Andō: Solid, but lacks wow factor (8.3)

Head Chef Agustin Balbi was born in Argentina, but spent time exploring culinary techniques in Japan. One could easily tell the latter's influence by his focus on attentively adorned small plates, substantial use of raw fish and seafood delicacies as well as the combination of common South American and Japanese ingredients. The Argentinian character, however,… Continue reading Andō: Solid, but lacks wow factor (8.3)

Sushi Mamoru: Still phenomenal (9.5)

Readers who know me probably know that I am not big on sushi. I often felt that the combination of fish and rice was not greater than its parts alone. I miss out on the minute details of either if I have to take them together in one bite. That, and the fact that I… Continue reading Sushi Mamoru: Still phenomenal (9.5)

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)

Salisterra: Pleasant food with a view and lots of sunshine (8.0)

Salisterra perches atop Upper House and replaces Café Gray Deluxe which closed its doors earlier this spring. The name of the restaurant literally means salt and earth in Latin, and alludes to flavors of the coast along the Mediterranean. The head chef is American born, UK-raised, Japanese-British chef Jun Tanaka, a somewhat well-known TV personality… Continue reading Salisterra: Pleasant food with a view and lots of sunshine (8.0)

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)

Sushi Takenori: Beware (6.8)

This is by far the worst sushi experience for as long as I can remember. For loyals of Sushi Kohaku, do not fall into the trap. Sushi Takenori contacted Sushi Kohaku’s old customers (of which I am one) to offer them 20% off until the end of June (Sushi Kohaku is the old sushiya of… Continue reading Sushi Takenori: Beware (6.8)

Tokami: Outstanding (9.5)

We arrived promptly on Friday night and were the first to be seated in the center. It’s always a pleasure to be seated right in front of the action if one isn’t having a business meal or a catch-up session with a friend who will distract you from the food itself. The meal was a… Continue reading Tokami: Outstanding (9.5)

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)

Bedu: Great vibes and hospitality (7.8)

I miss a good shish, partly because my brain associates it as a comfort food, whether as a late night snack or after a boozy episode in the earlier years, but mostly still because spiced meat is delicious in itself. Despite having spent some time in parts of the Middle East, given how culturally diverse… Continue reading Bedu: Great vibes and hospitality (7.8)