Molecular Korean at Jungsik Seoul

Seoul, June 2016 – Our trips to Seoul usually entail heavy consumption of Korean BBQ beef or bibimbap (Korean mixed rice with beef and vegetables).  I first read about JUNGSIK on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant list (#10 in 2015 & sister restaurant of the Two Michelin stars Jungsik in New York), so molecular Korean cuisine was…

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…

Nihonyori RyuGin

Tokyo, June 2010 – By chance and perseverance, we were able to get a last minute reservation at Nihonyori RyuGin. We felt extremely fortunate – since it was one of the most unforgettable meals in Tokyo for us. When we visited RyuGin, it was ranked #48 in World’s Best Restaurants list 2010 – no small feat. Opened…

L’Atelier de Joël Robouchon

Singapore, September 2013 – Brunch at L’Atelier de Joel Robouchon (Two Michelin stars in July 2016) was a pleasant surprise and as the French say, “une bonne affaire” (“a good deal”). L’Atelier is the modern French cuisine invention of renowned Chef, Joel Robouchon who has multiple Michelin stars to his name. AMBIENCE & SERVICE As in…

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…

Jordi Cruz at ABaC

Barcelona, February 2016 – Instead of celebrating on Valentine’s Day, Mr. King and I decided to do it over 5 dinners in the same week. It was a difficult choice when it came to selecting the restaurants, because Barcelona is a foodie’s heaven. We had an extraordinary molecular gastronomic experience at Michelin 2-Star ABaC with…

PAKTA-Nikkei Cuisine

Barcelona, February 2016 –The Michelin 1-star Peruvian-Japanese PAKTA is regarded as the next generation of dining experience and an Albert Adrià (of El Bulli fame) creation. Adrià brought together Kioko Ii from Japan and Jorge Muñoz from Peru and formed PAKTA – meaning “Together, Union” in the original language of indigenous Peruvians. Since Mr. King…

Gotta Go to Tickets!

Barcelona, February 2016 – Good news! For those who missed Ferran Adrià’s El Bulli (voted best restaurant in the world for 5 consecutive years), there is Tickets – Adrià brothers’ version of the modern tapas bar. Opened in 2011, the Michelin 1-star Tickets (#42 on World’s Best Restaurants list) has the hottest tables in town. With…

El Celler de Can Roca

Girona, February 2016 – Our dinner at El Celler de Can Roca (“Can Roca”) somehow became the highlight of our vacation in Spain. Mr. King and I couldn’t help being excited, curious and anxious to find out exactly why the Michelin 3-star El Celler de Can Roca was named the World’s Best Restaurant. While Mr. King read…

Roca Moo: On the Road to Can Roca

Barcelona, February 2016 – Though we do not consider ourselves “foodies”, Mr. King & I found ourselves on a culinary journey to Girona, where the world’s number 1 restaurant – El Celler de Can Roca – resides. On our way there, we stopped by Roca Moo, the Barcelona-based one-Michelin star restaurant created by the Roca…

Shinji by Kanesaka, Raffles Hotel

Singapore – I was quite unaware of Chef Kanesaka’s esteemed reputation in the culinary world when I first ventured to Shinji by Kanesaka– his first sushi-ya outside of Japan. Having heard from a friend that a famous sushi-ya from Ginza had opened at Raffles Hotel, I was curious to try it. That was in 2010,…

Chef Hamamoto’s Ki-Sho

Singapore is the competitive grounds for Japanese fine dining where chefs continuously strive to bring out the most sensational cuisine. With the abundance exposure to culinary creativity, it is difficult to “wow” Mr. King and me easily these days. That was until we went to Ki-Sho, also known as Chateau TCC (www.scotts29.com) since it is…