Blue Lotus, An Eclectic Chinese Grill House

Fusion well done—that’s Blue Lotus Chinese Grill House, a Chinese-tapas culinary concept with an avant-garde menu that cleverly blends traditional Asian flavours with western cooking techniques. Don’t miss the nectarous Hickory Smoked Honey-glazed Kurobuta Pork Belly and the Crab Balls with the signature Chilli Pomelo Sauce. … More Blue Lotus, An Eclectic Chinese Grill House

Xi Yan, Modern Inventive Chinese Fusion

Xi Yan Shaw is the causal sibling of Xi Yan Private Dining that serves contemporary, inventive Chinese cuisine. Originating from Hong Kong, this brand is founded by celebrity Chef-owner Jacky Yu, often credited with starting the private dining phenomenon in Hong Kong. The Szechuan-style Salivating Chicken with konnyaku noodles & century eggs is engaging. … More Xi Yan, Modern Inventive Chinese Fusion

FOO’D By Davide Oldani

Valentine’s Day lunch at FOO’D, at the historic Victoria Theater & Concert Hall that was built in 1862. An outpost of Michelin-starred Italian Chef David Oldani, the cuisine is good, although not ground breaking; but the iconic venue with Greco-Roman columns framing a beautiful setting, coupled with the very reasonable set prices make this a strong recommendation. … More FOO’D By Davide Oldani

Coquo, Modern Spanish Cuisine With A Malaysian Touch

Coquo, which means “I cook” in Latin, located at the bustling Publika Mall in Kuala Lumpur, is another project by Chef Toni Valero, who comes with an impressive resume; cutting his chops at various Michelin-starred Spanish establishments like El Cellar de Can Roca and Mugaritz. The concept here works very well – cutting edge cuisine with a strong Spanish influence, incorporating Malaysian produce in a convivial ambience at friendly prices – what’s there not to love? … More Coquo, Modern Spanish Cuisine With A Malaysian Touch

Babe, Japanese Tapas Fun Dining Over KL

Babe is the brainchild of Japan-born Michelin-starred Chef Jeff Ramsey who tutored under Japanese ‘super chef’ Hide Yamamoto as Executive Chef of Tapas Molecular Bar at the 6-star Mandarin Oriental Tokyo hotel. The restaurant dishes out mesmerising views of of the KL city skyline, accompanied by playful and artsy modern Japanese-tapas, or “Japas” as Ramsey terms it. A gourmet discovery not to be missed; one that’s filled with culinary mind games. … More Babe, Japanese Tapas Fun Dining Over KL

OKU, Omakase Delight In Jakarta City

OKU in Japanese means the peeling back of the layers of an onion, and in poetry implies something abstract and profound, and is intended to represent the culinary journey that diners will experience at this restaurant, located in the heart of Jakarta and helmed by Chef Kazumasa Yazawa, who has cut his chops at several top-notch dining places – in Singapore at IZY and Waku Ghin in Marina Bay Sands, and Tetsuya’s in Sydney, creating a modern make-over on traditional Japanese dishes. … More OKU, Omakase Delight In Jakarta City

Contented With The Disgruntled Chef

Located along Ang Siang Road that’s lined with hip eateries, The Disgruntled Chef at The Club is helmed by highly-acclaimed ChefDaniel Sia, whom I encountered when he was the Chef de Cuisine at Justin Quek’s Le Platane in Shanghai when I was stationed there for a while. The decor is very Gentlemen club-like: white linen, dark leather sofas, elegant with lime-green hues dominating. The food is quite creative and the PRIX FIXE WEEKDAY LUNCH is good value at two-course / three-course (with one pudding) $38++ / $45++ respectively. … More Contented With The Disgruntled Chef

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

Tapas 39 – Spanish Delights In Leafy Duxton Hill

Re-visiting Tapas 39, a under-the-radar restaurant in leafy cobble-stoned Duxton Hills, part of Club 39, a by-invitation only private club. The S$65 (some reasonable supplement applies) tasting menu for 5 items from the whole (yes, whole!) menu is unbeatable value. Many of the dishes are fine-dining standard, and beautifully plated and presented by talented Chilean Chef Rodrigo. … More Tapas 39 – Spanish Delights In Leafy Duxton Hill