Saturday, 26 July 2014

A Review of Restaurant Labyrinth, Singapore - No Bull?

One of my favourite Greek myths when I was growing up was that of Theseus and the Minotaur.  Theseus, the son of Poseidon and legendary founder-king of Athens, volunteered to be sent to Crete with an annual tribute of seven youths and seven maidens fair, who would enter the maze known as the Labyrinth.  In the Labyrinth, Theseus would encounter and slay the vicious Minotaur, the hybrid man-bull which demanded fresh human flesh as part of its diet.

Unlike Theseus, I was hoping, as I entered Singapore's Labyrinth, that I wouldn't have to put up with any bull.

Cooks in Action at Labyrinth's Counter-Style Kitchen

Friday, 18 July 2014

Restaurants in Darwin, Australia - Very Much Hit and Miss

I just returned from a week in Darwin.  Now, a week is a long time in Darwin, especially as I didn't have any plans to visit any of the Northern Territory's beautiful national parks.

Darwin is, in a word, expensive.  It's difficult to keep a simple meal of Chinese takeaway below A$15 (S$ 18) per person.  I visited a simple Chinese takeaway on the fringe of the city, and was charged A$13 for a single serve of fried rice.  These are prices that compare with, and in many cases exceed, what you would find in the international cities of Sydney and Melbourne.  And much like in Perth, where salaries were supercharged by the resources boom, the quality that you get does not justify the prices charged.