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Bluehour: Carefully Executed Dishes, Attentive Service, and Impressive Atmosphere

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Carefully Executed Dishes, Attentive Service, and Impressive Atmosphere

A trendy, special, and beautiful place to dine, Bluehour, at 250 NW 13th Ave in Portland’s Pearl District, is currently one of the most popular restaurants in the area.

At Bluehour, you’ll fine whisky sours prepared with precise care and scallops cooked to perfection. Though some say the prices are outlandish, the quality of the food and service seems to be worth the extra money. The menu features main dishes such as black truffle sea bass, grilled lamb loin chop, and their tagliatelle, a unique meal consisting of guanciale (an unsmoked Italian bacon), baby artichoke, fried quail egg, and mint. The cheese plate also comes highly recommended, a plate of the chef’s daily cheese selections and marcona almonds, apples, and a baguette. Despite high prices, you can find cheaper deals on the happy hour menu, which typically offers about 15 items ranging from as little as $1 to $9.

For dessert, the pumpkin pave is a huge crowd-pleaser that’s made from a malted milk cake, ginger caramel, and spiced pepitas. Bluehour’s food, atmosphere, and service leaves very little, if anything, to be desired, so come to the Pearl District to take it all in.


The Best Chic Restaurants in Montreal: our suggestions

Are you trying to find the right restaurant to book for a special occasion? Something chic, out of the ordinary and reliably fantastic? Look no further, because here is our list of the best chic restaurants in Montreal! The addresses on this list are not only visually stunning and gastronomically impressive, they can also be relatively expensive and are typically reserved for a celebratory occasion. Of course, these establishments are also prime locations for oenophiles, because everyone knows that great wine is a crucial component of any fine dining experience. At Tastet, we’ve been drinking rosé wines from Provence!

Provence has always been the choice region for great rosé, and for good reason. Thanks to the unique climate, its diversity of terroirs and adapted grape varieties, the region is at the top of the podium when it comes to quality rosé wine production.

Vins de Provence wines are categorized in three distinct appellations of origin : Côtes de Provence (with four official terroirs: Sainte-Victoire, Fréjus, La Londe and Pierrefeu), Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence and Coteaux Varois en Provence.

As you probably already know, a good bottle of rosé wine is pretty hard to turn down. Whether it’s as the accompaniment to a special gastronomic experience or just a pleasant evening with friends and family, drinking rosé wines of Provence ensures an atmosphere of fun loving conviviality.

Rosés are characteristically fresh and fruity, which is part of what has made them so popular. The rosé wines of Provence offer distinct and colourful notes to the palette, a deliberate result of the history, tradition and impressive know-how from the winegrowers that is behind each bottle.

If you’ve been enticed by all of this wine-talk, you may want to have a look at our list of the best bars for wining and dining in the city .

Without further ado, here is our list of the best chic restaurants in Montreal!


Best Restaurants

Our food writers have sampled and sipped local cuisine of every style. Which Richmond eateries made our list this year?

Lemaire's Autumn Apple and Eastern Shore Bay Blue Cheese Salad made with Edward's bacon, caramelized cipollini bulbs, field arugula, walnut banana bread croutons and a pomegranate reduction. (Photo by Beth Furgurson)

Judy’s Chicken, a nod to the late chef Judy Rodgers. Amish chicken brined with lemon, peppercorn and bay, served with chard, pan-seared Sub Rosa rye bread, and a sherry vinaigrette. (Photo by Sarah Walor)

Fried chicken thighs served with cast-iron potatoes, a slow-cooked egg and sausage gravy. (Photo by Steve Hedberg)

White anchovies with grilled, marinated radicchio, fourme d’Ambert cheese and garlic dressing. (Photo by Sarah Walor)

Filet Mignon of Beef “Swellington" at L'Opossum. (Photo by Adam Ewing)

Matzoh ball soup with fresh dill. (Photo by Ash Daniel)

Server Ahmad Karimi dishes up an authentic Italian meal. (Photo by Ash Daniel)

A wine tasting at Secco Wine Bar. (Photo by Ash Daniel)

Chef/owner Mel Ozaq. (Photo by Ash Daniel)

Artichoke, spinach and avocado “meatballs” over sautéed spaghetti squash with caramelized onion pomodoro sauce and grated Parmesan. (Photo by Beth Furgurson)

Of all the Richmond scenes, nothing beats dining. Sure, as a collection of food writers and dining critics, we may be biased, but our city’s restaurants create some of the region’s finest food, and you’ll find it at these 30 restaurants. We ranked the city’s best, from a mom-and-pop Eastern European gem in a strip mall to the leading white tablecloth experience. Just be sure you come hungry.

Lemaire

Lemaire is a stunner. Sky-high ceilings, marble, leather and artful plates of hyper-fresh local fare infuse your experience with a sense of majesty. Wrapped around the front of The Jefferson Hotel, the space is one of the most beautiful in the city — and while you’re luxuriating with a plate of Chesapeake Bay oysters or something slushy and filled with top-shelf bourbon, you can play the “How many presidents have stayed here?” game (the answer is 13). Executive Chef Walter Bundy’s menu strikes a comfortable balance of Southern, modern, classic and innovative, all exquisitely crafted by a refined, French-trained hand he’ll be sorely missed after his exit at the end of the year to open a restaurant of his own, but Lemaire will no doubt continue to shine. The flawless service, stellar cuisine, admirable consistency and awe-inspiring ambiance make this our top restaurant for 2015.—Bird Cox

TRY THE decked-out fried green tomatoes any preparation of the lusciously creamy jumbo sea scallops happy hour, available at the bar — it’s one of the finest in the city.

Metzger Bar & Butchery

This 42-seat rustic-chic corner joint is the epitome of Richmond’s food scene: a small dynamo run by a passionate team that sources impeccably made dishes you couldn’t replicate even with the same ingredients. There’s a bar scene, but no B.S. a dedicated pastry chef delivering sweet and savory goodness and you can pop in to buy speck, pork chops, Virginia oysters, German wines and local eggs at its retail counter. The vino and beer list is appropriate, affordable, eye-opening and paired volume-perfect with the best restaurant playlist in our city. —Jason Tesauro

TRY THE chicken liver mousse beer-brined pork chop schnitzel schupfnudeln.

Heritage

In less-skilled hands, Heritage, with its ambitious and seasonal menu, historical cocktails and succinct, all-American wine list, would choke on its own success. But restaurant owners Joe and Emilia Sparatta and Emilia’s brother, Mattias Hägglund, have worked three busy years at Richmond’s nationally recognized darling, smiling, while making service look like great fun. It seems the harder this classically schooled trio practices on our native bounty, the luckier diners get. —Genevelyn Steele

TRY THE evanescent red drum fish made meatier with house bacon ramen bowl du jour charcuterie and artisanal cheese boards — cool slate platters sculpted with jams, pickles and mustards — that are almost too beautiful to eat (or share).

Stella's

At Stella’s, co-owner and namesake Stella Dikos continues to convert one Richmonder after another to her delicious, modern twist on authentic Greek cuisine. Favorites like moussaka are both homey and exotic, while small plates like Stella’s Kalamari — sautéed calamari with artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes and capers — are jam-packed with fresh flavor. The bar menu also pays tribute to Dikos’ homeland, with authentic wines and a cocktail menu featuring options like the Bright White, a refreshing blend of Skinos Mastiha (a liqueur made from resin gathered from the mastic tree), lemon juice and soda. A Richmond dining mainstay, Dikos has been bringing quality Greek cuisine to the local scene since the 1960s, and the latest iteration of Stella’s is no exception. —Megan Marconyak

TRY THE brunch, specifically the loukoumades,or Greek doughnuts, which arrive hot and drizzled with honey.

Roosevelt, The

During the last few years, Richmond has been heralded as one of the hottest dining cities in the country, and The Roosevelt is, arguably, the restaurant that broke the city onto the national scene. Chef Lee Gregory’s deft touch transforms familiar dishes and adds a Southern spin with the help of local ingredients, making plates such as his Southern Poutine — fries covered in pimento cheese and sausage gravy — emblematic of modern Richmond dining. —Piet E. Jones

TRY THE Berkshire pork chop with chili glaze and pickled okra fried chicken thighs with a slow-cooked egg and gravy (at brunch) Seersucker cocktail, in which bourbon and sweet tea syrup mingle with a charred frozen lemon.

