes regularly, we can’t spoil the experience for you… but rest assured, it’s a gastronomic delight.

 

8. Arzak, San Sebastián, Spain

Meal for 2 without wine - $530

Juan Mari Arzak has transformed traditional Basque country dishes into masterpieces – he’s not called the genius of Spanish gastronomy for nothing. His daughter Elena now runs the show, offering eager guests whimsical dishes like waves of local seafood (they’re created from molds) that are as quirky as they are delicious.

 

7.D.O.M, Săo Paulo, Brazil

Meal for 2 without wine - $400

Chef Alex Atala’s reputation precedes him. Pictures of Atala standing in the Amazon holding a giant fish to his bare chest have gone viral. Interestingly enough, his restaurant and his food are both much more refined and his delicate dishes are quite sublime. Of course, some of the flavors are unusual – they come from the Brazilian wilds after all, and you’ll find Amazonian ants as well as lots of lemongrass flavoring the food. Atala makes it work so well that you’ll be asking for seconds.

 

6. Mugaritz, San Sebastián, Spain

Meal for 2 without wine - $470

This, the second fabulous San Sebastián restaurant on the Top 10 list, is run by chef Andoni Luis Aduriz. His take on traditional Basque country dishes is delightful and unique. The restaurant, located 20 minutes’ drive from San Sebastián, is famous for unusual fare including potato stones (they may look like pebbles, but they don’t break your teeth, we promise you!) that surprise and delight. Be prepared for a taste sensation here. It’s well worth the trip.

 

5. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London, UK

Meal for 2 without wine - $230

British chef extraordinaire Heston Blumenthal is famous for transforming historic dishes from as early as the 13th Century into culinary sensations. The restaurant, located at London’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel and run by executive chef Ashley Palmer-Watts, continues Blumenthal’s delightful tradition and offers quirky takes on what was being devoured at banquets in centuries past. Each bite is a surprise – don’t be fooled by what it looks like, because it won’t taste as you expect.

 

4. Eleven Madison Park, New York, USA

Meal for 2 without wine - $450

The setting is dramatic, the food a touch of modern French at its freshest, the result an iconic New York restaurant with a twist. Swiss chef Daniel Humm transforms farm to table into a work of art on a plate. Surprises await underneath smoke-filled cloches, and New York bagels take on a whole new meaning here. Of course, the service is as good as the food – no wonder the restaurant is considered the best fine dining establishment in Manhattan.

 

3. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy

Meal for 2 without wine - $360 to $525

Chef Massimo Bottura is renowned for creating flights of fantasy, art on a plate. He transforms the ordinary into delightfully abstract creations that taste as delectable as they look. Don’t be fooled by what is delivered to your table – it’s unlikely to taste the way you expect! Magnum ice cream bars are stuffed with foie gras, mortadella sandwiches are not what they seem, and each dish has an enthralling story attached. Prepare to be enchanted.

 

2. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain

Meal for 2 without wine - $390 to $480

This stunning Spanish restaurant is family run – brothers Joan (head chef), Josep (sommelier) and Jordi (pastry chef supreme) have taken over the reins from their parents and serve sublime flavors in one of the most exquisite dining rooms in Europe. Together they have created wonderful wizardry, sensory sensations that encompass sound as well (an iPod delivered to the table adds another dimension to a dish). Enjoy quintessentially Mediterranean flavors combined with some of the best wines. This is a symphony of sensory delights.

 

1. Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark

Meal for 2 without wine - $600

This is the third time this iconic restaurant has topped this prestigious list. Located in an historic whaling house in Copenhagen, the restaurant is famous for its ‘New Nordic’ cuisine that includes delightful dishes such as sea urchin toast and rock moss. Of course, dishes are prepared from the best produce in the region, but they are certainly not boring. Guests test their tastebuds here, with crazy combinations. Think Danish fritter brushed with fermented grasshopper sauce, and a dessert of almond, plum and potato purée. There’s a good reason that this restaurant keeps reaching the top. To find out why, you’ll have to experience its pleasures.

