Nahm

Bangkok, April 2017 – Mr. King and I spent our first night in Bangkok at the award-winning restaurant, Nahm by Chef David Thompson.   Located inside the contemporary hip hotel, Metropolitan by COMO, Nahm is a major attraction for tourists seeking a taste of modern Thai cuisine. The restaurant was completely full. We sat at a…

Gaggan

Bangkok, April 2017 – Dinner at Gaggan (#1 Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant 2016 and #7 World’s 50 Best Restauant 2017) was a whimsical dining experience filled with surprises. The menu of 25 courses was depicted with emoji figures. Our friendly waitress kept us guessing about the ingredients in each course. Chef Gaggan Anand’s creations are…

Issaya Siamese Club

Bangkok, April 2017 – Issaya Siamese Club (#21 – Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants) has long been on my bucket list of restaurants to visit. Created by Thai celebrity Chef Ian Kittichal, “the menu features his unique signature Thai cuisine of traditional ingredients and flavors with international and progressive cooking methods.” Issaya (meaning “Rainy Season”) is situated…

More Surprises at Restaurant ANDRE

Singapore, September 2016 – For my birthday this year, I chose Restaurant ANDRE (Two Michelin star restaurant and #3 Asia’s Best 50 Restaurants), because of his innovative cuisine with impeccable presentation, not to mention excellent service and stylish ambience. Although it was not my first time there, I felt equally excited and anxiously waited for…

Corner House’s Gastro-Botanica Cuisine

Singapore, August 2016 – We decided to celebrate Singapore’s National Day at a restaurant with a sense of history. Corner House (#17 – Asia’s Best 50 Restaurants) was a natural choice since it was located at Singapore Botanic Gardens (an UNESCO site) inside a conserved building – a 1910 Black and White bungalow, which was the…

Molecular Korean at Jungsik Seoul

Seoul, June 2016 – Our trips to Seoul usually entail heavy consumption of Korean BBQ beef or bibimbap (Korean mixed rice with beef and vegetables).  I first read about JUNGSIK on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant list (#10 in 2015 & sister restaurant of the Two Michelin stars Jungsik in New York), so molecular Korean cuisine was…

Lunch @ Restaurant ANDRE

Singapore, January 2016 – A week after our dinner there, Mr. King dropped by Restaurant ANDRE and made a reservation for our next lunch. That said it all – Mr. King was more than impressed. Restaurant ANDRE has received numerous accolades since its inception – World’s 50 Best Restaurant 2016 – #32; Asia’s 50 Best…

Narisawa‘s Satoyama Cuisine

Tokyo, June 2016 – The culinary philosophy of 2-Michelin star Narisawa (#8 -World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016 & #2 – Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016) is based on the lifestyle known as Satoyama. “Responding to the four seasons, the severe changes between them, understanding this environment, and living our lives taking only the most necessary…

Mrs. King Dreams of Jiro Sushi

Tokyo, June 2016 – I finally made it to the most famous sushi restaurant in the world – Sukiyabashi Jiro in Ginza. It was an experience of a lifetime: 1) Jiro’s omakase was exquisite, 2) Watching the masterful Chef Jiro Ono craft each sushi was a graceful performance in itself, 3) A privilege to eat sushi…

Shinji at St. Regis

Singapore – Another sushi lunch with another sushi-addict friend! In my post “Shinji by Kanesaka” (#32 Asia’s Best Restaurants 2015), I mentioned that Shinji is my favorite sushiya in Singapore. Its sister sushiya – Shinji at St. Regis (newly minted One Michelin star in July 2016) – is another favorite of mine. We were lucky to…

Open Farm Community

Singapore, April 2016 – In a fast-paced city like Singapore, Open Farm Community (OFC) is a breath of fresh air. It is the first Farm-to-Table dining concept in the Lion City. OFC is all about “spearheading local farming, connecting the community to nature and celebrating local spirit….OFC unites local farmers, creative chefs and an innovative spirit…

Nihonyori RyuGin

Tokyo, June 2010 – By chance and perseverance, we were able to get a last minute reservation at Nihonyori RyuGin. We felt extremely fortunate – since it was one of the most unforgettable meals in Tokyo for us. When we visited RyuGin, it was ranked #48 in World’s Best Restaurants list 2010 – no small feat. Opened…