Sara: A Real Gem (9.0)

9.0 is an extremely high rating from me. But Sara deserves it. A review on the restaurant is long overdue, as we have been visiting this restaurant a dozen times since summer began. Sometimes I tend to leave out restaurants that become our canteen, not only so that we can keep the good place to… Continue reading Sara: A Real Gem (9.0)

Beefbar: Phenomenal steak and service (9.0)

Beefbar has a Michelin star, but that's not why we enjoy our meals here. The steak and rib roast are top notch by any standard, and service is phenomenal all around. There is a premium to pay for well-trained, local staff who are experienced with a gentle temperament. All too often hyped-up restaurants are slacking… Continue reading Beefbar: Phenomenal steak and service (9.0)

Eating through the Far North East

As part of my work I spent a few months in the northeastern tip of China, Heilongjiang province, in the winter of 2019 and 2020, where it was practically twenty degrees celsius below zero every day. Other than ice skating on frozen rivers and walking on snow, the only winter activity was staying home or… Continue reading Eating through the Far North East

Sushi Made in Heaven (9.5)

Chef Chiba Hirobumi-san (千葉博文さん) focuses intently on the fish and all kinds of ingredients and condiments before him and talks with passion and warmth about where all the fish we are eating have come from and the point of the seasonal cycle we are at for each of them. It took us an hour and a… Continue reading Sushi Made in Heaven (9.5)

L’ETO’s impossible honey cake (10.0)

As of late, two million whole round or square honey cakes have been sold. This is L'ETO's official description for it: L’ETO Honey cake comprises of a creamy, slightly tangy filling and coating. It tastes exquisitely dream like. The honey is barely noticeable, yet it creates the ultimate depth of taste whilst melting in your… Continue reading L’ETO’s impossible honey cake (10.0)

Mandarin Grill, an all-time classic (9.0)

With both local and international F&B conglomerates blossoming and renowned chefs flocking to the city, it is becoming increasingly difficult to discern the excellent from the commercialized when selecting one's next dining destination. The ease with which companies are able to pay internet celebrities and "foodies" to write stuff online adds to the woes. While… Continue reading Mandarin Grill, an all-time classic (9.0)

Outstanding Cantonese Fare (9.2)

Man Wah, named after the Mandarin Oriental hotel itself in Cantonese Chinese, has remained competitive over the years with marvelous food and services. The menu is extensive and combines the best of modern culinary approaches and traditional flavors. Décor exudes subtle classiness and grandeur, while the small floor space and dim lighting make for a… Continue reading Outstanding Cantonese Fare (9.2)

Croissant-Doughnut, Double Evil (9.0)

The croissant-doughnut, originally Dominique Ansel's masterpiece, was all the hype a few years ago when some people were willing to pay up to $100 for the $5 pastry in New York, or stand in line for two hours. This Mandarin Oriental version apparently has its triply layered butter and dough sizzled in a hot oil… Continue reading Croissant-Doughnut, Double Evil (9.0)