Acacia Mid-town

How good is this kitchen? Four of Richmond’s top executive chefs (representing The Roosevelt, Dutch & Co., Perly’s and A Sharper Palate) all earned stripes under chef/owner Dale Reitzer’s tutelage. It’s white-tablecloth ethos with blue-collar effort: Acacia’s finesse and mastery are byproducts of doing things the right way, aka the hard way. While Reitzer’s breaking down whole fish, don’t be surprised to see his 10-year-old serving bread or his 13-year-old blanching veggies. It’s a family affair, and Reitzer’s wife and partner, Aline, is the first to greet you. Her game-face isproof that while it’s won all of the awards, Acacia still plays like it’s got something to prove. —Jason Tesauro

TRY THE white anchovies duck salad crab cake and daily fish specials.

L'Opossum

Not every dining experience can be full of intellect and whimsy, but chef and owner David Shannon will be damned if these traits aren’t brimming from every plate that departs his Oregon Hill kitchen. With a skilled staff and a penchant for the colorful, L’Opossum provides some of the city’s most creative and ambitious meals, nearly every dish a cheeky, well-executed approach to fine dining, in some of the city’s most eccentric surroundings. —Stephanie Breijo

TRY THE skillet-seared foie gras with seasonal accoutrements “Fabergé egg” with caviar, salmon and champagne gelatin Laura Palmer cocktail, which comes wrapped in plastic.

Dinamo

On paper, a menu that blends bold Italian dishes with Jewish comfort food in an intimate, futurismo-inspired setting seems like a strange union, but Dinamo mesmerizes, much like its spinning fan in the front window. Locals will recognize some of the minimalist menu from sister restaurants Edo’s Squid and Mamma ’Zu — but Dinamo firmly stands on its own. And everything you order could be the best version of that dish you’ve ever had.—Catherine Amos Cribbs

TRY THE crostini with smoked whitefish salad squid ink fettuccini lamb meatball hero.

Enoteca Sogno

Deliciousness awaits at Enoteca Sogno. This quiet North Side restaurant offers simple fare with an impressive (and reasonably priced) Italian wine list. Each dish begs to be paired with a regional wine, and the knowledgeable staff can readily assist with your selection. Share the white bean, arugula and shrimp crostini. Follow up with pesto over fresh tagliatelle or a nightly special for best results. —Perry Matthews

TRY THE pan-seared sea scallops with balsamic reduction, coupled with Prosecco. Sublime.

Secco Wine Bar

Wine tastings are a wonderful way to find words for what you like, but Secco takes it to a whole new level. Every Monday night, the wine bar holds a flight night, which is a tasting of several wines held together by country, grape or characteristics. Secco’s food — designed to pair well with its thoughtfully curated wine selection — is delightful. A knowledgeable staff, wine events and a large offering of labels give Richmond a great way to learn. —Hollister Lindley

TRY THE fried chickpeas with sea salt and Aleppo pepper —wonderful complex flavors from three simple ingredients.


Sarasota's Best Restaurants 2017

Our food critics and bloggers go bold and big with an up-to-the-minute guide to the 62 dining spots to try right now.

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1.Indigenous

Miracles emerge from the minuscule kitchen in the downtown cottage that houses Indigenous. Chef/owner Stephen Phelps is a fisherman who reveres local seafood and can tell guests what boat caught their dinner today and who the captain was. A menu with nightly specials focuses on regionally sourced seasonal vegetables and heritage grains paired with those fresh fish—including Mote Marine’s farmed sturgeon—luxurious lamb, short ribs and a grass-fed red beef burger that’s a gourmet meal. Don’t dare to request substitutions this captain runs a tight ship. The cottage is postcard charming, so enjoy the views in one of the tiny rooms, front porch or covered sidewalk amid Florida foliage and stars. Dinner only, reservations a must. 239 Links Ave., Sarasota, (941) 706-4740

An appetizer at Indigenous.

2. Crab & Fin

This sophisticated eatery on international St. Armands Circle attracts discriminating foodies looking for global seafood, from a flight of raw oysters from various oceans to rich cioppino made with local red snapper. The sprawling menu offers fine-dining temptations such as Dover sole, blue lump crab cake or a 16-ounce grilled pork porterhouse. And it’s one of the best spots around for local grouper sandwiches and stone crab claws. Relax in the formal dining room or outside under umbrellas and watch the world waft by as the piano player tinkles out tunes from behind a screen of palm trees. Lunch and dinner. 420 St. Armands Circle, Sarasota, (941) 388-3964

3. Lucky Pelican

Consider yourself lucky if you can get into the Lucky Pelican, a big, noisy, friendly seafood house in the part of the county where hordes of baby boomers have headed for a happy Florida retirement. These people like to eat out. The lure is familiar but expertly prepared seafood and lots of choices, many of them generous fried or grilled platters of assorted fish and shellfish with excellent sides and sumptuous salads. There’s a small outside seating area and booths, tables and a raw bar inside. Groups of friends and neighbors meet here regularly. They’re on to something good, and if you have to stand in line for 20 minutes, remember it’s just another day in paradise and the sun feels good on your bare legs. Lunch and dinner. 6239 Lake Osprey Drive, Lakewood Ranch, (941) 907-0589

4. Veronica Fish & Oyster Bar

The ambiance at the new Veronica Fish & Oyster Bar has a chic and theatrical mix of rustic and lux, making for a contrived but completely enjoyable and comfortable place to hang out. A gorgeous marble raw bar and the liquor bar are separated from the main dining area and appointed with green velvet vintage settees placed in the windows. The good-looking crowd loves to lounge around there and have a craft cocktail or maybe a small plate of mini-lobster rolls. Very good, if sometimes pricey, seafood, is the big draw. Veronica is nicely nestled in the enclave of Southside Village, a mix of upmarket family homes, retail and restaurants. Dinner and late nights on weekends. 1830 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota, (941) 366-1342

5. Lila

Lila could make you a vegetarian, but that’s not the intent of chef/owners Ryan Boeve and Arthur Lopes. The veteran restaurateurs (they also own Pomona) conjure vegetable dishes fanciful and layered with lush flavors. Get familiar with goji berries, farro, beetroot, or even bee-pollen basil kombucha. The kohlrabi slaw is a big hit, as is the quinoa-sweet potato burger. And the ice-cube-size portion of pork belly is rich and seductive beyond telling. Good duck confit, too. The airy room has a rustic vibe offset by a crystal chandelier and a stylish tile bar. Lila is fun, smart and surprising. Nobody says eat your vegetables you just want to. Lunch and dinner. 1576 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 296-1042

6. Oak & Stone

This cavernous but comfortable new place is a little bit sports bar, a little bit beer garden, and somewhat of a pub. But mostly it’s a modern tavern that welcomes families, seniors, date-night crowd, and beer aficionados who want to indulge their passion amid more than 50 kinds of beer for sampling arranged on a tap wall. Two wood-fire ovens turn out exceptional thin-crust pizzas, but there are also hamburgers, meatball sliders, chicken quesadillas, bison chile nachos, batter-fried mozzarella balls and salty-savory entrées that pair well with beer. Lunch, dinner. 5405 University Parkway, UTC Square, Sarasota, (941) 225-4590

7. Pomona Bistro & Wine Bar CLOSED

An intimate urban-sophisticated restaurant that is refined both in ambiance and menu, Pomona Bistro & Wine Bar is a favorite with local gourmands and visiting culinary adventure-seekers. Chef/owners Ryan Boeve and Arthur Lopes (see also Lila) strike a balance between global and local dishes and include all the niceties, like a lavish charcuterie board, cheese course and glamorous desserts. Good wine list. Dine in a relaxed bistro setting or choose the formal dining room or the private enclosed patio. Dinner. Reservations suggested. 481 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota, (941) 706-1677

