[Toronto] Actinolite

A little background:  The intention behind Actinolite is straightforward; their focus is food. They explore their landscape and search for ingredients that are at their peak of freshness. They source and promote Canadian products and producers, prioritizing how and where they are grown and raised. Actinolite evolve the menu according to what’s in season, fresh and available. My visit:…

[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…

[Hong Kong] ZUC.CCH.ERO

A little background:  ZUC.CCH.ERO is a laboratory for culinary wizardry with a focus on desserts. The name derives from the Italian word for sugar, with an added ‘C’ to keep the enigma alive. Here, molecular gastronomy finds a sweet-toothed audience, and the aesthetics of the perfect pudding transcend the plate to transform this hidden gem…

[Paris] Septime*

My visit:  Passard trained Chef Bertrand Grebaut’s modern, one Michelin star, casual neo-bistro is one of the hottest tables in Paris and has been included in nearly every “must eat in Paris” list across the globe since opening five years ago. I was wondering if it will live up to the hype having stalked the online reservations for…

[Paris] Clown Bar

A little background: Opened summer 2014 in the former canteen of the 19th century Cirque d’Hiver, Clown Bar’s Belle Époque décor isn’t as lavish as you might expect. The vibe is more clean and cool and hipster, like many other contemporary ‘néobistrots’, with extra clown around the edges.  There’s a prestige team behind the scenes…

[Hong Kong] Carbone

A little background:  Carbone Hong Kong is a New York-Italian restaurant that pays homage to the essence of the great Italian restaurants of mid-20th century in New York, where delicious, exceptionally well-prepared food was served in settings that were simultaneously elegant, comfortable and unpretentious. The food nods to that same history, but takes culinary cues…

[Hong Kong] On Dining Kitchen & Lounge*

A little background:  ON is a creation of Philippe Orrico following the launch of his first solo venture, Upper Modern Bistro, in 2013.  The menu is inspired by the fresh ingredients and vibrant flavors of southern Europe and the Mediterranean.  It features comforting dishes that are simple and well executed plated in front of guests…