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)

Bedu: Great vibes and hospitality (7.8)

I miss a good shish, partly because my brain associates it as a comfort food, whether as a late night snack or after a boozy episode in the earlier years, but mostly still because spiced meat is delicious in itself. Despite having spent some time in parts of the Middle East, given how culturally diverse… Continue reading Bedu: Great vibes and hospitality (7.8)

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)

柏屋: 灌注數千年智慧及執著、層層精密計算的美麗料理 (9.0)

今日提前預訂的是十二月的菜單(師走の献立)。「師走」,日文 「しわす」(shiwasu),是十二月的別名(以前更是指農曆十二月)。十二月是一年最後的月份,快到過年之時,需要為節日的儀式忙碌地奔走,才有“師走”的別名...

Basmati: Homey Indian and Nepali (8.0)

As a child I was always fond of curries of all sorts as my mother liked it. Curried meats and seafood were always welcome on our table. I knew about the subtle differences between curries before I knew their names. Since I began mindful eating about seven years ago (with a diagnosis of IBS) I… Continue reading Basmati: Homey Indian and Nepali (8.0)

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)

Ganguya: Otaku-style izakaya (7.3)

Ganguya literally means "toy store", and the storefront looks exactly like one, with a life-sized ultraman and lots of anime figurines lining the cupboard on display. But once you open the door, you are led down to a basement restaurant that's decorated more like a home than an izakaya. The main dining room is centered… Continue reading Ganguya: Otaku-style izakaya (7.3)

Ishiyama: A guardian of the past (7.0)

Ishiyama used to be a hangout for Japanese expatriates in Hong Kong, and its chef owner has been running the izakaya for over a decade in an old residential building just across Sogo on Lockhart Road. The entrance says "Members Only" but you just book like it was any restaurant and get in. How long… Continue reading Ishiyama: A guardian of the past (7.0)