8. The Table

High-level creativity is the hallmark of The Table, where chef Pedro Flores has a nimble global reach and insatiable curiosity about how other cultures cook. French, regional American, Peruvian, Spanish, Caribbean, Korean—you name it, The Table will try anything with an astonishing success rate. The short ribs are incomparable. Bread service is a plate of warm, pillowy yuca-mozzarella coin-size rolls. Nibble with a craft cocktail while making tough decisions about where your palate will travel on any given night. Reservations necessary. Views of historic Phillippi Creek are a bonus, and you can fine-dine inside the chic minimalist dining room or outside on the rustic deck. Dinner. 5365 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 921-9465

9. Sophie’s

The surprise is discovering an upscale, clubby restaurant in a department store at the UTC Mall, but fashionable Sophie’s, which occupies a corner upstairs at Saks Fifth Avenue, delivers a quality experience that’s true to the tony Saks atmosphere. You’ll see ladies lunching on light lunches of salads or digging into hearty comfort foods such as a rich and creamy mac ’n’ cheese or an upscale burger with truffle-French fries or a petite beef tenderloin. Attentive service, refreshing cocktails, fancy desserts—Sophie’s might cut into your shopping, but you won’t mind the chill time. Lunch and early dinner—because the restaurant keeps the same hours as the store. 120 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota, (941) 364-5300

10. Lolita Tartine

As its name implies, Lolita Tartine features traditional French open-face sandwiches. They’re named for famous painters—for instance, the Dali is smoked duck with a sweet onion marmalade, walnuts and cheese. But this spare and airy, red-and-white bistro also produces creative salads and heartier French fare with familiar names—beef burgundy, ratatouille, mussels mariniere, lamb tagine, quiche and savory crepes. Food is authentically French, while the ambiance is lighthearted and relaxed. A good destination for meals or for coffee and a snack in the late afternoon when you want to sit outside and be part of the rapidly gentrifying Rosemary District. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. 1419 Fifth St., Sarasota, (941) 952-3172

11. Jack Dusty

High-life indulgence and relaxed elegance are what Jack Dusty at the Ritz-Carlton delivers. There’s a vacation-perfect view of Sarasota Bay from tables in the stunning coastal-contemporary dining room. The wine list is deep and impressive, and the signature craft cocktails are worthy of Instagramming before you sip. An eclectic menu balances international and local fare with lobster rolls, swordfish, serious steaks, fish tacos and shrimp and grits with andouille sausage. Or dine entirely from the luxurious raw seafood bar. Everything served Ritz-graciously, so you feel pampered from beginning of the meal to the end. Dine inside or al fresco on the covered terrace. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. 1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Sarasota, (941) 309-2266

12. Shore Diner

The midcentury modern ambiance here is reason enough to stop in for a cocktail and a meal. The upper-deck restaurant provides a view of the St. Armands Circle streetscape, but in the back part of the dining room, the ceiling retracts so you can suddenly find yourself eating under stars. American coastal bistro food (Key West shrimp, scallop risotto, local red snapper, tuna tartare) is served informally but attentively, and much of it is sourced from nearby farms and the Gulf. The bar is a great place to mingle try the house cocktail, which mixes gin, elderflower, cucumber and mint for the ultimate refresher after a day on the beach. Shore conjures up a carefree vacation attitude, and you don’t have to be a tourist to celebrate it. Lunch, dinner. 465 John Ringling Blvd., St. Armands Circle, Sarasota, (941) 296-0301

13. Marina Jack

Marina Jack is often the first place new arrivals choose for a meal, and it’s a favorite spot for locals to take tourists. The reason is obvious once you get there (by boat or car)—it’s all about the postcard vistas of the sparkling bay, the bustling marina dotted with boats and the walking paths along the art-filled waterfront. Dine rather formally upstairs, where huge windows overlook the water. Or eat on the family-friendly, open-air Blue Sunshine Patio Bar & Grill at street level and sample American regional specialties with an emphasis on seafood. The Deep Six Lounge and Piano Bar is another option, but just for grown-ups. Lunch, dinner, late night. 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, (941) 365-4232

14. Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar

The quintessential tropical vacation destination. The retro decor reminds you of adult summer camp (with cocktails), the food is colorful and orchid-accented, the drinks are sunny, and the desserts deliriously rich. You’ll feel like you’ve walked into a laid-back party, and you’re dressed just right in flip-flops and a, well, Tommy Bahama-style floral silk shirt. Just take a long cool sip of something like a coconut cloud martini and let the bliss unfold. Later you can walk around the Circle and drop into the Tommy Bahama clothing store for your Sarasota wardrobe. Lunch and dinner. 300 John Ringling Blvd., St. Armands Circle, Sarasota, (941) 388-2888

15. Capital Grille

A well-respected, sophisticated chain restaurant, Capital Grille lives up to its own high standards at the UTC mall in Sarasota. Guests can expect to be pampered by an extensive and expert staff and treated to a fine wine list, excellent bar, and a menu that excels in contemporary American regional specialties. Everything that contributes to a glamorous experience is here, from the sensitive lighting to the art on the walls to the artful presentation of lavish dishes. You cannot go wrong with anything, from the steak to lobster. Lunch and dinner. 180 University Town Center Drive, in UTC Mall, Sarasota, (941) 256-3647

16. Ophelia’s

Romantic, intimate and perched on the pretty Intracoastal water at the southern end of Siesta Key, Ophelia’s is an obvious choice for those wanting a leisurely and lovely dinner with good wines amid people who want to make you feel special. A lot of marriage proposals take place in this polished dining room or on the scenic deck. Sophisticated in its approach to food and service, Ophelia’s has a relaxed Florida elegance that puts everyone who dines there in a vacation state of mind—a luxury vacation, that is. The menu is global with creative local seafood dishes, and the tiny bar with its shelves of well-lit bottles is so enticing that locals sometimes stop by just for a drink and appetizer there. Dinner, Sunday brunch. 9105 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key, Sarasota, (941) 349-2212

17. Fins

Eating on the second-story deck at Fins on Caspersen Beach in Venice will reward you with one of the best sand and Gulf views anywhere in Florida. Sip a cocktail while you feel the slow glow of a stunning sunset, and then tuck into local seafood and wide-ranging specialties served with artistic flair. It’s fine dining in a place that puts you into a flip-flop-don’t-tuck-your-shirt-in frame of mind. There’s a long list of refreshing craft drinks and wines that pair nicely with seafood, including excellent sushi. Dinner. 1600 Harbor Drive S., Venice, (941) 999-3467

Peruvian food shines at Brasa & Pisco

18. Brasa & Pisco

This is the place to rejoice in authentic Peruvian food prepared by two young brothers and their mom, who is often in the kitchen offering advice. Traditional regional foods, including outstanding rotisserie-style meats, are served informally in a large dining room. There’s a separate, handsome bar for wine, beer and mixed drinks, including the Pisco sour, the zesty national cocktail of Peru. Family-friendly and relaxed, Brasa & Pisco also caters to the date-night crowd, and there are as many fine nibbles as full meals. Emphasis on seafood specialties and spit-roasted chicken. Special ceviches, too. Live music often. Lunch, dinner. 8347 Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, (941) 363-1655

19. Louies Modern

A contemporary urban restaurant and bar that exudes a chic vibe and has a creative menu that changes often to reflect international culinary trends. The downtown place is popular with both locals and seasonal visitors, who appreciate the ingenious dishes, the topnotch bar and the atmosphere, which is smart in the most au courant kind of way. Award-winning wine list, too, and plenty of options for those who want to order lots of little things and share. Often a pre-theater or pre-opera destination. Dinner. 1289 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota, (941) 552-9688

20. Pho Cali

Small, plain and humbly designed, as if ambiance were an afterthought, downtown’s Pho Cali is nevertheless a Vietnamese restaurant that superbly delivers in flavor and breadth of menu. It’s always busy, and people stand in line to order by the numbers. This is a great place for meeting friends, because the family that owns it is friendly and welcoming, making everyone feel at home. Specialty of the house: the pho, generous bowls of noodle soup that come with all kinds of additions. The smell alone will draw you in. Lunch, dinner. 1578 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 955-2683

21. Drunken Poet Cafe

A small storefront Asian-bohemian kind of place with poetry scribbled on the wall (in a language you don’t know), Drunken Poet Café might seem a bit flaky and too offbeat for excellent Asian food. Be reassured Thai and other Asian delectables are expertly prepared in the small kitchen. This is also a good place for vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes. Everything is made to order. The highly sophisticated dishes include Thai crispy duck, lamb shank in tamarind-scented curry, preserved duck eggs, stir-fry creations and tempura dinners. Wonderful sushi. Beer and both hot and cold sake to drink as well as teas. Lunch, dinner. 1572 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 955-8404

22. Social Eatery & Bar

Social Eatery & Bar lives up to its name. With its city-chic interior design and outdoor patio with comfy sofas, it’s an excellent post-work happy hour or dinner spot. And it’s a natural stop for a late-night bite and libation, thanks to its late (for Sarasota) hours and proximity to Florida Studio Theatre and downtown attractions. Light bites and sharing plates are the way to go, including selections from the “Meatballeria” section of the menu, one of the restaurant’s signature wood-fired pizzas or the Butcher’s Table special. Great craft cocktails at the glam bar. Dinner. 1219 First St., Sarasota, (941) 444-7072

Wild boar ribs with squash and bacon cobbler at Melange.

