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…

Orana: Australiana for the sake of Australiana

A long time ago in a land far, far away. Well, not that long ago really; and not that far away. I grew up in a small city in Australia called Adelaide (pronounced Radelaide by locals) but moved away in my very early twenties, to a slightly larger small city called Brisbane. Anyhoo…  I was recently…

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…

Aria: deserving of Two Hats!

When considering fine dining in Brisbane, you’ve got your creative and slightly eccentric options – think Esquire and Urbane; but if you’re thinking much more traditional then it’s hard to ignore Aria Brisbane. The Matt Moran restaurant was a welcome addition to the Brisbane fine dining scene when it opened up in August 2009.  Introducing a level…

Esquire: Still one of the best?

The more things change, the more they stay the same. I have a confession to make. It had been eight hundred and ninety nine days since my last visit to Esquire.  The date was 6th May 2014. It might sound strange that I remember the last time I went to Esquire so vividly, and that…

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…

Otto: Italian fine diner you must try

Many questions were asked when at only a month into its operation, Italian Fine Diner Restaurant Otto picked up a coveted Chefs Hat.  More-so that the upstart interloper from the southern states also picked up the prestigious Restaurant of the Year (note, not new restaurant of the year). Who were these guys, and what right…

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…