[Toronto] Scaramouche

A little background:  Scaramouche has long been celebrated by customers and critics for its unwavering commitment to making each dining experience a memorable one. Chef/owner Keith Froggett’s sophisticated cuisine is presented simply with care and attention to detail. The service underscores that philosophy: unobtrusive and respectful. These are the components that make Scaramouche the singular…

[Toronto] Alo Restaurant

A little background: Alo’s intention is to get back to the roots of hospitality. They want each and every guest to feel welcome in their home, and that home is Alo. A destination for classically prepared, meticulously thought out French food and service. Their no-nonsense approach to fine dining with their combined experience working behind-the-scenes at some of…

[Hong Kong] The Ocean

A little background:  In its restaurant THE OCEAN, Le Comptoir Group celebrates the natural wonders of the sea in a magnificent design that spectacularly, and cleverly, represents the finest in life both above and below the water line. A stretch of floor-to-ceiling windows reveals panoramic sea views, complemented by striking textural finishes that harness the…

[Hong Kong] Wagyu Takumi**

A little background: Awarded 2 stars in Michelin Guide Hong Kong and Macau 2014-16, Wagyu Takumi blends the finest French culinary traditions with Japanese ingredients and sensibility to create a unique cuisine that is rarely found elsewhere in Hong Kong. Chef Konishi admired the refinement of French cuisine and has previously worked in two-Michelin-starred L’ATELIER…

[Paris] Le Chateaubriand

A little background:  A former stonemason and gardener, whose family hails from the Basque country, Inaki Aizpitarte seems an unlikely candidate to spearhead a mini-revolution in the Parisian restaurant scene. The chef opened Le Chateaubriand in 2006 and soon became a leading figure in what has been dubbed the city’s ‘bistronomie’ movement, which saw a…

[Paris] L’Arpege***

A little background:  There were those who thought Alain Passard was going mad when he announced several years back that he would turn L’Arpège’s focus to the vegetables he was raising at his biodynamic farm just outside Paris. Now, in 2015, it seems the epitome of fashion. After nearly three decades of cooking at the…

[Hong Kong] Vasco Fine Dining

A little background:  Vasco’s culinary heritage is rooted in Basque Country, nestled on the border of France and Spain.  Led by Chef Paolo Casagrande from two-Michelin-starred Lasarte Restaurant in Barcelona, the culinary team was trained by legendary Basque Chef Martin Berasetegui, seeking to bring gastronomy to new heights in this stunning restaurant. My visit: I had…

[Seoul] Jungsik

A little background:  Jungsik offers a modern and unique understanding of contemporary Korean cuisine – innovative chef Yim has christened it as New Korean. The name for the restaurant, Jungsik, was a play on words. In the Korean language Jung Sik is a formal dinner and it is also the name of the chef.  Restaurant Jungsik…

[Hong Kong] Akrame*

Restaurant Akrame, which has been awarded with one Michelin star, is one of my favorite restaurants in Hong Kong.  I’ve had only good experiences here and they manage to continuously astound my palette every time.  One thing I adore about Chef Akrame Benallal is the way he uses ingredients you never imagined putting together and making it work…

[Tokyo] Florilege フロリレージュ*

A little background:  “Florilège” means a collection of beautiful poems like flowers.  Florilege reopened in a new location and they opened with a desire to make customers happy through the experience of their meals. Chef Hiroyasu Kawate hopes that his food will leave his guests with some new insight. There are 11 thoughts into each dish. Chef Kawate and his team delivers…

[Hong Kong] VEA Restaurant and Lounge

A little background:  VEA stands for “Vicky et Antonio”, and can also mean “being different”.  Perched on the top floor of The Wellington, VEA is a restaurant helmed by Chef Vicky Cheng, to offer you a stunning 8-course seasonal tasting menu that is essentially “Young Modern French” with an Asian influence. The bar seating opens…