Taipei: Mume

There are Michelin star restaurants and then there is the Asia 50 Best Restaurant List. Some restaurants make it to both, if there is a Michelin guide for their country, but in others where Michelin has yet to officially issue a guidebook, the Asia 50 Best Restaurant List is another alternative when looking for fine dining options in a particular country. Continue reading

Bread Street Kitchen

Bread Street Kitchen has been opened in Singapore for quite a while now to much fanfare. Numerous commercial food bloggers have already written about it. However, I tend to think that the experience from media tastings and eating there as a paying customer can be quite different. Further, being a huge fan of Masterchef and having watched many episodes of Gordon Ramsey propounding on the proper ways for cooking food, I was really keen on seeing whether this translated to his own restaurants – which admittedly is run and executed by appointed sous chefs and not the man himself. Continue reading


I’ve always been fascinated by Lollapalooza, the sister restaurant of Lolla. I’m a fan favourite of Lolla (their sea urchin remains one their stand out dishes for me). For years, I’ve been meaning to try this place. Unfortunately, my friends had already taken that step before me and did not come away with good impressions. Hence, it was difficult to convince any of them to come back with me so that I could check the place out myself.  Continue reading

Market Grill

A few months earlier, I had written about my visit to Meat Smith, the sister restaurant of Market Grill. Though Market Grill has been around for much longer, I have yet to visit the place till now. My first impressions of the place when I walked in was that the concept seemed very similar to Meat Smith. The menu also focused heavily on grilled meats, though Market Grill does offer a seafood section (notably lobster) that stands out. The emphasis here seems to be on the different cuts of the cow and the vibe seems a little more relaxed than Meat Smith (just a little). Continue reading

Zurich: Restaurant Die Waid

For a really busy city, Zurich does not have many high rise buildings that give you a really good overview of the city. One option is to head to Prime Tower, where I had a drink at their roof top bar during my first night in Zurich. Another, is to head to Restaurant Die Waid which is located higher up in the hills and gives quite the stunning overview over the city, especially at sunset. Continue reading

Zurich: Confiserie Café Sprüngli

When I was in Bern, I chanced upon this mini museum that showcased a series of items that were all created or had their origins in Switzerland. For example, aluminium foil was created in Switzerland! So, one of the listed Swiss original creations was the Luxemburgerlis. On first sight, it looks like a macaron. Hence, my first reaction was a “No way!” Continue reading