Tuesday, 12 December 2017

A Glutton's Adventure in Alsace (Part 1) - A Short List of Good Casual Restaurants

I just returned from a few days back in Alsace, that beautiful strip of France which lies between the Vosges and the Rhine.  Alsace is one of France's truly unique gastronomic destinations, producing wonderfully aromatic white wines of various styles (sparkling, dry, off-dry, sweet...) and a culinary heritage that combines Rhenish tradition with the gourmandise of the French.

In a region like this, one drinks fantastically well and eats just as splendidly, although there are (as anywhere) ordinary restaurants out to fleece the unsuspecting tourist, and which do a mighty fine line in thawing out ready-made frozen meals for your satisfaction.  To help the first-time visitor navigate the traps, here is a small selection of casual eateries which impressed me on my recent trip, and which won't break the bank.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Gaig Restaurant Singapore - Better than La Ventana

Many of my readers would be familiar with the Spanish restaurant La Ventana in Dempsey, which opened in 2015 at the height of the Singaporean tapas craze.  Since its opening, its owners had roped in renowned Catalan chef Carles Gaig, who owns the one Michelin-starred Restaurant Gaig in Barcelona, as its consultant.  With the expiry of his consultancy contract earlier this year, Gaig opened Restaurant Gaig in a quiet little strip of Stanley Street.