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…

Le Saint Julien

St. Julien, November 2018 – Le Saint Julien is where the French go for fine dining in Bordeaux. It has not been awarded any Michelin stars, although it certainly deserves Michelin accolades. Since 1996, Chef Claude Broussard and his wife, Rosy have created delightful dishes with fresh produce of the seasons. We had just finished…

Le Petit Commerce

Bordeaux, November 2018 – Located in the narrow streets of Saint-Pierre quarter, Le Petit Commerce is an iconic seafood restaurant . Oysters are from Cape Ferret, Oleron or Medoc. Fishes and seafood are mostly from nearby French waters, St. Jean de Luz or Normandy. Le Petit Commerce’s cosy, casual ambience reminded me of 90s Parisian…

RESTAURANT STORY

London, May 2018 – Every chef tries to express himself, through his culinary creations. Restaurant Story is Chef Tom Sellers’ channel to express himself, his story, his memories of his family and of the British heritage. Our New Yorker friends had been raving about this restaurant for a few years, and it was a rare…

Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen

Paris, November 2018 –Located at the quieter end of Champs-Élysées, Pavillon Ledoyen is one of the oldest and most beautiful restaurants in Paris. The Neoclassical mansion (owned by The City of Paris) has its own gardens and a picturesque view of the renowned art museum, Petit Palais. Before this visit, my last time here was…

La Terrasse Rouge

Saint-Emilion, June 2018 – Our Bordeaux wine-tasting journey was pretty amazing, but just when we thought that it couldn’t get any better, our guide brought us to the breath-taking La Terrasse Rouge. The restaurant is on the top floor of the modern winery designed by arhictect Jean Nouvel, with a “landscape” created with glistening red…