London: The 1* Restaurant Story

When I travel overseas for work, I generally have a long list of restaurants to visit; but I’ve been to the UK so regularly over the last three years, the list of must-visit restaurants has diminished quite significantly. So, for my most recent trip, I limited my fine dining experiences to two establishments; one that’s…

The best way to finish the year; Seasons with Lorenz Hoja

Talk about bittersweet. I’d just found out that big changes were afoot at one of my favourite Hong Kong restaurants. Head chef Oliver E was departing the restaurant that he’d helmed since it’s opening and was being replaced. Ordinarily, I’d have been heartbroken; I mean, I’d spent so much time at Seasons by Oliver E…

1* Takumi by Daisuke Mori: New chef & name but still amazing

 Can a restaurant really ever shake off the ghosts of the past? One of my favourite meals in Hong Kong was at the (then) 2* Wagyu Takumi, helmed by renowned Japanese chef Mitsuru Konishi (see post here).  I simply loved the exquisitely executed Japanese French fusion style of cooking, and I’m not alone, it’s a…

Amsterdam: 1* Bridges – the unexpected – the inspired

We’d always planned to have a summer holiday that was largely based around eating and driving, driving and eating; with a quick sojourn to #ArtsTown to satisfy the girl’s #documenta14 fixation. The plan was to land in Amsterdam for a few days of timezone adjustment, then commence our driving and dining tour around Germany.  What…

London: World #97 & 1* Hedone

This cat marches to the beat of his own drum! It’s all I could think after I finished chatting to solicitor turned food blogger turned uber chef Mikael Jonsson.  I’d just finished my multi course, sensory overloading tasting menu at Hedone and was still reflecting on what was most likely one of the best meals…

London: World #91 & 1* St John

I walked right past St John when I was wandering the back streets of Smithfield, such was the unassuming facade of the restaurant.  With it’s roller shutter pulled down, the pub looked just like all of the other semi industrial businesses that help make Smithfield one of the more interesting locations in London. That I…

13 Stars in 13 Days: A Journey through Amsterdam and Germany

The number 13 is unlucky for many, but proved to be a happy number for the girl and I on our recent European holiday. You see, it was the total number of Michelin Stars we collected as we toured through Amsterdam and broader Germany.  Many were planned, a few were not and almost all were…

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…

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…

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…

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…

1* Angler @ South Place Hotel

Sometimes you take a punt and it pays off.  Sometimes not. With so many quality restaurants in London, many with Michelin stars, it’s sometimes hard to decide on where to go.  I mean, you generally expect a certain level of quality at Michelin starred restaurants, but I’ve  been disappointed before. I’d been pigging out a…

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…

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…