 

 

BITTER, SWEET ROMANCE

Every country has its chocolate, but Belgium’s is believed to be the finest in the world. Baroque Access takes a look at the Flemish chocolate revolution and offers a choice of three different brands, all worthy of spoiling somebody with this festive season

 

Belgium is believed to be at the cutting edge of the chocolate culinary revolution – and if you have sampled some of the delights that are produced in this little European country, you will have to agree. After all, they have been producing this melt-in-the-mouth delicacy since the 17th Century. These days, Belgium produces more than 200,000 tonnes of chocolate every year.

 

As chocolate is the candy of choice in Belgium, the producers of this candy haven’t been resting on their laurels. The gourmet chocolatiers in the country’s cities, including Brussels and Antwerp, have been perfecting their trade in time for the Festive Season. And if you’re looking for the ultimate gift to wish somebody a sweet 2015, look no further.

 

The Best of the Best

Belgian chocolate connoisseurs Godiva and Neuhaus have been delighting the world’s palate for decades already – and with good reason. Jean Neuhaus opened his first store in 1857. About 50 years later, his grandson Jean Junior invented the first chocolate filled shell, the praline, and his wife created the very first box of chocolates. Of course, today Neuhaus has more than 2,000 outlets in 50 countries, including the US. Online you can purchase .55kg of delectable delights from Neuhaus for around € 31,50 (that’s approximately US$39 for just over half a kilo).

 

The Neuhaus store in Brussels sits directly opposite Godiva’s flagship with its famous pink canopies. Godiva’s first store was opened in 1910 by Henri Wittamer, and the business is also still family-run to this day. Godiva is currently ‘Suppliers by appointment to the Count of Belgium’ and is listed as being one of the finest chocolatiers in the world by numerous experts. The flavors, fillings and moulds are commissioned from all over Belgium and cocoa is supplied by top companies in both Venezuela and Madagascar. Of course, it goes without saying, that this is the haute couture of chocolate. A kilo of Godiva’s classic and elegant ballotin will set you back in the region of 105 Euro (approximately US$128.74). For this price you will enjoy a rich assortment of premium chocolates, meticulously selected to offer a wide range of fillings to suit every taste.

 

Extraordinary Tastes

Of course, there’s a whole new generation of chocolatiers emerging to keep up with the demand for Belgium’s fine confectionary. These include chocolate maker extraordinaire Dominique Persoone, who has become famous throughout Europe for his delectable concoctions, which are often as outrageous as they are delicious. He worked under legendary Belgian chocolatiers Pierre Hermé and Pascal Brunstein, and founded "The Chocolate Line" in 1992, an old-fashioned chocolate store that gives no hint of its uniqueness. Inside one finds carefully crafted chocolates to delight, some traditional (the hazelnut is sublime) but others that defy chocolate heaven, as they include anything from wasabi and tequila to bacon.

 

Somehow Persoone manages to balance the flavors and create a taste sensation – he is, after all, an innovator. And he’s obviously doing something right, because he has stores in both Brussels and Antwerp, and his concoctions are sold to top restaurants in Holland as well as Belgium.

 

Persoone calls himself a ‘shock-a-latier’. He sells everything from chocolate lipstick and chocolate paint to floating helium mousse. He once even designed a chocolate dress for Miss Belgium.

Agli Amici - Dining at One of Italy's Best Kept Secrets

Hidden in a corner of a tiny square in the outskirt of Udine - an hour and a half's drive from Venice is a gourmet oasis called Agli Amici

Located in the outskirts of Udine, you will be pleasantly surprised at the culinary wonders that is being created behind the kitchen of restaurant Agli Amici

Located in the outskirts of Udine, you will be pleasantly surprised at the culinary wonders that is being created behind the kitchen of restaurant Agli Amici

This summer, why not discover one of Italy’s best-kept secrets? Located just outside Venice is one of the best restaurants in northeastern Italy, a family run establishment called Agli Amici. This Relais & Châteaux owned restaurant started out more than a century ago as a café-cum-tobacconist, and today it continues its tradition of hospitality by offering superb food and wine produced from forgotten vineyards in the area.

