Botafumeiro

Barcelona, December 2016 – Botafumeiro is probably the undisputed best seafood restaurant in Barcelona, regardless of whether you ask a local resident or tourist.  My first visit to this culinary legend was 20 years ago in 1996, and that dinner is still one of the few things I remembered from that trip. So it is…

El Celler de Can Roca Again

Girona, December 2016 – Mr. King and I could have stayed in New York for our wedding anniversary, but decided to depart a day earlier for Barcelona so that we could spend our special day at the legendary Michelin 3-star restaurant, El Celler de Can Roca. Our last visit was less than 10 months ago…

TICKETS TAPAS BAR

Barcelona, December 2016 – No other tapas bar in the world is quite like TICKETS in Barcelona, the brainchild of Albert Adria (of El Bulli fame). TICKETS’ ranking at No. 29 on the World’s Best 50 Restaurant list is a testimonial in itself and the most flattering compliment. Cuttlefish / Basil Waffles Our first visit…

The Ledbury

London, November 2016 – Nestled inside a quaint little house at the more residential end of Notting Hill, The Ledbury is one of London’s finest restaurants. Led by Australian Chef Brett Graham, The Ledbury has received a number of accolades including two Michelin stars and ranked #14 amongst The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Famed for…

Sushi Nakazawa New York City

New York City, December 2016 – Chef Nakazawa might be the apprentice of world famous Tokyo-based sushi Chef Jiro, but his New York sushi bar is a world away from his mentor’s traditional style. The only resemblance was that both served 20 pieces of sushi during the omakase (chef’s choice dinner), except the duration of…

Shinji’s Botan Ebi

Singapore, November 2016 – Every time I visit Shinji St. Regis (my favorite sushi restaurant in Singapore), I can’t wait to savor the fine sushi crafted by Chef Kikuchi. This week, I was really blown away by – a shrimp?!   And it wasn’t just any shrimp – a Botan Ebi like I have never tasted!…

Maze Grill

London, October 2014 – Maze Grill Mayfair, one of Gordon Ramsay’s culinary creations, is a must-go for meat-lovers. I would say the menu is 70% meat.   Any meat-lover would be impressed by their selection of steaks, which includes British Native Breeds, Rare Breeds, U.S. and Japanese Breeds. Our order was simple: Iceberg Wedge – Blue…

A Toddler’s London

London – On our family vacation to London, Mr. King & I wanted to make sure that our toddler son enjoyed the city too. What we, adults, consider fun may not be the same for a child. No afternoon tea or foodie experience for him. Instead we settled on wholesome foods (Breadstreet Kitchen & Disney Café)…

Zurich’s Chocolate Heaven

Zurich, August 2011 – You may already know about my sweet tooth from my previous posts, Pink Robes & Cherry Soup at Ritz Paris and Ladurée: A Little Taste of Paris. The mere mention of macarons brings me to more thoughts on – well, macarons…. I had long believed that the macaron was either a…

Hashida Sushi

Singapore, November 2016 – Hashida Sushi, one of most popular gourmet sushi restaurants in the Lion City, has moved to bigger premises a few months ago. This is a testament of its popularity amongst the local sushi lovers. We were fortunate to be seated in front of Chef Yuji Sato, the Hokkaido native who is…

Aoki’s Omakase

Singapore, October 2016 – Long before the recent emergence of upscale sushi restaurants all over Singapore, Aoki has been and still is the place to go for refined Japanese cuisine. Recently, I was treated to a fantastic Omakase dinner (SGD300). It was pure indulgence of the finest seafood and ingredients. Ikura appetizer – every spoonful…

The Song of India

Singapore, October 2016 – There is no shortage of delicious Indian cuisine in Singapore, but The Song of India is definitely one of the finest Indian restaurants, combining authentic Indian food with an elegant ambience. It was garnered Michelin 1-Star in the inaugural edition of the Michelin Guide in July 2016, and is Singapore’s only Michelin-star…