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…

Nahm

Bangkok, April 2017 – Mr. King and I spent our first night in Bangkok at the award-winning restaurant, Nahm by Chef David Thompson.   Located inside the contemporary hip hotel, Metropolitan by COMO, Nahm is a major attraction for tourists seeking a taste of modern Thai cuisine. The restaurant was completely full. We sat at a…

Gaggan

Bangkok, April 2017 – Dinner at Gaggan (#1 Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant 2016 and #7 World’s 50 Best Restauant 2017) was a whimsical dining experience filled with surprises. The menu of 25 courses was depicted with emoji figures. Our friendly waitress kept us guessing about the ingredients in each course. Chef Gaggan Anand’s creations are…

Issaya Siamese Club

Bangkok, April 2017 – Issaya Siamese Club (#21 – Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants) has long been on my bucket list of restaurants to visit. Created by Thai celebrity Chef Ian Kittichal, “the menu features his unique signature Thai cuisine of traditional ingredients and flavors with international and progressive cooking methods.” Issaya (meaning “Rainy Season”) is situated…

Botanico at The Garage

Singapore, February 2016 – Everyone has been talking about a new restaurant – Botanico at The Garage with Spanish-born Chef Antonio Oviedo at its helm.   Located on the UNESCO site – Singapore Botanical Gardens, the restaurant is surrounded by beautiful greenery.   Its menu of contemporary Spanish cuisine is simple, yet innovative. Mr. King and I…

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…

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…

Dominique Ansel Bakery

New York City, December 2016 – I finally made it to Dominique Ansel Bakery (World’s Best Pastry Chef 2017) in the Big Apple. Ever since I read about his renowned invention – the Cronut (a hybrid between a croissant and a donut) in 2013, visiting Dominique Ansel Bakery has been on my bucket list. With…

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…

The Russian Tea Room

New York City, December 2016 – One of my favorite restaurants in the Big Apple is The Russian Tea Room. Around the corner from Carnegie Hall, it is “the second home for boldface names and the intellectual elite” since 1927 when the members of the Russian Imperial Ballet founded the restaurant. Ninety years later, The…

Paco Meralgo

Barcelona, December 2016  – After two Barcelona-based friends both raved about its creative tapas, Paco Meralgo was at the top of my list of tapas bars to visit. Decorated in ivory tones with purple accents, the bar had a modern minimalistic aesthetic. There was a lively atmosphere with patrons seated on high chairs around the counters…