All of Agli Amici's dishes are sourced locally from the region's mountains and sea.

All of Agli Amici's dishes are sourced locally from the region's mountains and sea.

Hostess Michaela Scarello offers a warm welcome when you arrive. She looks after the restaurant as well as the customers, purchasing all the produce and choosing the sublime wines to pair with the delicious dishes created by her brother, Emanuele. Emanuele is a veritable magician, reinventing traditional dishes into magnificent delights for the palate using all of the region’s famous produce from both the mountains and the sea. Dishes appear from the kitchen laden with exquisite sea bass, sea urchins, pork and vegetables, all flavored with the fragrant wild herbs gathered nearby. The dishes are a labor of love, the ingredients the region’s blessings. The result? A marriage made in heaven.

A Family Affair - Chef Emanuele Scarello  credits his mom for developing his impressive culinary repertoire, while his sister Michaela is a hospitality impresario - charming and attentive. Michaela purchases all the produce and chooses the sublime wines to pair with the delicious dishes created by her brother 

A Family Affair - Chef Emanuele Scarello  credits his mom for developing his impressive culinary repertoire, while his sister Michaela is a hospitality impresario - charming and attentive. Michaela purchases all the produce and chooses the sublime wines to pair with the delicious dishes created by her brother 

Emanuele refuses to take credit for the stunning food. He considers his mother Ivonne as the teacher, and himself a mere student following in her footsteps. She taught him sensitivity, he explains, and how to give his cooking a heart. Since 1999 he has been part of the Jeunes Restaurateurs d’Europe, an association of young chefs from 13 different European countries that is now recognized as one of the most prestigious culinary associations in the culinary world. As a result, he not only offers his customers his culinary creations, but he shares his knowledge and passion as well, in a selection of cooking workshops that are open to the public.

This summer, if you are in the neighborhood, and have time to enjoy more than just a meal at this esteemed establishment, you can join chef Emanuele, his staff who will impart secrets and insight of Agli Amici’s kitchen. Each class covers one single theme (for example, fish, meat or dessert) and the chef and his staff painstakingly demonstrate how to transform the produce from raw ingredients to a dish fit for royalty. 

From the sublime setting to the superb cuisine, a meal at Agli Amici is a sensory delight. And if you can add the joy of learning from the master chef, then truly, your cup runneth over.

Contact us at info@baroqueaccess.com to make a table reservation or to inquire about Chef Emanuele's culinary class.   

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Allumette - Revolutionizing the LA dining scene.

At the tender age of 25, chef Miles Thompson is revolutionizing the Los Angeles dining scene at this restaurant Allumette. His whimsical interpretation on avant-garde comfort food is fast making Chef Thompson an emerging force in progressive haute cuisine.

At the age of 25, Chef Miles Thompson is creating a lot of noise in the LA dining scene.

At the age of 25, Chef Miles Thompson is creating a lot of noise in the LA dining scene.

At Allumette, Chef Thompson describes his concept as a "choose your own adventure-style tasting menu." The menu is divided into 5 sections, plus dessert: crudo, vegetable, seafood, pasta, meat "for two", an interesting setup where the dish is plated separately for two diners, each one the size of a full entree.

Guests are treated to innovative dishes like a Shimaji dish with miso, blood orange and kiwi, live scallop tartar served with strawberries, black truffle and elderflower vinaigrette and Szechuan pork dumplings sitting on a black vinegar sauce with tarragon and topped with a generous amount of fat salmon roe. His menu is full of these playful and creative dishes that create taste and flavors that delights and surprises your palette.

Thompson's food aims be cerebral, exacting, exciting and avant-garde, Allumette is certainly helping him achieve that.

Chef Miles Thompson will be dropping by the James Beard House to give New York a sample of his delectable culinary creations on May 21 at 7pm.

Contact us at info@baroqueaccess.com to make a reservation at Allumette or to attend Chef's Thompson's James Beard event. 

