Feed Them Lots of Fun – Chin Chin, Melbourne

If there’s one element missing from many dining experiences it’s having some genuine fun and a little revitalizing enjoyment in a meal. Chin Chin, Melbourne’s latest cutting-edge dining inveiglement is pure energized fun from the moment you walk in the door and feel the wave of human vigor and pulsating ambience. It’s the sort of…

Singapore’s Best Restaurant Blends East, Middle East

People are forever asking me which is Singapore’s best restaurant. I prefer to say I have many favourite restaurants and it really depends on my mood and what we feel like eating. I think it is also pertinent to categorise whether one is entertaining overseas visitors or clients, or maybe just going out with friends…

Favorite Chicken Rice in Singapore

I have purposely titled this ‘favorite’ rather than best chicken rice in Singapore, mindful that I am a New Zealander married to a Chinese Malaysian and while fairly well assimilated, out of respect for the highly attuned indigenous palate here, the emphasis is on my personal choice, rather than a critique. Food is a national…

The Glorious Leader’s Glorious Phnom Penh Restaurant

For most of us, life in the half of Korea north of the 38th parallel is impossible to witness first-hand. It's only ever glimpsed through the eyes of the, (mostly western) media, and briefly at that. But who can forget the award-winning cover of The Economist: Glorious Leader Kim Jong-Il, waving stiffly to the crowd,…

Sarong Restaurant, Bali

There's no question that you can eat well in Bali, given the multitude of resorts, hotels, restaurants and eateries constantly adapting to the pulse of capricious tourists. For many holidaymakers it's simply an issue of sustenance, preferably from a horizontal position. The very thought of fine dining seems incompatible with sarongs, shorts and thongs and…

Izakaya Yumi

Phnom Penh's uber-in-style Japanese restaurant Yumi is modeled on the traditional 'Izakaya' restaurants found all over Japan. Izakaya is a compound word, loosely translated as "a shop to sit and drink sake." Izakaya restaurants are typically small spaces with a long bar and a handful of tables that serve what could be described as Japanese…

A New York Osteria in Hong Kong

If imitation is indeed the best form of flattery, somewhere in New York there are some very happy old-school Italians, and here in Hong Kong there are some very happy New Yorkers. Posto Pubblico, a new osteria on the restaurant-choked Elgin Street, showcases the Italian home-cooking, based on simple ingredients, that the owner's immigrant relatives…

A Michelin Star Shines in Mongkok

It seems an incongruous place to find a rating most chefs would strangle their sous-chefs for. But the gamy Hong Kong district of Mongkok hosts the cheapest starred restaurant in the famed culinary kingdom of the Michelin Guide. It is Tim Ho Wan, a Cantonese eatery that for instance features for just HK$12 (US$1.53) three…

French Irony

It may seem strange to encounter an exquisite modern French restaurant in Kuala Lumpur, but there is one. It is called Frangipani, run by a restaurateur named Eddie Chow and his partner, a Fremch chef named Chris Bauer. Greeted by the restaurant manager, we were whisked inside out of pelting rain into a modern foyer with…

Making a Meal of the Miele Guide

The new Miele Guide, which bills itself as “Asia’s first truly independent regional restaurant guide and also its most authoritative,” delivered its first rankings of Asia’s 20 best restaurants a few weeks ago and there, in the middle at 10th place, was Antonio’s Fine Dining, tucked away near the rim of a dormant volcano in…