Part of the Thai delegation at the recent Asia's 50 Best Restaurants ceremony was a Mr Oliver Kramny, who was formerly the GM at the (Mandarin) Oriental's legendary Le Normandie and now the GM for the Water Library Group. Now, the Water Library did not make the 50 Best list, and it was mentioned in various despatches (including at my friend Kenneth's blog and other more private channels) as a restaurant that deserved a place on the list more than certain ones which did. So when I found myself with a free evening on a recent visit to Bangkok, I made a beeline to the Water Library with my (by now) old crony, Bangkok-based journalist and PR man, Gavin Nazareth.
Sunday, 10 May 2015
Saturday, 18 April 2015
Is 36 year-old Darren Chin, the French-trained wunderkind heralded as Malaysia's hottest emerging cooking talent, the shot in the arm that Malaysia's moribund fine dining scene so badly needed?
Friday, 3 April 2015
That was not an excuse to use a hackneyed, utterly non-PC quote from a Kubrick movie (showing my age?), but it is true. Me....ahem, I mean I love Long Chim.
Saturday, 21 March 2015
I have been on a bit of a Japanese restaurant streak recently, and I assure you that this has not been inspired by this excellent blogger. Rather, I was looking for a Japanese restaurant at which I could host an Alsace wine tasting (to me, the delicate, clean flavours of Japanese cuisine find natural companions with the crisp minerality of dry Alsace Rieslings, amongst others). My old partner-in-crime S recommended Chikuyotei at the Intercontinental, at which he had been a regular for quite a few years.
|The very discreet entrance from the Intercontinental Lobby|