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James Beard Event - 10th Anniversary Spanish Spectacular (May 15, 2014)

Location: James Beard House (167 W 12th St, New York, NY 10011)

Participant: Chef Anthony Sasso (Caso Mono and and Bar Jamón)

The James Beard House is the location where Chef Anthony Sasso and his restaurants Casa Mono and Bar Jamón will celebrate its 10th anniversary.

At New York City's Caso Mono and and Bar Jamón, Chef Anthony Sasso has kept alive legacy of innovation an culinary excellence created by Mario Batali and Andy Nusser when they opened the beloved Spanish restaurants a decade ago. 

Chef Anthony Sasso has curated a mouthwatering menu apt for the special occasion. 

Chef Anthony Sasso has curated a mouthwatering menu apt for the special occasion. 

Menu for the 10th Anniversary Spanish Spectacular (Click to Enlarge)

Menu for the 10th Anniversary Spanish Spectacular (Click to Enlarge)

To commemorate the restaurants 10th anniversary, Chef Sasso has crafted a mouthwatering and nostalgic menu that pays homage to both restaurants' most beloved dishes throughout the years.

Contact us at info@baroqueaccess.com to reserve a place for this delectable event.

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High Tea at the Plaza Hotel (New York City)

The Plaza New York epitomizes splendor and luxury. Experience the hotel's famous tradition of afternoon tea at New York's most famous and iconic address. 

Located in the hotel's famous Palm Court, High Tea service at the Plaza epitomizes luxury and splendor. 

Located in the hotel's famous Palm Court, High Tea service at the Plaza epitomizes luxury and splendor. 

Located in the Plaza's stunning Palm Court, High Tea service at the Plaza blends an innovative menu with a formal tea service to provide guests a balance of services and flavorful cuisine. 

Its menu finely balanced between traditional British High Tea cuisine and delectable treats that are quintessentially New York. The Plaza's scones (pictured right) is 'melt-in-your-mouth' amazing. 

Its menu finely balanced between traditional British High Tea cuisine and delectable treats that are quintessentially New York. The Plaza's scones (pictured right) is 'melt-in-your-mouth' amazing. 

The Plaza serves you your typical high tea sandwiches of cucumber, salmon, roast beef but it also served non-traditional sandwiches like prosciutto and roquefort for good measure. Their sweet menu is a dessert lover's dream. Few establishments can bake scones as 'light' and as 'melt-in-your-mouth' like the way the Plaza does it. Put a smear of 'in-house' fruit preserve and generous dollop of Devonshire cream and you are in utter bliss. 

Cognizant of its New York roots, the Plaza incorporate a sweet menu that has a New York flavor. Guests can enjoy the delights of quintessential New York desserts like the 'Black and White" cookie, profiterole, cannoli, chocolate cupcake and of course the New York Cheesecake. 

Contact us at info@baroqueaccess.com to inquire about a reservation and discover why the Plaza is the premier destination for Afternoon Tea in New York City.

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Tavern on the Green - Renaissance of a New York Institution

The iconic New York restaurant has reopened its doors after closing its doors in 2009. 

The Tavern on the Green is back after a 5 year hiatus.

The Tavern on the Green is back after a 5 year hiatus.

The Tavern on the Green is back and it is better than ever before. The new Tavern on the Green has undergone a massive transformation. Those who frequented its previous incarnation would not recognize the new restaurant at all, so drastically has the old one been redesigned and reshaped.

Owners Jim Caiola (Left) and David Salama (Right) of Emerald Green Group invested $17 million to give the restaurant a complete makeover.

Owners Jim Caiola (Left) and David Salama (Right) of Emerald Green Group invested $17 million to give the restaurant a complete makeover.

New owners Jim Caiola and David Salama of the Emerald Green Group have teamed up with first rank chef Katy Sparks to develop a well-thought-out, New American urban-farmhouse menu, featuring dishes like with dishes like pork chops with wood roasted rhubarb and fennel, quail with grits, chorizo, and roasted grapes, and baked farro pasta. Guests will be besotted with Spark's commitment to fresh seasonal ingredients. Her dishes are clean and simple. Her flavors are powerful. There is no need for her to over-embellish her food. 

