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Brasserie Makalös in Stockholm | restaurant review

If you want French atmosphere in Stockholm, go to Brasserie Makalös, a stone’s throw from Kungsträdgården in the city centre. Here the waiters speaks Swedish with a French accent (you can speak French with them if you prefer) and the menu includes French classics like boeuf bourguignon, onion soup, grilled entrecote, snails with garlic butter, […]

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Zucchini flower on a vegetable market

Vegetarian food and natural wine at Restaurant Folk in Gothenburg

Folk is a vegetarian restaurant in Gothenburg situated inside the theatre with the same name at Olof Palme Square. The wine list is full of interesting natural wines. Not a bad combination, vegetarian food and natural wine. But you have to be a little adventurous. Some of the wines are different and it is important […]

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A new Barrique Restaurant in Gothenburg

We have enjoyed Barrique Restaurant & Wine Bar at their different locations in Gothenburg. Recently a new Barrique Restaurant opened on Berzelii street. We had dinner there just a few weeks after the opening and we were not disappointed. Not this time either. We have never been disappointed with Barrique. The concept here at Berzeliigatan […]

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Rabbit roulade

A new restaurant in Florence: Osteria de l’Ortolano | BKWine Pick

A genuine Italian restaurant in the tourist district in Florence Imagine being at Disneyland. Amidst all Mickey Mouses and Donald Ducks you find our very own national children’s story-teller Astrid Lindgren. She wonders if you want to listen to a story. What would you do? Hanging with the Disney characters, or stop and listen to […]

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Restaurant Kryp In, delicious find in Stockholm | BKWine Pick

A chilly evening in late November, it felt welcoming to step into the restaurant Kryp In, in the Old Town of Stockholm. (Kryp In is Swedish, approximately pronounced creep-in, but do not worry, it means “a small and cosy place”.) This was during my last visit to Stockholm and I had been recommended to go […]

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The roof of Hospices de Beaune, Hotel Dieu in Beaune, Burgundy

Bistro Bourgogne Sud, Paris restaurant – Food and wine from southern Burgundy | BKWine Pick

Located in central Paris, this restaurant called Bourgogne Sud really offers exactly what the name indicates: food and wine from the southern part of Burgundy. The chef Gilles Breuil is from Mâconnais and the wine list is filled with goodies from Macon and the nearby Beaujolais. You can choose from several excellent Pouilly-Fuissé, Saint Véran […]

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A pisco sour in the shadow

El Picaflor – Peruvian restaurant in Paris | BKWine Pick

Inspired by our South America wine tour trip in February we recently went to a Peruvian restaurant here in Paris, considered one of the very best. And we were not disappointed. We started with a pisco sour – of course! And it was delicious. They use egg white and cinnamon so it tasted a bit […]

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Piazza delle Erbe in Verona

Ristorante Fratelli la Bufala, Verona restaurant | BKWine Pick

They have the tagline “pizzaioli emigranti” and they probably have a large emigrated family: It is actually a chain of restaurants that exists in more than 20 cities. We are not fans of chain restaurants – they tend to be impersonal – but this one we do recommend. We have only visited the Fratelli la […]

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An octopus for main course

Trattoria ai Piloti, Verona restaurant | BKWine Pick

Trattoria ai Piloti is a fish restaurant, which is not easy to find in Verona. It is on the corner of the San Zeno square (a charming square with an impressive church 10 minutes walk outside the old city centre). You can sit outside, either in front on the square or in the garden they […]

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The Roman arena in Verona

Enoteca Zero 7, Verona restaurant | BKWine Pick

Enoteca Zero 7 is a small wine bar, café and wine shop. Will find it around the corner on a side street from Corso Porta Nuova just outside the Portoni della Bra. The perfect place to have a glass of wine before you walk into the old city for dinner, or just a quick espresso […]

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Cafe and wine bar with people on the Piazza delle Erbe in Verona

Osteria Le Vecete Ristorante, Verona restaurant | BKWine Pick

The restaurant Osteria le Vecete is an old-style classic Italian taverna. A touch rustic, a touch gastronomy, a touch friendly. A good mix. The restaurant is bang in the centre of Verona, between Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza Bra, but on a small side street that you will have to look for. It is a […]

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Cafe and wine bar with people on the Piazza delle Erbe in Verona

Pizzeria Du de Cope, Verona restaurant | BKWine Pick

It is very crowded, very busy. It is very likely that they will say “we’ll have a table for you in 20 minutes” and you will have (!) to go and have an aperitif somewhere. Unless you have booked a table of course. This is a simple corner pizzeria at its best. Even though it […]

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Pasta at the Osteria La Pigna restaurant in Verona

La Pigna Ristorante Osteria, Verona restaurant | BKWine Pick

La Pigna is a charming traditional style Italian restaurant, just a touch more towards elegant rather than rustic. It is on a street also called La Pigna (the pine cone) in the historic city centre towards the Duomo, a “safe” distance beyond Piazza delle Erbe to avoid the worst crowds. The cooking is typically Veronese. […]

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Osteria La Pigna restaurant in Verona

Verona restaurant special

This month we propose to you a Verona restaurant special. Verona is a popular tourist destination, not least since it is the centre for the wine regions in Veneto: Valpolicella, Soave, Bardolino, Gambellara, and the nowadays so popular and powerful amarone wines. We will post a selection of Verona restaurant, perhaps to try out next […]

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Tete de Gondole by Domaine Chahut et Prodige

Au Nouveau Nez, “natural” wine shop / wine bar in Paris | BKWine Pick

We made a very pleasant discovery in the 20th arrondissement in Paris the other day. It is a wine shop/wine bar called Au Nouveau Nez (which is a play with words, the name means “ the new nose”, but also, if you spell it a little bit different, but pronounced the same, “the newborn”). You […]

