[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…

[Hong Kong] Cobo House

A little background:  Cobo House is an establishment where art can be tasted, experienced, as well as appreciated, and it’s also a collaboration with Janice Wong, two-time winner of Asia’s Best Pastry Chef at Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant. My visit: I was excited about the opening of Cobo House by 2am: dessertbar since I have read…

[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…

[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…

[Hong Kong] L’atelier de Joel Robuchon***

A little background:  Awarded three Michelin stars by the MICHELIN Guide Hong Kong and Macau for the fifth consecutive year. L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon opened its doors in Hong Kong in 2006, based on a new concept which Joël Robuchon created in Tokyo in 2003. The décor of the L’Atelier restaurant series is contemporary chic…

[Hong Kong] Lung King Heen 龍景軒 ***

A little background:  Lung King Heen which translate to “View of the Dragon” is located in the Four Seasons Hotel.  It is a Forbes five-star and Michelin three-star Chinese restaurant led by Executive Chef Chan Yan Tak. As the first Chinese chef to receive three Michelin stars, Chef Chan is the master behind the intricately designed…