Xinrongji: Well-deserved Michelin star (9.3)

I have had Xinrongji in Shanghai before the pandemic as a business treat, and then again in Hong Kong, but I was very pleased to visit it again with friends, where I could be forgiven for photographing during the meal's most eagerly anticipated moments. The food was wonderful and we all mindfully savored the meal… Continue reading Xinrongji: Well-deserved Michelin star (9.3)

Sushi Mamoru: Phenomenal (9.5)

Mamoru means to protect, and in this case, it is to uphold the art and tradition of sushi making. To me, it also seems to serve as a reminder to preserve the passion for the highest quality. It sounds like an easy thing to say, but serious diners will be able to discern whether that… Continue reading Sushi Mamoru: Phenomenal (9.5)

Bo Innovation: An artsy experience paying tribute to Old Hong Kong (8.5)

Our dinner at Bo Innovation was an aesthetic feast. And one with a theme that pays tribute to old Hong Kong. Each course was beautifully presented, carefully constructed, and endowed with its own meaning and story. More importantly, the food was portioned so that you would be able to try twenty different combinations of flavors… Continue reading Bo Innovation: An artsy experience paying tribute to Old Hong Kong (8.5)

Roganic: Delicate flavors with a lot of zing (8.6)

I quite like Roganic. I didn't think I would. I have been to a good handful of restaurants playing with variations of nouvelle cuisine and, while I mostly walked out of those restaurants happy with my meal, there were not many that I wanted to return to as a regular. Partly that is because I… Continue reading Roganic: Delicate flavors with a lot of zing (8.6)

Carbone: Transposing to New York (8.9)

Carbone is a dashing choice for New York style Italian food. The menu is compact enough so that everything on it is what the house feels confident about presenting, but not so much that you feel that it severely limits your choice. The interior is classically designed with old school chandeliers and vintage floor tiles… Continue reading Carbone: Transposing to New York (8.9)

Sushi Sumi: Solid Off-the-beaten-track Option (7.9)

Whenever having omakase for dinner is a last-minute whim for us, I would need to try very hard to secure two spots because the Covid restriction on halving restaurant guests just makes seats at well-known sushiya so undersupplied. This evening was a Monday, and we thought we could pull it off, but we couldn't, and… Continue reading Sushi Sumi: Solid Off-the-beaten-track Option (7.9)

MEATS: Tempting menu, but services erratic (7.5)

MEATS definitely offers a tempting menu for carnivores looking to have a good time drinking and eating, but based on my experiences I wouldn't quite put it on my recommended list because of the three occasions I've been, I wasn't made to feel welcome. Pirata strives to impress with not just good food but also… Continue reading MEATS: Tempting menu, but services erratic (7.5)

Kinship: Cosmopolitan Anglo-style comfort food (7.5)

At its heart, the intention of chefs Arron Rhodes (previously at Gough’s on Gough, now closed, and at Statement) and Chris Grare (previously at Lily & Bloom, now closed) was to synthesise experience and experiment, regional and global, posh and homey. That, plus one more gimmick: farm-to-table produce (at least occasionally). From a conceptual point… Continue reading Kinship: Cosmopolitan Anglo-style comfort food (7.5)

Arcane: Lively flavors (9.0)

While I am known by friends and family to be the kind of person who sticks with the same dish at the same restaurant or at home about nine meals out of ten throughout childhood and university, I made a deliberate effort to be the exact opposite in 2015 and have stuck with that commitment… Continue reading Arcane: Lively flavors (9.0)

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)