Monday, 24 February 2014

Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2014 - The Full List (and Risers and Fallers)

It is that time of the year again when some restaurateurs and chefs in Asia hold their breath, and others feign indifference.  Regardless of one's views of the system, all crave its recognition, if only for the undoubted financial benefits which a listing bestows.

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Ipoh 2014 - What's Still Good, and An Interesting New Trend

OK, you've put up with my rant about the bad news from my recent Ipoh visit, so now I get to tell you about the good news.  But whether it is in fact "good" depends a lot on what you value.  Perhaps you are, like me, a member of the Ipoh diaspora and want to return to the town of our memories, the town of our childhood.  Or perhaps you still live there, and you want to see the food scene develop with modern trends, new ideas, become more global (and, I guess, inevitably more expensive) in its outlook.  And this is happening; a French restaurant recently opened which serves a RM294++ (US$100) six-course dinner menu.  I didn't go there on point of principle, but it is a sign of the coming apocalypse trends.

Friday, 14 February 2014

Ipoh 2014 - Famous Eateries in Decline

I have just returned from my annual Chinese New Year retreat in Ipoh.  In amongst all of the family duties and obligations, there is, of course, a lot of recreational eating.  As much as possible, I try to catch up on how the food scene is developing, as well as re-living the fond memories of my childhood.