Cornerstone: Solid, first class offerings despite the razzmatazz (9.0)

Cornerstone's brainchild Shane Osborn is the chef behind the better known Arcane. You might also recognize him from Netflix's The Final Table, where he made it to the finals. Arcane has one Michelin star, and Cornerstone also made it to Michelin's Bib Gourmand guide. Michelin stars are hardly a foolproof guide to consistent, first-rate fare,… Continue reading Cornerstone: Solid, first class offerings despite the razzmatazz (9.0)

Crown Super Deluxe: A Brief Stop in Kobe (8.5)

Black Sheep has always been one of my favorite F&B brands because their hospitality is just so over and beyond the typical standard that you get anywhere in the city. Granted, sometimes their hosts are way too attentive and chit-chatty that it seems to overwhelm locals who are, well, culturally less adapted to this genre… Continue reading Crown Super Deluxe: A Brief Stop in Kobe (8.5)

Rubia: First-rate Spanish fare (9.0)

It's been a while since we've stumbled across a new find that was very much worth our while; when we were leaving the restaurant we had begun planning our next visit and who to bring along. As we walked up the wooden stairs and stepped into Rubia's dining area on the first floor, the dark… Continue reading Rubia: First-rate Spanish fare (9.0)

Grissini: Behind the times (7.6)

Grissini should be on the rota for a lot of people who like Italian food and find its location convenient. But on this visit, I am starting to feel like this is an increasingly dated restaurant that, perhaps intentionally for its existing clientele, is still clinging on a little too strongly to the past. If… Continue reading Grissini: Behind the times (7.6)

Mr Brown: Casual smoking and grilling action (7.9)

Mr Brown is a lively restaurant run by the founders behind Francis and continues the concept of a sleek menu with only a handful of dishes to ensure quality and maximum economies of scale. Brown refers to browning from grilling, and as you may have correctly guessed from the title, Mr Brown specializes in just… Continue reading Mr Brown: Casual smoking and grilling action (7.9)

Skye: Charming vibes and solid food (8.0)

Due to something of a misunderstanding from both sides of the family who I assume were both thinking of compromising for the other family, we ended up being uninvited to dinner anywhere on the night of Mid-Autumn festival this year and spent the evening at Skye. Because it's a popular day to dine at home… Continue reading Skye: Charming vibes and solid food (8.0)

Taylor Shellfish: Great All-around (8.5)

Taylor Shellfish Farms is a company that has been in the shellfish farming industry for five generations and when I found out that their focus is very specialized, I felt optimistic about giving them a shot. If you do visit, you will see that amenities and décor are fairly basic at their restaurants and that… Continue reading Taylor Shellfish: Great All-around (8.5)

Beefbar: Phenomenal steak and service (9.0)

Beefbar has a Michelin star, but that's not why we enjoy our meals here. The steak and rib roast are top notch by any standard, and service is phenomenal all around. There is a premium to pay for well-trained, local staff who are experienced with a gentle temperament. All too often hyped-up restaurants are slacking… Continue reading Beefbar: Phenomenal steak and service (9.0)

Louise: Undertrained staff ruins it all (6.8)

Readers who follow my writings know that hospitality and professionalism are taken as seriously by me as food quality. Being hosted by someone who cares about and knows what they are doing can salvage an imperfectly prepared meal, but even the most exquisitely prepared dish could not remedy a server that upsets you whether out… Continue reading Louise: Undertrained staff ruins it all (6.8)

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)