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…

Tsuta’s Truffle Ramen

Singapore, March 2017 – The opening of the world’s only Michelin star ramen restaurant – Tsuta Ramen – in Singapore created a big hype with over 200 people queuing for a taste or a slurp of Chef Yuki Onishi’s famed ramen.  Despite my heightened curiosity, I have an aversion to long queues; therefore, I delayed…

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…

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…