A Majestic World Gourmet Summit Dinner

The World Gourmet Summit celebrates its 20th anniversary, participated by the who’s who of the F&B industry in Singapore. Majestic Restaurant hosted a special “Palatable Pleasures” dinner. As expected of my fave restaurant, the food was creative and delicious, paired with the Grand Cru wines. We were enamoured with the Stewed Hand-pulled Noodles with Sea King Prawn with Onsen Tamago in Lava Salt and Thicken Broth; and the Baked Sea Perch in Glazed Honey Sauce. A fun evening of really good food and great company in a cosy and hospitable place. … More A Majestic World Gourmet Summit Dinner

The Sayan House, A Blissful Marriage of Bali & Japan

The Sayan House is sited at the edge of Sayan’s cliff in Ubud, in a lovely wooden Balinese house that offers panoramic views of the verdant valley below, and chicly-decorated with Asian and Balinese accents. Operated by the Japanese hospitality firm Plan.Do.See (that also manages Michelin-starred restaurants around the globe), The Sayan House serves up very satisfying causal fine-dining contemporary fare with Japanese and Asian influences, under the helm of Chef Yuki Tatami. Highlights of the fusion dinner were the Porcini Royale Consommé – the consomme is prepared table-side using a Bunsen-burner syphon, the sautéed Foie Gras Nigiri Sushi, and the Babi Guling maki with spicy sauce. What’s surprising is that prices are extremely reasonable for such a premium restaurant. … More The Sayan House, A Blissful Marriage of Bali & Japan

Mozaic, Fine Dining In a Balinese Garden

Celebrity Chef Chris Salan’s Mozaic Restaurant Gastronomique is the first restaurant in Southeast Asia to be recognized by the prestigious Traditions et Qualité association as a member of ‘Les Grande Tables Du Monde’. The Grand Menu comes in 2 versions of 6 or 8-course degustation; as well as a 6-course vegetarian tasting menu comprising locally produced seasonal vegetables, indigenous herbs and flowers combined with Balinese spices. Mozaic is indeed a worthwhile dining experience, with all the finery that you would expect of such a restaurant and it doesn’t disappoint. Chef Salan’s cooking rock solid, although I must say that the dinner on the night before at Locavore was a lot more creative whereas Chef Salan’s style is more mainstream. … More Mozaic, Fine Dining In a Balinese Garden

Locavore, Be Amazed By This Casual-Haute Ubud Restaurant

Restaurant Locavore in the heart of Ubud is my Restaurant of the Year 2015. As its name implies, the restaurant only uses sustainably-sourced local produce to create amazingly creative cuisine; even the ethnic-looking yet stylish plates and cutlery are sourced locally. Chefs Eelke Plasjmeijer and Ray Ardiansyah serve only two set menus of five to seven dishes. Don’t miss the Local Rice Risotto with Snails cooked in garlic butter topped with a 64°C slow-cooked duck egg. Flavours and presentation are top-notch, and service is earnest; what’s unbelievable is the price; under US$50 for the 7-course – we counted about 15 dishes with the freebies and snacks. Make the trip; it’s worth every penny. … More Locavore, Be Amazed By This Casual-Haute Ubud Restaurant

Mecha Uma: Absurd, Unreasonably Delicious, A Good Mess Omakase

“Global cuisine with Japanese inflections whilst paying respect to the ingredients”, proclaims Chef Bruce Ricketts, the man and talent behind Mecha Uma, a collaboration with Philippines’s Moment Group. The name Mecha Uma is an abbreviation of a Japanese expression, mechakucha and umai meaning absurd, unreasonably delicious, and a good mess. Mecha Uma dishes out innovative Japanese-accentuated food, but the masterpiece is the seasonal 10-course 2-hour omakase menu that blends air-flown specialties from Japan with a liberal mix of Pinoy organic produce and flavours. … More Mecha Uma: Absurd, Unreasonably Delicious, A Good Mess Omakase

Tippling Club, A Cutting-Edge Gastronomic Journey

Tippling Club, located in an eclectic-chic 3-storey conservation shop-house, is one of the few restaurants from Singapore that made it onto the San Pellegrino Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015 list. British-born Chef-owner Ryan Clift (who had done stints at Claridges, London and Vue de Monde, Melbourne) brands his cuisine as “modern gastronomy that is fun, playful and fresh”. Truly an amazing gastronomic experience. … More Tippling Club, A Cutting-Edge Gastronomic Journey

Sarong Bali, Asian Street Food Fine-dining Style

Awards-winning Sarong opened in 2008, and is now one of the top tables in Bali. Celebrity chef & author Chef Will Meyrick assembles and re-invents street-food around Asia, plating and serving them fine-dining style in a lovely Balinese pavilion surrounded by beautifully-lit verdant gardens. The food is authentic and Chef Will pulls no punches. The multi-flavour Tuna betel leaf with lemongrass, green tomato, sambal matah and bumbu pasih is a mainstay of the menu. … More Sarong Bali, Asian Street Food Fine-dining Style

La Brasserie At Fullerton Bay Hotel, A World’s 100 Best Hotels

  I love the design of the Fullerton Bay Hotel, an architectural delight to explore and enjoy, including the surrounds, especially the promenade. The hotel is part of the 1933 Art-Deco heritage Clifford Pier building – supported by beautiful arches – that evokes childhood memories of it as the departure point of my annual pilgrimage with … More La Brasserie At Fullerton Bay Hotel, A World’s 100 Best Hotels