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…

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…

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…

1* Galvin la Chapelle – a most beautiful setting

Picture this, a beautiful old building is built for the parish of Bishopsgate as part of a school for girls in 1890; serving as a parish hall and gymnasium.  Enter the 70’s, a time of demolishing the old to make way for the new; and if not for a dedicated group of local residents that…

Gordon Ramsay’s 1* Petrus in Knightsbridge

I still haven’t figured out how to get into Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, the three Michelin starred showpiece restaurant that’s rated as one of the UK’s best.  Every time I’ve travelled to London, I’ve attempted a booking, on any day for lunch or dinner and have been stymied at every turn.  There must be a secret…

1* L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon @ Covent Gardens

I’m slowly accumulating visits to the many L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon restaurants dotted around the world; yeah, that sounds like a real hardship!  If you think about it, the task is not really that difficult.  Arguably the most famous chef on the planet and certainly the most decorated (at last count 33 Michelin Stars), Robuchon…

2* Greenhouse – Mayfair London

I’m glad we live in an age where Google Maps exists, because without it I’d have spent all day wandering around the back streets of Mayfair looking for the Greenhouse.  The beautiful little restaurant was in the backstreets and mews of one of London’s best areas and was only identifiable from the street because of…