Best Eats: Aqua Roma, One Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Best Eats: Aqua Roma, One Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong KongWe first visited Aqua Roma, the dramatic Italian restaurant operated by the Aqua Restaurant Group at the top of One Peking Road in Kowloon, eight years ago, shortly after it opened. It remains a destination restaurant for the city. You can find the building, as we noted then, because it still looks like a giant…

Favorite Eats: Carnevino Hong Kong

Mario Batali, the New York-based chef who is usually described as ebullient or ubiquitous or both, has just opened his second Hong Kong restaurant, Carnevino, and apparently is about to open his third. The first, Lupa, opened earlier this year in the new LHT Tower on Queen’s Road Central, downstairs from Carnevino. The third is…

Best Eats: The Ramly Phenomenon

In Manila you can get a Jollibee burger. In most of Asia you can get a Big Mac or a Whopper, and so what? But with Ramadan upon us in Malaysia, it’s a long wait until the sun goes down and the vision of a Ramly Burger cart almost makes one faint. The Ramly Special…

Wan Chai’s New French Foodmaster

Is it actually possible to pair foie gras with orange and bitter chocolate sauce? King prawns with baby artichokes tartare, goat cheese and beetroot ice cream? To stuff a boned chicken with pig trotters, porcini and foi gras and add black trumpet sauce? You can, and the dishes are surprisingly good and strikingly original. They…

A Trip to Cornwall

Those Asians who are on their way to London for the London Olympics might want to take a bit of time away from the games to journey to Cornwall to sample Rick Stein’s ‘The Seafood Restaurant’ in Padstow. I have wanted to go there for years and, having finally satisfied this longstanding curiosity, I have…

Best New Restaurant in Singapore

Singapore’s restaurant scene is going through a metamorphosis, some of it a welcome change and other parts defying gravity. Consider that something in the order of 20 new Italian restaurants opened in the last six months, never mind a global financial crisis. It defies logic, although if there’s a city that has shrugged off the…

Dining at Changi Airport

I know it’s rare that you hear a food writer recommending you go out of your way to dine at an airport, but Singapore’s Changi is in a league of its own. First impressions can be indelible and international airports often reflect a countries mannerisms and a good indication of what to expect locally. Of…

Curtis Cooks a Turkey

With Christmas only weeks away it’s high time to make the appropriate preparations for the year’s most important lunch or Christmas Eve dinner, depending on where you live and local tradition. The notion of cooking a roast turkey can be daunting to many but really folks; it’s just a bigger bird than a chicken. Those…

A Sommelier’s Great Singaporean Restaurant

You don't need me to tell you Iggy's is a great restaurant. Already much adored by food lovers all over the world, voted best restaurant in Asia by several publications and ranked 28 in the S.Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants list, 2011. Iggy’s reputation is hard-earned over many years, seven to be exact, with a…

Restaurant Review: Truffle Dumplings at Din Tai Fung

Yes, I’m telling you something you probably already know: Din Tai Fung make the world’s best xiaolongbao 小籠包 -- Steamed Dumplings, in the English vernacular. From Taipei to Los Angles, Hong Kong to Toronto, thousands upon thousands of people frequent Din Tai Fung outlets all over the planet to get their dumpling fix. Actually, it…