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…

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…

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…

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…

RAW – Homage to Taiwan

Taipei, December 2017 – Our much anticipated dinner at RAW certainly lived up to its reputation (#24 Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017, #1 in Taiwan) ! Chef André Chiang is the only Chinese chef on the World’s 50 Best Restaurant list (#14 World’s 50 Best Restaurants, #2 Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants). Chef André’s culinary style…

L’Effervescence

Tokyo, September 2017 – This year, I chose to celebrate my birthday at L’Effervescence (#12 Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, 2 Michelin stars) with Chef du Cuisine, Shinobu Namae at the helm. This discrete establishment is located off the side streets near Roppongi. The menu’s theme was “Terroir – Where the ocean meets the land” –…

L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon Hong Kong

Hong Kong, May & July 2017 – The fact that I dined at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon twice in less than 2 months is a testimonial on its own. Modern French cuisine in a casual dining atmosphere is the key reason that I go there a couple times each year. Although I have been to…

Innovative & Sublime – ANDRE

Singapore, October 2017 – There are very few restaurants that Mr. King & I both adore and keep returning to.  We found the most exquisite experiences at El Celler de Can Roca, Tickets, Narisawa and of course, Restaurant ANDRE (#14 World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017, #2 Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017, Micheln 2-stars). We decided…

Dim Sum at Tim Ho Wan

Singapore, April 2017 – On the culinary scene, Tim Ho Wan serving traditional dim sum at exceptional quality, is known as “the most affordable Michelin-starred restaurant in the world.” Chef Mak Kwai Pui (formerly of the 3 Michelin starred Lung King Heen in Hong Kong) and Chef Leung Fai Keung created Tim Ho Wan in…

Enoteca Paco Pérez

Barcelona, December 2016 – Barcelona is a major hub for Michelin restaurants in Spain. Despite the city’s dominance in the foodie’s “go-to” Guide, only four restaurants were awarded 2 Michelin stars – one of which was Chef Paco Pérez’s Enoteca located inside the spectacular Hotel Arts Barcelona (Ritz Carlton). Pérez‘s restaurant, decorated in natural wood…