[Hong Kong] A Side / B Side

A little background:  Eating and sourcing seasonally, the list of things A Side / B Side cooks change continually.  However, throughout the year, they put emphasis on their organically grown vegetables.  They also have an evolving list of organic and natural wines, both young and old, as well as craft beers and a few other funky…

[Hong Kong] Fishsteria Seafood Place

A little background:  Founder of Giando & EAT.it, Gianni Caprioli recognized a demand for an elevated seafood dining experience when he decided to create Hong Kong version of a cool seafood spot for after work gathering at the informal lounge space on ground whereas a casual elegant seafood concept restaurant on the upper floor. His…

[Hong Kong] Rhoda

A little background:  Rhoda is a neighborhood restaurant in Sai Ying Pun featuring modern comfort food using the best Asian ingredients cooked Western style mostly over charcoal grill. My visit:  Rhoda has been generating a lot of buzz since its opening and everything lived up to the hype. We began with some homemade beer bread made with Suntory Dark…

[Toronto] Buca Osteria & Bar

A little background:  Buca Osteria & Bar is much more than an Italian restaurant. In the spirit of the widely celebrated first location of Buca on King Street, the outpost in the heart of Yorkville is a place to be delighted by the restaurant’s trademark inventive, artisanal fare, rooted in Italian tradition. The coastal cousin…

[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…

[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] 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…