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Chez Jose Whirlybird Dinner

12 May 2012 - 12:45 AM

We had an excellent vegetarian oriented dinner at a new pop up inside Whirlybird taco joint in WIlliamsburg.
Chef Jose, sous chef at ISA and ex Per Se, Brooklyn Fare, Celler de Can Roca .... ) is making a prix fixe ($45) vegetarian diner with very interesting farm to table ingredients.
Such a great unexpected dinner, highly recommended before it turns in the new Frej!

Warning: sitting is in stools :)

Vegetable-forward dinners every TUESDAY night starting May 1st
@ the WHIRLYBIRD CAFE in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

10 guests @ 7:30pm
10 guests @ 9:30pm

$45 prix fixe
By reservation only: chezjosebk@gmail.com

Some pictures:


13 March 2012 - 01:52 PM

Kinfolk Studio
Frej is currently open for reservations only.


To reserve a table:

Tel. (347) 286-6241
90 Wythe Avenue at North 11th Street
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Last night we had probably the best dining experience in NY in the last year. We felt that we were back in Copenhagen.

Frej is a pop up restaurant lead by Fredrik Berselius and Richard Kuo ex WD 50 and Corton - I believe. They are cooking New Nordic cuisine / Scandinavian.
For $45, you get a 5-course tasting with an amuse bouche and some surprises in the middle.
It is nor surprising to have good dinners in Williamsburg anymore, but this one was significantly above any expectation.

I can write for ages about this place, but I need to go back to work...You need to try this to understand what I'm talking about.
Pictures coming soon.

2012 Spain Michelin guide

26 November 2011 - 01:06 PM

Hi, I did not see any topic about this in the forum of Spain, so here you go my thought about the 2012 Michelin stars.

On Thanksgiving day Michelin released the 2012 famous stars for the restaurants in Spain. This year, more than any year in the past, the guide demonstrates their different way to measure Spain vs other countries out there. Overall the guide does not reflect AT ALL the gastronomic culture in Spain.

It is hard to believe why restaurants like Mugaritz, Atrio, Calima or Quique Dacosta did not get their 3rd start. Or what about the new Albert Adria restaurant in Barcelona Tickets, they did not even get 1 star. What a joke!

Last year 2011 Micheline awarded to Spain with new 21 stars ( 4 second stars and 17 first new stars ) and they demoted 16 stars. A balance of plus 5. This year we moved from plus 5 to minus 1, thanks to 16 new stars ( 3 new second stars and 13 new first stars ) and the lost of 17.
Anyway I guess it is time for the Spanish cuisine to reinvent themselves - one more time -, after El Bulli closure and push to move to the next level. That being said it is hard to see how the guide judges in a different way other countries or cities ie: New York, where everybody and their mother get a Michelin start or 2 or 3...

List of Changes:

- New 2 stars:
  • Ábac (Barcelona)
  • El Club Allard (Madrid)
  • Diverxo (Madrid)
- New 1 star

  • Maralba (Almansa, Albacete),
  • Solana (Ampuero, Cantabria),
  • Rodrigo de la Calle (Aranjuez, Madrid),
  • Nerua (Bilbao, Bizkaia),
  • Choco (Córdoba),
  • Lillas Pastia (Huesca),
  • Casamar (Llafranc, Girona),
  • Es Fum (Palmanova, Mallorca),
  • Jardín (Port d'Alcúdia, Mallorca),
  • Annua (San Vicente de la Barquera, Cantabria),
  • Casa Marcelo (Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña)
  • Silabario (Tui, Pontevedra).
- BAD NEWS: Lose their 3 stars
  • ElBulli (Ferran Adrià, Roses) Closed
- BAD NEWS: From 3 to 2 stars

  • Can Fabes (Xavier Pellicer, Sant Celoni). His Chef died this year: Santi Santamaria. There is no doubt that with the new chef that took over the kitchen Xavier Pellicer, the 3rd start will be coming soon
- BAD NEWS: Lose their 2 stars

  • La Alquería (Rafa Zafra, Hacienda de Benazuza) Closed
- BAD NEW: Lose their 1 star

  • Koldo Miranda (Koldo Miranda, Avilés) Closed
  • Drolma (Fermí Puig, Barcelona) Closed
  • Lluçanès (Àngel Pasqual, Barcelona) Closed
  • A Rexidora (Javier González, Bentraces)
  • Gadus (Thierry Enderlin, Cala d’Or)
  • La Solana (Gonzalo Pañeda, Gijón)
  • La Broche (Ángel Palacios, Madrid) Closed
  • Café de París (José Carlos García, Málaga)
  • Tierra (Ismael Delgado, Torrico-Valdepalacios)
  • Ramiro’s (Ramiro Ruiz, Valladolid)
  • Ikea (Jose Ramon Berriozabal, Vitoria)