Discovering Surroundings: Atelier del Gusto, Remich, Luxembourg

So – as short break during our moving days – we head to Remich last Thursday afternoon, as it was public holiday and the day was too good to stay at home. After a short walk on the river, we decided to stop at Atelier del Gusto, the new branch of the famous Italian restaurant – shop located in Bonnevoie. We were very curious to try it, as because of the wood oven.

The location is very nice: set next to the river, big parking outside compared to other venues on the Esplanade and has a lovely, huge terrace, with a pleasant Italian atmosphere.

We started with drinks, I had a lemonade and hubby some beer, as starter we ordered a mixed platter of cold cuts and cheese to share, followed by a pizza Vagabondo for me – with Parma ham – while hubby had a “puccia” – a huge sandwich prepared with the pizza dough, plus some more water.

Bill was 62 euro in total.

Curious about my impressions? Scroll down after pictures.


Things I liked about Atelier del Gusto in Remich:

  • I loved the atmosphere: it is so pleasant to spend some relaxing time on their peaceful terrace far from the busy city centre! You just put your sunnies on and you can stay there hours…
  • The kitchen is open without stops over week-ends, so if you are late and you want to have your lunch or pizza at 4 pm, it is perfectly fine. You can even start with a drink ad decide to move for some food later.
  • Ingredients are amazing, fresh and authentic: the smoked burrata in the mixed platter was to die for and the pizza dough is another league compared to most I have had in town.

Things I liked a bit less about Atelier del Gusto in Remich:

  • As Italian myself, I would have loved to see more authentic pizzas and dishes on the menu: we have exceptional products, so why don’t use them instead of proposing all the same boring pizzas for “Italians abroad”? I hope to see pizza with eggplants or nduja or provola or speck etc. next time I will come – and less “pizza for tourists”.
  • As said, the place is very relaxed, that means that service can  be slow for cosmopolitan standards. This is not a restaurant for a business lunches indeed, but a place to spend couple of hours for a meal without bothering about time. If you are in a hurry or you are easily fed up, this is not the place for you.

In conclusion: While the menu still miss some Italian brio, we liked our late lunch/early dinner at L’Atelier del Gusto in Remich. Their terrace is lovely, products are fresh and pizza very good. Relax and take it easy. Perfect for a Sunday-long lunch with friends or family with kids.

And if you want to visit Remich but you don’t have a car or you plan to drink some nice Italian wine during your meal, why you don’t think about booking Drink and Drive Luxembourg? They even organize mini van if you want to have a safe celebration.

Discovering Indian restaurants: Star of Asia, Luxembourg city

If you are following my blog, you probably know already Indian is one of my favourite cuisine and this passion is not shared by my husband – so while in the past I used to eat Indian at least once per week, now I am allowed to order take-away on my single nights at home.

So you can imagine that when, last week end, my partner in crime Kochi proposed me to have a relaxed dinner at an Indian in town before meeting my sister, I was very happy.

We got to Star of Asia around 8 pm after having booked, the restaurant was packed but still fine to talk and have vital space around. I have never visited the restaurant before and I particularly like the colonial settings.

We ordered a gin as aperitif – I went for an Elephant Gin, that was very good, a pity it was not served in the right glass and was accompanied by Schweppes Tonic – later I have seen another table receiving their gins with Fever Tree.

As food, I went for a Vindaloo Lamb – my favourite Indian dish – and a Cheese Naan. The waiter pointed out – as usually happens – that the dish was hot spicy and I confirmed it was very fine to me, as I love spicy food. I will keep my considerationa regarding the food for later.
Together with the food, we ordered a bottle of rose’ wine – my fault, it was a very bad one.
We concluded with coffee and Indian digestif, paan.

After the pictures, find out if and what I liked about Star of Asia..


Things I liked about Stars of Asia:

  • Unfortunately, I did not like much. The ambience is pretty pleasant, even if a bit dark and the location very central. Everything else will be for me in next tab.

Things I did not like about Stars of Asia:

  • I did not like the food, sorry. I had thousands od Vindaloo in my entire life and I cooked it myself as well to tell you that that one was a very bad one. It seemed to be prepared with pasta tomato sauce, plus it was everything but spicy plus there was only one piece of potato. The cheese naan was a joke as well: it was a normal naan that has been covered with parmesan cheese and gratinee’. I have seen most of the people around  – including my friends – having tandoori, so maybe tandoori was a better choice.
  • Service was pretty distract and inefficient: waited too much for being asked for drinks, waited too much to order, waited too much to have dishes removed from the table. I perfectly see on Saturday night you like having a relaxed dinner, but almost three hours for having only one drink and one dish are definitely too much.
  • Prices are a joke as well – I had to re-do the count couple of times to realized we paid 57 euro each for one drink, one dish, a cheap bottle of wine (27 euro, divided per three) and a digestif. Not worth it.

