Saturday, 24 November 2012

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Postcards from London 2012 - A Review of St John Restaurant & Bar, Smithfield, London

Happenstance recently saw me shivering on a cold and grey London evening.  After an informal survey of friends familiar with the local eateries, St John, that renowned purveyor of rustic British meaty treats, was sitting at the top of the list.  But it couldn't be any St John (they now have three branches), no no no, it had to be the original near Smithfield Market.  I didn't need much tempting.  After all, this was the home of the roasted bone marrow and parsley salad so exalted by Anthony Bourdain in, well, every book and show he's ever done on England.  I can't remember the exact words, but I recall something along the lines of "when you eat this dish, angelic choirs sing, seven generations of one's ancestors smile down on you from heaven".

Friday, 9 November 2012

Sky on 57 - A Lunch with Thierry Fritsch

I was lucky enough to be invited to lunch at Sky on 57, the current home of Singapore’s first bona fide celebrity chef, Justin Quek.  Quek, as most gastronomes in the region will know, was one of the four original “Amis” who founded Singapore’s Les Amis back in 1994, before blazing a trail in Taiwan with his modern French cuisine.   But I looked forward to this lunch with especial pleasure, as I would have for company Thierry Fritsch, Export Project Manager for CIVA (essentially the governing board for Alsace wine) and Alsace wine connoisseur, and Gregoire Debré, Head of Sopexa for Southeast Asia, Taiwan and India.

Thierry Fritsch, ambassador of Alsace Wines (photo courtesy of

Saturday, 3 November 2012

A Review of Cilantro, Kuala Lumpur - KL's Finest?

Cilantro, by common consensus, is Malaysia’s best restaurant.  Not Malaysia’s best French restaurant, not even Malaysia’s best European restaurant.  The best, period.  So does Cilantro, the long-time home of chef Takashi Kimura, justify a spot on any food lover’s itinerary, or is it merely the haute-st blip on the radar of a country renowned for its casual local fare?