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Vinous Table: The Black Bull, Sedbergh, UK

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Jan 2020

Restaurants such as The Black Bull play a crucial role in attracting tourists and epicures to less-traveled parts of the country, and reasonable prices mean that you are not breaking the bank for either food or wine.

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Vinous Table: Mãos, London, UK

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Antonio Galloni, Dec 2019

This belated birthday dinner at Mãos is in pole position for my best meal of 2019. Brilliant, inventive cooking and a totally engaging vibe make Mãos an absolutely fantastic dining experience. Let's just say it was well worth the wait...

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Vinous Table: Trivet, London, United Kingdom

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Dec 2019

If you seek a restaurant with cuisine from the top drawer, without fuss and ostentatiousness, and an eclectic wine list not intent on gouging you for every penny, then Trivet comes recommended.

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Vinous Table: Da Romano, Burano, Italy

Vinous Table, Italy: North

Ian D'Agata, Dec 2019

Da Romano is not just a restaurant, it’s an institution. Located on the colorful island of Burano, Da Romano offers wonderful Venetian cuisine, a solid wine list and extremely friendly, competent service, all in a historic, evocative setting.

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Vinous Table: La Ferme de la Ruchotte, Bourgogne

Vinous Table

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2019

Sunday lunch. I admit I don’t slow down and take the time to enjoy a leisurely meal over several hours as often as I should. This recent lunch La Ferme de la Ruchotte was a poignant reminder of just how enjoyable some of the simpler things in life can be.

Ottos grouse livers

Vinous Table: Otto's, London, United Kingdom

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, Nov 2019

It was an afternoon like no other: the theatre of Otto’s and Otto himself, the decadence of the food and this triptych of astonishing Pomerol. All of it would have been pointless without commensurate company, and the banter flowed as freely as the wine. How do we top this year’s lunch, I have absolutely no idea, but you can guarantee that however it transpires, it will be recounted here on Vinous Table.

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Vinous Table: Mount Sinai Charity Dinner at Saison

United States: California, Vinous Table

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2019

This unforgettable evening was an auction lot built around an all-access pass to wines from my personal cellar paired with dinner donated by Saison that was sold at the most recent Festa del Barolo to support children’s pediatrics at the Mount Sinai Hospital. I would like to extend a huge ‘thank you!’ to our patrons for their extraordinary generosity. This dinner raised $55,000, 100% of which went to charity.

Casa camara turbot

Vinous Table: Casa Cámara, San Juan de Pasajes, Spain

Vinous Table, Spain

Neal Martin, Nov 2019

This is an institution that goes about its business in discreet fashion, doing what it has done for decades: serving delicious seafood and providing a memorable evening out.

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Vinous Table: L’Express, Montréal, Canada

Canada, Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, Oct 2019

A much-loved Montréal classic, L’Express is one of the most authentic and best French food bistros you are ever likely to find outside of France. It boasts a lively, jovial atmosphere and a wine list with over 11,000 bottles, many of them available at very fair prices.

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Vinous Table: Xaya, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France

France, Vinous Table

Neal Martin, Oct 2019

If you are taking a vacation in Biarritz or Saint-Jean-de-Luz, make a reservation at Xaya. One mouthful is all it takes to understand why their tables are in such demand.