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)

Chaiwala: Good hospitality, OK food (7.2)

Chaiwala takes up the space that previously housed Zafran, a huge Spanish tapas restaurant with a nice bar and great ambience, and the area still feels more or less the same despite some décor tweaks and change in furniture. I get the sense that the mainstream view is that Chaiwala is a great, hip place… Continue reading Chaiwala: Good hospitality, OK food (7.2)

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)

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)

Charming Red House for Dim Sum (7.6)

Jamie's Italian has finally closed, as did around two dozens of its chain in its native England. Replacing it is Gaia's Redhouse which is a chic new dim sum place that actually offers much more solid food and service than its superficially elegant and ornate décor might initially suggest. It's also a rare opportunity to… Continue reading Charming Red House for Dim Sum (7.6)

Sichuan: Not too hot or greasy (7.0)

Taste of Chuan and Yue opened late in 2019 and specializes primarily in Sichuan and Cantonese (Guangdong) cuisines, a fairly common combination in the city as of late. As far as the Sichuan dishes are concerned, they're pretty up to standard and would qualify as a fine dining version of an otherwise very down-to-earth cuisine.… Continue reading Sichuan: Not too hot or greasy (7.0)

Ottolenghi’s NOPI: White and Flashy (7.5)

NOPI is a relatively recent addition to Yotam Ottolenghi's collection of restaurants in London. I first knew the name Ottolenghi through adapting one of his recipes that I thought was full of vibrancy and creativity, a refreshing break from boring old techniques and flavors. The restaurant interior is a clean and neat white with glossy… Continue reading Ottolenghi’s NOPI: White and Flashy (7.5)

Boutique Sichuanese with Canton twist (7.5)

Whether 1935 appeals to you depends very much on whether you fancy Chinese food with regional influences plus a creative twist. Some people prefer authenticity over fusion and others prefer to go to restaurants that specialize in one particular regional cuisine. Here at 1935 the kitchen meddles with Sichuan flavours, uses wagyu and honey to… Continue reading Boutique Sichuanese with Canton twist (7.5)