Chef Katy Spark menu features seasonal New American urban-farmhouse cuisine 

Chef Katy Spark menu features seasonal New American urban-farmhouse cuisine 

The city, which owns the building, spent $16 million restoring its gorgeous facade and exposing its bones. While Caiola and Salama invested an additional $17 million to create multiple atmospheres in its various rooms, including a farmhouse South Wing, a smaller Crystal Room with floor-to-ceiling windows onto the park, an open kitchen, and a club-like bar in the front.

Blood, sweat and tears were shed by the bucket load to bring the Tavern on the Green back to New York. The attention to detail to its food and its ambiance is certainly a reflection of that.

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Restaurant Opening - Rivea London (London, UK)

Legendary French chef Alain Ducasse is to open his highly acclaimed Restaurant Rivea at the Five-Star Bulgari Hotel in West London in May 12, 2014. However, for those wanting to experience the cuisine before everyone else, Baroque Access can exclusively offer access to Rivea London's Preview Week for lunch from May 6th to 10th, 2014.

At Rivea London, Alain Ducasse will be bring his culinary love affair for the Mediterranean to London. Inspired by Ducasse's Rivea restaurant in St Tropez, London Rivea will be serving a mixture of French and Italian dishes inspired by the vibrant food markets of Italy and Provence, France.

At the helm of Rivea London will be Ducasse's talented protégé Chef Damien Leroux. Menu will incorporate the classic flavors fresh produce and vivid colors of the Riviera 

At the helm of Rivea London will be Ducasse's talented protégé Chef Damien Leroux. Menu will incorporate the classic flavors fresh produce and vivid colors of the Riviera 

At the helm on Rivea London will be Ducasse's talented protégé Chef Damien Leroux, where the menu will incorporate the classic flavors, fresh produce and vivid colors of the Riviera. Set in a chic and convivial setting of the luxury Knightsbridge property, the Rivea London is poised to be a welcomed addition to an already vibrant London culinary scene.

Contact us at info@baroqueaccess.com to reserve a table during their exclusive 'preview week'.

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Nomad Upstairs - Jazz and Food Lovers Dream (NYC)

Address: Johnston Room, 2nd fl., NoMad Hotel, 1170 Broadway, New York, NY

NoMad Upstairs The Johnston Room - 2nd Floor of The NoMad Hotel 1170 Broadway at 28th Street Every Thursday. 

The brainchild of New York restaurant titans Chef Daniel Humm and Will Guidara, the Nomad Upstairs is a live music series held at the Nomad Hotel's Johnstone Room every Thursday. 

The Nomad Upstairs was conceived purely due to the duo's love for live music. “We wanted a venue where we could showcase some incredible musicians and have great live music within our walls on a more regular basis," explained Will Guidara.  

Evoking old-school New York glamor, sink into its leather couches and listen to excellent live jazz, while enjoying Leo Robitschek's cocktails and snacks by Chef Daniel and Chef James Kent.

Foodie Paradise: Guests will be treated to Leo Robitschek's (Left) cocktails and snacks by Chef Daniel Humm (Center) and Chef James Kent (Right).

Foodie Paradise: Guests will be treated to Leo Robitschek's (Left) cocktails and snacks by Chef Daniel Humm (Center) and Chef James Kent (Right).

This is a truly intimate experience that is certain to be one of the City's popular new hotspot for food and jazz lovers. Doors open at 6.30pm and music start at 7pm. Food and booze will be served throughout until last call at 11.30pm. 

Contact Baroque Access at info@baroqueaccess.com to make a reservation. Nomad Upstair does not accommodate parties larger than six people. 

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Restaurant Lima (London, UK) - Feast for Your Senses

Address - 31 Rathbone Pl, London W1T 1JH, United Kingdom

London restaurant Lima recently became the first Peruvian restaurant to win a Michelin star. The food served here is utterly sensational.

