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…

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…

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…

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

London, October 2014 – Lately, Dinner seems to be on everyone’s agenda when visiting London. Being ranked No. 5 on The World’s Best 50 Restaurants List 2014 is probably one of the reasons that Dinner is full house day and night. Getting a reservation at Dinner for dinner requires at least one month’s advance booking….

O is for Ottolenghi

Israeli-born & London-based chef and author of 4 cookbooks, Yotam Ottolenghi bursted on the culinary scene over 10 years ago. In his test kitchen in London, he creates recipes for his column in The Guardian. His two restaurants – Ottolenghi and Nopi – are extremely popular with Londoners as well as tourists. Mr. King &…

Jamie’s Italian Singapore

Sept 2013 – Jamie’s Italian opened at VivoCity in Singapore in July, one of the hottest restaurants of the year. Décor – The décor was industrial chic – a mixture of wooden tables, cupboards & wall-paneling with red leather and pastel blue steel chairs. What impressed me the most was the use of industrial lamps…

Guy Savoy Singapore

Singapore, Spring 2013 – For Mr. King’s birthday, we went to Guy Savoy at Marina Bay Sands for its relatively new lunch offering, Menu “TGV” – The Express, 60 minute experience, but oddly, lunch took nearly 3 hours (I mean it in a good way!). Chef Guy Savoy requires no introduction. He is owner of the…

Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée

Paris, October 2014 – My hubby, Mr. King & I were fortunate to be in Paris, shortly after Plaza Athénée reopened post-refurbishment. Our last memories of Alain Ducasse were ones of a traditional French restaurant. So the revamped Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée (#47 Best Restaurant in 2015) was a “grand surpris!” The elegant chandeliers are…