Indian restaurants in Luxembourg city: New Delhi, Gasperich

I was a happy girl after my husband agreed to have our wedding anniversary celebration at an Indian restaurant last Monday! After checking suggestions online and excluded places we have already been, I decided to book at New Delhi in Gasperich, that is indicated by most as the best Indian restaurant in Luxembourg.

We booked our table online at 9.30 pm without issues and we were surprised when we got there, being a Monday evening, and finding it fully booked! The place is on the quiet side of Gasperich, be aware in the evening parking might be an issue. The location is very warm and typical, with orange table cloths, wooden decoration and Indian paintings. A pity only for the very cheap looking plastic small cloths!

We were given the menu and waited a bit before being served. I went for a chicken soup as starter, followed by Vindaloo chicken and Cheese Naan. Hubby chose Meat Samosa as starter, Mixed Grilled of the Chef and Garlic Naan. I had some water and an Indian beer while hubby had half bottle of red Italian wine (you know him, right).

I concluded with an espresso and hubby was offered a digestif.


Things I loved about New Delhi:

  • Indeed, I think this is among the best Indian restaurants I have been to in Luxembourg. The food was very tasty and authentic. I loved my chicken soup (still dreaming it!) and tried also the samosa and loved them, both naan were very crunchy and not too oily, my chicken was very well cooked as well as hubby grilled meat – I am not a fan of tandoori, but this one really deserved, above all the green marinated one!
  • Portions are fair and the prices reasonable – 14 euro for a Vindaloo chicken.
  • Service is very nice: smiling, polite. Even if we were the last clients left, we did not feel the pressure to leave.

Things I liked a bit less about New Delhi:

  • I liked everything as said and I would considering coming back again. If only I have to find something, I would have liked my Vindaloo a bit spicier – as when I ordered it was pointed out the taste is strong (I know!) and I confirmed I like my Vindaloo very spicy. Next time I would accompany it with some vegetables.

In conclusion: I really appreciated suggestions received to visit New Delhi, as it was among the best Indian food we had in Luxembourg. The location is cosy and the service extremely kind. I would definitely recommend it – book in advance as it might be packed. Perfect for girls night out, friends gathering, date night (not poshy one) and family celebrations.

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Easter Week end At Le Clervaux, Boutique & Design Hotel, Clervaux, Luxembourg

Finally this year we decided to leave Luxembourg for Easter break.

Considering the bad weather forecast and the fact we did not want to spend all day travelling, we booked at Le Clervaux, a hotel boutique located in Clervaux, in the north of Luxembourg.

We took our train on Sunday morning – actually bus plus train, as there were some works on the road – and we got to Clervaux in around one hour and a half.

The village is lovely and the hotel is about ten minutes walking from the station.

Things we loved about our stay

– Our suite was huge. TV in the bathroom, shower and bath, king size bed, Nespresso machine, minibar, amazing wardrobe. Nothing was really missing, it was the perfect room.
– The breakfast the morning after was also outstanding – we had even champagne.
– We booked our stay because of the wellness center in the hotel and we had mostly great time. The “sauna world” has sauna, salt grotto, steam bath, relaxation area and much more. Clean and relaxing. We had also a “couple massage” for 30 minutes that was super.
– The hotel has two restaurants – a gastronomic Italian one (Da Lonati) and a steakhouse/pizzeria (Rhino). We tried the steakhouse, had some shared charcuterie as starter and cote a l’os and steak for main (#foodporn pictures are following the post). Delicious. I would not exclude to visit it again even if a bit far from the city, as it was one of the best meat I had in my life – to remind: yummy truffle mayonnaise and extremely kind service.
– There was also an elegant bar – Cabana Lounge -, that was very animated, where we get drunk after dinner – to remove all the wellness hours’ benefits 😛

The only thing we did not like very much:

– The pool area was shared with the next door hotel and was full of kids. I honestly prefer hotels without kids but I am pretty sympathetic if they are well-behaving. In this case, they were just diving in the pool, making a lot of noises and using the Jacuzzi for their games. I would say this was not the situation for kids. If you book a boutique hotel with only suites, you won’t expect to share common area with another hotel for families. We ended up not using the pool as it was really messy.

On Monday morning there was a market just next to the Castle and we spent some hours around – notwithstanding the cold.

In conclusion, it was a lovely break and if you would like to have some relax without travelling too much, it is definitely recommended – maybe off-peak season in order to avoid confusion.

