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)

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)

Shunsen Kaihou: A Little Gem (8.3)

If you can't wait to travel to Japan again mainly to eat and to feel like you're in Japan, you might consider paying a visit to Shunsen Kaihou, a small and little known Japanese izakaya in the heart of Causeway Bay. Many diners who frequent the place are Japanese, and the people who run the… Continue reading Shunsen Kaihou: A Little Gem (8.3)

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)

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)

Kona at the Corner: Fancy Kappo (8.2)

Kona is relatively new to the game, tucked in a quiet corner behind Second Draft in Tai Hang and offering a rather compact menu that features a variety of small plates from sashimi to grilled dishes and skewers to donburi. A glance at the offerings would be enough to give you a sense of how… Continue reading Kona at the Corner: Fancy Kappo (8.2)

Old Bazaar Returns (8.5)

I am far from being a connoisseur of South East Asian food, especially of the Singaporean and Malaysian variety, but I do know whether I enjoy a meal. Old Bazaar Kitchen was a genuine surprise, not in a spectacular and aesthetically dazzling way, but in its execution of mostly ordinary dishes with a touch of… Continue reading Old Bazaar Returns (8.5)