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post #151 of 247
I've been to Tokyo once, and I liked it. I would go back. But I can't put in on my list because I lack experience.
post #152 of 247
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Ugh, I said that most people in the forum HAVEN'T BEEN to tokyo, so they didn't put it in their top ten. That doesn't mean they wouldn't really like it if they had been there, and it doesn't mean that they don't want to go there, it just means they haven't had the opportunity to go there. If you notice, I have both Tokyo and Paris at the bottom of my top ten. Ernest, food prices are just ephermal, you can spend a lot of money in any city for dinner (w/ wine) and the food prices are really irrelevant at that level of dining anyways. There are very few dinners that I have attended in which the cost of the wine was not the primary cost, and yes, they were all Japanese meals.
post #153 of 247
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I think the best restaurant I've eaten at in France (or its environs) was Le Louis XIV in Monaco (another AD restaurant) which I found better than his restaurant in Paris.
You can noy judge the food of a city because you liked 1 restaurant... Good food don't sum up to restaurants and even the less to VERY EXEPENSIVE ONES.... Have you eaten in the 10 most expensive restaurants of Paris (I guess that under 10 restaurants it is difficult to say your prefer Monaco.) You must take in account normal restaurants and food you can buy by yourself.
post #154 of 247
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Culturally, both cities have many interesting things to see, with my love of impressionist art, I give Paris an edge there.  However, generally, Tokyo is more of an exciting city to me.
You can not compare Paris with Tokyo for 'culture' . What are the 10 most visited cities in the world ? Where is Paris and where is Tokyo in this list?
post #155 of 247
Actually, now that I think about it, I have been twice. They were both very short trips, however. And I had a Japanese meal in Tokyo that was phenomenally good, and shockingly cheap, given the city's reputation. I was prepared for the worst, and was very pleasantly surprised.
post #156 of 247
Ernest, if nothing else, I can tell you that calling moscow a good food city shows that you are talking out of the wrong side of your digestive system.
post #157 of 247
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Actually, now that I think about it, I have been twice.  They were both very short trips, however.  And I had a Japanese meal in Tokyo that was phenomenally good, and shockingly cheap, given the city's reputation.  I was prepared for the worst, and was very pleasantly surprised.
Monton, don't you hate it when you forget a city you've been to for years I couldn't remember if I had been to a certain scandanavian city or not, and I felt really foolish telling people that I wasn't sure I had been there - till I went back and saw the airport and remembered. those fast trips can reak havoc with the memory.
post #158 of 247
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Ernest, if nothing else, I can tell you that calling moscow a good food city shows that you are talking out of the wrong side of your digestive system.
I gave you most of bif cities. Choose in the list.
post #159 of 247
On Tokyo's reputation as expensive, here is the oft-imitated but never equalled Tom Wolfe: "Never try to treat two Japanese businessmen to three hours of whiskey and small talk in a Tokyo hostess bar, the updated version of the geisha house, with only $900 in your pocket.  When the check comes, you will be, by American standards, horribly embarrassed and, by Japanese standards, terminally humiliated.  Terminally."
post #160 of 247
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1) NYC 2) London 3) SF 4) Paris 5) Rome 6) Milan 7) Hong Kong The rest would not be comparable to the others on this list.
I'd add Shanghai over Beijing.
post #161 of 247
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I'd add Shanghai over Beijing.
Neither is on my list, as I've only been once to each.  But I agree that Shanghai was way better, more fun, and more interesting.  Once you get past the obligatory (and quite spectacular) tourist stops in Beijing, that is.
post #162 of 247
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When I travel to Paris, Monaco, and the like, I don't dine at "normal" restaurants, so I guess the question is really irrelevant. Obviously if I lived there, I would have the opportunity to do so more often, but when I am in Paris/Monaco, etc... I am there for either business or pleasure in both cases, I will be dining at top tier restaurants. I have dined at at least 5 3 star restaurants in Paris, and several 1 and 2 stars as well, L'Ambroisie, Grand Vefour, Arpege, Guy Savoy, Pierre Gagnaire, Alain Ducasse, and a few others. In Tokyo, I've dined at the Park Hyatt, Nobu, and many Japanese restaurants... I'll be much more likely to dine at neighborhood/local style restaurants in Tokyo than in Europe though.
post #163 of 247
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When I travel to Paris, Monaco, and the like, I don't dine at "normal" restaurants, so I guess the question is really irrelevant.  Obviously if I lived there, I would have the opportunity to do so more often, but when I am in Paris/Monaco, etc... I am there for either business or pleasure in both cases, I will be dining at top tier restaurants. I have dined at at least 5 3 star restaurants in Paris, and several 1 and 2 stars as well,  L'Ambroisie, Grand Vefour, Arpege, Guy Savoy, Pierre Gagnaire, Alain Ducasse, and a few others. In Tokyo, I've dined at the Park Hyatt, Nobu, and many Japanese restaurants...  I'll be much more likely to dine at neighborhood/local style restaurants in Tokyo than in Europe though.
Aah Monaco, I quite liked it there. Live was very laidback there. I have been there for a month and loved it. I also had dinner at the AD restaurant there, it was definitely fantastic. But I enjoyed a small, cheap Italian restaurant more. It's called Polpetta and I've understood it's quite an institution amongst locals. Have you tried Les Bouquinistes when you were in Paris? I loved it. It might not be a 3 star restaurant but the ambiance and the food were great. It is also a Guy Savoy restaurant BTW.
post #164 of 247
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That is not one that I have eaten at, but I will note it for future visits to Paris.
post #165 of 247
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That is not one that I have eaten at, but I will note it for future visits to Paris.
Have you tried Georges on top of Centre Pompidou? It's definitely worth a visit during the summertime when you can eat on the terrace. The view is stunning and so are the waitresses. They have excellent food as well. When it get's dark you have such a beautiful view of the Eiffel Towers light show that's almost worth a visit on it's own.
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