In conclusion: maybe because I had very high expectations and my favourite dish (Vindaloo) was not one of their specialities, I was very deluded by Star of Asia. As they are plenty of good Indian restaurants in Luxembourg, I would definitely not come back any time soon.

Dinner time at Restaurant Kyoto, Sushi Bar & Grill, Luxembourg City

It has been a very busy week end – after ten years, we left Bonnevoie and I basically spend every day since last Monday packing and moving stuff. Ca va sans dire, I basically had no time and willing to cook, so we had several meals out after a very calm period and you will find all of them on the blog in the next days.

I start from the last: on Sunday night, our last night in Bonnevoie, hubby and I decided to have some sushi. The answer came not out easily, as the couple of places in town we visit normally are closed on Sunday and we did not want to drive out of the city. So, after a bit of research, we ended up at Kyoto, a Japanese restaurant that I remember since I first arrived in Luxembourg but I have never tried yet. It is located at the very end of route de Thionville, before getting to Hesperange. They have parking space just in front, we got there around 8.30 pm and there were couple of tables occupied.

After requesting some clarifications from the menu, we decided to go for the Warrior plat – a ship with several kind of sushi and sashimi – and a portion of tempura. The waitress pointed out it was pretty much but we were really hungry. The ship was anticipated by a miso soup included in the deal – I had a spicy one that was extremely good.

Pictures of the dinner and general impressions are following.


What I liked about Kyoto:

  • Sushi and sashimi were very fresh and classic. My husband really appreciated the mi-cuit tuna and I loved mostly everything else 🙂 I just note to myself there are several surimi crab pieces that personal I don’t like – so next time I will ask to substitute them. Special mention to the avocado rolls and the salmon chiraschi, super good.
  • Portions are generous and prices correct. We went for the big ship plus a huge portion of tempura. If you have smaller appetite – that was definitely very much -, you ended up with a smaller bill compared to fancy places in the city centre.
  • Location is calm and quiet, very relaxing and service was great. Always smiling, refilling the wine, checking if everything was ok, available to explain dishes on the menu and to make substitution in the mixed platter.

Things I liked a bit less about Kyoto:

  • The Warrior platter is very classic. If you prefer fancy sushi – fried rolls, mayo, original ingredients, you better order the single sushi portions.

To sum up: Dining at Kyoto was a pleasant surprise! The menu is focused only on Japanese food, service was extremely kind, location relaxing and we had very nice time. I recommend it for couple dinners and friends celebrations, where you don’t need (or don’t want) to pay only the posh atmosphere, but you care also about the service and the food.

 

Ladurée Tea Room, Luxembourg city: Opening Cocktail

I was invited yesterday evening to the opening cocktail of the new Ladurée tea room, located on the corner between the Gran-Rue and Rue des Capucins. in the heart of Luxembourg city centre.
I have to admit: initially I accepted mainly because I was really curious to see the interior design of the place – reason because I went there with Patricia – and their tea room offer. As you might probably understand from my posts and reviews, I am not a huge fan of sweets, so tasting macaroons was not something too much exciting for my agenda.

Indeed: I was totally flabbergasted by the event. Having been to several openings recently, I can definitely say this was the best one I attended in a while.
The location is cosy but sophisticated, a bit baroque and full of pastel colours and amazing perfumes. We were welcomed at the entrance by the whole team: the maître explained us that just for the evening, the tables downstairs, next to the display cabinets, were removed to make some room for the buffet. Our coats were taken and we moved to the upstairs floor, where we could seat and enjoy the evening.

Everything was perfect: I knew Ladurée only for the macaroons, indeed I discovered they have their own bubbles – we went for pink champagne, tasty and pleasant – as well as salted treats, that were to die for. Special mentions for me during my tastings are going to: the pastrami croque madame, to the délice sucré (a crunchy chocolate sweet, I think I had three at least!) and, last but not least, to the liquorice macaroon – perfect for people like me, who are not fan of too sweety sweets..

