SKETCH

London, November 2016 – SKETCH is a “destination place, for food, art and music” and conceived by French celebrity chef, Pierre Gagnaire and restaurateur, Mourad Mazouz. It is one of the most fun dining scenes in London. Upon entering the 18th Century building on Conduit Street, one sees a hop-scotch on the floor. Cute idea!…

The Ledbury

London, November 2016 – Nestled inside a quaint little house at the more residential end of Notting Hill, The Ledbury is one of London’s finest restaurants. Led by Australian Chef Brett Graham, The Ledbury has received a number of accolades including two Michelin stars and ranked #14 amongst The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Famed for…

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…

A Toddler’s London

London – On our family vacation to London, Mr. King & I wanted to make sure that our toddler son enjoyed the city too. What we, adults, consider fun may not be the same for a child. No afternoon tea or foodie experience for him. Instead we settled on wholesome foods (Breadstreet Kitchen & Disney Café)…

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…

Modern Cantonese at Hakkasan

London, October 2014 – Mr. King and I spent a date night at the very hip and modern Cantonese restaurant – the 1-Michelin star Hakkasan on Bruton Street, Mayfair. After alighting the cab, we looked around for the restaurant, but the only place that seemed to be “bustling” was an entrance with a black façade….

Roast Chicken at The Wolseley

London, September 2014 – On my last trip to London, I was on a roast chicken binge. In my humble opinion, I have to say that the best roast chicken is at The Wolseley, a café-restaurant in grand European tradition situated in St. James’. I always make my way there for breakfast or lunch whenever…

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….

The Rosebery Afternoon Tea, London

This fall, Mr. King and I were glad to be back at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge, and we were delighted with the elegant and sumptuous afternoon tea at The Rosebery. It was a pleasant surprise since this tea room was not present during our previous stay in 2011. Named after Lord Rosebery, The…

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 &…

Prêt-à-Portea London

London, October 2014 – I had just missed the London Fashion Week. Luckily, I caught the fashionista’s afternoon tea fittingly called “Prêt-à-Portea “at Berkeley Hotel! In its ninth year, Prêt-à-Portea is a medley of edible delights inspired by the catwalk. For my tea, it was the last few days of serving up the Spring/Summer 2014…