Ando @ Tokyo

Rice is a staple of many Asians, and when you travel for a while, you start to think about the fluffy white starch that you make at home in your trusted rice cooker.  Ando  in Akasaka, Tokyo would reduce your rice cooker to shame.

Flavour Mansion 味庄 @ Hangzhou

West Lake in Hangzhou may be beautiful, but most of the time, it was packed with people. And the restaurants around the lake were no different. Most of there were tourist traps, but several old establishments like Flavour Mansion still exist to serve the palates of discerning travellers like us.

Les Amis @ Orchard

Les Amis has been tour de force among the French gastronomy establishment in Singapore. For me, I knew it not only for its classical French cooking, but its impeccable service. And what better place to spend an important evening with the family. (Updated after they have got their Michelin stars.)

Ekeko @ Shanghai

Ekeko is Peruvian God of Wealth. It looks like a troll that collects lots of valuables into its large pockets. I have never tasted Peruvian food, and hope to find the trough of wealth in this newly opened restaurant.

Ruth’s Chris @ Park City, Utah

Park City is famous for two things – great ski resorts and Sundance. So when you visit in October, you get neither of both. Luckily, you still get a beautiful town without the crowd and the excellent service at Ruth’s Chris.

Wang Bao He 王寶和 @ Shanghai

As they said in Shanghai, “內行人吃螃蟹,外行人看熱鬧”. Hairy crabs are an acquired taste. You work so hard at getting a little crab meat. But when at the rest season, the roe and eggs you get from these crab are out of this world.

Gordon Ramsay Steak @ Las Vegas

The City of Light meets the city of sin at Paris Las Vegas. It is as cheesy as it gets. As long as you have the cash, you can have anything you want. Everything here is faux. Faux Paris if you want. The centrally-located Parisian-themed hotel boasts a replica Eiffel Tower, a mock Arc de Triomphe…

Teppanyaki Yasaiya @ Tokyo

This was a recommendation of a colleague. I wanted to go a good teppanyaki restaurant, no gimmicks, money not the issue. Instead of the usuals in Ginza, I was introduced to this one in Akasaka. It is different from most teppanyaki restaurant as it features vegetables as its main selling point.

Shinzo @ Carpenter Street

Shinzo Japanese Cuisine is one of the best Japanese Omakase restaurant in town. Chef Lawrence Chia is one of Sushi Royalty, Nogawa-san’s disciple. He used to work with his brother Ronnie at Tatsuya, but since striking out on his own at Shinzo, we now have another place to go for top notch Japanese.

Mei Family Banquet @ Beijing

What can you do for a group of folks that has everything? A really good meal that reminded them of home. When Mei Lan Fang threw a banquet for his fans which consisted of the who’s who in Beijing, he can only offered the best cuisine from his beloved home in Suzhou.