Another thing I feel to mention, and that made our evening even more enjoyable, was the amazing service we had during the night. I am sorry to say – one of the reasons because I am not a fan of other tea rooms and coffee houses in Luxembourg is the average crabby service. Ladurée is another standard, a luxury one: you feel not only welcome but also pampered.

My experience at the opening cocktail at Ladurée was fascinating: whenever you want to have a chat with your best friend or celebrating with some afternoon bubbles, this is the perfect place. Don’t make my mistake: Ladurée is not only macaroons. Salted treats and cakes are as well delicious – a posh Friday lunch in town there is already on my agenda.

Enjoy the pictures.


  
  


     
  
    

Sunday Lunch: Restaurant Boccon Di Vino, Esch sur Alzette, Luxembourg

Hello Monday! How was your week-end, guys?
I enjoyed finally a pretty relaxing one at home, doing spring cleanings, cooking for hubby and getting serious at the gym. After Friday and Saturday at home, we got our day off on Sunday. We already arranged with some friends for having a lunch out but we haven’t yet booked anything – weather forecast was pretty bad, so we were not in a hurry to decide.
Our problems started on Sunday, when all the places we short-listed ended up being complete or privatized. After brief consultation and as the weather was improving, we decided to check other places where we could eat in the sun. Bad luck, five out of five were already fully booked at 11 am. I started to be a bit nervous, so I took the Explorator guide and, excluded gastronomic places, I started to call all the places in the list opened on Sunday lunch. We restricted our selection to French, Luxembourgish and Italian and we excluded as well places in the North of the country, as hubby, as usual, was far away to be ready on time. Long story short, we found a place after other ten calls on the list. Again, my husband won as we were heading for an Italian, Boccon Di Vino in Esch sur Alzette. We heard a lot about this restaurant and we wanted to try since long time, but always failed to find a good occasion.

After picking up our friends, in a day that was now sunny and hot, with open car windows, we got to Esch around 1 pm.
The restaurant is located in a very central area of the town, but does not have private parking and the streets around were pretty crowed, so we took not much time to create an Italian parking just very next.

The restaurant is located on two levels, but only the first one was used during the lunch service. Very bright view, even if on the street, and stylish rustic atmosphere. We were welcomed by the only waiter, who gave us the menu, pretty in a hurry, while we ordered an aperitif.

We had very much time to check the menu as from that moment on the service took very long. We discovered there were also some daily suggestions together with the usual card as they were just lying on a board next to our table – but they were not very well presented.

We opted for two mixed Italian starter for 2, with cold cuts, cheese, marinated vegetables, jams and honey to share between the two couples, followed by a main dish of pasta each. We asked for the list of wine that arrived together with a asparagus cappuccino with truffle, – tasty.

We received the wine (Terre della Baronia 2013) after some times, again, very in a hurry. We were served it – we noted on the other guests glasses were the same whatever you were having red or white – and the bottle was put in its ice few steps from the table.

We finally got the mixed starters (5/10). The price of the platter for 2 was 34 Euro, we ordered two, so the total amount of the serving was 68 euro. We got these big platter of cold cuts and a separate platter with two mozzarella and some pickled vegetables. Was the plat bad ? No, definitely. Was the plat deluding? Yes, indeed.
First if the platter is for two and we ordered two portions, we were anticipating having at least 4 pieces of each cold cuts. How would you presume to share if one charcuterie you have 3 pieces, one 2 and one 1? Are we expected to cut each slice in a half? Fine for the mozzarella but not for the charcuterie. Second point: most of the cold cuts were salami and mortadella – the cheapest one. There was only one slice of breasaola and one of prosciutto, plus two slice of coppa. Considering the price of the platter, there could have been more balance (less choice, but one piece each, with wider range).. Lastly: if you present it as “mixed starter with cheese, cold cuts, jams and vegetables”, you cannot bring a big platter of salami and two mozzarella. Where are the cheese with the jams? Where are the marinated vegetables? Are you calling vegetables few pickled on side?

Once we finished the starter, we got to wait more than 20 minutes to see the main. We had to stand to take the wine ourselves, as the waiter was nowhere to be seen – so why not leaving the bottle just next to the table? Wouldn’t been easier?