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Le Verso Restaurant Pizzeria, Avignon | BKWine Pick

They have good pizzas. That’s the most important thing to say about Le Verso. The restaurant is nothing special, quite plain. But pizzas are good. They do have a terrasse (outside seating), albeit on a street with quite a lot of traffic. It is only 50 meters off Place de l’Horloge but is comfortably un-touristy. […]

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QOC restaurant in Agrigento, Sicily

QOC Agrigento, Sicily restaurant | BKWine Pick

QOC is a small modern style restaurant in the centre of Agrigento, in the Valley of the Greek Temples, just a few steps away from where you have a view of the temples. On the ground floor there is a café-bar and a small seating place. If you go upstairs you come to the real […]

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The restaurant table with knife fork, napkin

Paul et Kopa Restaurant, Marseille | BKWine Pick

There are plenty of restaurants around the old harbour in Marseilles that serve bouillabaisse. This is not one of them. (Or maybe they do have it after all…) Paul & Kopa is basically a pizzeria, but with a twist, or perhaps one should say not only. It is nicely decorated, real table cloths on the […]

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In the restaurant in Alba

Osteria dell’Arco, Alba restaurant | BKWine Pick

The Osteria dell’Arco restaurant is actually on the main square in Alba, the Piazza Savona, but it is hidden at the end of a court yard. You can try a range of Piemontese specialities: the carne cruda all’Albese of course (the raw minced beef made from choice meat cuts), tajarin al burro e salvia o […]

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The harbour with fishing boats in Kalk Bay in South Africa

Harbour House Restaurant, Kalk Bay Harbour, South Africa | BKWine Pick

The Harbour House Restaurant in Kalk Bay has a fabulous location in the harbour with its feet in the water. One is glad that the windows are closed otherwise one would be completely soaked. Worth a visit both for the view and for the food. Much fish, of course, delivered fresh from the fishing boats […]

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The restaurant table with knife fork, napkin

Restaurant Cinq-Mars, Paris | BKWine Pick

Le Cinq-Mars is a typical, friendly restaurant du quartier where people working in the offices all around come and have lunch and local residents have dinner. The obligatory rickety wooden chairs, wooden table, nice ISO wine tasting glasses (French restos are generally not very good at glasses), but with a touch of design and chic. […]

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In the restaurant

Marennà Ristorante, Feudi di San Gregorio, Campania | BKWine Pick

You may think that you have taken a wrong turn or lost your way before you arrive. The restaurant, and winery, is at the end of a long winding road on a hilltop. This is both a winery and a restaurant. One of the regions most impressive on both counts. The restaurant Marennà Ristorante was […]

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Rooftops and the cathedral, Porto

More restaurant recommendations in Porto

Restaurants to try in and around Porto Porto is a great city to visit. For the wines of course, post and table wine, but also for its beauty and history. But we must confess that we have always found it challenging to find a good restaurant in Porto. We have found some, notably DOP. Look […]

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Latte di Luna restaurant in Pienza, the owner and his daughter

Trattoria Latte di Luna, Pienza restaurant | BKWine Pick

The Latte di Luna restaurant is at the very end of the main street in Pienza. You can’t miss it. This is a real family affair! Il Signore is running the dining room, La Mama is doing the cooking, and La Figlia is helping with the service. Sitting down is like squeezing in at a […]

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Portuguese sandwich, modern style

DOP, Rui Paula, restaurant Porto | BKWine Pick

One of the best meals we have had in Portugal was here at DOP in Porto. It is in the old city centre in the Palácio das Artes near the old Stock Exchange (Bolsa) in Porto in northern Portugal, at the mouth of the Douro river. The decoration is modern and elegant, almost minimalist. Stylish […]

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Mesdames-Messieurs in Montpellier

Mesdames-Messieurs Restaurant, Montpellier | BKWine Pick

The focus of Mesdames-Messieurs is clearly on the wine. And on organic – and similar – wines in particular. They call themselves “bar à vin dînatoire”, essentially a wine bar with something to eat too, and that is a fair description. Mesdames-Messieurs Restaurant is not quite a fully fledged restaurant. The wine selection, which is clearly […]

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Vineyards and the village with church. Morgon, Beaujolais

Restaurant Albion, Paris | BKWine Pick

When you live in the southwest part of Paris, as we do, you feel like you are a bit far from the center of things. At least when it comes to new wine bars and wine restaurants that almost always seem to be located in the northeastern arrondissement: 10th, 11th , 12th, 19th and 20th […]

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The magnificent Arc de Triomphe in Benevento

Trattoria Nunzia, Benevento restaurant | BKWine Pick

Trattoria Nunzia is a family run, family style restaurant. Very Italian. La Mama heads the kitchen and the son in the dining room. Don’t think you can skimp on your portions. La Mama watches you to make sure you are enjoying it! It is small, it is crowded, it is friendly, and it is impossible […]

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Spaghetti with white truffles

Ristorante Aldo di Castiglione, Asti restaurant | BKWine Pick

Ristorante Aldo di Castiglione is certainly one of the more peculiar restaurants we have been to, at least when you arrive. We knew the address but wondered if we were mistaken when we arrived. It looked like just any (ancient) apartment building in Asti. But yes, there is a small sign and a door-bell. We […]

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At Le Chapelier toque in Avignon

Le Chapelier Toqué, Avignon restaurant | BKWine Pick

Le Capelier Toqué is a tiny restaurant. It is easy to miss it when you walk up the street Rue Guillaume Puy in the Quartier des Teinturiers (the old dyers’ part of Avignon – definitely worth a visit). Once you find it you may be a bit surprised. It has only a few table but […]

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