Restaurant Lima London is the first ever Peruvian Restaurant to be awarded a Michelin Star

Restaurant Lima London is the first ever Peruvian Restaurant to be awarded a Michelin Star

Chef Robert Ortiz's  cooking is a perfect blend of taste and and aesthetics. Every dish marrying dramatic color combinations to clear, precise and equally vibrant flavors. Featured dishes on their superb menu includes the Sea Bream Ceviche, featuring a marinade of coriander, lime, chili, ginger and fishy juice. The flavors are crisp and clean tasting.

Chef Robert Oritz cooking is a perfect blend of taste and and aesthetics

Chef Robert Oritz cooking is a perfect blend of taste and and aesthetics

Just as palatable is the scallop tiradito (Peruvian interpretation of Sushi) with yellow aji pepper, umami salt and cassava powder. We would also be remiss if we did not mention the Braised Octopus with white quinoa. The typically bland flavor Octopus is enhanced by red shiso (sharp oriental herb often served with sashimi) and a purée of Botija olive, which justified its reputation as the most flavorful olive on earth. 

Lima Restaurant is a seafood lover's dream, but Chef Ortiz also execute the traditional dishes with aplomb. Main dishes that stood out include: suckling and sweet pig “andes” matched with lashings of crackling, giant corn, cress, piquillo pepper and green rocoto chili. Then there was the halibut - a delectably buttery fillet accompanied by another vividly colorful medley of corn, yellow aji pepper, avocado oil and Muna mint. Best of all was beef “pachamanca”, three fat chunks of well hung Scottish beef with a blackened, glorious peppery crust of an Andean herb called huacatay. This was topped with blobs of velvety, ricotta-infused mashed potato, and – for color and textural contrast – dollops of black quinoa and red aji panca (yet another pepper).   

Lima Restaurant promises to be a feast for all your senses. It is a restaurant that must be visited if you find yourself in London.

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Las Vegas at its Most Opulent

For the individuals that have a penchant for the opulent lifestyle, here are a few experiences that is sure to impress even the most discerning amongst us.

Bottle Service on Steroids 

When you are a VIP everything at Hyde Bellagio is over-the-top - 30-liter Ace of Spade Champagne, Superman or a fetching lady in a sailboat delivering your bottle and much more.  

When you are a VIP everything at Hyde Bellagio is over-the-top - 30-liter Ace of Spade Champagne, Superman or a fetching lady in a sailboat delivering your bottle and much more.  

When bottle service isn't sufficient enough to impress, head on down to Hyde Bellagio, $250,000 buys you a table front and center over the famous Fountains of Bellagio, a 30-liter bottle of Ace of Spades Champagne, a swag bag full of opulent goodies, but the Pièce de résistance would have to be the control button to the fountains. If you are not prepared to splash a quarter of a million dollars, but still willing to lay out some major cash on bottle service, the Hyde does offer additional bottle service packages. You can have your alcohol delivered by a fantasy character such as Superman or Wonder Woman, who would soar across the club to your table. You can also pay to have a fetching server to ride your bottle over on a motorcycle. For even more drama, the delivery arrives with customized audiovisual effects, and a spotlight on the one with the deep pocket. 

FleurBurger aka The Mortgage Burger

Prime Kobe Beef generously topped with foie gras and black truffles makes Herbert Keller's culinary creation one of the most expensive meal on earth.

Prime Kobe Beef generously topped with foie gras and black truffles makes Herbert Keller's culinary creation one of the most expensive meal on earth.

$5000 is what it would cost to experience the FleurBurger at Fleur by Hubert Keller. This makes degustation menus at nearly all Las Vega's Michelin Starred restaurant appear like an absolute steal.

Believe or not, there is a reason Chef Keller's burger is so pricey. The patty is made from prime Kobe beef and it is generously topped with foie gras and black truffles. The burger is served with a bottle of Chateau Petrus 1995 poured in Ichendorf Brunello stemware. Bonus: Keller's staff will ship the glass to your house after dinner.   

Nobu In-Room Dining

At Caesars Palace they are taking room service to a whole other level. The Nobu Hotel in Caesars Palace has turn the idea of enjoying Nobu cuisine anytime of the day in the comforts of your hotel bed into a luxuriously sumptuous reality.  