The main were on two different levels: I had a Filei with nduja” (10/10), fresh past with hot salami from South of Italy. The portion was very big and the pasta was amazing: savoury, spicy, tasting, definitely one of the best pasta dishes I had in my life. My friends had “amatriciana” – with tomato sauce, cheek lard and pecorino cheese – and his wife fresh ravioli with mascarpone cheese, provola cheese and speck. Both of them were very happy, only the portion of ravioli was indeed very small compared to ours.
Hubby indeed chose Spaghetti alla Carbonara (2/10) and was really deluded, so much I gave him half of my dish, to avoid leaving him empty stomach. I tasted the carbonara and indeed was terrible. You could taste only the eggs, too much eggs. Some spare pieces of cheek lard were there, but giving no taste at all. Even if I was still hungry, I couldn’t really finish it.

We concluded with coffee (extremely good) and we asked for the bill, that came as 95 Euro per couple (47,5 Euro each).

Find the pictures of our lunch followed by my impressions about Boccon Di Vino.

      
Things I liked about Boccon Di Vino:

  • The combination between menu and daily suggestion makes the choice pretty wide. On the menu, you have mainly classical dishes but the daily suggestions have special ingredients and blend.
  • The location is spacious and cosy, perfect for a relaxed meal without much formalities.
  • My pasta dish was really delicious.

Things I didn’t like about Boccon Di Vino:

  • Service was indecently slow and superficial. Clearly because the waiter was left alone to take care of the all restaurant, but we would have preferred a different attitude.
  • Mixed starter platter was, also in consideration of the price, very deluding, as well as my husband’s dish.
  • For being in Esch sur Alzette and for what we had, I had the feeling we overpaid a bit.

In conclusion, we had a lovely Sunday out with friends, and that was the most important thing. Concerning the restaurant, probably the negative sides were so many and so different, that buried the positive sides of our lunch (my delicious pasta for example). While the place is pretty good for informal lunch with friends and family gatherings, I don’t feel at the moment I would recommend it.

*** Do you want to try Boccon Di Vino or another restaurant in Esch/Alzette and you don’t have a car or you fail to find a sober driver? I used to think this was a huge issue and I was limiting my restaurant reviews to Luxembourg city until I have discovered a fabulous service – the one Drink and Drive Luxembourg is offering.

I suppose I am not the only one who happened to say “Yes, no worries – I will be driving and I will not drink” and then get involved in the celebrations and realize I am no more able to be the one behind the wheel. What to do in this case? Call a cab (already not cheap) and leave your car behind? The best solution is to call Drink and Drive. You don’t need an advance reservation, they will come, pick your car and drive you home with that. Result? You arrive at home safe and your car will be already with you the morning after – if you are not too hangover to drive again. The cost? No more than a black cab service, plus, the more away from the city you go, the cheapest it is compared to a taxi service. Check their website for more information and plan ahead your dinner date out of town with the sunny days.

After-work drink at Kennedy Brasserie – Restaurant, Luxembourg

Since my office moved out of the city centre, I tend more to hang out in places a bit decentred as I find too stressful go through all the road works and the traffic, not to mention the huge parking issues – ever tried finding a spot over week-ends?
Moreover, compared to years ago, some neighbourhoods, that used to be dark and quiet over the evening, have seen several new places openings and are pretty animated even after working hours. The most evident example is Kirchberg, where, thanks to new offices, more and more restaurants and bars have open in the last year.
So – it has been a long time since I wanted to try Kennedy Brasserie – Restaurant, located in the new premises of E&Y offices, on avenue J.F. Kennedy.
I see many pictures on Instagram and Facebook and I heard very different feedbacks, so yesterday finally it was the time to check this place.

First – please note there are works currently on the side of the street where all the restaurants and bars are, so the easiest solution is to park for free on the other side of the avenue.

I got at Kennedy around 7 pm with Patricia and we were immediately amazed by the ambience. The place is one of the best for design I have seen in Luxembourg recently. You can immediately spot a sophisticated attention to details – starting from the fresh flowers on all the tables and the immaculate cloths.

Unfortunately the place was totally empty – there was just a table occupied in the bar area where we were accompanied. We asked to stay on the couches but the waitress pointed out that if we were only two, we had to be on a smaller table. Fair enough, but maybe too much considering the place was completely empty at 7 pm?

We had couple of drinks and an aperitif platter, we spent really pleasant time and when we left couple of hours later, there were only few visitors more during our stay. I had Bloody Mary all over the night while Patricia had champagne, that we accompanied with a cheese board.

Find some pictures of our night followed by my usual impressions.


