El Asador de Aranda

Barcelona, December 2016 – El Asador de Aranda is a paradise for all carnivores! “Suckling lamb, roasted in a clay oven is our speciality” is their slogan. The Asador de Aranda restaurants are spread across Spain, in major cities like Madrid, Barcelona, Oviedo, Sevilla and Valencia. We went to the most charming one on Avienda…

Enoteca Paco Pérez

Barcelona, December 2016 – Barcelona is a major hub for Michelin restaurants in Spain. Despite the city’s dominance in the foodie’s “go-to” Guide, only four restaurants were awarded 2 Michelin stars – one of which was Chef Paco Pérez’s Enoteca located inside the spectacular Hotel Arts Barcelona (Ritz Carlton). Pérez‘s restaurant, decorated in natural wood…

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…

Botafumeiro

Barcelona, December 2016 – Botafumeiro is probably the undisputed best seafood restaurant in Barcelona, regardless of whether you ask a local resident or tourist.  My first visit to this culinary legend was 20 years ago, and that dinner is still one of the few things I remembered from that trip. So it is time I…

Zuma London

London, September 2014 – Being a big fan of Zuma Hong Kong, I had equally high expectations of Zuma London, the Japanese izakaya style of informal dining with a modern twist. The restaurant is located in the heart of Knightsbridge, on a tiny street (Raphael Street) behind The Bulgari Hotel. The widely popular Zuma London…

Corner House’s Gastro-Botanica Cuisine

Singapore, August 2016 – We decided to celebrate Singapore’s National Day at a restaurant with a sense of history. Corner House (#17 – Asia’s Best 50 Restaurants) was a natural choice since it was located at Singapore Botanic Gardens (an UNESCO site) inside a conserved building – a 1910 Black and White bungalow, which was the…

Family Lunch at OSIA

Singapore, January 2015 – Mr. King and I decided to do a family lunch at Osia, located in Resorts World Sentosa (integrated resort complex). With Little K (3 years old) in tow, we went there for lunch on a Saturday. We were able to secure a table by walking in. Since Osia has been awarded…

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…

SteakHouse Hama

Tokyo, June 2016 – Our trip to Tokyo would be incomplete without a meal at a Japanese steak house. Instead of our usual haunts (Morimoto XEX or Seryna), Mr. King and I decided to take our hotel concierge’s suggestion to try the 40-year old Steakhouse Hama in Roppongi. This was one of our great finds…

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…

Lunch @ Restaurant ANDRE

Singapore, January 2016 – A week after our dinner there, Mr. King dropped by Restaurant ANDRE and made a reservation for our next lunch. That said it all – Mr. King was more than impressed. Restaurant ANDRE has received numerous accolades since its inception – World’s 50 Best Restaurant 2016 – #32; Asia’s 50 Best…