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)

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)

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)

La Table Brasserie: Solid (7.5)

La Table Brasserie is a hotel restaurant with a fairly good reputation for its location and pricing: warm hospitality, consistent food, fabulous view, fond memories of special-day meals, etc. In fact, many customers remember the place and return. The restaurant is also warmly received by visiting foreigners. Despite the endless disappointments trying out restaurants specialized… Continue reading La Table Brasserie: Solid (7.5)

Marliave: A Bostonian hangout with history (8.0)

It was a cool August evening and both the bar at Marliave and the dining room upstairs were all packed, with servers all walking in and out in a hurry. We just arrived in Boston earlier that evening from New York and I had Marliave marked down as a to-visit restaurant without booking ahead. We… Continue reading Marliave: A Bostonian hangout with history (8.0)