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There is a new bar in town: Octans – a Spirited Bar

Walking in the city center on Monday night, I noted this new place in rue de Cure’, just next to Urban bar. Back home, I did a small search online and I was not able to find any significant information. That made me so curious that, arranging a girl night for Wednesday, I immediately proposed to go there!

The bar, as said, is located right next to the “cool” area of Luxembourg city center. It is very dark from the outside, but, immediately in, you are welcome in a different world. I was saying to my friend: somehow I had the impression that walking through the door I left Luxembourg and I am just drinking something in Mayfair.

The atmosphere is sophisticated: mirror, fireplaces, a charming round bar. Waiters in an elegant uniform accompanied people to the tables. Tall tables on the side of the bar, low tables in the main area.

We were welcomed by the bar manager, who introduced herself and the concept behind the bar. She explained that they want to be a real cocktail bar, they have a menu, but they will try to “play” with the customer if possible and create personalized flavors cocktails based on his/her preferences. We have been asked questions about what we would have liked to drink (spicy, sour, fruity, sweet), kind of alcohol we liked, and we received the first two amazing cocktails. I had a fruity one with tequila, Federica a spicy gin with cucumber. We continued with the same style during the night. Cocktails were all delicious – probably but the last one that had too much anise, I also had too many glasses – and you could also have wine, beers, champagne.. It was a nice environment, chatty but not noisy, bit of music, people arriving and leaving.

We had great time and I am pretty sure this is going to become my favorite night spot in Luxembourg 🙂 Finally a new place and above all a different one. Well done. I just hope that the approach with the client will remain the same in the future.

http://octansbar.com/

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Birthday Dinner at Le Bouquet Garni, Luxembourg

Uff! Even if I pretend to be young, I needed some days to recover from the last birthday week end – after three days of partying I still feel a bit blurred.

On Friday night, that was actually the day of my birthday, my husband booked a table at Le Bouquet Garni. Even if I love French restaurants, we never had a chance to visit this one during our pretty long stay in Luxembourg.

The restaurant is located in the area called “Ilot Gastronomique“, in the Old Town, just behind the Grand Duke Palace. It has preserved traditional settings of the area – stone walls, timbers on view, old furniture. We were welcome in a small entrance and accompanied to our table. The restaurant has different rooms on the two floors and our table was indeed on the first one – just next to the window overlooking the back of the Palais. My husband loved the fireplace, the table was quite big for two persons and the distance with other guests more than appropriate.

There are two menu choices: a menu for 40 euro (starter, main, dessert), with brasserie imprint, and a more gastronomic one for 72 euro (again, starter, main, dessert). Both have several choices between fish and meat, plus there is the possibility to upgrade the second menu to four dishes for 85 euro.

We had a glass of champagne rose’ as aperitif – on the table there were olives and nuts to enjoy – and we went for the “Menu Selection”: cauliflower welcome from the chef, lobster as starter, sole a la “bonne femme” (with mussels and shrimps) as main and moelleux au chocolat as dessert. We accompanied the dinner with a bottle of Chablis Gran Cru.
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– The sole and the chocolate cake were just perfect. Amazing combination of tastes, fair portions, great raw materials quality. The sole was accompanied by potatoes mousse that was just delicious, while the dessert was also composed by a yummy fruit sorbet. I am still dreaming about both.
– The service and the settings were great: I really appreciate some distance between tables, the timing of the dinner was almost great, we did not wait too much but it was not even too fast. The bottle of wine was next our table but we were always served by the waiter and our glasses were never empty.
– The two menu choices are perfect if you are coming for a dinner with friends – and therefore don’t want to splash the cash – or for a special occasion – like we did. All the dishes were appealing and the portions look correct for the price.
– The location is really romantic and perfect for a tete-a-tete.

