The Optimist: Another Spanish gem in Wanchai

There is this ‘no mans land‘ in Wanchai; it’s not quite in the hip and cool part, and it’s not quite in the seedier strip club district. It’s not really anything to be honest, but it most certainly is an unexpected spot to find a surprisingly authentic Spanish restaurant. We’d walked past The Optimist a…

Canada: Maison Boulud

It was a shock to my system, to be honest. I landed in Montreal with a temperature that was minus 17 degrees; yep, that’s right, a temperature where man cannot really survive for long. When you’re in the depths of winter, you really look for that hearty and warming meal that both keeps you warm,…

Honbo: Burgers that are a little healthy, right?

There’s not too many things I actually get cravings for; but I will admit that a good hamburger is something that I sometimes have a physical craving for. Maybe not such a good thing; all of the best burgers are pretty much not so healthy, so eating them too often can be a problem. The…

Paris: L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon Paris St Germain

The original and the best? It’s what I hoped to find out when I recently made a pilgrimage to the original L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, located in the most Parisian of quarters; the 6th arrondissement. I’ve been to many of the L’Atelier’s around the globe; and there are many.  It’s probably easier to list the…

12,000 Francs: Preservation is the name of the game

With a weird name that makes no sense initially, 12,000 Francs has delivered a meal that was incredibly rewarding. Let me explain. In 1795, a little fellow by the name of Napoleon Bonaparte offered a princely sum of 12,000 Francs to anyone who could devise a method of preserving food for his all conquering armies….

Paris: Arpège #12 in the World

Is it me, or is it you? It’s a question I’ve been struggling with for a little while now. I’m fortunate enough that I get to eat at some of the finest restaurants in the world, quite regularly. Lately, I’ve been contemplating just what it means to chase down meals at the world’s top restaurants;…

London: The Clove Club #26 in the World

It’s been a pretty big week in the foodie world. At some point, you probably saw that the latest #Worlds50Best was released; you know, the annual glorification of the top end of the restaurant scene.  I must admit, I watched the ceremony through the live streaming site and was interested to see who the winners and…

Pici: The most amazing pasta

Let me throw some numbers at you 19, 26, 31, 43, 45, 65 & 80 These numbers represent some of the best restaurants in the world; in fact, they are the number ranking of restaurants on the San Pellegrino list that I’ve visited in the last six weeks. I’ve been chasing that elusive high, the…

Elystan Street: The Square 2.0?

When I sat down to reflect on, then write about my top ten list from 2015, one restaurant stood out above all others. I’d love to have said it was a Hong Kong restaurant; but despite having some amazing meals in my new home, it was a UK restaurant that had won my heart. You…

London: Dinner by Heston Blumenthal #39* in the world

Here’s what my Monday looked like: Flight arrives in London at 5:30am Check into Hotel at 7:30am F45 Training Session at 9:30am Visit to Lyle’s at 12:30pm Visit to Dinner by Heston at 6:30pm If ever there was a contrast between the old culinary world and the new, this was it.  Lunch was at a…

London: Lyle’s #54* in the World

Here’s what my Monday looked like: Flight arrives in London at 5:30am Check into Hotel at 7:30am F45 Training Session at 9:30am Visit to Lyles at 12:30pm I was feeling particularly jet lagged as I arrived at the Shoreditch train station, so I was particularly happy to find that Lyle’s was only a few meters…

Dim Sum Library: a catalogue of amazing bites

Don’t let its name or whereabouts fool you; Dim Sum Library is a super cool restaurant in the most unlikely of locations. Interspersed with clothes, sports and homewares stores at Pacific Place in Admiralty, it’s hard to get a sense of the size and scale of Dim Sum Library.  The relatively narrow opening and bar area…