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…

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…

Buenos Aires Polo Club: the cardinal sin of overcooked beef

Have you ever wanted to really like a restaurant, but just not been able to? That’s how I felt about the Buenos Aires Polo Club; one of the latest offerings from the Black Sheep group. I’d not really been involved in selecting the restaurant for our recent catch up with some of the girls study…

1* Vea: Breathtaking food, visually stunning

Vea It’s the favourite restaurant for a lot of people I know here in Hong Kong. It also seems to be the darling of the Michelin Guide, having secured a coveted Michelin Star in its first year of operation.  No mean feat! The fact that it’s taken over a year for me to get in…

Gaucho: Tasty Argentinian Steak

I’d normally think you’re onto a pretty good steak spot when the dining room chairs of a restaurant are made from cow hide. That’s exactly what I first observed when being shown to our table at Gaucho Hong Kong, an Argentinian steak restaurant in the heart of Honkers.  I was a little bit seduced by…

Belon: the Neo-Parisian bistro in Hong Kong

I love it when an Aussie chef does well overseas. It’s why I was excited and intrigued to learn that James Henry had shut down his well regarded Paris Bistro Bones to establish a new dining establishment here in Hong Kong.  It seemed like a strange move to relocate from the world’s most glamorous culinary…

Bizou; the Nordic American brasserie

What is American Cuisine? More to the point, what is the Hong Kong version of American Cuisine? Dining Concepts’ most recent new venture aims to answer that question; Bizou is the latest in a long line of restaurants from the group and they’ve pulled out all of the stops to give us an interpretation of American…

Frantzén’s Kitchen: A new Nordic King

For a city where restaurant openings are as common as the rising sun, I was surprised by the hype that surrounded the launch of Frantzen’s Kitchen. Perhaps intrigued was a better way of putting it, after all, the Nordic style had been tried by Chef Nurdin Topham’s NUR.  And while I rated NUR as one my…

Quartermaster: the accidental burger

I don’t know about you, but finding a reasonably priced and good quality steak in Hong Kong is pretty difficult.  Don’t get me wrong, you can find an amazing piece of beef here if you pay a premium, a premium that makes your eyes water at times. So, I was pretty intrigued when I found…

JinJuu: Contemporary Korean and oh-so-tasty

I have to say, I was pretty dubious when the girl suggested that we visit Jinjuu for our monthly lunch date. After all, our last couple of ‘long lunches’ had been at Michelin starred restaurants. I had no real reason to be suspect about the Korean fusion joint, the girl had recently been with workmates…

Commissary: A new taste in town

If someone asked you to describe what ‘Southern Californian’ cuisine was all about, could you? Up until recently, I don’t think I could have! Commissary is the restaurant that might just be able to open up the whole Southern Californian culinary scene; especially if the Culinary Director has anything to say about it.  Morgan McGlone…

Operetta: Italian? French? Japanese? or still finding its feet?

One of my favourite restaurants in Hong Kong was two Michelin starred Wagyu Takumi, which until recently was helmed by renowned Japanese Chef Mitsuru Konishi. I’d heard that Chef Konishi was involved as culinary director of the newly opened Operetta in Pacific Place, but was completely surprised when I learned that Chef Konishi had made…

Fish School: A cool spot with amazing fish

It seems to be list season; the 2017 Hong Kong & Macau Michelin guide was just released, as was the Tatler Top 20.  Just two of the many restaurant guides and lists that are available in HK, they’re probably two of the main guides I use when looking for a lovely dining experience;  the other…

Ciao Chow: The best pizza in HK?

Apart from the quite generic Pizza Express, there’s a real shortage of great pizza places in Hong Kong.  Sure, I could name a couple of places that do alright pizza, but there’s not many places that could be classified as world class. That all changed when an interesting little place called Ciao Chow opened up…

Djapa – Nipo Brasilerio the most colourful of mixes

I love discovering a new place that instantly ingratiates itself on all levels.  It’s even better when that place is about ten steps from the front of your apartment entrance! The Avenue; AKA Lee Tung Avenue has to be one of the most popular destination spots in Hong Kong now, I can attest to this…

1* Tosca at the Ritz Carlton; where everybody knows your name

Just about everyone of a certain age brackets should remember the TV show ‘Cheers’.  It was a half hour sitcom about a bar in Boston and the catchy theme song for the show was called ‘Where everybody knows your name’.  If you’re not familiar with it, rekindle your memories or experience for the first time…