Thursday, 14 April 2016

Etienne Hugel - The Loss of Another Wine Titan

I have gotten to know quite a few winemakers over the last few years.  but very few would I genuinely call "friend".  Etienne Hugel, the formidable 12th generation co-owner of Famille Hugel of Riquewihr, Alsace, was one such.

Emily, me, Etienne and Kaoru c. 2012

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Review of Taka by Sushi Saito, KL - "Three Star" Sushi in Malaysia

A Guest Post by Kenneth Tiong

Malaysia is not a country known for its fine-dining scene. Living in Singapore, my first thoughts of Malaysian food are nasi lemak, Sarawak laksa, KL hokkien mee, roti canai and fried carrot cake. So it was a big surprise to hear over lunch at Sushi Saito last year that Takashi Saito, probably the best sushi chef of his generation, had chosen Kuala Lumpur as the site of his first outpost worldwide, which would open in April. “Malaysia??” I wondered if I had misheard.  Malaysia was such a counterintuitive country for Saito to base his first outpost in. Singapore, or Hong Kong, or even Bangkok or China would have been much safer from an economic point of view.

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Review of Odette, Singapore - A Rose By Any Other Name...

The day after Jaan at Swissotel the Stamford was named Asia's 11th Best Restaurant in 2015, its chef Julien Royer tendered his resignation, with the ambition of opening his own restaurant.  His trusty sous Kirk Westaway took his place on the 70th floor, and shocked everyone with the revelation that the Auvergne, where Jaan's Artisanal Cuisine apparently had its roots, was actually a suburb of Devon, England.  In late 2015, Royer opened Odette (named after his grandmother) at the National Gallery of Singapore in partnership with the Lo and Behold Group.

Courtesy Victoria Milner of