23. Melange

Chef Lan Bradeen is a local superstar whose talent shines at her intimate downtown restaurant. A French-trained chef with a Vietnamese mother and a New England upbringing, Bradeen creates indulgent, playful cuisine, blending culinary styles to make mind-blowing combinations of flavors and textures—think duck brie crepes with brandy cream sauce or rabbit tacos with curry and mango. The far-reaching menu suits well-seasoned palates as well as curious would-be gourmets alike, and Melange’s moody, adults-only (no children under 12) dining room invites diners to experiment away. If you’re looking for a late-night dinner in downtown Sarasota, this should be your first choice. 1568 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 953-7111

24. Muse

Art museums all over are paying attention to the quality of their restaurants, and that’s true in Sarasota, too. Muse at the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art is a classy and comfortable place to stop for a nibble or a full meal after viewing the collection. Choose from indoor or outdoor seating that overlooks the grounds and a pretty pond, and order from a contemporary American bistro menu and full bar. Because you don’t need a museum ticket to eat at Muse, many locals meet friends there for lunch and dinner, drawn by the reliably tasty food, elegant setting and unhurried pace. It’s also a pre-theater destination for those going to see a play at Asolo Rep right across the street. 5477 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, (941) 360-7390

25. Libby’s Cafe & Bar

Libby’s Cafe & Bar has a fashionable, big-city energy and is always bustling, from the noisy bar where people dote on the creative craft cocktails to the dining rooms buzzing with chatter and clinking wine glasses. Just as lively is the New American menu, which changes with the seasons to offer the newest, best and freshest in sharing plates, salads, sandwiches and full meals. Killer grilled cheese sandwich and the same for the meatloaf, brisket short-rib burger and the deviled eggs with a smudge of black opal caviar on top. Eat inside or on the covered streetside patio that’s in the middle of the action in Southside Village. Lunch, dinner. 1917 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota, (941) 487-7300

26. Tide Tables

Make the scenic drive up Longboat Key to Cortez (bonus points if you do it while the sun is setting) and settle into a waterfront picnic table or inside in the nautically themed dining room. Seafood here is fresh and handled with respect. House specialties include fish tacos, gumbo and grouper from the fishing docks next door, and you’ll want to make sure you save room for the homemade Key lime pie, too. Lunch, dinner. 12507 Cortez Road, Bradenton, (941) 567-2606

27. Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar

You eat with your eyes first at this popular local spot, where picnic-style tables overlook the water and sometimes offer views of manatees drifting by. But the staff doesn’t rely on that view alone. The food is great, too. The seafood-heavy menu features standards like fish and chips, oysters and fish tacos, but they’re all prepared with a gourmet twist thanks to chef Pedro Flores, who helms the Oyster Bar kitchen as well as the one at its neighbor, the swanky Table Creekside. And there are some surprises here, too, including excellent tuna taco salad and an Asian-inspired mahi mahi noodle bowl. Lunch, dinner. 5353 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 925-4444

28. Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub

Old Florida cuisine gets the spotlight at Mar Vista, where grand grouper sandwiches and rich, croquette-like tater tots go hand-in-hand with the laid-back charm of the 1912 cottage. The waterfront setting is as appropriate for flip-flops and steamer pots as for anniversary celebrations and red snapper curry. Inside offers an intimate, pub-like atmosphere, but Mar Vista gets magical out back. On the deck and the shell beach beyond, diners sit at wrought-iron tables under a spreading, ancient oak tree festooned with strings of lights, channeling the calm of the Intracoastal in the soothing sea breeze. 760 Broadway St., Longboat Key, (941) 383-2391

29. Jpan

When everyone is in an Asian mood, but each wants something different, compromise on Jpan, which is reliably and authentically pan-Asian—and lots of fun. From bracing udon noodle soup to seaweed salad, sushi (lots of sushi), teriyaki, crispy duck, ginger sea bass and even tempura cheesecake, there’s something on this huge and deep menu to satisfy all. The restaurant is big and outfitted in airy Asian decor. There’s a sushi bar for watching the masters, a full liquor bar for those who want to relax and sip. It can get noisy, but there’s outdoor seating where you’re welcome to bring your dog. It’s always packed, so make a reservation. Lunch, dinner. Three locations original location 3 Paradise Plaza, Sarasota, (941) 954-5726

30. Selva

You say “ceviche,” we say “Selva,” the Main Street hot spot for vibrant nuevo Latino cuisine. Every Selva experience should start with one of the eatery’s signature ceviches, a variety of seafood marinated in sweet-tart-spicy citrus concoctions along with onion, corn, avocado and more. From there, whether you’re settled into the colorfully lit dining room or the popular lounge next door, tuck into some tapas or go for gussied-up South American entrées like the arroz con pato (duck breast atop rich green pea beer risotto), salmon Chileno topped with crab and manchego or the famous skirt steak served atop plantains, beet relish and chimichurri. 1345 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 362-4427

31. Star Fish Co.

Who needs plates? At this exalted waterfront dive, the food is served in cardboard bait containers the size of shoeboxes, unassuming packages that conceal the greatness within. Star Fish sources most of its seafood from A.P. Bell Fish Company next door, and then treats Bell’s outstanding Gulf catches with the care and respect they deserve. The grouper is grilled just until it’s done and no more, oysters are transformed in the deep fryer into crispy marine nuggets, and the smoked mullet, whipped into a spread or served on its own, tastes of pure fire and wood. No fancy recipes, no fancy presentation—and no credit cards, either. 12306 46th Ave. W., Cortez, (941) 794-1243

32. Made

Excess is the name of the game at Made, where a club sandwich includes duck confit, a smear of Brie and garlic aioli, in addition to all your regular club fixings and a brunch-time burger comes tricked out with bacon, sausage gravy, a maple-flavored pork link, cheese and an egg. Filling? Yes. Delicious? That, too. Little wonder that Made attracts a boisterous, youthful crowd eager to consume the restaurant’s bold dishes and Schwarzenegger-strong cocktails, especially on late, hangover-inflected Sunday mornings, when Made’s brunch outdoes everything else in town. 1990 Main St., #112, Sarasota, (941) 953-2900

33. Sandbar

Chowing down with your feet in the sand never gets old, particularly when the cuisine is as simple yet refined as it is at the Sandbar. The menu is heavy on prized creatures from the Gulf, such as mullet, grouper, oysters, clams, lobster and on occasion, lionfish, a venomous and invasive predator that devours native species and leaves coral reefs denuded. The local focus even extends to the vegetables, culled from Southwest Florida farms and served alongside braised meat from the region’s wild hogs. All that, plus one of the area’s most romantic beachfront vistas. 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, (941) 778-0444

34. Yume Sushi

If clarity, simplicity and focus are your sushi ideals, no one in town can match Yume. The chirashi here tells the story. Served atop a mound of sticky, grabable-with-your-chopsticks rice, it consists of simply the freshest and juiciest fish available—wedges of tuna and salmon and other species that carry an immensity of flavor all by their lonesome. Of course, delicate eel, tamago and piquant pickled items help, too. If you prefer to steer your own culinary ship, the restaurant offers plenty of maki rolls. Cobble together a platter of favorites both traditional and inventive. And don’t pass over the cocktail menu, heavy on fruity favorites. 1532 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 363-0604.

