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.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

A Review of The Water Library, Chamchuri, Bangkok

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.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Review of DC Restaurant by Darren Chin, TTDI - Is This Malaysia's Game Changer?

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?