NYC: World #87 & 3* Per Se

Per Se is a culinary icon. Pure and simple. But boy did the Thomas Keller restaurant take a brutal blow in 2016.  Plenty has been said about NY Times restaurant critic Peter Well’s review of the once ‘bullet proof’ restaurant, so I’m not going to harp on it. If you want to read it, I’m…

NYC: 1* NoMad the other Daniel Humm experience

Have I told you how much I love morel mushrooms? Probably not, I’ve only just realised how much those unusual looking little mushrooms need to be part of my culinary life. I was sitting in NoMad enjoying the most amazing morel mushroom dish and ……. Hold on, I’m getting way ahead of myself; let me…

NYC: World #58 & 2* Momofuku Ko

If you’re a foodie, then you’re probably familiar with the name David Chang. For those of you who have been living under a rock for the last decade or so, David Chang is the genius behind the Momofuku Restaurant Group.  While the name Momofuku is synonymous with high end restaurants; Chef Chang’s beginnings were a…

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…

Mexico City: Biko #65 in the World

I really didn’t know what to expect for my visit to Mexico City; but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little nervous. After all, I was heading into the great unknown, although what I did know was that my intended destination was one of the murder capitals of the world.  My trepidation…

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…

Montreal: Toqué! Canada’s #2 Restaurant

I was cut, completely disappointed. When I found out that Canada’s number 2 restaurant (then #1) was located in Montreal, a city that I’d be spending a few days visiting for work, I immediately set about making a reservation. All to no avail.  It seemed that (like most places), Montreal’s top restaurant was hard to get…

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,…

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…

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;…

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…

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…