|Emily, me, Etienne and Kaoru c. 2012|
Thursday, 14 April 2016
Wednesday, 13 April 2016
Malaysia is not a country known for its fine-dining scene. Living in Singapore, my first thoughts of Malaysian food are nasi lemak, Sarawak laksa, KL hokkien mee, roti canai and fried carrot cake. So it was a big surprise to hear over lunch at Sushi Saito last year that Takashi Saito, probably the best sushi chef of his generation, had chosen Kuala Lumpur as the site of his first outpost worldwide, which would open in April. “Malaysia??” I wondered if I had misheard. Malaysia was such a counterintuitive country for Saito to base his first outpost in. Singapore, or Hong Kong, or even Bangkok or China would have been much safer from an economic point of view.
Saturday, 2 April 2016
The day after Jaan at Swissotel the Stamford was named Asia's 11th Best Restaurant in 2015, its chef Julien Royer tendered his resignation, with the ambition of opening his own restaurant. His trusty sous Kirk Westaway took his place on the 70th floor, and shocked everyone with the revelation that the Auvergne, where Jaan's Artisanal Cuisine apparently had its roots, was actually a suburb of Devon, England. In late 2015, Royer opened Odette (named after his grandmother) at the National Gallery of Singapore in partnership with the Lo and Behold Group.
|Courtesy Victoria Milner of www.singaporefoodie.com|
Monday, 28 March 2016
I have refrained from doing standalone "Dish of the Month" posts for some time now, simply because I found that much of the time, standalone dishes didn't really deserve the honour. But having snuck in a sneaky trip back to Ipoh over the Good Friday long weekend, I proclaim a hundred times, nay a thousand times, "I have found a champion worthy of the name".