  
  
 Things I loved about Kennedy:

  • I love the location, really. For atmosphere, it might easily become my favourite place in Luxembourg. Both the restaurant and the bar area are really refined and there is a perfect attention to details. During summer, the terrace would be really nice for a drink after-work.
  • The selection of drinks is wide and well priced – cocktails are around 12 euro and wine glasses start from 6 euro. Several offers also for digestifs and bottles. My cocktail was really well executed and the glass of champagne was as well correct.
  • Concerning the after-work platter selection, there is a nice choice. With the drinks, you are only offered some nuts, so it is clear you might want to have something on side. We went for the cheese board – 9,5 Euro – that was very well presented, with a good and particular options (nothing commercial) and was in a good quantity for two people, accompanied with some olives bread. You can even have only olives and bread for a small 5 euro or move to caviar and oysters for a pricey after-work.
  • Except for the issue of the table choice at the beginning, service was very fine.

Things I liked a bit less about Kennedy:

  • As said, we had a pleasant evening. We liked very much the place, the drinks and the food. We noted anyway only a very small issue on our side: service was terribly slow. Drinks and food – that was a cheese platter, so indeed not too complicated to prepare – took ages to come. While in the particular situation of yesterday this did not bother us very much, we wonder how this will be when the place will be fully booked.
  • Coming from the first point, it was very sad to sit down in a place totally empty. We wanted to have a relaxed chat so for us it was not a big deal, but I think I will be shy to bring there some other friends who might complain about the lack of social atmosphere.

In conclusion: I liked the after-work at Kennedy Brasserie – Restaurant very much. I loved the ambience and I would definitely come back to try the restaurant. Refined location, attention to details, good choice for food and drinks made it for me the best place for a girls night, a drink with a client or couples’ dinner. Really hope I will find more people there when I will come back.

Restaurant Bosso – Anniversary Party, Luxembourg

I know – I am a little behind blogging, but all my recent efforts are taken by the organization of the Barefoot in Luxembourg – Mix in Luxembourg birthday party – and I promise to be back on a full time basis sooner rather than later.

Anyway – last Saturday I was invited to the 8th anniversary party of Restaurant Bosso, in the Grund area of Luxembourg city.

I knew Restaurant Bosso already – one of our favourite terrace during summer time and a great place for eating on Sundays as the kitchen was open the full day.

I was surprised, indeed, to discover that Bosso was very much than that:

  • First of all, differently from a great part of the new Luxembourg restaurants which are owned by franchising and big groups, Bosso is a family business restaurant. You could immediately feel this intimate atmosphere during the party. I didn’t know anybody when I got there, except my partner in crime Kochi, but, after less than half an hour, we were talking with people like they were our friends. I was offered drinks when I got stuck in the queue and everybody was enjoying the night.
  • This was the second element I noted about Bosso: compared to other dining places in Luxembourg, where you feel obliged to follow a “silent” dress code, at Bosso everybody feels welcome notwithstanding your appearance. There were young men wearing suits, girls with vintage furs, old hipsters with odd hats and relaxed couples in casual clothes.
  • The terrace, who used to be one of my favourite items of the restaurant, is just going under renovation and will be in great shape for the upcoming summer. Moreover, at the back of the restaurant, there is a cosy bar area that I didn’t know to be there. It is perfect for festive spirits – you can just move there after dinner -, also considering the choices in the Grund area are limited in regards of after-parties. You can also book this area for your private event – it is separate from the rest of the house and has its own bar!
  • Food-wise, indeed, the event was not a surprise for me: I always liked Bosso kitchen for it is wide choice – healthy or junkie, vegetarian or meat-lovers, the menu has a bit of everything for everybody without forgetting about the quality of the products. A smiling service, always appreciated, and waiters generally speaking more than one language to help you through the choice.

What we appreciated it is also the event had a great second purpose, to collect money for a women shelter located in Esch/Alzette. It was a great idea and you could leave anonymously your contribution in the small pigs around the terrace to support single mothers in Luxembourg.

I perfectly enjoyed the night at Restaurant Bosso and I cannot wait to be back there. They just launched a new website where you can check the menu and reserve your table quickly.

Here you can enjoy some pictures of the party by Kochi.


  
  

What to do – Brunching in Luxembourg

Spring is coming and I am a bit more willing of going out over the week-end, spending the day outside and not still in bed – is the same for you?
One of the things I love to do during Spring is The Brunch!

