Summer Pavilion Cantonese Cuisine

Singapore, December 2015 – Being a Hong Kong native, I am quite particular about Cantonese cuisine, and I was very impressed by Summer Pavilion at Ritz Carlton Singapore. To me, great Cantonese cuisine should have a few qualities – freshness of ingredients, perfectly seasoning, combining the right produce and a delicate demeanor. Most important of…

Michelin Guide Singapore is Here

Singapore, July 2016 – The Michelin stars have arrived in the Lion City at last!  The Inaugural (First Edition) Michelin Guide for Singapore was released last night, and stars were awarded to a number of fine dining as well as hawker food restaurants. The Michelin stars went to 29 establishments in Singapore.  Only one restaurant…

The Clifford Pier

Singapore  – When dining, Mr. King & I prefer to explore places with a history. So it was pure nostalgia when we visited The Clifford Pier at The Fullerton Bay Hotel in Singapore. “A historic landmark, Clifford Pier was built in 1933 as the landing jetty for ships and marks the arrival point where our forefathers began…

Shinji at St. Regis

Singapore – Another sushi lunch with another sushi-addict friend! In my post “Shinji by Kanesaka” (#32 Asia’s Best Restaurants 2015), I mentioned that Shinji is my favorite sushiya in Singapore. Its sister sushiya – Shinji at St. Regis (newly minted One Michelin star in July 2016) – is another favorite of mine. We were lucky to…

Luke’s Chophouse

Singapore – My craving for New England clams, Massachusetts oysters and USDA steaks, was cured…when we headed to Luke’s Oyster Bar & Chophouse. The eatery is located inside an established department store, Robinsons at The Heeren and has an impeccable view of the city’s famous shopping district – Orchard Road. The décor is modern and stylish….

BINCHO: Underground Yakitori

Singapore – My BFF and foodie, Hilda never ceases to surprise me in her choices for our impromptu girls’ night out – BINCHO at Hua Bee. A hole in the wall – the entrance was a gray metallic door next to trash bins and under air conditioners. It was no ordinary “hole” – the yakitori was non-conventional….

Saha at National Gallery

Singapore, May 2016 – It was another night out – dining at the museum. This time, dinner was at Saha Signature Indian Restaurant – serving sophisticated modern Indian cuisine. Abhijit Saha, one of India’s leading chefs is the architect of Saha’s avant-garde cuisine – a mixture of both Northern and Southern Indian dishes. Baked Samosa…

FOC by Nandu Jubany

Singapore, May 2016 – According to our Spanish friends, FOC makes the best pulpo (octopus) tapas in Singapore. Mr. King and I finally made it to this very happening tapas bar last weekend. “FOC Restaurant, is a collaboration between Michelin-Starred Chef Nandu Jubany, Chef Jordi Noguera and award-winning mixologist Dario Knox.  At FOC you will…

Ginza Sushi Ichi, Singapore

Singapore, April 2016 –.  Last week, I visited Ginza Sushi Ichi  (newly minted One Michelin star in July 2016 and the Singapore outpost of  Michelin 1-star Sushiichi in Tokyo) for lunch with my friend (a sushi-addict like me).  It was superb! We selected the Tokusen Nigiri set – 10 pieces of sushi, miso soup and dessert. Sushi…

First Time at Sushi-Ichi

Singapore, September 2013 – Over the past few years, a number of gourmet Japanese restaurants have sprung up in the Lion City. The latest comer is Michelin 1-star Sushi-Ichi, which hails from Ginza, Tokyo. Sushi-ichi takes pride in being “the first in Singapore to offer an exquisite degustation menu featuring top-tier Kyoto Kaiseki, complimented with…

Le Bistro du Sommelier

Singapore, 2015 – Last Spring, Mr. King took me to Le Bistro du Sommelier in Singapore for dinner, and it has since become one of my favorite places in this city. Once inside the bistro, you may imagine that you were somewhere in France. The décor is simple, but rustic. I especially admire the chandelier…

Baked Alaska & Cult Cocktails

Singapore, March 2016 – Blending the old and new into an evening of fun can be quite an experience. Hilda took Mina and me down memory lane for dinner at Shashlik, the Russo-Hainanese restaurant from the 80s, followed by drinks at the hip and happening bar – 28 HongKong Street (#1 Asia’s 50 Best Bar…