35. Apollonia Grill

On an afternoon reserved for retail therapy at the UTC mall or surrounding shopping centers, take a lunch or dinner respite at Apollonia Grill, an intimate storefront spot with a semi-open kitchen. It’s always busy, with shoppers and regulars enjoying the bright flavors of Greece—moussaka, gyros, dolmades, grilled Kesseri cheese and a wonderful avgolemeno soup. But it also serves well-executed dishes from other parts of the Mediterranean and a few American standards. Hearty, rich lamb shank osso buco comes with perfectly cooked vegetables and rice octopus is meltingly tender and a simple Greek salad offers a feast of flavors. 8235 Cooper Creek Blvd., University Park, (941) 359-4816

36. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar

Valet the Benz and pair a top-caliber steak with fine spirits at Fleming’s. The Sarasota restaurant lives up to the chain’s reputation for faultless service and outstanding food, including some of the best beef—prime and dry-aged—around. Try the New York strip steak with a porcini mushroom and Gorgonzola cream rub, along with several sides to share, and end with a slice of walnut turtle pie. The wine list is as good as the food, and the happy hour attracts a chic crowd, with nightly promos featuring selected drinks and small plates for $6 from 5 to 7 p.m. A comfortable hotspot with entrancing eats. 2001 Siesta Drive, #101, Sarasota, (941) 358-9463

37. Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse

Snuggle up by the fireplace with a craft cocktail at this elegant, clubby downtown steakhouse, where dark woods and red-hued walls and furnishings create a romantic atmosphere. This is the place to take expense-account clients or celebrate a special anniversary—although younger, less deep-pocketed professionals bring their good looks and unflagging energy to the 4 to 6:30 p.m. weeknight happy hour with affordable drinks and bar plates. Cheers to old-fashioned, big-city glamour. 35 S. Lemon Ave., Sarasota, (941) 366-7788

38. The Waterfront Restaurant and Craft Bar

Relish the views of Egmont Key, Tampa Bay and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge while dining on some of the most sustainable seafood dishes in Manatee County. The long-running island eatery has kept up with the times, serving modern takes on local and world seafood—for example, house-smoked Pacific salmon ($15) with Bermuda onions, capers and dilled cream cheese. And you’ll find contemporary sips such as a lime-ginger-infused smoked margarita at the full craft bar. Sit indoors or out before strolling over to the boutiques along Pine Avenue, and have an Anna Maria Island-style evening. 111 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, (941) 778-1515

39. Yummy House

Authentic Chinese, at last! Lots of local prayers were answered when this Sarasota outpost of a Tampa restaurant opened several years ago. Now regulars flock to the casual, black-and-gold decorated restaurant for dishes such as salt and pepper calamari, the whole Hong Kong-style roasted duck, and (our personal favorite) a dazzling array of dim sum. We always order way more than we can eat, but that’s what those cute Chinese take-out boxes are for. Grab a buzzer and take your place in the line for lunch or dinner. It’s worth the wait. 3232 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 351-1682

40. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

One of the first of the upscale steakhouse chains, Ruth’s Chris still sets a high bar. It’s a great place to impress a client, seal a deal or romance your sweetheart with prime cuts of meat enhanced with truffle butter, shiitake demi-glace and extravagantly indulgent sides. Pomegranate martinis are among the drinks poured at happy hour from 4:30 to 7 p.m. We like to end by sharing the white chocolate bread pudding with crème Anglaise. Businesspeople hold satellite events here by broadcasting meetings in high definition from private dining rooms. 6700 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 924-9442

41. Kazu’s 2.0

Gulf Gate has a growing food scene, with restaurants and specialty shops proliferating on several blocks around the Sarasota Pavilion shopping center, and this sleek, small Japanese gastropub is one of the best of the lot. You’ll find some of the city’s finest sushi, and daytime and late-night happy hours with unique items like two-for-$4 sake floats (order the lychee mist with lychee sake and lychee sherbet). Until 6 p.m., grab $4 sushi rolls and $4 Japas (Japanese tapas). Late happy hour runs from 10 p.m. until closing with $4 beer floats (say yes to the chocolate ice cream scoop dropped into the stout beer). Bust out those chopsticks and take a seat at the bar filled with friendly strangers. 6566 Gateway Ave., Sarasota, (941) 922-5459

42. Casey Key Fish House

This is the place every visitor dreams about: a casual, waterfront eatery with a tiki hut and food as good as the views. Start with a drink at the nautical, chickee-style bar nestled along the Intracoastal Waterway. Then take a seat inside the rambling restaurant. You can’t go wrong with seafood here lots of choices, but the baby calamari with homemade marinara sauce and the Willie Tia’s best bouillabaisse (lobster tail, mussels, shrimp, scallops and grouper in broth with Pernod) are longtime favorites. Arrive in Bermuda shorts and flip-flops for another night in paradise. 801 Blackburn Point Road, Osprey, (941) 966-1901

43. Blu Kouzina

For a St. Armands Circle experience that feels a bit like vacationing on the Greek isles, take a seat at an outdoor café table or in the blue-and-white interiors at this authentic Greek taverna, our editors’ pick for Best New Restaurant in 2015. All the Greek standards shine here, from moussaka to grilled lamb, and you’ll find a big assortment of small plates and appetizers to share or even compose a meal. The seafood especially, from prawns to grouper, is fresh and sublime. Take note of the finely sourced, imported ingredients on the menu, including olive oil from the owners’ own Greek groves, the rigani (oregano), the sea salt and the Greek thyme honey. 25 N. Boulevard of Presidents, (941) 388-1801

44. Puccini's

Puccini’s is like a clandestine private club you learn about from a friend. One that serves delicious food. Read more >>

45. Sardinia

Italian cooking guru Victor Hazan follows Dino Carta to Sardinia. Read more >>

46. Boca Kitchen Bar Market

Everybody comes to Boca. Read more >>

47. Beach Bistro

In 1985, Sean Murphy and pastry-chef wife Susan converted a shacky old beach store into a fine-dining restaurant right smack on the sand on romantic Anna Maria island. The place has been collecting awards ever since. Read more >>

48. Bijou Cafe

In 1986, chef Jean-Pierre Knaggs and his wife Shay revamped a dilapidated downtown gas station across from the opera house into a white bungalow with a French-inflected menu. Read more >>

49. Columbia

Casual and carefree during the day, the restaurant is jazzy and glamorous at night. Some of the formally dressed Latin waiters have tended to tourists and locals for decades. Read more >>

50. Euphemia Haye

The continental menu celebrates classics such as veal sweetbreads Grenobloise, crisp roasted duck, Key West snapper and Grecian lamb shank. The accomplished service, wine list and ambiance combine with the food to invite guests to appreciate how pleasurable the ritual of relaxed fine dining can be. Read more >>

51. Michael's On East

This sophisticated destination for contemporary American cuisine is always being influenced by the global-travel passion of founder Michael Klauber. Read more >>

52. Maison Blanche

In a restaurant world hurtling toward casual, communal, loud and fast, Longboat Key’s 15-year-old Maison Blanche is an anomaly: formal, private, hushed and leisurely. Read more >>

53. Caragiulos

Everybody’s favorite downtown pizza and pasta place. Read more >>

54. Pino’s

Seafood done supremely well in a chef-driven dining room. Read more >>

55. Bologna Cafe

Drive to Osprey for dinner in Bologna, Italy. Read more >>

56. Chianti

For dependable Italian classics and rich red sauce in a family atmosphere. Read more >>

57. Made in Italy

Join the chic, boisterous crowd for pizza and more in a lively Venice hotspot. Read more >>

58. Cassariano

In little downtown Venice, contemporary Italian cuisine with big-city cred. Read more >>

59. Marcello Ristorante Italiano

For a romantic interlude, make reservations and tell the babysitter you’ll be home late. Read more >>

60. Mediterraneo

When you want an uptown experience with the in-crowd. Read more >>

61. Flavio's Brick Oven and Bar

Take an instant Siesta Key vacay while enjoying great pizza and Italian favorites. Read more >>

62. Owen's Fish Camp

This fish place looks like it’s been in business since at least 1950. And that’s a good thing. Read more >>


4. THE OTTOMANI

BEST FOR Middle Eastern cuisine
PRICING From SG$108 PER PERSON
WEBSITE https://www.theottomani.com/
ADDRESS 48 Peck Seah Street in Singapore, right near Tanjong Pagar
CONTACT DETAILS +65 9231 9316 | [email protected]
OPERATING HOURS Mon to Sat: 6pm to Midnight

Dining at The Ottomani is like a trip by itself with classic, Middle Eastern decor to complement their cuisine.

