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…

Le Bordeaux Gordon Ramsay

Bordeaux, June 2018 – We started our weekend excursion in Bordeaux with a breakfast at Le Bordeaux Gordon Ramsay. Located inside the classic hotel –Intercontinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hotel, the restaurant has a wonderful view of the Opera House. The interior design was “supervised by Jacques Garcia recalls the splendid Belle-Époque style”. The colors…

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…

MINIPALAIS

Paris, June 2018 – The MiniPalais is one of the trendiest restaurants in the heart of Paris. The creative culinary force behind The MiniPalais is Chef Eric Frechon of the 3 Michelin stars restaurant at Hôtel Le Bristol Paris. It is housed inside the beautiful Grand Palais, a historic site and museum in the Triangle…

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…

Pascal Barbot at BLU

Singapore, April 2016 – Our dinner at “Pascal Barbot at BLU” must be one of our best meals in Singapore so far this year. His 3-Michelin star restaurant- L’Astrance in Paris is #36 of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015, and Chef Pascal  is known for his modern take on French cuisine. Mr. King and…

Petit Déjeuner at Ladurée Paris

Paris, October 2014 – Breakfast (or in French, petit déjeuner) is my favorite meal of the day. How you start your day is how the rest of the day will go! Mr. King, Little K (my toddler son) and I had a charming breakfast at Ladurée’s Champs-Elysées Salón de té on a warm, sunny autumn…

GEORGES at Pompidou

Paris, October 2014 – In the film “The Hundred Foot Journey”, scenes of a molecular gastronomic kitchen were shot at Restaurant GEORGES situated at the top of contemporary art museum, Centre Pompidou. Wonderful memories of our lunch there came rushing back. With a spectacular view overlooking the rooftops of the Parisian tenements, GEORGES is modern and…

Restaurant Pierre Gagnaire

Paris, October 2014 – Following a wonderful lunch at Pierre in Hong Kong,  Restaurant Pierre Gagnaire (#17 Best Restaurant in 2012) was at the top of my bucket list. It was a beautiful autumn day, when Mr. King and I visited the Michelin 3-star flagship restaurant of “the father of modern French cuisine”. Early on…