Le Pavillon des Boulevards

Bordeaux, June 2018 – When travelling with 10 people, it is not easy to find a gourmet restaurant to accommodate large groups. The 1 Michelin star Le Pavillon des Boulevards had an intimate private room that fitted our group perfectly. We had the chance to enjoy the creative cuisine by Chef Thomas Morel. It was…

EPICURE at LE BRISTOL

Paris, June 2018 –  One of the most beautiful breakfasts that I have ever savoured was at Epicure, a 3 Michelin star restaurant, located inside the charming Hotel Le Bristol on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. During our stay, we had breakfast there every morning. Mr. King and I preferred the tables by the windows, which…

Le Bordeaux Gordon Ramsay

Bordeaux, June 2018 – We started our weekend excursion in Bordeaux with a breakfast at Le Bordeaux Gordon Ramsay. Located inside the classic hotel –Intercontinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hotel, the restaurant has a wonderful view of the Opera House. The interior design was “supervised by Jacques Garcia recalls the splendid Belle-Époque style”. The colors…

GAROPAPILLES

Bordeaux, June 2018 – One of the hardest tables to reserve in Bordeaux was the recently minted 1 Michelin star Garopapilles, led by Chef Tanguy Laviale and co-owner, Gael (Chef de Cave, sommelier). Mr. King and I considered this our best meal during our last visit to Bordeaux. We selected the degustation menu that comprised…

MINIPALAIS

Paris, June 2018 – The MiniPalais is one of the trendiest restaurants in the heart of Paris. The creative culinary force behind The MiniPalais is Chef Eric Frechon of the 3 Michelin stars restaurant at Hôtel Le Bristol Paris. It is housed inside the beautiful Grand Palais, a historic site and museum in the Triangle…

YAM’TCHA

Paris, June 2018 – I was captivated by the documentary on Chef Adeline Grattard, a French chef who went to Hong Kong to find her inspiration for the hottest restaurant in Paris, Yam’Tcha (1 Michelin star). Her interpretation of Franco Chinese cuisine is refreshing and absolutely delicious. Yam ‘Tcha, located on rue saint Honoré, is…

Alain Passard’s Arpège

Paris, June 2018 – Dining at Chef Alain Passard’s Arpège (3 Michelin stars since 1996 and #12 on World’s 50 Best Restaurants List) has long been on my wish list. Chef Alain is considered to be one of the greatest innovators in the culinary world, especially with his take on vegetables and a true farm (he…

Mitsui Cuisine M

Taipei, December 2017 – Mr. King and I have long been supporters of Mitsui Japanese Cuisine which serves up fresh sushi, sashimi and most famous for their crabs and hot pots (shabu shabu) in a traditional Japanese restaurant setting. When we arrived at Mitsui Cuisine M, the latest addition to the Mitsui family, we were…

Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar

Singapore, May & August 2017 – My latest favourite restaurant in Singapore is Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar – a creation by world acclaimed Chef Jean Georges Vongerichten. This post is long overdue since I have already been there several times over the past year. I absolutely fell in love with the décor – colonial botanical…

Four Seasons Roast Duck

London, December 2016 – According to The Financial Times (in 2010), the best roast duck in the world is found at Four Seasons Restaurant in London. Four Seasons uses a secret formula for seasoning of their Chinese style barbeque roast duck. Actually, we have visited the Four Seasons Restaurant in Chinatown a few times on…

Remembering Alain Senderens

Paris, 1997 – Reading about the passing of acclaimed French chef, Alain Senderens (1939 – June 2017),  brought back memories of my first three Michelin stars  dining experiences. “The New York Times called him a founding father of Nouvelle Cuisine. Le Figaro credited him as the inventor of food and wine pairings.” “Senderens worked at…

Jiangle Kappo Sushi

Taipei, December 2017 – Jiangle Kappo Sushi 匠樂日本料理 is one of the best sushi restaurant that I have ever been to. Mr. King’s foodie friend told us that we must go to Jiangle if we go to Taipei. After I found out about their “no photo” policy, I informed Mr. King that we were going…