Restaurant 360° Dubrovnik – my favouorite restaurant in Croatia

Rating: 8/10

Having spent a week in Croatia, I have had a consistent week of fresh seafood – grilled whole fish, scampi, octopus – all cooked with simple techniques dedicated in keeping the original flavors of the ingredients. Out of all the restaurants I went to, my favourite was quite easily Restaurant 360° in Dubrovnik. A definite must-visit for that amazing view and romantic seaside holiday ambience! Continue reading

Cobo House & Artisan Room – new favourite chill spot

Hong Kong is no short of good artisan coffees and pastries, especially with all the new cafe openings dotted around Wanchai, Sheung Wan and Sai Ying Pun. But to find a cafe where you could sit comfortably to chill for an afternoon or have a quiet chat remains a challenge. Artisan Room ticks all these boxes – alfresco area, spacious and quiet, quality coffee and tea, and not to mention, a great selection of both savoury and sweet eclairs. Next to that and also by the same owner behind is Cobo House by 2am:dessertbar, a quaint restaurant with an obvious focus on desserts. Named as Asia’s Best Pastry Chef for the second year running by San Pellegrino Asia’s 50 Best, Cobo House is Singaporean Chef Janice Wong’s new venture in Hong Kong. This corner of Sai Wan has become my latest favourite place to chill on Saturday afternoons! Continue reading

10 Most Memorable Meals in the Past Year

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Picking my favourite 10 is actually not easy with all the meals I’ve had in the past year (spoiling my tastebuds way too much!). These 10 places are not where I could go often, but they made it to my Top 10 Most Memorable for a reason! Creative innovations, fresh ingredients, unforgettable taste, beautiful presentations – each of them is worth a detour if you are ever in the area! Continue reading

Pho Bar

As its name clearly puts it, Pho Bar cleverly combines the concept of the Vietnamese pho (beef noodle soup) and a Japanese ramen bar. Situated in the narrow alley of Li Yuen Street West in Central, Pho Bar is a casual contemporary noodle shop featuring a long bar table along the open kitchen. Like at a ramen shop, guests are given an order form, where you pick the specific parts of the beef, the type of noodles and a selection of condiments. Apart from the expected medium rare filet mignon slices, you get unusual choices such as beef brisket, oxtail, beef shank; and as for noodles, healthy-eaters would be glad to find zucchini noodles here.

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Niko Romito from Ristorante Reale – Take II

If I were to use one-line to describe my experience at Ristorante Reale in Italy last summer, I’d say “worth the 7-hour drive”. So when I first learnt that Chef Niko Romito was going to be a guest chef at Tosca in Ritz Carlton (reads: 20 minutes drive), imagine how excited I was! The 6-course menu at Tosca was mostly vegetarian, with only 2 of the dishes from the full tasting menu at Reale. The Chef told us he has gotten a bit bored of cooking meat and seafood and had been focusing more on vegetables in the past few months. But whether it was vegetable, seafood or meat, the core principle was  consistent – the focus is always on the ingredient itself,  the presentation is on the flavour, not the look. Continue reading

Caramel Done Right – where to get the sweet fix

Most people would say caramel is too sweet. I have a thing for salted caramel. Not just caramel, but salted caramel. When done properly, the salt cuts through the luscious intensity of the sweet caramel and makes the slightly burnt taste of sugar more pronounced. Sadly I have not found many places which do it right in Hong Kong, but when I feel like the guilty indulgence, these places are my usuals that never fail me.

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Tartine

When I heard I was going to have sandwiches on a Saturday in Central, I was not excited – it really reminds me of my work day lunches, those soggy breads with boring fillings. Tartine, quite a contrary to that expectation, brings something completely different to the table.

Situated in a new building on Lyndhurst, the restaurant itself is a quiet hideout from the busy crowds with a terrace for alfresco dining.  Continue reading