Another visit to…Agapé Substance

Earlier last year, when I was still living in Paris, I visited Agapé Substance 2 weeks after its opening. Then, the restaurant was quiet, the food memorable but it was more relaxed. Having kept in contact with Chef David Toutain the last couple of months, I decided to pay the restaurant another visit. Since my review … Continue reading


It was as if I started Mugaritz just yesterday, but shockingly enough a year has gone by. This past Sunday, I finished my experience at Mugaritz (2* Michelin, San Pellegrino’s 3rd Best in the World 2012) ,headed by Chef Andoni Luis Aduriz and chef de cuisine, Julieta Caruso. It has been an eventful year for … Continue reading

Etxebarri…Round 2

No trip in northern Spain would be complete without a visit to Asador Etxebarri in the tiny leafy village of Axpe, about 45 minutes west out of San Sebastian (en route to Bilbao). You might recall a first visit on my behalf, a couple of months ago. I remember being wowed in the cold winter … Continue reading


DiverXo is quite unique to Spain’s upscale gastronomy. The reason for this is of the Spanish-Asian (but more Chinese) fusion cuisine that it boasts. Spanish and Chinese cuisine? Something rather similar to what I want to do, but someone else beat me to it. The small kitchen is led by David Muñoz, whose background ranges from stints … Continue reading

El Celler de Can Roca

My dream (or at least one of them) came true…One of the moments I have been longing for had eventually arrived. I finally ate at El Celler de Can Roca (3 Michelin star restaurant and 2nd Best Restaurant in the World according to the 2011 San Pellegrino List). I’m still wrapping my head around this meal. … Continue reading

Asador Etxebarri

“Etxebarri” – it’s spoken on the lips of the fooderati as if it’s an impossible perfection. Simple, unquestionable perfection. Victor Arguinzoniz, head chef and proprietor of Asador Etxebarri is a maestro of the grill and the architect of the greatest meals of many people’s lives. The ethos of Etxebarri is very simple: take the best local produce … Continue reading


Le Meurice, The Ritz and Plaza Athenée, step back. Shangri-la is in town and it is here to stay and make its mark. The Asia-based luxury hotel opened its doors earlier this year as Shangri-la’s first European property. Set in the chic 16th arrondissement, the Shangri-La revamped the 1896 palace of Prince Roland Bonaparte, the … Continue reading

Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée

Luxury? Opulence? Alain Ducasse might have invented the word at his flagship 3-star Paris restaurant at the Hotel Plaza Athénée on the swank Avenue Montaigne. With 10,000 crystals lighting up the entire restaurant, this is probably one of the flashiest places in town and once you walk in, it is as if the whole world … Continue reading