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…

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…

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…

El Celler de Can Roca Again

Girona, December 2016 – Mr. King and I could have stayed in New York for our wedding anniversary, but decided to depart a day earlier for Barcelona so that we could spend our special day at the legendary Michelin 3-star restaurant, El Celler de Can Roca. Our last visit was less than 10 months ago…

Maze Grill

London, October 2014 – Maze Grill Mayfair, one of Gordon Ramsay’s culinary creations, is a must-go for meat-lovers. I would say the menu is 70% meat.   Any meat-lover would be impressed by their selection of steaks, which includes British Native Breeds, Rare Breeds, U.S. and Japanese Breeds. Our order was simple: Iceberg Wedge – Blue…

The Song of India

Singapore, October 2016 – There is no shortage of delicious Indian cuisine in Singapore, but The Song of India is definitely one of the finest Indian restaurants, combining authentic Indian food with an elegant ambience. It was garnered Michelin 1-Star in the inaugural edition of the Michelin Guide in July 2016, and is Singapore’s only Michelin-star…

Ladies’ Lunch at ODETTE

Singapore, August 2016 – This was my first return to Chef Julien Royer’s ODETTE after it received two Michelin stars. (Click here for our dinner experience at Odette in January 2016) I am not sure if it was daytime or the Michelin star effect, but the restaurant, housed inside the National Gallery, seemed livelier than…

Shisen Hanten by Chen Kentaro

Singapore, September 2016 – The two-Michelin star Shisen Hanten is an elegant, Chinese restaurant at the top of Mandarin Orchard Hotel. Started by Chen Kentaro, the 3rd generation chef, a descent of the culinary legend – the late Chen Kenmin who is regarded as Japan’s “Father of Szechwan Cuisine.” Although the restaurant offers a wide array…

Hermès Kellydoscope

Singapore, October 2016 – The invitation from Hermès read, “Discover the secrets of the interactive ‘Kellydoscope’ a super-sized fantasy Kelly.” There is always a certain sense of mystery to the maison’s exhibitions and even their invitations that makes one very curious. Upon arrival at the Ngee Ann City Atrium (Takashimaya), I came face to face…

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…