The food boasts bold, exotic flavours using local and sustainable ingredients alongside unique dishes from the far-off regions of Morocco to Turkey.

To set the mood, they use fire as a central element in the interiors as well as food preparation. Most sources of light in the restaurant venue are either candles or oil lanterns, adding to the fantasy of mysterious Arabian nights.

If you want a no-fail dinner date in Singapore that has romantic ambiance, The Ottomani should be one of your top choices.

Service Highlights

  • Local, sustainable ingredients
  • Intimate, cosy ambience
  • Luxurious decor fit for royalty
  • Cocktails made with Raki, a popular Middle Eastern anise-flavoured spirit
  • Convenient online reservation

Customer Reviews

For their outstanding service, a knowledgeable staff, good food and cosy atmosphere, they have a high Google Reviews rating. One customer described The Ottomani as “the most interesting restaurant” in Singapore.

Meanwhile, Gary Woods wrote:

“Feel transported to a 5* restaurant in 1930s Istanbul, with subtle background music that doesn’t interfere with your dining experience. Attentive service and original dishes with a middle eastern influence, discreetly hidden at the back of the Fat Prince kebab bar.”


Ballroom at the Ben

Ballroom at the Ben is a wedding venue located in Philadelphia, PA. This location is characterized by its opulent appearance, with all the design features of a classic palatial ballroom. You can host a truly spectacular celebration here that you and your guests are sure to remember for years to come. Your experience at Ballroom at the Ben can begin by preparing in one of the property’s dedicated get-ready suites. You can use the breathtaking ballroom to host both your ceremony and reception. Seating can be set up to your preference here, creating an ideal backdrop against which you can exchange your vows. Following this, you can enjoy a cocktail reception, taking place in the mezzanine area that overlooks the ballroom. Here, you and your guests can mingle and meet, enjoying hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. Meanwhile, the staff can transform the ballroom itself into your reception space, complete with banquet tables and a spacious dancefloor for all of your after-dinner entertainment. Ballroom at the Ben offers couples a vast range of services to help them facilitate their perfect day. This includes their on-site catering services, provided by Finley Catering. You can work with these culinary professionals to design a menu that suits the exact vibe of your celebration. They can provide everything from pasta dishes to artfully crafted salads, adjusting their recipes to accommodate any dietary restrictions you may have. Service staff will also be on hand to assist you, managing all set up and serving of your courses. In addition to this, you can avail of such event rentals as tables and chairs, linens, flatware, and glassware. The event staff are excited to work with you to help you create a magical experience for your special day.


10 Best Bartender Job Descriptions

The Bartender will provide exceptional customer service, and mix and serve drinks to patrons, directly or through wait staff, quickly and without waste. Bartenders must work well with wait staff and other staff to ensure that customers receive prompt service.

Bartender Duties & Responsibilities 1

  • Greets guests, mixes and serves alcoholic/non-alcoholic drinks and creates drink recipes with appropriate garnishes.
  • Checks identification of customers to verify age requirements for purchase of alcohol.
  • Bartenders should be friendly, tactful and attentive when dealing with customers.
  • Takes beverage orders from serving staff or directly from patrons.
  • Slices and pits fruit for garnishing drinks.
  • Arranges bar/cart supplies and glasses to make attractive displays.
  • Maintains bar/cart area in a neat and sanitary manner.
  • Cleans glasses, utensils and bar equipment cleans bars, work areas and tables.
  • Records all sales, collects money, operates a cash/credit card/electronic payment register and follows all cash-handling procedures as required.
  • May prepare and/or sell food items.
  • May take inventory and review stock and requisitions.
  • May stock bar with beer, wine, liquor and related supplies such as ice, glassware, napkins or straws.

Bartender Requirements & Skills 1

  • Willingness to be open to learning and growing.
  • Maturity of judgment and behavior.
  • Maintains high standards for work areas and appearance.
  • Maintains a positive attitude.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule helpful.
  • Must comply with any dress code requirements.
  • Must be able to work nights, weekends and some holidays.
  • Attends work and shows up for scheduled shift on time with satisfactory regularity.
  • High School diploma, GED, or equivalent experience.
  • 0 to 1 year related experience.
  • Must be able to make a wide range of drink recipes and be able to mix drinks correctly.
  • Presents self in a highly professional manner to others and understands that honesty and ethics are essential.
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude.
  • Ability to communicate with co-workers and other departments with professionalism and respect.
  • Maintains a professional relationship with all coworkers, vendor representatives, supervisors, managers, customers, and client representatives.
  • Ability to use a computer.
  • Listen carefully to their customers' orders, explain drink and food items, and make menu recommendations.
  • Converse with customers on a variety of subjects, to create a friendly and welcoming environment at the bar.
  • Close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus, with or without corrective lenses.
  • Significant walking or other means of mobility.
  • Ability to work in a standing position for long periods of time (up to 8 hours).
  • Ability to reach, bend, stoop, push and/or pull, and frequently lift up to 35 pounds and occasionally lift/move 40 pounds.

Bartender Job summary 2

The Bartender is responsible for providing the highest quality of beverage production and service to our Members and guests. In addition to supporting all Club venues, events, and fellow Employee Partners, the Bartender maintains the bar, service areas, and related storerooms.

Bartender Duties & Responsibilities 2

  • Follow proper procedures for stocking and cleaning bar area
  • Ensure opening and closing duties are performed to ensure bar readiness at all times

Bartender Requirements & Skills 2

  • Previous bartending experience required
  • A working knowledge of bar related beverages, spirits, mixed and specialty drinks, wine and beer

Bartender Job summary 3

Are you an experienced bartender? Are you looking for a dynamic and growing organization that will both challenge and reward you? Join our team and embark on an exciting new opportunity! We are looking for a Bartender to provide excellent customer service to bar guests. As a Bartender, you'll be responsible for setting-up the bar area, preparing and mixing beverages, serving customers, and maintaining the cleanliness of the bar area.

Bartender Duties & Responsibilities 3

  • Check identification of guests to verify age requirements for the purchase of alcohol.
  • Operate cash register and receive payment from customer in cash or credit card, and accurately count and provide change to customers when applicable.
  • Monitor the intake of alcohol of guests, prohibiting the sale to those who are intoxicated. Order taxis or other means of transportation for intoxicated patrons.
  • Operate in compliance with federal, state and local law requirements for serving alcohol.
  • Greet customers and take beverage orders for guests from restaurant servers.
  • Prepare and serve alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks as ordered, in a timely manner and in compliance with company standards.
  • Perform shift opening and closing duties as directed.
  • Present menus, take orders and serve food to guests seated at the bar.
  • Clean, sanitize and maintain bar area including counters and equipment.
  • Prepare garnishes, stock, and replenishe beverages and garnishment supply as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Bartender Requirements & Skills 3

  • High School Education (some HS education required)
  • Previous bartender experience
  • Professional appearance
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills
  • Basic computer proficiency including the ability to use email and internet

Bartender Job summary 4

A Bartender mixes and serves alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks to guests of the bar and service bar following standard recipes and the company’s policies merchandises drinks and is attentive to guests, making them feel welcome, at all times.

