Wednesday, 26 December 2012

A Review of Waku Ghin, Singapore - Better than Tets

It was with some trepidation that I stepped into Waku Ghin for the first time.  

You see, the evening before I left Sydney for good, I met with a few friends at Tetsuya Wakuda's eponymous flagship for a final blow-out meal.  Those were the days when the Aussie dollar bought a mere 86 US cents, "sub-prime" was how you described a below-par steak and Tetsuya's was ranked 5th in the World's 50 Best Restaurants List.  Adopting the parlance of that era, my dinner at Tetsuya's could also be described as "sub-prime".  The food was almost uniformly lukewarm, monotextural and just plain uninspired.  Even the much-vaunted confit Petuna ocean trout with fennel and celery salt failed to provide any of the promised excitement.

So imagine my surprise when Waku Ghin provided me with one of my best meals of 2012.
Chef Tetsuya Wakuda - In Supreme Form

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Postcards from London, 2012 - A Review of Hélène Darroze at the Connaught

I was meeting up with P, my wife's old friend in London, for a push-the-boat-out, posh night with multi-Michelin stars a-twinkling.  On my last trip to the Old Dart, I had visited The Square (absolutely loved it), Le Gavroche (nice food and service, but I detest its clubbiness which I suspect is an intrinsic part of its appeal to the English) and Hibiscus (decent but uninspired).

After St John and with another date at Hedone later in the week, I was interested in seeing how the oeuvre of the great French chefs translated on the plate in London.    The shopping list was brief: Madame Darroze, Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester and the local McAtelier.  Ducasse was booked out and I've already had a couple of Robuchon meals this year, so we ended up at Hélène Darroze by default.

Hélène Darroze, holder of three Michelin stars across London and Paris