[Melbourne] Restaurant Lûmé

A little background:  In 2015, a terrace house in South Melbourne that was formerly home to a burlesque club was overtaken by Shaun Quade and Mr Harry.  They set about creating a venue with the bones and soul of a restaurant but with a theatrical and multi-sensory approach.  With a deep respect for produce and technique, Lume’s…

[Hong Kong] Mercato

A little background:  Mercato is a new coastal Italian restaurant from celebrated three Michelin star Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The experience begins from the moment you enter Mercato’s stylishly rustic surroundings. Reclaimed wood and warm leather tones serve as a gentle complement to the exposed steel, iron and glass to create an atmosphere that is polished yet…

[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] 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] 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] 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…