SEVVA

Hong Kong, August 2017 – Butterflies, flowers, dreamy cakes, comfy sofas with an impeccable view of Hong Kong harbour…this is afternoon tea at SEVVA. Located at the top of Chater Building, Sevva is one of the most fashionable venues in this cosmopolitan city. The décor of the Lounge is colorful, yet relaxed and the dining…

An Nam

Hong Kong, July 2017 – An Nam brings refined Northern and Southern Vietnamese cuisine to Hong Kong. The décor is elegant, and full of Indochine nostalgia. Although most people associate Pho (Vietnamese soup noodles) to Vietnamese cuisine, Pho really is considered everyday street food. An Nam offers an wide selection of meats and seafood aside…

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…

Dim Sum Library

Hong Kong, June 2017 – I have passed by Dim Sum Library a number of times, but always thought that it was a bar. At first glance, it didn’t resemble the typical Chinese restaurant. Tastefully decorated with dark wood furniture and gold Art Deco-like wall panels, it exuded Western influences. Mr. King and I were…

Creative Dim Sum at Social Place

Hong Kong, August 2017 – Social Place at the L Place is a breathe of fresh air in the Chinese culinary world. It serves high quality Cantonese dim sum with a modern twist. The restaurant is designed around a communal dining concept with open kitchens, and this creates a bustling ambience. Truffle Shitake Buns (HK$49)…

Isola Hong Kong

Hong Kong, July & August 2017 – Isola, a modern Italian restaurant has a vibrant and casual chic ambience that draws an international clientele. I was excited to visit it after a recent relocation. In their new space, Isola still had a spectacular view of the Hong Kong harbor, and retained the same décor elements…

Zuma Hong Kong 2017

Hong Kong, June 2017 – Even after nearly a decade, Zuma Hong Kong is still one of my favorite restaurants (last post on Zuma Hong Kong, click here) in this vibrant city. Although the menu has quite a few signature dishes like the Miso Marinated Black Cod Wrapped in Hoba Leaf, Zuma also offers newer…

Hermèsistible Bangles

Hong Kong, May 2017 – I chanced upon Hermès’ “Hermèsistible” exhibition and pop-up store at Pacific Place in Hong Kong. Definition of Hermèsistible: lexicon of wordelicious fashion jewellery. Colorful gigantic Hermès’ enamel bangles formed an arch for the exhibition space.  Another stack of bangles created a display case for the vibrant scarves.  The instant photo booth was…

Tai Cheong: A Taste of Old HK

Singapore, August 2016 – By 10:00am (store opening time), Tai Cheong Bakery at Takashimaya already had 15 patrons in line. So I quickly fell into the queue, before another 10 people quickly joined us. Egg tarts were freshly baked, right behind this small counter. A man repeatedly poured egg custard mix from a jug into…

HK Nostalgia at Honolulu Café

Singapore, August 2016 – Being a Hong Kong native, I am always on the lookout for authentic Hong Kong-style French toast, milk tea and egg tarts. When I heard about Hong Kong cha chaan teng (café restaurant) – Honolulu Café’s opening in Singapore, I was excited. I heard about the long queues and sold-out egg…

Old Bazaar Kitchen

Hong Kong – I was sad to learn that Old Bazaar Kitchen (“OBK”)– what I considered a gem – has closed. It was the ultimate “Hole in the Wall” – with modest décor and only 8 tables at its narrow premises in Wanchai. So I thought I would share some of my photos of their…

Hong Kong’s China Tang

Hong Kong, July 2014 – Sir David Tang created China Tang Restaurant, which was first opened in London at the Dorchester Hotel in 2007. Several years later, China Tang opened in Hong Kong at the luxurious Landmark Atrium. It was one of the most anticipated restaurant launches of the year. China Tang is Chinese cuisine…