Friday, 31 July 2015

Evolution in the Alsace Terroir Debate, and Hugel's Schoelhammer Revolution

The long-running debate on Alsace terroir and the merit of the Alsace Grand Cru classification took another twist recently when Famille Hugel, winegrowers in the village of Riquewihr since 1639, released a new, super limited edition cuvee (only 4,288 bottles produced), the 2007 Riesling Schoelhammer.


Saturday, 25 July 2015

Review: Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck is Super

Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck has been hovering in the lower ranges of the Asia's 50 Best Restaurants since the list's inception in 2013, peaking at a very respectable No. 40 in 2014.  I recently made my maiden visit to this old reliable, and was mightily impressed.


Saturday, 20 June 2015

A Review of Cove 99, Peck Seah St, Singapore - A Newcomer Makes Its Mark

(Updated 26 June 2015)

Cove 99, a new-ish Cantonese restaurant at Peck Seah Street literally a stone's throw away from Tanjong Pagar MRT, has been garnering a fair bit of positive press from the media and the general public.  Great food, great value and unlimited free corkage all-day everyday is a lethal combination in anyone's books.  I had to go check this place out (all photos are courtesy of Melisa Lee)

A Private Room at Cove 99

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Review of Dolce Vita, the Mandarin Oriental Singapore - Living the Sweet Life

The Mandarin Oriental Singapore has started to grow on me again.  I've hosted a few events at Dolce Vita and Cherry Garden in the last 12 months, visited for meals on a couple of other occasions, and walked away very impressed each time.  

I think the photo below (incidentally part of the table setting at the recent Dolce Vita dinner which I am reviewing in this post) represents my sentiments quite well.  They are excellent restaurants, beautifully presented and engaging.  I am not suggesting that they are perfect, or that my dining experiences there were flawless, but whatever minor shortcomings there were made the place seem almost more endearing, just like the little caterpillar.