Ministry of Crab

Colombo, April 2018– The most well-known restaurant in Colombo is undoubtedly Ministry of Crab.  It has been garnered quite a few accolades, including making the Asia’s Best 50 Restaurants list for the 5thconsecutive year. Located inside the 400-year old Dutch Hospital, the restaurant has a warm and trendy feeling to it. Diners are seated at one…

Somewhere in Time at Galle Fort

Sri Lanka, April 2018– If there were a place trapped in time, it must be Galle, the 17thcentury Dutch colonial UNESCO-protected fort.  Our first time there was in 2009, and so mesmerized by this charming place, we brought our 6-year old son there 9 years later. Exploring the fort on foot, tourists rush around to fascinating…

Suay

Phuket, Feb & June 2018 – In recent years, quite a few trendy restaurants have opened on this popular resort town in Thailand. One of our favourites is Suay Restaurant at Cherngtalay. Celebrity Chef Tammasak is masterful at creating interesting fusion Thai cuisine. “Suay Salad” – Assorted salad, pomelo fruit, Thai basil, crispy fried soft…

Sühring

Bangkok, June 2018 – Sühring (No. 4, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018, Two-Michelin Stars) is one of the most stylish restaurants in bustling Bangkok.   German chefs Thomas and Mathias Sühring, who are also twin brothers, are cooking up a menu of beautiful modern German cuisine. Mr. King and I ordered the tasting menu (Thai Baht…

Supanniga Eating Room

Bangkok, June 2018 – Supanniga Eating Room is where the locals go for home-style Thai cuisine, based on recipes “passed down from one generation to another by owner, Thanaruek’s grandmother (Khunyai)”.   We visited the Thonglor branch, which was cosy, yet vibrant. Prices were very reasonable, and the menu offered no shortage of variety. Pla Som…

PASTE

Bangkok, June 2018 – A few months before this trip, Mr. King called me from his business trip and said, “My friend just took me to this delicious dinner at PASTE. You have got to try their watermelon dish!” Truth be told, Mr. King went there for lunch again that same week. So I was…

BO.LAN – Homage to Thailand

Bangkok, June 2018 – Our first reaction at Bo.Lan was hesitation, then came confusion and finally intrigue. Mr. King and I have been travelling to Thailand for nearly two decades, and we have never tasted Thai cuisine quite like this. It made us questioned whether what we know as real Thai food was after all not…

Ritz Paris

Paris, June 2018 – Despite its recent major renovations, Ritz Paris did not loose its original style, but just seemed to be refreshed.   Mr. King and I dropped by for a quick afternoon tea, after shopping at Place Vendôme. Bar Vendôme indeed looked very different than its previous interiors, pre-renovations. The Parisian brasserie has…

Le Stella

Paris, November 2018 – In the heart of the 16th arrondissement, a short stroll from the famous sight of Trocadéro, is a classic Parisian brasserie – Le Stella.  Several French people told us that Le Stella has one of the best steak tartare in the city and is where locals go. Since Mr. King and…

Le Mesturet

Paris, November 2018 – Le Mesturet is one of those wonderful experiences that one stumbles upon unexpectedly. A Swiss friend from Zurich had suggested it, but none of the concierge team at our hotel has heard of it. We were hesitant at first, but decided to go there on a wimp since we were just…

Café Antonia at Le Bristol Paris

Paris, June 2018 & November 2018 –  Café Antonia is the informal restaurant inside France’s first Palace Hotel in Paris – Hotel Le Bristol. After a long haul flight, Mr. King and I were too tired to venture out and about the city. So we dined at Café Antonia, which was the perfect venue for…

Fondation Louis Vuitton

Paris, Jun 2018 – Fondation Louis Vuitton has been on my bucket list of places to visit since its opening in 2014. Mr. King and I were blown away by the extraordinary architecture, impressive exhibitions and scenic gardens. “From an initial sketch drawn on a blank page in a notebook to the transparent cloud sitting…