A meal amidst the clouds

Hangzhou is one of the most beautiful place on earth. And besides the beautiful landscape is the fact that Hangzhou produces one of my favourite tea – Longjing Tea.

Tsui Wah 翠华餐厅 @ Shanghai

Another branch of the franchise Tsui Wah from Hong Kong in Raffle City Changning, Shanghai. Doing nothing more than just completing the records for all the eateries in my Shanghai office.

RongLiJi 蓉李记 @ Shanghai

The famous franchise from Chengdu is now in Raffles City Changning Shanghai. Now we can just go downstairs and enjoy the really spicy, really numbing, mala szechuan food.

Funabashiya Honten @ Shinjuku

The first Japanese food that most of us in Singapore will be first exposed to as a child would be Tempura. This is usually served as one of the selection in the family restaurants in those Japanese supermarkets in the 70s like Yaohan, Yokoso and Isetan. So to think that you have specialist like Funabashiya…

Liu Residence Restaurant 刘宅食府 @ Beijing

This place has become our regular canteen whenever we are in Beijing. I would not call this simple fare, but family fare. You feel right at home eating here, nothing pretentious just rustic home cooking.

El Nacional @ Barcelona

Spain has become the gastronomy capital of Europe in recent years, due to innovative chefs and artisans like Ferran and Albert Adria, Jordi Roca and his brother Joan and Josep, and the late Santi Santamaria (who died while in Singapore, RIP).  Steeped in traditional, but not tied down by them you have the best traditionalists…

Bar Pinotxo @ Barcelona

When you visit Barcelona’s Boqueria market, come hungry. You will not want to leave without having a meal at Bar Pinotxo, a 14-seat—make that 14-stool—establishment that is nearing its 100th anniversary. Proprietor Juanito Bayen—known to all as Pinotxo (pee-no-cho)—greets even newcomers like family. Don’t bother asking for a menu. Just ask “What’s good today?”

Sakana Isshin @ Tokyo

There are many outstanding “fish” restaurants but Isshin stood out among all as specialising in Sakana (肴) or drinking cuisine, so that’s a bit more unique. Strangely Sakana also means fish in Japanese, so Isshin does Drinking Fish Cuisine, if that make any sense to you.