Where to brunch in Luxembourg? Which are the best brunch in Luxembourg?

I tried several brunches in Luxembourg and out, this is a quick summary with my impressions.

Feel free to add your favourite brunch spot!

 

Hitch – Limpesberg

Price: 24 euro per person, including one hot drink.
Variety: moderate.
Things I enjoyed most:
Salad bar & pizza
Buffet not really overcrowded and pretty “clean”
Really nice and relaxed environment
Nice service
Things I enjoyed less:
Starting from a certain point (no later than 1.30 pm), they stopped taking new food to the buffet. I wanted to have some fruits and pineapples – as I did not have them with salted dish, but the only things left at the “sweet” buffet were cakes. I asked the waiter about fruit and was told: – No, we are not bringing any more food in after 1.30 pm. A pity as brunch is supposed lo last until 3 pm but they force people to leave before.
Not much of healthy choices.
Tall tables are a bit uncomfortable.
Recommended: for a relaxed Sunday with friends, before a walk to the city center

Ikki – Clausen

Price: 38 euro, no beverages included
Variety: great
Things I enjoyed most:
Sushi bar, oysters, shrimps
Amazing choice of food – salads, hot dishes, cakes – whatever you could imagine, is there.
Things I enjoyed less:
Bit overcrowded in some moments, above all because of kids messing up at the buffets
A bit expensive if you are not planning to eat much
Service very bad: once they realized we were not ordering any alcoholic beverage, they ignored us even when we needed water or coffee
Reccomended: For a date or for a post hangover fancy meal

Chiggeri – Luxembourg City Centre

Price: 29 euro, only orange juice included as beverage
Variety: very moderate
Things I enjoyed most:
Nice atmosphere and location
Not overcrowded at all
Good service
Things I enjoyed a bit less:
Food is mainly composed by cold cuts, cheese and cakes: very limited choice for vegetarians and for healthy styles
As the choice is not so extensive, you got bored after once
Recommended: For out of towns visitors

Boos Café – Bridel (closed at the moment)

Price: depending on your order, starting from 30 euro
Variety: moderate
Things I enjoyed most:
Unbeatable location during summer
Very relaxed environment and lovely atmosphere
Refined dishes
Things I enjoyed a bit less:
Including the drinks, the total price is not cheap and the quantity very moderate
Terrible service
Recommended: For a relaxed and posh date or for a girly brunch

Maybe Not Bobs’s – Clausen

Price: 15.5 Euro including coffee and orange juice
Variety: moderate
Things I enjoyed most:
Informal environment
Cheap bill
Fancy food for hangover or big appetites
Things I enjoyed a bit less:
Not a top quality brunch
It might be crowded and a bit too noisy
Recommended for: A lads-only brunch or hangover cure

La Table du Pain – City Centre and Gare

Price: different formulas, from 10 euro
Variety: good
Things I enjoyed most:
It is more a big and late breakfast than a real brunch, but the atmosphere is delicate, service good, prices fair and above all I love the croissants!
During summer, at the City Centre location, you can have your meal on the terrace.
Things I enjoyed a bit less:
I really don’t like the shared jam jars. Sometimes you find small pieces of bread inside and people are enjoying double dip, definitely not hygienic at all.
There also might be a greater choice on the salty side (avocado toast maybe?)
Recommended for: Feeling like in Paris for a morning

Mudam Cafe’ – Kirchberg

Price: from 21 euro
Variety: good
Things I enjoyed most:
Have you ever had brunch in a museum? Well – this is the most amazing thing about brunching at Mudam. The atmosphere is amazing, fair service and there is a great attention to details.
Vegetarian options and biological drinks.
Food is served on platters at the table (so no buffet)
Things I enjoyed a bit less:
It is an alcohol free brunch and it is very children friendly. These might be not negative points for some, indeed 🙂
Recommended for: a cultural Sunday, alternative spirits and families

Other brunches in my “to try list”

Bouneweger Stuff – Bonnevoie
Price range: Mid
My crew says: Fancy food, vegetarian options, hipster atmosphere, a bit disappointing service.

Buvette @ Rotondes – Bonnevoie
Price range: Mid
My crew says: Lovely atmosphere, children friendly, nice terrace during summer, tasty food.

Kathy’s Cupcakery – Gare
Price range: Mid
My crew says: Very cozy and a bit girly, choose it if you are more on the sweet side brunch than the salty one. Only on Saturdays, closed on Sundays.