Bartender Duties & Responsibilities 4

  • Maintains a warm, welcoming atmosphere.
  • IDs all guests ordering alcoholic beverages.
  • Properly and promptly prepare, garnish, and serve drinks to guests.
  • Engages with guests by making drinks in front of the guest using working flair.
  • Knows the menu and how to read each guest to make appropriate beverage and food recommendations.
  • Upsells guests on food or drink items when appropriate.
  • Keeps a clean, organized bar area.
  • Accurately rings up all orders in the POS system while maintaining ability to socialize with guests.
  • Follows all relevant brand standards for service.
  • Builds guests count by promoting specials and building a regular clientele.
  • Strictly adheres to responsible alcohol service standards and is able to successfully “slow down a guest” or cut off an intoxicated guest when necessary.

Bartender Requirements & Skills 4

  • A Bartender must be able to mix drinks quickly and accurately in a fast-paced, high volume environment.
  • Must be dressed neatly and well groomed in company approved dress code at all times
  • Must follow standards of Responsible Service of Alcohol
  • Must meet local jurisdiction requirements, including but not limited to obtaining required certifications
  • Must be able to operate P.O.S. system , make change correctly and make credit card transactions
  • Must be able to calmly respond to angry guests and notify a Manager
  • Must be able to pass initial and annual validation
  • Must be able to respond clearly to guests’ requests
  • Must be able to hear well amongst loud background noise
  • Must be able to frequently lift 30 lb. cases and carry short distances, up or down stairs
  • Must be able to reach, bend, stoop, shake, stir and wipe
  • Must be able to frequently immerse hands in hot water (every 5 minutes)

Bartender Job summary 5

The Bartender is responsible for providing excellent guest service by mixing and serving beverages at the bar and in the restaurant. This position is critical to the restaurant by delighting guests, supporting team members, creating great beverages, and ensuring alcohol compliance and revenue growth.

Bartender Duties & Responsibilities 5

  • Ensures guests are delighted thus inspiring loyalty and repeat business.
  • Uses up-selling techniques with every guest to enhance experience.
  • Builds positive, professional relationships with guests.
  • Brings unruly guest behavior to the attention of the manager.
  • Promotes excellence, cooperation and teamwork within the company.
  • Supports and assists team members.
  • Sets-up, maintains and operates the bar.
  • Adheres to standardized recipes and department rules and procedures.
  • Prepares garnishes to ensure freshness and quality.
  • Takes drink and food orders and accurately inputs into register system.
  • Ensures the correct drinks and food ordered are delivered to the table/guest.
  • Collects payment and makes correct change.
  • Follows opening, closing and cleaning checklists on a daily basis.
  • Maintains displays of liquor and glasses on a daily basis.
  • Ensures PCI credit card compliance.

Bartender Requirements & Skills 5

  • Guest service mentality has a genuine desire to serve the customer.
  • Strong verbal communication and listening skills.
  • Self starter who is energetic and flexible.
  • Maintains a calm, tactful demeanor when dealing with difficult situations
  • Prioritizes responsibilities and achieves results through multi tasking
  • Forms strong working relationships within team.
  • Identifies additional tasks to be completed and willingly assists others.
  • Follows direction with focused attention.
  • Basic knowledge of beer, wine and spirits and standard drink recipes required.
  • Must possess alcohol dispensing certification.
  • Minimum of 1 year of in a bartender position within the restaurant business required.
  • Must be able to stand and exert fast-paced mobility for periods of up to 4 hours in length.

Bartender Job summary 6

The Bartender mixes and serves alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Serves food and drinks to guests in a courteous and timely manner.

Bartender Duties & Responsibilities 6

  • Mixes ingredients such as liquor, soda, water and fruit juice to prepare alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Interacts verbally with all bar guests creating a friendly and upbeat atmosphere.
  • Serves food and drinks to all bar guests
  • Completes assigned opening and closing sidework.
  • Slices fruit and vegetable garnishes for drinks.
  • Presents guest checks to bar patrons. Makes correct change and/or completes any necessary charge card transactions.
  • Processes employee and/or manager food orders.
  • Relays food orders to kitchen via the point-of-sale computerized register system.

Bartender Requirements & Skills 6

  • Able to operate blenders, frozen drink machines and other bar equipment.
  • Stands during entire shift.
  • Frequent immersion of hands in water every five minutes.
  • Ability to wipe down table tops, table legs, pick up debris off floor and wipe down booth seats in all areas of the restaurant.
  • Transports glass racks cases up to 25 pounds (such as a case of beer) up to 15 times per shift.
  • Reading, writing, basic math and verbal communication skills required.
  • Must have ability to remain stationary for long periods of up to four (4) hours in length. Must be able to reach, bend, stoop, and frequently lift up to 50 pounds.

Bartender Job summary 7

Bartenders are key players in making sure each guest at the bar receives their order promptly and accurately, and leaves with a smile and a memory of unparalleled service.You are a team player at heart. You know that you are only successful when those around you are set up for success. You are eager to be part of an amazing group, and have the ability to inspire those around you.

Bartender Duties & Responsibilities 7

  • Smile and greet guests in a friendly manner as they approach the bar, and promote suggestive selling and new/recommended products each time.
  • Provide unparalleled guest service, constantly striving to delight and surprise our guests, vendors, and stakeholders.
  • Assess guests' needs and preferences.
  • Adhere to all liquor sales standards, including asking each guest for identification and assessing when guests should no longer be served.
  • Maintain safety as the top priority for our Team Members, guests and products.

Bartender Requirements & Skills 7

  • Experience Required: 0 to 6 months.
  • Experience Desired: Prior experience in restaurant/bar or related field.
  • Education Required: No High School diploma required.
  • Lifting Requirement: Up to 50 pounds.
  • Age Requirement: At least 21 years of age.

Bartender Job summary 8

The Bartender is responsible for providing beverage service to all guests in an efficient, courteous and professional manner displaying a high standard of customer service.

Bartender Duties & Responsibilities 8

  • Provides constant, attentive and exceptional service to guests while serving beverages.
  • Assists servers in an even rotation to maintain guest satisfaction.
  • Completes all side work in a timely and satisfactory manner to insure a clean, neat work area that is adequately stocked at all times.
  • Assist all guests as needed.
  • Stays informed and up-to-date with all daily changes in menus, pricing, special events, and promotions.
  • Reacts to change productively and handles other essential tasks as assigned.
  • Handles cash and credit card transactions efficiently.
  • Additional duties as assigned

Bartender Requirements & Skills 8

Bartender Job summary 9

The Bartender is responsible to prepare and serve drinks to customers and able to mix and match ingredients in order to create classic and innovative drinks in accordance with customers’ needs and expectations. The purpose of this position is to interact with the guests and ensure they have a great experience.

Bartender Duties & Responsibilities 9

  • Greet guests in a friendly manner and accurately prepare drinks from an extensive drink menu.
  • Engage guests to create a fun, relaxing atmosphere.
  • Take food and drink orders and answer questions to insure five star service.
  • Wash dishes and maintain cleanliness behind and throughout the entire bar area.
  • Assist other departments as needed and handle other duties as assigned.

Bartender Requirements & Skills 9

  • Must be able to work holidays and weekends.
  • Must be self-motivated and able to work well with minimum supervision.
  • Must have reliable transportation and pass a background check.
  • Wear the proper uniform at all times. Uniform must be wrinkle free, clean and neat.

Bartender Job summary 10

Prepare beverages and provide beverage service in a friendly courteous and timely manner, resulting in guest satisfaction. Prepare beverages for service by cocktail servers. Act as a cashier for the beverage outlet.


DINING OUT French Food That's on the Light Side

OUR area offers a varied selection of French dining experiences, from formal to bistro, from cream-based classics to lighter cafe fare. The array of dishes Pascal's prepares should please any cardiologist: most sauces are derived from chopped vegetables, olives and heady broths.

The dining room remains almost as it was before the restaurant's temporary closing last year. Elegantly neo-classic though it may be, however, the place, as well as the formal service, is far from stuffy. A chunky, life-size robot stands in the entry -- a playful incongruity. And if dishes now are less opulent than they were in the past, rest assured that not one trace of flavor has been sacrificed.

Two additions accompany the reopening. Lunch is now served. This reasonably priced menu lists salads and pasta and typically French dishes like Croque Monsieur and quiche Lorraine. And there's a special three-course dinner menu, price-fixed at $28 (before drinks, tax and tip) every Wednesday night.

