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Laris Shanghai - Deserving of 8th Best Restaurant in Asia?

Laris Shanghai – Deserving of 8th Best Restaurant in Asia?

PLEASE NOTE – LARIS IS NOW CLOSED Joanna and I are attempting to eat at as many of the Miele Guide Top 20 Restaurants in Asia as we can this year. Don’t really know how we decided to pursue that… I think accidentally when we realized that we...
Exceptional Modern European Dining at Stiller's, Shanghai

Exceptional Modern European Dining at Stiller’s, Shanghai

When traveling I will eat out more frequently and choose larger meals than I might normally. I don’t know if it’s because of the website or some silly notion I have that because I’m traveling I have to pack in all I can on every trip instead of...
Laid Back Outdoor Dining at Dempsey Hill - Contemporary Melting Pot and Bar, Singapore

Laid Back Outdoor Dining at Dempsey Hill – Contemporary Melting Pot and Bar, Singapore

It’s safe to say I’m not the biggest fan of Dempsey Hill. On my better meals at the former army barracks location I’ve simply been underwhelmed… on others I’ve felt outright ripped off. What was once an unique escape in Singapore has become a “destination”… meaning the now...
Fine Dining and a Bund View at M on the Bund, Shanghai

Fine Dining and a Bund View at M on the Bund, Shanghai

Spectacular dining and views to match at this Shanghai gem Lately I have been getting to Shanghai more often for work. M on the Bund is right around the corner from the Westin Bund Center where I usually stay. Convenience is certainly a plus, but what really keeps...
The Shop Café & Bakery, Phnom Phen, Cambodia

The Shop Café & Bakery, Phnom Phen, Cambodia

When we are in Phnom Phen, one of our favorite places to pop in for lunch is The Shop Café and Bakery. The Shop is a delightfully cozy café on one of Cambodia’s leafy little shopping streets. Its combination modern yet rustic décor makes it the prefect place...
Trader Vic's Sunday Brunch Spread - Bangkok, Thailand

Trader Vic’s Sunday Brunch Spread – Bangkok, Thailand

Like HCMC today, the Bangkok foreigner scene of old thrived close to the river. These days, however, I never really think to set foot down there. It’s the kind of place you visit once, the first time you come to the city… King’s Palace, check. Emerald & Reclining...
Iggy's Singapore - Best Restaurant in Singapore?

Iggy’s Singapore – Best Restaurant in Singapore?

Iggy’s. 45th Restaurant in the world according to the San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2009 (the same list with El Bulli, Fat Duck, Tesuya’s, La Bernardin, and other greats). There are only 3 restaurants from Asia covered in the top 50 and this is one of them....
Best International Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner at Kuppa, Bangkok, Thailand

Best International Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner at Kuppa, Bangkok, Thailand

Consistent high quality at this laid-back, Aussie-style Bangkok institution keeps everyone coming back When I lived in Bangkok, I lived on Sukhumvit Soi 16. I moved into a new construction apartment building and so had to wait for the finishing touches to be completed. During my time in...
It's Happened to be a Closet - Unique Dining and Shopping in Emporium, Bangkok

It’s Happened to be a Closet – Unique Dining and Shopping in Emporium, Bangkok

Transplanted from the younger, more modern, and hipper Siam Square, It’s Happened to be a Closet brings its kitschy style and cozy cafe environment to the luxury malls of Bangkok. Can something so artsy, design oriented, and in your face work in a mall littered with high-end shops...
Stunning Fusion Cuisine at Blu Lobster, Beijing, China

Stunning Fusion Cuisine at Blu Lobster, Beijing, China

An elaborate tasting menu makes for a decadent fusion dining experience We were delighted to be in Beijing…an unexpected detour on an extended business trip brought us to the former 2008 Olympic city. Immediately Paul, I and a colleague (Andy) set out to find the most distinctive of...
A Destination Boutique & Café – The Gallery Café, Colombo, Sri Lanka

A Destination Boutique & Café – The Gallery Café, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Shopping and eating – two of my favourite things! The Gallery Café is an oasis in the busy city of Colombo in Sri Lanka. Situated within the former office of Sri Lanka’s renowned architect, Geoffrey Bawa, the Gallery Café is part restaurant, part boutique, part art gallery, part...
A Brief Guide to the Kichijoji Area of greater Tokyo and Shutters Restaurant

A Brief Guide to the Kichijoji Area of greater Tokyo and Shutters Restaurant

Like Brooklyn is to Manhattan, Kichijoji is to Tokyo – with some damn good spare ribs and octopus! If you want to see real local flavour in an easily accessible Tokyo neighbourhood, take the 15 minute ride to Kichijoji. Kichijoji, in the Western area of Tokyo, is about...