Not Your Average Room Service Menu - Bagel & Lox (left), Higher Roller Bento Box (Center), Wagyu Hot Dog (Right)

Not Your Average Room Service Menu - Bagel & Lox (left), Higher Roller Bento Box (Center), Wagyu Hot Dog (Right)

For $288 guests can order the 'High Roller Bento Box', which features Lobster Wasabi, Wagyu Steak, Shrimp, Spicy Garlic, Spinach Dry Miso with Crab, premium rolls and nigiri. For breakfast, we recommend you order the 'bagel and lox', a crispy rice cake topped off with salmon pastrami. Finally to dine in-room in the most extravagant fashion, book one of the Nobu Suites that has its own sushi counters and have one of Nobu's sushi chef come to personally serve you. 

Contact us at  info@baroqueaccess.com to inquire and make reservations for any of the services mentioned. 

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Hôtel Restaurant Alain Llorca (Saint Paul, France)

Address: 350 Route de Saint-Paul, 06480 La Colle-sur-Loup, France

A sunlit terrace overlooking the red slate roofs of Saint Paul de Vence and the panoramic valley is the perfect setting for a gourmet luncheon in the south of France. The Restaurant Alain Llorca, an enchanting gastronomic experience, is just five minutes from the charming and historic Saint Paul de Vence village.

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If Alain Llorca’s name sounds familiar, it is because you may have visited his award-winning Moulin de Mougins on past visits to the French Riviera. When he left Mougins to found his eponymous restaurant in the hills overlooking the Riviera, expectations were high.

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Llorca does not disappoint, his meals are a true ode to contemporary Mediterranean cuisine. Among the house specialties are: Fleur de courgette farcie aux champignons et aux truffes (Zucchini flower stuffed with mushrooms and truffles), Risotto de homard (Duck risotto) and Tiramisu révisité (Revisited tiramisu).

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As is the custom now with gourmet restaurants along the Riviera, Alain Llorca also features a boutique four-star hotel with 10 deluxe rooms and stone and wood suites with private terraces or gardens. These are decorated in a luxurious, sophisticated style and feature all the modern amenities.

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Taking part in Alain Llorca's cooking classes, where guests are taught to cook dishes of the region.

Taking part in Alain Llorca's cooking classes, where guests are taught to cook dishes of the region.

Alain Llorca also hosts cooking classes featuring regional dishes. Among the Mediterranean dishes you will learn to prepare are:  Filet de dorade cuit a l’unilatéral et ses gnochhis de ricotta (Filet of sea bream and ricotta gnocchis); Riz au lait, craquant aux fruits secs et poire pochée (Rice pudding with crispy dried fruit and poached pear) and Les tartes de saison (Fruit tarts in season). Llorca’s son, Chef Jean Michel Llorca, leads the pastry classes. After your classes, you are invited into the restaurant to enjoy the meal you have prepared. Upon leaving, the restaurant will give you a.small book of Mediterranean recipes as a farewell gift.

The hotel and restaurant are open all year round. The restaurant is open every day for lunch and dinner. 

Contact Baroque Access at info@baroqueaccess.com to inquire about a reservation at Alain Llorca's restaurant, cooking school or hotel.

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Q&A with Master Chef Stéphane Raimbault of L'Oasis (Cannes, France)

Baroque Access sits down to speak with renown chef Stéphane Raimbault

Baroque Access sits down to speak with renown chef Stéphane Raimbault

Brother Chef Trio (From left to right) - François, Antoine and Stéphane Raimbault

Brother Chef Trio (From left to right) - François, Antoine and Stéphane Raimbault

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Head Sommelier, Pascal Paulze

Head Sommelier, Pascal Paulze

L'Etage - A Little Bistro upstairs providing guests with an alternative menu, authentic dishes at more affordable prices.

L'Etage - A Little Bistro upstairs providing guests with an alternative menu, authentic dishes at more affordable prices.

