Shinji at St. Regis

Singapore – Another sushi lunch with another sushi-addict friend! In my post “Shinji by Kanesaka” (#32 Asia’s Best Restaurants 2015), I mentioned that Shinji is my favorite sushiya in Singapore. Its sister sushiya – Shinji at St. Regis (newly minted One Michelin star in July 2016) – is another favorite of mine. We were lucky to…

Luke’s Chophouse

Singapore – My craving for New England clams, Massachusetts oysters and USDA steaks, was cured…when we headed to Luke’s Oyster Bar & Chophouse. The eatery is located inside an established department store, Robinsons at The Heeren and has an impeccable view of the city’s famous shopping district – Orchard Road. The décor is modern and stylish….

BINCHO: Underground Yakitori

Singapore – My BFF and foodie, Hilda never ceases to surprise me in her choices for our impromptu girls’ night out – BINCHO at Hua Bee. A hole in the wall – the entrance was a gray metallic door next to trash bins and under air conditioners. It was no ordinary “hole” – the yakitori was non-conventional….

Dawn Ng at Hermès

Singapore, May 2016 – Dawn Ng’s installation, How to Disappear into a Rainbow is the inaugural exhibition sponsored by Fondation d’entreprise Hermès at the recently renovated Hermès flagship at Liat Towers. I was smitten by the artwork – a sea of soothing pastel blue, pink and beige blocks. Immediately, I found myself in an internal…

Ran Hwang’s Button Blossoms

Singapore, May 2016 – The recent re-launching of Hermès flagship at Liat Towers made me recall the last art exhibitions held on the store’s 3rd floor prior to the renovations. Singapore, January 2015 – During the Singapore Art Week, I caught a number of exhibitions, but perhaps this one featuring Korean artist, Ran Hwang’s Becoming…

Metamorphosis of the Hermès Store

Singapore, May 2016 – I was excited to see that after months of renovations, the Hermès flagship in the Lion City has revealed its new face. It is modern, sophisticated and fresh! The flagship at Liat Towers is located on the famous shopping belt, Orchard Road, and is the largest of the four boutiques in…

Saha at National Gallery

Singapore, May 2016 – It was another night out – dining at the museum. This time, dinner was at Saha Signature Indian Restaurant – serving sophisticated modern Indian cuisine. Abhijit Saha, one of India’s leading chefs is the architect of Saha’s avant-garde cuisine – a mixture of both Northern and Southern Indian dishes. Baked Samosa…

FOC by Nandu Jubany

Singapore, May 2016 – According to our Spanish friends, FOC makes the best pulpo (octopus) tapas in Singapore. Mr. King and I finally made it to this very happening tapas bar last weekend. “FOC Restaurant, is a collaboration between Michelin-Starred Chef Nandu Jubany, Chef Jordi Noguera and award-winning mixologist Dario Knox.  At FOC you will…

Ginza Sushi Ichi, Singapore

Singapore, April 2016 –.  Last week, I visited Ginza Sushi Ichi  (newly minted One Michelin star in July 2016 and the Singapore outpost of  Michelin 1-star Sushiichi in Tokyo) for lunch with my friend (a sushi-addict like me).  It was superb! We selected the Tokusen Nigiri set – 10 pieces of sushi, miso soup and dessert. Sushi…

First Time at Sushi-Ichi

Singapore, September 2013 – Over the past few years, a number of gourmet Japanese restaurants have sprung up in the Lion City. The latest comer is Michelin 1-star Sushi-Ichi, which hails from Ginza, Tokyo. Sushi-ichi takes pride in being “the first in Singapore to offer an exquisite degustation menu featuring top-tier Kyoto Kaiseki, complimented with…

Rendezvous with petit h

Singapore, August 2013 – The petit h exhibition in Hong Kong last year left me with a lasting impression – the amount of creativity was astounding! Petit h is the laboratory and workshop of re-inventions using various discarded Hermès materials from silk to leather to crystals to porcelain to stirrups and turns them into playful,…

Le Bistro du Sommelier

Singapore, 2015 – Last Spring, Mr. King took me to Le Bistro du Sommelier in Singapore for dinner, and it has since become one of my favorite places in this city. Once inside the bistro, you may imagine that you were somewhere in France. The décor is simple, but rustic. I especially admire the chandelier…