Tokyolima: Nikkei blends Peruvian food with Japanese techniques (7.5)

It’s prime summer right now, and despite covid and evening dining restrictions, restaurants are busy as ever during the day, especially on weekends. Another of Pirata’s restaurants, Tokyolima does Japanese-Peruvian fusion (or Nikkei cuisine) and offers a pretty big mishmash of a brunch on weekends at $395 per person. The ten dishes included in the brunch… Continue reading Tokyolima: Nikkei blends Peruvian food with Japanese techniques (7.5)

Uma Nota: São Paulo’s Street Food with an Oriental touch (7.0)

Uma Nota is more of a boteco than a restaurant, which is a kind of a pub where bohemians in Brazil would get together for drinks and cheap snacks. The menu is very compact and other than salads, it's mostly grilled meat or skewers coming in petit portions. Uma Nota didn't even use to have… Continue reading Uma Nota: São Paulo’s Street Food with an Oriental touch (7.0)

VEA: Franco Chinese Parade (8.8)

VEA is definitely a fitting place to take someone to on special occasions because its sense of ritual and the theater of its service are all top tier even for a city like Hong Kong where dinner bills upwards of $2000 per head are not so uncommon. Before coming to this place I had a… Continue reading VEA: Franco Chinese Parade (8.8)

Kona at the Corner: Fancy Kappo (8.2)

Kona is relatively new to the game, tucked in a quiet corner behind Second Draft in Tai Hang and offering a rather compact menu that features a variety of small plates from sashimi to grilled dishes and skewers to donburi. A glance at the offerings would be enough to give you a sense of how… Continue reading Kona at the Corner: Fancy Kappo (8.2)

Old Bazaar Returns (8.5)

I am far from being a connoisseur of South East Asian food, especially of the Singaporean and Malaysian variety, but I do know whether I enjoy a meal. Old Bazaar Kitchen was a genuine surprise, not in a spectacular and aesthetically dazzling way, but in its execution of mostly ordinary dishes with a touch of… Continue reading Old Bazaar Returns (8.5)

秘魯料理:看似簡單的菜餚也可以很回味 (8.7)

民以食為天,香港人很幸福,我們的香港在料理和餐飲管理方面的造詣與全球最發達的大城市比肩而立,但在外面吃飯多了,偶爾會覺得一般餐廳無非來來去去幾味菜,幾種調味,再到高級餐廳品嚐來頭不得了的各種動物和食材,無論日本菜還是法國菜,沒有太精緻,只有更精緻,廚師的創意日新月異,有時反而會懷念...

Lin Heung Kui: A Taste of Old Hong Kong (8.0)

The morning catching up, small plates sharing and tea drinking ritual of yum cha is part of Hong Kong’s culture and identity. Back in the 80s and early 90s, old ladies would circle around buzzing dining rooms with pushcarts and shout out for attention. While dim sum carts are increasingly hard to spot in Hong… Continue reading Lin Heung Kui: A Taste of Old Hong Kong (8.0)

Pica Pica: Bitesize Tapas (8.0)

Pica Pica is a Spanish expression that means a little bit of a variety of foods, which is fitting enough for a restaurant inspired by Spanish tapas traditions. We came here on a Sunday noon which, in retrospect, was ill-timed. Everything on the menu seemed to be created for a night out with plenty to… Continue reading Pica Pica: Bitesize Tapas (8.0)

Eating through the Far North East

As part of my work I spent a few months in the northeastern tip of China, Heilongjiang province, in the winter of 2019 and 2020, where it was practically twenty degrees celsius below zero every day. Other than ice skating on frozen rivers and walking on snow, the only winter activity was staying home or… Continue reading Eating through the Far North East