For 50 years, this twice Michellin starred restaurant located just outside of Cannes has offered patrons gourmet delights. Founded by famous French chef Lulis Outhier, L’Oasis is housed in a beautiful Provencal villa that combines rustic old world charm with every modern facility in its silver and granite kitchen. The restaurant still maintains the standards of excellence thanks to brother chef trio Stéphane, Antoine and François Raimbault.

Baroque Access sits down with one of its Grand Chef Stéphane Raimbault – winner of two Michelin stars and talks to him about what makes L’Oasis arguably the best restaurant on the Cote d’Azure

What makes L’Oasis such a unique restaurant?

The three of us believe in offering food that is simple, warm and exciting. To us, taste is most important. We have created a restaurant where people from all over the world can come and enjoy fine, adventurous dishes, whether they are serious gourmands or just enjoy having a fine meal.

Can you describe the food you serve at l’Oasis?

We prepare a contemporary menu that is a mix of Asian and Provencal cuisine. Our cooking is often called ‘Fusion Food’. We are constantly searching for new flavors to excite the palate. We feel it’s important to experience new tastes and textures in food. We add the Asian touch with different herbs and spices that transform ordinary dishes into something quite sublime.

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Where do you source your ingredients?

Because we insist on using only the freshest ingredients, I am up at dawn everyday to visit the Forville Market in Cannes and pick up fresh produce and seafood. I think that the freshness of our food is one of the secrets of our success.

How do you divide your workload in the kitchen?

Antoine and I are the Grand Chefs, and we create the menus, while François is the patissier in the family; he adds the finishing touches to a gourmet experience with his famous ‘Caravan of Desserts’!

How often do you change the menu?

Because we rely on fresh, seasonal ingredients, we change the menu according to the seasons. But we also include special dishes depending on what we find at the market on a particular day. And we also have a number of regular dishes that we prepare because they are so popular.

Can you give us an idea of what is on your menu?

Our menu is vast, and we include various popular dishes, as well as lunch and dinner menus. We also have a menu that offers Flavors of the Orient, and the menu we are most famous for, which is Flavors of the Season. This menu includes a Gourmet Trilogy of starters, which is decided by the chef and our famous Foie Gras Truffle Surprise, served with a golden jelly of yellow wine and bitter baby sprouts. This is followed by a Cappucino of Sea Scallops, and Seashells and Razor Clams with Champagne served with steamed baby leeks and Chanterelle Mushrooms. The main course is Roasted and Parsleyed Rack of Lamb Bordelaise. To finish, there is an assortment of seasonal cheeses, plus of course, the ‘Caravan of Desserts’, a selection of tarts, pastries and cakes as well as delicacies, macaroons and marshmallows.

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What is your personal favorite dish?

Because of the time I spent in Japan, I am very fond of Wagyu Beef. I serve a Rib Steak of Wagyu that is reminiscent of a Japanese Teppenyaki. The meat is sliced thinly and grilled and served with an Akamiso Sauce and Yuzu as well as an Eggplant Timbale and Salsify Tempura.

Tell us about your wine list…

Our Head Sommelier, Pascal Paulze has developed an exceptional wine list over the past 20 years that comprises some of the rarest vintages available in France. He has an excellent relationship with various winemakers and his wine list also includes some great value for money offerings. As chefs we are reliant on Pascal’s expertise in pairing different wines with the dishes we create.

Let’s talk about L’Etage…

We transformed the upstairs meeting room into a little bistro with a fireplace, vast wooden tables, copper pots and pans and silver lacquered Louis XV chairs. This was to provide our guests with an alternative menu, authentic dishes at affordable prices. The Michelin Guide has recently awarded it with a ‘BIB Gourmand’.

What type of food do you serve at L’Etage?

There is a selection of starters, main courses and desserts as well as ‘chalkboard specials’ that are created depending on what we pick up at the market that day. We offer a three-course menu at a special price.

What other offerings are available at L’Oasis?

We also have a pastry shop here and we run a cooking school. 

Contact Baroque Access at info@baroqueaccess.com to inquire about a reservation at L'Oasis or L'Etage.

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Address: 6 Rue Jean-Honoré Carle, 06210 Mandelieu-la-Napoule, France