Comme a La Maison – Merl/Hollerich
Price range: Mid – High
My crew says: Another alternative place if you don’t like being stuck in the usual city center mess, authentic Italian food and great service

Le Bec Fin – City Centre
Price: 29 Euro
My crew says: Great choice of Italian food, huge spaces and children friendly. It is the restaurant of the next hotel, so a bit of old-fashion feelings in the service.

Ready – Limpesberg
Price: 19.5 Euro
My crew says: The brunch is held once per month and unfortunately is sold out after minutes the event goes online. The place is cosy and the food is healthy but tasty.

Danish Deli – City Centre
Price: 19 Euro on Saturdays, 21 euro on Sundays
My crew says: Brunch is served on a plat on Saturdays and at the buffet on Sundays. It is the perfect choice during a Saturday around for shopping, while the Sunday one has a bit of odd choices included.

Hotel Koener – Clearvaux
Price range: Mid – High
My crew says: As the weather is improving, why not combining the brunch with a trip out of town? The style of the venue is very classic, but the food is worth it.

Brasserie Le Neumunster – Grund
Price: 32 Euro
My crew says: Above all during summer is the perfect location, also considering you can have a free Jazz concert included.

Cathy Goedert – City Centre
Price: 27.5 Euro
My crew says: I personally find the location very overrated, above all considering the prices and the level of service. Anyway, the atmosphere for the brunch is generally nice and it is an easy choice if you are in the city

Montefiore sul Palco – City Centre
Price: 25 Euro or 30 Euro with cremant
My crew says: Organic food in a cosy location in the city centre. Choices are limited due to space, but food is tasty.

Giovanni Rana – Foetz
Price: Mid – High
My crew says: Buffet of starters, a duo of pasta and wide choice of dessert. It is not typically a brunch, but an Italian family lunch. Perfect indeed for celebrations and gatherings.

Other places out of the city:

A Guddesch – Beringer – Euro 29.5 per person

 

Mamacita, Luxembourg city: good Friday night spot

I visited Mamacita in Luxembourg city as soon as it opened its doors, some years ago. I clearly remember I was not impressed: cocktails were less than average and pricey and food was nothing special. The service, on my first visit, has been really bad and I left particularly annoyed by the waiters’ attitude – they totally ignored us in favor of a kind of “VIP” table next. After this negative experience, I came back there only for some drinks during summer.

But as said several times, I tend to give all the places a second chance after some times, so last week I decided to come back to Mamacita for a Friday night dinner with a colleague who was visiting.

I booked throught their Facebook page – replies were fast and very kind. One improvement point already!

We got there at 8 pm after couple of warm-up drinks next door at White House – good combo on Friday night, even if White House is basically empty at that time, you have the best service and the best tables for you.

We were accompanied to the floor and we got to choose our table between two which were still empty. The room quickly became very busy, with couple of groups celebrating birthday parties.

We started with some frozen margaritas and chilli beers, which we accompanied with a mixed platter of starters for two to share – we were four – and some tequila shots – we were in good mood 🙂

After that, we went for single dishes – I had spicy shrimps while hubby had chilli con carne, similarly my colleague opted for chilli and his wife for a ceviche – and a bottle of Nebbiolo from California. We concluded with some more shots.

Here you have some pictures of our dinner. After that, my impressions about this second try at Mamacita.


  
  
 Thins I loved about Mamacita:

  •  We had great service, indeed. We felt never forgotten by the waiters, notwithstanding the busy evening, and all of them were kind, smiling and in good mood. They granted us a very funny night, thanks.
  • Food was good – not amazing, but still very good. The mixed starter platter was enough to share for 4 people, in particular the quesadillas were very tasty. My main was nice: well presented and fair quantity. I have seen amazing burgers passing in front of me for other tables.
  • Drink selections – my colleague noted it – was very good: between tequilas, beers, wine and cocktails for sure you won’t leave thirsty.
  • The atmosphere is warm and you feel very welcome. Everything is pretty fine priced (we spent 237 Euros in total for 4 persons – 3 cocktails, 3 beers, mixed starter, bottle of wine for 47 euro, 2 platters of shots, 4 main courses).

Things I liked a bit less about Mamacita:

  • I confirm my first time impression on cocktails, unfortunately: frozen margarita was not good at all (lots of ice and syrup) – but as said, you have other things in the list of the drinks you can enjoy more.
  • At a certain point, the room was very very noisy. This might not be definitely a bad point for some, but I would not suggest it for a romantic date or if you want to chat with your mates.

