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)

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)

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)

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)

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)