Ronin Hong Kong

It took me a while to get around to Ronin. It’s the new hot spot. The same team behind the hipster-mecca Yardbird, opened this culinary hidden gem in the streets of Sheung Wan. Perhaps I was blinded by the wonderfulness that of its’ bigger sister, Yardbird, which I have been to many times, but failed to blog … Continue reading

Bo Innovation Hong Kong

According to the new edition of the Michelin Guide Hong Kong & Macau, it seems that the culinary scene has shifted. Out with the French, and in with the modern Chinese. Two major examples of restaurants affected were Bo Innovation by “Devil chef” Alvin Leung, said to be ‘experimental Chinese’, and winning its third star; while … Continue reading

Etxebarri: Less is More

**Apologies in advance for the lack of quality in the pictures. I had taken the pictures with my camera but lost the memory card and could only rely on the low-quality camera functions of a phone. Less is More, I believe that’s the secret to success of this little institution. Every time I come here, … Continue reading

Japan, Part 3: Tokyo

My self-guided food trip around Japan led me to my final destination, and capital of Japan; Tokyo. Tokyo is an eclectic city, filled with a mix of old and new, high tech gadgets and cartoon mascots. It was even more crowded than Osaka and Kyoto (probably combined) and it’s wackyness never leaves you bored. A … Continue reading

Japan, Part 2: Kyoto

Kyoto is just a short train ride away from Osaka, approximately 24 minutes on the JR (governmental) train line. It does not seem like you’re in another big city as you just pass by neighborhoods of houses. What you do notice, however, is less skyscrapers and more traditional monuments and buildings.  Walking through Kyoto, or … Continue reading

Japan, Part 1: Osaka

I am still surprised I haven’t slipped into a food coma. I’m alive and well and I am able to tell the tale of my gastro tour to Japan. My trip there wasn’t so much planned as it was spontaneous especially in terms of eating. People go to Japan for several reasons, to hike mountains … Continue reading

A weekend in Taipei

Taiwan may be a small island, and has had its share of fights between China on its independence but its eating habits has been shaped by its history. It is, what you may call a ‘melting-pot’ of regional Chinese cuisines, mostly from eastern China. But equally, you cannot describe Taiwanese food without mentioning that it … Continue reading

8 1/2 Otto E Mezzo Bombana

I have always had my doubts on Michelin star restaurants in Asia. I feel that most of the time, they are not graded fairly or are given too much regard for what they actually do. My last post on Michelin star restaurants in Asia was in Hong Kong in a restaurant called Sun Tung Lok. … Continue reading

Vivant Table

Pierre Jancou (of Vivant) is back. With a proven track record of successful ventures such as Racines, La Cremerie and La Bocca; he closed down Vivant to upgrade its look and come back with a new Chef and a different menu. What was wrong with the ‘old’ Vivant? It was never broken. The restaurant decor … Continue reading

Le Baratin

When I first moved to Paris, I was new to the culinary scene. It almost seemed intimidating. I would ask myself: where should I go to eat, what should I order, should I return back? etc…I had made up a list of restaurants after reading more than a dozen different food blogs focused on Paris … Continue reading