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)

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)

LKF’s most warmly catered Steakhouse (8.9)

Buenos Aires Polo Club just has Central's best catering team. I dare say that. I came here without any prior information and was pleasantly intrigued by the interior and its ambiance which was cozy and privy enough to justify its name as a Club (despite it not being one, strictly speaking, just to be clear). Walls were… Continue reading LKF’s most warmly catered Steakhouse (8.9)

TRI’s successor, still so aesthetically pleasing (7.0)

The moment I stepped in fond memories of dining at TRI about five, six years ago were back (I was certain Poem and TRI were related once I saw Poem's cutlery set—which remained the same!). During those days The Pulse in Repulse Bay was still relatively empty with few restaurants to pick from, and when we… Continue reading TRI’s successor, still so aesthetically pleasing (7.0)

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)

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)