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Fine Dining Redefined in Hong Kong

When L’Estrange London first approached me for my recommendations on fine dining restaurants in Hong Kong, I blanked. Amber? Caprice? What other fine dining restaurants do I know? I couldn’t possibly bring myself to recommend places I didn’t even personally love, but I honestly have barely visited “fine dining” restaurants in the past 2-3 years. Thankfully, the important detail emerged as they were looking for excellent quality restaurants I feel comfortable in. Shifting dining trends in Hong Kong These thoughts of mine are anecdotal of the major shift in dining trends in Hong Kong, and around the world, towards more laid back spots which are still able to deliver top quality food. This was also exactly why I loved Tapisco so much, during my recent visit to Lisbon. The thing is, I used to fantasise about being taken to Michelin-starred fine dining restaurants at hotels for my birthday. But to suggest this today would have even my closest friends cringe at the thought of having to act so uncomfortably formal. Check out the full article …

4 New Casual Brunches That’ll Make You Skip Dinner

I always admire beautiful brunch shots from Melbourne or even Singapore, featuring the perfect eggs benedict sprinkled with a twist, or perfectly browned French toasts decorated with colourful don’t-know-whats. We may not be loaded with options for that type of hipster cafe brunch spot, but restaurants are rapidly leveraging on Hong Kong people’s love for brunch – it’s become more of an event than just a meal, right? And restaurants are now really good at making it huge and epic, often leaving me too full to even have dinner 8 hours later. Here are four of the latest brunch spots I’ve fallen in love with: 1. Mamasita’s Cantina (Mexican) The deal: HK$338 for starter/dessert buffet + made-to-order tacos + main course; HK$148 free flow sangria, red/white, champagne The vibe: I’ve eaten at Mamasita’s a number of times (see dinner review here) and most of the time I pick it for its casual and colourful setting that makes it a fun place to be especially when you’re in a larger group – everyone I’ve taken here compliments the decor. Two times I …

5 Dishes You Have to Try at Taste of Hong Kong 2017

Taste of Hong Kong is a food fair/festival where 16 restaurants will be gathering at Central Harbourfront for one weekend only from 16-19 March 2017. It’s a chance to sample some exclusive and some signature dishes from highly regarded restaurants around Hong Kong. Participating restaurants this year are: Amber, Arcane, Cafe Gray Deluxe*, CHINO*, Duddell’s, Kaum, Kei Restaurant, Mercato, Okra, Rhoda*, Serge et le Phoque, Tin Lung Heen, Tosca, Yardbird and Zuma. General admission into the fair will cost HK$138/HK$198 (weekday/weekend), and dishes will have to be purchased separately. I imagine the cost could add up… but they will also be hosting chef talks and cooking demonstrations, among other activities. Plus, restaurants will be serving up some exclusive items – which means you have never seen it on their menus before – so it seems like it could be a fun weekend activity. In the run up to the event, I got the chance to preview some of the items that will be showcased and these five are definitely unmissable. 1. Rhoda – Slow-cooked Lamb …

8 New Restaurants for Weekday Lunch Dates

It was January 2015 when I came up with a list of 10 restaurants in Central for lunch dates – you know, for when someone is counting on you to make a decision on where to go for that team lunch or catch up. But the Hong Kong dining scene evolves quickly (i.e. restaurants frequently close) and people get bored easily – so here are some of my latest suggestions. This time, the list goes beyond Central and to the wider CBD area of Hong Kong. Leave a comment below and share your favourite lunch spot! For locations, check out the map at the end of the post. 1. Mercato – Italian (Central) I first visited Mercato for dinner (see the full review here). I loved the food and vibes so much that I was eager to return for lunch, especially given the restaurant’s convenient location in California Tower. At HK$198 for two-courses, the set lunch didn’t seem like an amazing deal. But the portions were extremely generous, especially for the salmon tartare starter which I …

9 Coffee Shops to Visit in London

I honestly love coffee exploring as much as I love food exploring. There’s something so necessary about smelling those beans and sipping a hot drink when the sun is out, no matter where in the world I am. Plus I love how it doesn’t compromise the number of meals I can intake in the day. So when I’m on holiday, in a city, I always make it a mission to try out as many good coffee shops as I can. I briefly attempted during my trip last year from London, Nottingham to Edinburgh. I also came up with a list of 5 Coffee Shops to Visit in Taipei earlier this year. Now here’s a proper one for London! (Addresses are all in the Google map at the end of this post) 1. Timberyard Let me say it upfront, Timberyard was my favourite coffee shop in London this time. Ok, the coffee is good but perhaps wasn’t necessarily the most outstanding one we had, but I just loved the feeling of being in this cafe. We went to …

8 of London’s Must-Visit Restaurants for First Timers

As a student, 10-15 pounds would have been an expensive dinner, reserved only to celebrate birthdays. With that budget, it was hard to appreciate the expertise and good food on offer all over London. So returning to the city as an adult a few years later, finally with money to spend, I got around to properly exploring food in London. Hong Kong may already be known for good food, but I was impressed to a whole new level by the restaurants in London. The thing is, compared with Hong Kong, it’s hard to find good cheap eats in London. But as long as you’re willing to spend, good food is amazing for a relatively decent price. It’s difficult to pick out a handful of restaurants because there are too many outstanding ones. But here’s a list of the ones I think you must consider. 1. Burger & Lobster (Lunch/Dinner) Last year, I was in London for two days and tried Burger & Lobster for the first time. It was the one restaurant I revisited this trip and …

3 Casual Spots for a Satisfying Bowl of Beef Pho

A hot bowl of beef pho is the best kind of comfort food. Even with the sometimes unbearably hot weather in Hong Kong, I still crave sipping on the flavourful broth of a good bowl of these Vietnamese soup noodles. I used to go to Bep a lot; their food in general is pretty good. However, in the past year or so, a number of Vietnamese restaurants have opened up and they’re definitely good competition. Le Garcon Saigon and Viet Kitchen pop up to my mind to be the delicious new(ish) ones. But when it comes to beef pho, the super casual spots seem to do it right. Maybe it’s because they invest all their efforts perfecting the broth, rather than inventing interesting new menu items. There’s a place in my stomach for both, but let’s talk about the beef pho here! 1. Le Pho: All-Rounded Le Pho is the latest teeny pho spot to catch my eye on Lyndhurst Terrace. Most of the seats are by the bar (high stools), so it’s very very casual. It’s …