I recommend Mamacita: For amazing and very kind service, nice food at a fair price and great atmosphere. Perfect for a night out in town, parties and celebrations, even for small groups. I will definitely come back soon – during the week – to try the burgers!

 

 

 

What to do in Luxembourg for Saint Valentine

That time of the year is here again! Single or in a relationship, Luxembourg offers you several option to enjoy the all Saint Valentine week-end.

Here you have those selected by Barefoot in Luxembourg.

A candlelight Valentine
Where: Truffle Bistro – Centre – Luxembourg City
What: A gastronomic and sophisticated dinner in the cozy location of the Truffle Bistro with a very reasonable price (50 euro per person, including an aperitif).
For: romantic couples who want to try this new fascinating location.
More information: here

A breathtaking Valentine with view
Where: Beim Siggy – Clausen – Luxembourg city
What: A lovely combination with a warm atmosphere, one of the best view in the city and revisited classic dishes. 58 Euro without drinks or 80 with wine paring
For: Luxembourg lovers or if your date is not living in the city
More information: here

A delicate and refined Valentine
Where: Bick Stuff – Clausen – Luxembourg city
What: Bick Stuff proposes a romantic dinner in a very intimate and cozy location. The menu starts from crispy shrimps with mango tartare, passing through scallops with foie gras ravioli, beef filet with wasabi or sole with lobster crème, concluding with a delicate pineapple and ginger dessert. Price for the menu is 57 Euro.
For: Old-fashioned couples who love peaceful and charming service
More information: here

A Fashion Valentine
Where: Brasserie Mansfeld – Clausen – Luxembourg City
What: Chic is once again the safe word at Mansfeld, which is exceptionally open also on Sunday 14th for Valentine. The food proposal for the special day is as usual never boring with French dishes and a fusion point of view. Price for the menu is 70 euro.
For: Couples who don’t want to give up on style even on Valentine day.
More information: here

An opulent Valentine
Where: Le Sud – Clausen – Luxembourg City
What: a white gloves dinner with Le Sud old favorites and new menu proposals. Start with a drink on the last floor bar and being then taken away by the fairy-tales and baroque  atmosphere of the main dining room. 125 Euro menu only, 180 with wine pairing.
For: Couples who want to splurge
More information: here

Gin – Music – Brunch
Where: Vagabond Barrr – Dudelange
What: A full week-end of events, starting with a gin tasting (reservation only!) and concluding with a colorful Sunday brunch.
For: couples and friends who get easily bored by routine
More information: here

Saint Valentine at the movies
Where: Utopolis in Belval and Kirchberg and Utopia in Limpesberg
What: Two Avant-premiere at 6 Euro per movie
For: If you don’t want to talk during your date
More information: here

Pirate Party
Where: Kjub Bar – Hollerich – Luxembourg City
What: Safe word: find your treasure. A very hot theme party for single and couples who wants to have fun also on Valentine day. Tapas, Latin Music & Cocktails.
For: LGBT singles & couples
More information: here

Single only night
Where: Theatre Le 10 – Neudorf – Luxembourg City
What: 80s music and the possibility to find your soul mate or having just fun. Ticket 10 Euro including one drink
For: funny singles
More information: here

Dinner & Games
Where: Limbo RestoClub – Centre – Luxembourg City
What: You can choose between a romantic Dinner or a drink game party with lots of free shots.
For: whenever you are single or in couple, but you want to enjoy this day
More information: here

Love Party
Where: Sobogusto – Hollerich – Luxembourg City
What: Free bubbles for ladies and food until 6 am
For: a single girls night out
More information: here

Private music session
Where: Vins Fins – Grund – Luxembourg City
What: A combination between a concert and a theatre performance. Mandatory reservation, 20 Euro entrance
For: alternative spirits
More information: here

Jazz & Food
Where: Vertige des Saveurs – Martelange
What: Delicate French food (52 Euro for the menu) and Classic Jazz repertoire
For: Jazz aficionados
More information: here

Other girls night at:
Updown Bar – Grund – Luxembourg: here

Other candlelight dinners at:
Lagano – Differdange: here

Other very single nights at:
Casino 2000, Mondorf: here
Hitch, Limpesberg, Luxembourg City: here
The Tube, Centre, Luxembourg City: here

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