Zipang By Chef Kitagawa, Kappo Cuisine Specialist.

Zipang is newly opened contemporary Japanese restaurant; which in the ancient Japanese language means Island of Gold. The restaurant is helmed by Executive Chef Tomohiro Kitagawa from Kyoto, who’s claim to fame is a stint at kaiseki restaurant Arashiyama Rantei in his hometown, and is also known for his sophisticated kappo cuisine. … More Zipang By Chef Kitagawa, Kappo Cuisine Specialist.

Omakase Adventure @ 一宗壽司 in Taipei

Taiwan probably has the best sushi outside of Japan that doesn’t demand an arm or a leg, or your newborn. 一宗壽司 (YiZong Sushi), hidden down a quiet alley in Taipei in a lovely old house, delivers an amazing omasake experience, featuring top grade ingredients from Japan and equally high quality local produce like the Squid, Wild Clams, and sweet “Black Throat” fish. The young but talented chef is one to watch. … More Omakase Adventure @ 一宗壽司 in Taipei

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

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

Ginza Kuroson, Japanese Gem At Takashimaya Mall

Ginza Kuroson, located at the venerable Takashimaya Mall on Singapore’s bustling Orchard Road, serves up delicious Japanese fare that doesn’t break your bank. The restaurant is deceivingly large, flanked by a long counter displaying the freshest catch of the day air-flown from Japan. Besides the sushi counter, there’s also a robatayaki grill, a teppanyaki dining area, and several small intimate cubicles and private rooms. The thick, fresh and creamy Salmon sashimi is one of the best deal in town. … More Ginza Kuroson, Japanese Gem At Takashimaya Mall

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

Christmas Dinner Feast @ Home

A massive Christmas dinner cook-out in Singapore: Herb Roasted Chicken and Crackling Pork form Miele Combo Ovens;
Other items were Beets, Asian Greens, Orange & Goat-cheese Salad, and Tomato Bruschetta; Miso-Butter Corn with Taco Shells; Momotaro Tomatoes with Sesame Sauce; Salmon Sashimi with Yuzu-Soy Truffle Sauce; Seafood Coppinio; Spaghetti Pomodoro and Spaghetti Vongole, and topped off with a home-made Red Velvet Cake . … More Christmas Dinner Feast @ Home

Akira Back, Fine Japanese-Korean Fusion In Jakarta

Jakarta’s dining scene is hotting up these days. My search for something high-end led me to  this much-touted restaurant at the penthouse of MD Place in Jakarta – serving modern Japanese cuisine influenced by the Korean heritage of the celebrity chef Akira Back, a former professional snowboarder. He was named “Best Chef In Las Vegas” by … More Akira Back, Fine Japanese-Korean Fusion In Jakarta