Things I did not really love about the night:
– Overpriced aperitif (and drinks). As said, we ordered a glass of champagne rose’. I have been to the most expensive restaurants in Luxembourg and normally the maximum we paid was 18 euros (with an average of 13/15 euro). The champagne was billed 26 euro per glass – 52 euro for two glasses (!!!!). As it was a blind choice – the waiter asked us if we wanted an aperitif, so we did not have any list in front of us – I really think it was too much. Skip the aperitif if you don’t want bad surprises. Drinks had a pretty high recharge as well – 9 euro for the water, 4 euro each for espresso but in line with other similar restaurants, French wines starting from 40 euro and upgrading very fast. No Italian white wines below 100 euros. What is the sense then of having a 40 euro menu if you are going to spend the double for water, coffee and wine?
– The lobster of the starter was great, but was accompanied by a light sauce that was made only of vinegar. We were provided a spoon and when I tasted the bisque I was almost disgusted. The lobster alone indeed was very good.
– Service a bit worst at the end of the dinner, when the dessert was taken to the table we were still finishing our last glass of wine. We had a very dry wine, so I would have loved to take a sweet glass with the cake. In this way we ended up not finishing our wine and not ordering anything else. We had also to ask the waiter to wait couple of minutes to serve the coffee as he seemed a bit under pressure for made us leaving – it was not even 11 pm, so not so late and we were not the last table.

In conclusion: we had a lovely dinner. We will come back for sure, maybe to try the brasserie menu, as the settings are perfect for a romantic dinner, but please remember total price is escalating fast with the drinks – so still recommended for a special occasion and not for a “I don’t want to cook” night 😛

Guest’s Post: Federica & the 8th Aperinetwork Event

8th Aperinetwork event, that was already reviewed earlier this year by Barefoot in Luxembourg, took place again at White House by Kader. I could not attend this time, so here Federica is telling us something more about that night.

The event is becoming now a monthly reunion for young professionals who want to enjoy the Italian way to do aperitivo in an international ambience.
White House staff was, as always, professional and cool and guests of the night could enjoy a huge free buffet and a captivating dj-set.
One decisive moment of the night was the prize-giving, who awarded three random participants with 3 Bernard Massard  bottles of Cremant (0.75l, a magnum and 3L). To win them you only have to join the event on Facebook, attend that night and then winners are extracted randomly from participants list.
Check Aperinetwork page for further locations and events.
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London Week End

I am back! I needed some time to recover from the week-end adventures and all the emotions (& bubbles) we had.

Weather in London was pretty better than Luxembourg – sunnies on, what a change! – but quite windy.

We stayed at Queen’s Gate Hotel, 10 minutes walking from South Kensington tube and in front of bus number 70 – if you are the lazy one like we are. The hotel was lovely and our room, compared to London standards, was huge. I couldn’t say the same about the wardrobe and the bathroom, but at the end we were definitely happy about the choice and I would likely come back here for next trips. Breakfast was also relatively nice.
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On Friday lunch time, we visited this fabulous cheese shop close to our hotel, La Cave a Fromage, where we could still feel a bit in Luxembourg – all waiters were French speakers. I took a salad with Pata Negra ham & manchego cheese, my sister one with Roquefort and apples and Anna a delicious platter of cheese and charcuterie. A glass of wine each and some yummy home-made bread. We spent 20 pounds each and we were definitely satisfied. In the shop you can have lunch, a glass of wine, a sandwich, or even just buy some cheese or charcuterie to take away. If you love cheese, you cannot miss it – just next South Kensington tube entrance.

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During the day we had a stroll in Chelsea, visited Saatchi Gallery and some shops in Sloane Street area.

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On Friday night we had a date with a friend living in London. We had a quick drink at Mandarin Oriental Hotel, that is my favorite pre-dinner spot, and then we headed to Kurobuta @ Marble Arch. The restaurant concept is about Japanese tapas: the food was amazing. I had some sashimi pizza with truffles oil, spicy tuna maki and salmon mayo rolls. Also other dishes at the table were looking great. We had some drinks to start – the spicy sake melon I had for sure one of the best I tried in my life – and a fairly reasonable Italian wine to dine. Unfortunately, if on one side the food experience was heavenly, the ambience was not in line: service was a bit messy – definitely not worth for a date, as you are receiving all food and beverage at different timings and spending the night served by six or seven different waiters – and above all the music – wow, the music was way too loud. I had to scream to speak with the person in front of me and I was not even able to listen to others. We cut the dinner at coffee time, instead of having some sake or after dinner drinks, because we were all about to get a headache.. So recommended if you are in your 20s and want to get drunk in a rock concert environment, not suggested if you want a dinner date with friends and you actually care about what the others are saying – a pity, anyway, as the food was some of the best Japanese food I have ever had.

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Saturday was our busiest day – bridal fittings, Harrods and some afternoon Champagne. In the evening, we had our booking at Bob Bob Ricard as we definitely had to celebrate our Vera Wang gowns!

