PASTE

Bangkok, June 2018 – A few months before this trip, Mr. King called me from his business trip and said, “My friend just took me to this delicious dinner at PASTE. You have got to try their watermelon dish!” Truth be told, Mr. King went there for lunch again that same week. So I was…

RESTAURANT STORY

London, May 2018 – Every chef tries to express himself, through his culinary creations. Restaurant Story is Chef Tom Sellers’ channel to express himself, his story, his memories of his family and of the British heritage. Our New Yorker friends had been raving about this restaurant for a few years, and it was a rare…

Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen

Paris, November 2018 –Located at the quieter end of Champs-Élysées, Pavillon Ledoyen is one of the oldest and most beautiful restaurants in Paris. The Neoclassical mansion (owned by The City of Paris) has its own gardens and a picturesque view of the renowned art museum, Petit Palais. Before this visit, my last time here was…

GAROPAPILLES

Bordeaux, June 2018 – One of the hardest tables to reserve in Bordeaux was the recently minted 1 Michelin star Garopapilles, led by Chef Tanguy Laviale and co-owner, Gael (Chef de Cave, sommelier). Mr. King and I considered this our best meal during our last visit to Bordeaux. We selected the degustation menu that comprised…

Alain Passard’s Arpège

Paris, June 2018 – Dining at Chef Alain Passard’s Arpège (3 Michelin stars since 1996 and #12 on World’s 50 Best Restaurants List) has long been on my wish list. Chef Alain is considered to be one of the greatest innovators in the culinary world, especially with his take on vegetables and a true farm (he…

Remembering Alain Senderens

Paris, 1997 – Reading about the passing of acclaimed French chef, Alain Senderens (1939 – June 2017),  brought back memories of my first three Michelin stars  dining experiences. “The New York Times called him a founding father of Nouvelle Cuisine. Le Figaro credited him as the inventor of food and wine pairings.” “Senderens worked at…

Innovative & Sublime – ANDRE

Singapore, October 2017 – There are very few restaurants that Mr. King & I both adore and keep returning to.  We found the most exquisite experiences at El Celler de Can Roca, Tickets, Narisawa and of course, Restaurant ANDRE (#14 World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017, #2 Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017, Micheln 2-stars). We decided…

Dim Sum at Tim Ho Wan

Singapore, April 2017 – On the culinary scene, Tim Ho Wan serving traditional dim sum at exceptional quality, is known as “the most affordable Michelin-starred restaurant in the world.” Chef Mak Kwai Pui (formerly of the 3 Michelin starred Lung King Heen in Hong Kong) and Chef Leung Fai Keung created Tim Ho Wan in…

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…

Tsuta’s Truffle Ramen

Singapore, March 2017 – The opening of the world’s only Michelin star ramen restaurant – Tsuta Ramen – in Singapore created a big hype with over 200 people queuing for a taste or a slurp of Chef Yuki Onishi’s famed ramen.  Despite my heightened curiosity, I have an aversion to long queues; therefore, I delayed…

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…

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…