El Asador de Aranda

Barcelona, December 2016 – El Asador de Aranda is a paradise for all carnivores! “Suckling lamb, roasted in a clay oven is our speciality” is their slogan. The Asador de Aranda restaurants are spread across Spain, in major cities like Madrid, Barcelona, Oviedo, Sevilla and Valencia. We went to the most charming one on Avienda…

NARA

Bangkok, April 2017 – With our toddler son in tow on our trips, Mr. King and I are always looking for casual dining with delicious local food. In Bangkok, NARA was our answer. NARA, meaning “Thai woman”, offers an extensive menu of authentic Thai cuisine. In Bangkok, there are 5 branches; we went to the Erawan…

Legal Seafood

New Jersey, December 2016 – One of the best places to savor fresh seafood at reasonable prices is Legal Seafood. On my last trip to New York City, I ventured across state line to New Jersey to find the closest Legal Seafood for lunch. The 90 minutes car ride (both ways) was well worth it….

Magnolia Bakery

New York City, December 2016 – I have been a fan of Magnolia Bakery since 2009. Whenever I am in New York, I will definitely pick up cupcakes from this classic American bakery. Depending on where in the Big Apple I am, I usually go to the one inside Bloomies (Bloomingdales Department Store) or the…

BAR MASA

New York City, December 2016 – When travelling with my son (4 years old), it is difficult to find restaurants that strike a balance between fine Japanese cuisine and children friendly atmosphere. Fortunately, BAR MASA is able to fulfill both of these criteria. The casual dining of renowned Chef Masa Takayama serves up delectable modern Japanese…

A Toddler’s London

London – On our family vacation to London, Mr. King & I wanted to make sure that our toddler son enjoyed the city too. What we, adults, consider fun may not be the same for a child. No afternoon tea or foodie experience for him. Instead we settled on wholesome foods (Breadstreet Kitchen & Disney Café)…

Shisen Hanten by Chen Kentaro

Singapore, September 2016 – The two-Michelin star Shisen Hanten is an elegant, Chinese restaurant at the top of Mandarin Orchard Hotel. Started by Chen Kentaro, the 3rd generation chef, a descent of the culinary legend – the late Chen Kenmin who is regarded as Japan’s “Father of Szechwan Cuisine.” Although the restaurant offers a wide array…

Family Lunch at OSIA

Singapore, January 2015 – Mr. King and I decided to do a family lunch at Osia, located in Resorts World Sentosa (integrated resort complex). With Little K (3 years old) in tow, we went there for lunch on a Saturday. We were able to secure a table by walking in. Since Osia has been awarded…

SteakHouse Hama

Tokyo, June 2016 – Our trip to Tokyo would be incomplete without a meal at a Japanese steak house. Instead of our usual haunts (Morimoto XEX or Seryna), Mr. King and I decided to take our hotel concierge’s suggestion to try the 40-year old Steakhouse Hama in Roppongi. This was one of our great finds…

Summer Pavilion Cantonese Cuisine

Singapore, December 2015 – Being a Hong Kong native, I am quite particular about Cantonese cuisine, and I was very impressed by Summer Pavilion at Ritz Carlton Singapore. To me, great Cantonese cuisine should have a few qualities – freshness of ingredients, perfectly seasoning, combining the right produce and a delicate demeanor. Most important of…

Imahan Sukiyaki

Tokyo, June 2016 – Ningyocho Imahan Ginza (“Imahan”) is my all-time-favorite sukiyaki restaurant in Tokyo. Over the past decade or so, Mr. King and I have visited Imahan on every trip. Imahan specializes in wagyu beef, and is traditional, rustic and decadent, all in one. The branch I like most is located on the fifth…

Ume No Hana

Tokyo, June 2016 – Mr. King and I made it a point to squeeze in an omakase dinner featuring yuba (湯葉) or tofu/bean curd skin. Yuba is a common ingredient in Japanese cuisine, but a yuba course meal is only found in traditional Japanese restaurants or temples. Ume no Hana is one of the most famous yuba…