ZEN Restaurant at Pan Dei Palace | St Tropez, France | Located at the ground level of the Pan Dei Palais by Relais & Chateaux, is this lovely Restaurant, fusion of Thai / Indian with reminiscences of French Cuisine. ZEN is their concept, and you can see in the photo above, very very simple but classy and very tasteful. And come on… once you use French Graine Moutarde, what can go wrong right. !!!! It brings up all the right flavors. Precision, skill, sophistication… the dishes created by Sato, chef at the Pan Deï Palais, reflect a Japanese garden, the mark of serenity belonging to the country of the rising sun. In one word, “Zen”. Bon Appetit !!! CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
Grand Cafe Restaurant | St Tropez, France | Located at the Hotel Saint Lamour la Tartane, this Asian Restaurant with dishes inspired in Thailand and Japan has a nice atmosphere and the final product is very good. I love my Tom Yong, and I must say they made it very well with fresh prawns from the Golf of St Tropez. The ambiance is very nice, low lights and a center chandelier take over the room. To enter you will go through the bar area. I felt that the service was rather informal, and my waiter in particular was a bit patronizing, trying to explain me or make a point why they only offer one choice of White Wine by the Glass. Excuse me…. Asian Restaurant with huge Thai influence and you only offer Chardonnay? Quick note for you, how about a good Chenin, the best appariement Monsieur. Great Tom Yong above, as I said with enormous fresh tasteful prawns aux French Riviera. (photo above) As my main course I went for the Tuna Tataki with steam vegetables over coriander and ginger. Nothing better in my own personal gastronomy choices than to have the combined flavors of this two. Food wise I give then and 8 out of 10. Presentation wise, well I think they’ve got a bit lazy, and take advantage of the low lights concept. Another point was that I ordered my classic Filthy Vodka Martini, as you know I always do, but it was not possible, since they had ran out of olives and olive juice. Anyhow, Bon Appettt. !!! CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
Club 55 at Plage des Pampelone| Ramatuelle, France | Only 15 minutes away from Plage des Salins and 20 from the port of St Tropez, you will arrive to Plage Pampelonne and to the exclusive and chic Club 55. Literally the who is who, Be and Be Seen stop in this region. In my mind I had the idea, being low season, that I was going to be there practically on my own, well I couldn’t be any more wrong. The place was SOLD OUT. The ambiance is quite chic, but not pretentious of stiff at all. I would say that following my path of stunning iconic chic restaurants worldwide, Club 55 has join my list to TOP social spot along with the Copacabana Palace (Rio de Janeiro), Polo Lounge (Los Angeles), Frankies (Istanbul), La Huella (Punta del Este) among a few others… Lunch with one step, sparkling water and a tea was EURO 41. Food, same as the ambiance, is very casual but very good and on very generous portions. Sorry, but I must say, that since I have arrived to France, it has been the first time that I felt they were serving me… and not just dealing with me. After lunch I walked to the private beach club and spent the afternoon lying over the sun, enjoying the lovely views and jumping into the water in a few occasions, although the water was rather cold.
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Tarte Tropézienne a tasteful classic | St Tropez, France | Every single person that knew I was in St Tropez, said the same exact thing ” Carlos please go and try a Tarte Tropézienne…” and so I did. A French Riviera specialty. If you want to experience one of St Tropez’s classic, well do as I did and come to Senequeir Cafe at the port of St Tropez and have your on experience of a Tarte Tropézienne while you look at St Tropez life go by and enjoy the view of some of the most amazing yachts in the entire world. A light sugared sponge cake garnished with a blend of three creams. A secret recipe which has been patented. Although I have been told that I must try the ones from Mika, in tribute to the Polish Pastry Chef Alexander Micka, who opened a bakery in the glamorous St Tropez, and got addicted to this cakes personalities like Brigitte Bardot. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends (*) Follow me around the world by subscribing to my Facebook Profile, linking my Facebook Page, following me on Twitter. and/or pining me on Pinterest. Also check out my new page Carlos Melia Recommends.
Ville de Paris Marche des Infans Rouges | Paris, France | Yesterday walking around the area of my hotel, on my way to Le Marais, I found this trendy and cute street. I decided to wonder around, and ended up finding a lovely space to have a quick bite on a Saturday or Sunday morning. Lots of food stalls and some wine stores. Maybe not for a full lunch, but definitely a place to stop by for a quick something. The exact location is over Rue Pastourelle and Rue Bretagne. A must visit spot in Paris as you begin your day and mingle with the locals. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends