Pirata: the other great Italian in Wanchai

It’s not too often that I’ll start a post about a restaurant by raving about another; but here goes. I absolutely adore Pici in Wanchai; it’s without doubt my favourite casual diner at the moment. But I will probably never go back. Why would I now that I’ve discovered Pirata, the other Wanchai restaurant by…

Haku: A contender for best new restaurant

When I check out a new restaurant, normally there’s a little excitement; I mean, who doesn’t like checking out new shit! But when it’s a buddy opening that restaurant, there’s a mix of trepidation and excitement in equal parts; will it be successful? will it be good? I first came across Haku Executive Chef Agustin…

Hong Kong: World #24 Amber

2017 has seen an inordinate amount of travel for me; in fact it feels like I’ve circumnavigated the globe a couple of times.  Not really a hardship, as it’s allowed me to visit a huge number of the world’s top 100 restaurants and ensured I’ve enjoyed some memorable meals. While galavanting around the world searching…

Gaddi’s: That old world charm

I’ve been trying to think about my culinary journey, more specifically, if there’s been a restaurant that I’ve visited that has the history and grandeur of Gaddi’s; Hong Kong’s most treasured fine dining destination. When we were telling our friends that we’d booked in for a dinner at Gaddi’s, the response was almost unanimously ‘oooooh,…

Mr & Mrs Fox: Surprising and worth the effort

I have to admit to being a little lazy of late; perhaps worse even, a total lack of imagination. You see, apart from hitting fine dining restaurants in fabulous cities across the globe, I’ve been living the hermit life back in Hong Kong.  Sticking close to home and eating pretty boring. So we decided to…

Locofama: Inconsistent food but worse, bad service

I have a bit of a problem. You see, I’m on this super health kick that’s seen me drop about ten kilos and get very fit; that in itself is not a problem 🙂 But there is the fact that I’m a food blogger and really really love excessively fatty food; most notably calorie dense…

Arcane: The tastiest of meals

What is it that stops a restaurant from achieving that all elusive Michelin Star?  It’s a question that probably has no clear answer.  I guess, if you could package up all the right ingredients, then everyone would have one. It was also something that I’ve long pondered about one particular restaurant. Arcane is a restaurant…

Rech: The Alain Ducasse replacement restaurant

At what point does a chef throw in the towel with a concept? Is it when dropping from two Michelin Stars to one? Or the final ignominy of losing that final Michelin Star? I never went to Spoon by Alain Ducasse when it was a Two Michelin Starred restaurant, but I did have the pleasure…

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…

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…

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….

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…