The restaurant is in the heart of Soho and it is extremely luxury, sophisticated, a bit posh. We were accompanied to the downstairs bar – as our table was not yet ready – and we started drinking some Champagne Rose. We were proposed then a table in the bar area – but after the previous day experience, this was the last thing we wanted to have, above all as I booked the table three months in advance specifying it was for a special occasion. So after a while (fighting – lol), we were offered a private room table and from there on everything was perfect. We had some oysters to share, single starters – I had a sea bass ceviche, perfect – and a huge main portion – Lobster burger for me with mashed truffle potatoes. We drank a perfect temperature Chablis and everything was really really amazing. I read a lot of online review before booking at Bob Bob Ricard, and in some of them emerged that the food was pretty “common”, portions not in line with the price, service rude. We did not experienced anything of that. For sure, next time I will specify I want to have a table at the restaurant – but except for that, the service was amazing, same than the food, we were all full when we left and I felt my money were definitely well spent. Strongly recommended if you are looking for a special place for a date or for a celebration – maybe next year for wedding anniversary, why not 🙂

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We took our way home on Sunday pretty tired, after a bit of see-sighting. I definitely cannot wait to be in London again – and to wear my Vera Wang gown in two months 🙂

Postkutsch Restaurant, Esch sur Alzette

We discovered Postkutsch Restaurant recently as we were looking for some fancy places to have dinner a bit off the city chaos. At the same time, as I totally avoid driving if I plan to drink even a glass of wine  and I am not keen travelling with someone that did (I am sorry, démodé, maybe, but I really do care about my safety), so Postkutsch appeared as the best solution, as it is located just 5 minutes off Esch/Alzette station and trains from and to Luxembourg are running until 1.20 am – luckily enough we live at a walking distance from the Gare.

As said, after a first amazing experience, we decided to come back with my sister and her fiancée. Be careful, you need to book a bit in advance for week ends: we placed our reservation three weeks earlier in order to secure our place, as it was the only night we were all available.

The internal décor of the restaurant appears to be coming from another age: a bit old-fashioned, maybe, but I love to be projected in this 20s atmosphere, with big round tables, mirrors, candles. As client, indeed, you are not feeling obliged to dress up – as in many same-style restaurant in the city center – and this makes us feel even better. A simple shirt and jeans for men is enough for enjoying an agreeable dinner.

Coming to the food, the restaurant as a formula called Temptation, with a fixed menu and some in-the-middle choices (starters, main, sorbet or cheese). The price is really affordable, 48 Euro, for the quantity and above all the quality of the food received.

As “amuse-bouche” we received a cappuccino of mushrooms with truffle and a mousse of ham. Both of them really tasty. Following, I opted as started for an Hamburger from the Sea, a very structured dish that was served with a mousse of ketchup (yummy!) and avocado. It was a great start, my husband only did not really enjoy his dish – roe deer terrine – saying it was too gummy and fat.

The next dish for me, main course, was Saint Pierre fish, cooked with meat jus and potato gallette. Also this dish was great, as it was a perfect combination between the sea taste and the aroma of truffle with the jus. My sister had the same, while her fiancée took a kind of saltimbocca and my husband the picanha. Everyone loves his dish.

Next step was the chariot of cheese, that is always an extremely interesting adventure for me – I love cheese! I took three strong softy cheese and I really enjoy them – the Calvados Camembert was one of my favorite.

At this point we were already pretty full and our train was about to leave. We had the dessert, composed by a combination of tree small dishes, and the coffee, accompanied by chestnuts mousse and some sweets. I was not even able to finish my dessert, as it was really a lot to eat, but everything was perfect.

As drinking, they have as well some standard formulas that include aperitif – several choices of “maison” cocktails – wine through the dinner and coffee. Being Saturday, we had to opt for the formula for 37 euro each – while during the week you have as well the one for 22 euro – and it was a great combination. I started with a vodka strawberry cocktail – normally strawberry cocktail are always a bit too sweet but this was not the case, it was balanced and flavorful. I continued with a Pinot Blanc for the starter and another white mineral wine, a Viognier,  with the rest of the dinner. My husband and my sister’s fiancée had red with the main.

Once again, it was a really nice experience, next time we will only try to arrive a bit earlier – we were there a quarter to nine – in order to relax a bit at the beginning and avoid the rush between aperitif and starters.

Postkutsch is the perfect place if you love French cuisine but you don’t want to squander, you will get spoiled there by all the treaties they propose and it is perfect for family celebrations.

Check their website for menu and other updates:

Postkutsch
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