Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Casual Eats - Reviews of French Feast, Non-Entree Dessert Cafe, Pacamara, Skillet @ 163, Clinton Street Baking Company and The Study

As Singapore's dining scene is in the throes of casualisation, diners have a larger than ever selection of accessible venues than ever before.  Prices are being slashed (God forbid, even three Michelin-starred Joel Robuchon's poshest tasting menu is now 20% cheaper compared to its opening back in 2011), name chefs are now opening outlets from their more "downmarket" brands (Gordon Ramsay with his Bread Street Kitchen, David Thompson with Long Chim), even the Michelin Man, in a bizarre mix of populism and condescension, gave a star to a bak chor mee joint.

The problem with greater choice, unfortunately, is that you have to sift through a lot more of the rubble to get to the good stuff.  Here are the results of my gold-panning efforts in recent weeks.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Alsace Crus et Terroirs (ACT) - A Renaissance in the Rhine?

There I was, perhaps the happiest man in the world at that very moment.  After a fantastic morning tasting the new vintage's wines at Domaine Weinbach, I was in Catherine Faller's kitchen feasting on the most sensational baeckeoffe I had ever tasted ("You should never order this dish in restaurants," Catherine sagely advised while ladling out my fourth helping of the stuff, "because they never add enough wine to it!"), when one of the other guests mentioned something called "ACT".

The Chateau de Kaysersberg

Thursday, 7 July 2016

List of BYO Restaurants in KL and the Klang Valley, Malaysia - Corkage-Free or Otherwise

(Last updated on 17 August 2016)

Do you love your wine?  More specifically, do you love taking your own wine to restaurants, whether to ensure you have a wine you like with your meal, or to simply avoid getting ripped off by avaricious sommeliers and restaurant owners?

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Review of Corner House, Singapore - My Sweet Lord!

I don't normally do requests.  The beauty of the blog format is that I am not accountable to anyone, I can write what I choose and I leave it to the audience whether or not they wish to read it.  A couple of months ago, a reader named Marcus asked me in the comments section whether I had tried Corner House, and what I thought of it.  I hadn't, so he made a "request", as if this was some late night radio show.  But I thought, Corner House was ranked Asia's 17th Best Restaurant, has been receiving rave reviews, and was where PM Lee brought President Xi Jinping for lunch during the latter's state visit to Singapore in November last year.  PM Lee is my MP in Ang Mo Kio GRC, and if it's good enough for PM Lee and PRC President Xi, it's good enough for me (with apologies to Dr Seuss).