While we decided on our meal, a lagniappe arrived, a thoughtful touch, although not consistently well executed: once a demitasse cup of lovely red pepper soup another time slightly damp miniature popovers. But appetizers proved a tasty lot. Most were apportioned and presented daintily, often against a bed of greens. The exception was vegetable tart -- more like a napoleon in construction -- with roasted tomato, eggplant and onion simply layered on a slab of puff pastry.

In a delicious combination, a roasted green apple came with melting goat cheese dribbling from the fruit's cored center and Pascal's excellent rolls made fine sops for finishing off the sauce from a casserole of mussels, tomatoes and chopped olives. A slice of foie gras teamed with fanned slices of ripe avocado and a mesclun salad was dressed in a nicely balanced balsamic vinaigrette. And served at room temperature, a slice of silkier 'ɼhef's'' foie gras with Armagnac was all ready to be slathered onto warm triangles of toast. Creamy rillettes of duck with toast and a fine mixed salad also hit the mark.

Pascal's features a dish of the month, and we lucked out with a terrific bouillabaisse. Composed of a carefully cooked assortment of seafood, which together released a complex broth, the stew was treated to even more flavor from a topping of well-seasoned rouille. For plainer tastes for seafood, sautéed salmon came done to a succulent turn, a weightless lemon sauce adding just the right enhancement. Sautéed monkfish with lobster sauce looked pretty, but the fish was overcooked and dry.

Remarkably tender lamb arrived in three small collops, the dish made more splendid by a bolstering of luscious mushroom mousse and Calvados-laced sauce. A hill of french fries accompanied a slab of grilled hanger steak in red wine sauce, in a steak frites classic. Duck with orange sauce brought the breast sautéed and the leg section roasted -- both pieces of the meat timed perfectly. An attractive assemblage of vegetables came with all entrees.

Tempting desserts included a smooth, intense fondant of chocolate, raspberry meringue with sorbet and chocolate cake with a center of molten chocolate. For a clean finish there's always sorbet. Tart Tatin and profiteroles complete the French touch.

A three-course dinner averages $37 without drinks, tax and tip. Pascal's is near the Larchmont train station.

ATMOSPHERE Airy, handsome dining room with comfortable chairs and banquets and well-appointed tables. Attentive, charming service.

RECOMMENDED DISHES From a frequently changing menu, roasted apple with warm goat cheese, casserole of mussels, avocado and foie gras salad, chef's foie gras with Armagnac, rillettes of duck, duck with orange sauce, grilled hanger steak, fillet of lamb with mushroom mousse, bouillabaisse, sautéed salmon, fondant of chocolate, raspberry meringue.

PRICES Lunch, main dishes, $7 to $12. Dinner, main dishes, $15 to $27. Special price-fixed three-course dinner every Wednesday, $28.

CREDIT CARDS Major cards accepted.

HOURS Lunch, Tuesdays through Fridays, noon to 2 p.m. Dinner, Tuesdays through Thursdays, 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 5:30 to 10 p.m. Sundays, 5:30 to 9 p.m.

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS Street Level.

THE RATINGS Excellent, Very good, Good, Satisfactory, Poor.

Ratings reflect the reviewer's reaction primarily to food, with ambience and service taken into consideration. Menu listings and prices are subject to change.


Tamarind

Braised organic Tablelands pork belly, croquette, crackling, spicy plum sauce and cashews.

About Tamarind

An exotic sensory feast awaits diners at multi-award-winning Tamarind, signature restaurant of Cairns’ Reef Hotel Casino. The journey begins with an ambient, low-lit dining room set with crisp white linen among warm timber walls and leads to a contemporary fusion of Eastern flavours and the finest regional produce. Changing regularly with the seasons, Tamarind’s menu is complemented by an impressive Australian wine list, local and imported beers and spirits and an innovative cocktail menu. Order a la carte with choices like braised beef short rib Galbi, ssamjang, wild rice dukkah, fried lotus root, spiced ketchup and fried Scotch egg or smoked Wagyu ox cheek wontons, scallops and miso sweet potato. For a true taste of the region indulge in Tamarind’s seven-course menu with matched wines.

A few words from Tamarind

Located in the heart of downtown Cairns, Tamarind elegantly resides within The Pullman Reef Hotel Casino.

Renowned in Cairns and throughout North Queensland, this award winning fine dining restaurant offers a contemporary menu of generously portioned, Asian fusion dishes that showcase the very best in regional produce.

Uncompromising technique combines with seasonally selected ingredients to deliver the Tamarind vision of what fine dining and great cuisine is.

The awarded wine list presents over 100 old and new world varietals, carefully selected to complement menu flavours.

The house cocktail list takes inspiration from mod-Asian ingredients to deliver bespoke creations, perfect for before or after.

Asian artefacts highlight tasteful décor to establish an eclectic ambiance with understated character.

Professional service with relaxed delivery completes the experience.

Daily degustation menu with or without tailored wine pairings is a signature offering.

Australian Good Food Guide - One Chef's Hat 2015/16/17/18/19/20

Gourmet Wine Traveller, Wine List of the Year - One Glass 2015/16/17/18/19

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Location & Map

Pullman Reef Hotel Casino, 35-41 Wharf Street, Cairns 4870 QLD - See Map

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Tapioca Battered Prawns with Asian Aioli and Nashi Pear Salad

A little starter, a sure crowd pleaser, the salad also works well dressed with nuoc cham a Thai dre.

Penang Duck Curry

Highlighted with the smooth flavour of caramelised pumpkin.

Features & Facilities

Payments Accepted: Visa, Mastercard, Diners, Amex, Eftpos, UnionPay

Seats: 70 Chef: Graeme Miles

Opening Hours

Groups & Functions

Available for sole use hire for up to 90 guests or smaller functions in our semi-private dining space for up to 20 guests. A range of set menu options available starting from $65 for two course. All menus are flexible and can be adjusted to meet the needs of your function or special guest dietary requirements. Please contact the team on 07 4030 8897 for all enquiries or email us at [email protected]

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Member Reviews (15)

Perfect
Finest dining experience in Cairns. Very calming and intimate atmosphere. Staff are highly skilled and attentive. Above and beyond service. The food is exquisite. Perfect combinations of texture and flavour will have you wanting more. The Chicken Saag is a contemporary twist on an old indian classic. A perfectly executed dish, a joy to experience.

Great food and service
The food are very prefect and the staff explain the food very clearly

Excellent service, great food. every time.
Steak was unreal.

Just beautiful food

Excellent food and service
I have an Accor Plus Gold card and eat here with my partner regularly . The service is outstanding and the food fantastic. When we go out with friends from out of town we always bring them here as we know how impressed they will be . The seats in the front part of the restaurant have a better ambiance then the new areas so try and be seated there . If you want a great night in Cairns and to be treated like royalty come here for a meal and some of the great cocktails

We are Accor Advantage Plus Members and were recommended by them to dine at this Restaurant. When we checked into our hotel they also recommended that we should dine here. Given that we came with very high expectations we definitely were not disappointed. From the moment we arrived the Staff were so friendly and welcoming and extremely professional and efficient. Their knowledge of the Menu and their understanding of each component for every dish was impressive to say the least. We ordered one of their cocktails - their signature Mojito - and it was delicious. The perfect Mojito! The experience just continued to impress as the meal progressed. The combinations of flavours and textures on each plate was just incredible. Every mouthful was a treat. The serving sizes were generous but not too much. Every dish we were left wanting more but only because of the delicious flavours! We have dined in some very elite restaurants including Michelin Hatted venues and we both agreed that this was one of the best dining experiences that we have ever had. Thank you to the front of house staff but more importantly thank you to the Chef and all kitchen staff. We will travel to Cairns just to return to this restaurant!


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This acclaimed Ritz-Carlton restaurant offers a superb wine-tasting menu. In addition, each entree is carefully plated and designed, resulting in a truly memorable gastric experience.

What patrons are saying:

Wow. Amazing food. Did seven course tasting and it blew me away.” -Google Reviewer


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