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: 2* 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 & 3* 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: 1* 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…

1* 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: 2* 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: 1* 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…

Shanghai: 2* L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon

You know the drill, one of the greatest chefs of the last 100 years, and it must be said probably one of the most canny restauranteurs going today.  How else do you account for the squillions of Michelin Stars the guy has. Of course I’m talking about Joel Robuchon. I’ve been collecting Joel Robuchon visits…

Shanghai: 1* Jean Georges

I was taken aback by the casual elegance of the dining room at Jean Georges in Shanghai; it was a very welcome respite from the freezing cold of Shanghai in the middle of winter. Making my away across the river the Shanghai’s very cosmopolitan district, The Bund, had been a taxing affair; trying to communicate…

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…

Shanghai: Mr & Mrs Bund

When I found out I was going to Shanghai, I was so excited.  Not only had the Chinese city recently been bestowed with stars from the Michelin Guide, one of the Top 50 Restaurants in the world just happened to be located there too. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet is described as one of the most…

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…