Tsukiji Sushi Say @ Ginza

If Tsukiji is the centre of all the world’s freshest seafood, then Ginza is the centre of the world’s best sushi. Besides the famous Jiro of Ginza, whom Robuchon called the most exquisite taste he has ever eaten (Jiro returned the compliment by saying Robuchon has the best tastebud in the world), Ginza is the…

FOC @ Hong Kong Street

Hong Kong Street (HKS) is one of the small, parallel streets criss-crossing two main thoroughfares of South Bridge Road and New Bridge Road. Once a dingy, dirty street with many dry goods 海味 shops only frequented by restaurant owners buying ingredients for their shops, and home to a very famous street side tzechar store called…

Jige @ Tsukiji, Tokyo

This blog post is quite bloody. We are going to eat like Flintstones. Jige at Tsujiki is a Kushiyaki Sake Bar, but their claimed to fame was their serving of Bone-in Tuna Sashimi called Maguro Nakaochi (鮪中落ち).

22 Ships @ Wanchai, HK

Jason Atherton is not an unfamiliar name in the culinary world, having earned his first start with Pollen in London. Then he brought his Pollen restaurant to Gardens by the Bay and that was fantastic. 22 Ships was his first outing to Hong Kong, serving Spanish Tapas in a casual setting.

Sushi Nogawa @ Concorde Hotel

Nogawa’s claim to fame is the fact that it is the first Sushi restaurant in Singapore. Not that they introduced sushi to Singapore, but they brought the Ginza Sushi restaurant concept to Singapore back in 1978.

Sushi Zanmai @ Asakusa

Sushi Zanmai claim to fame was the owner Kiyoshi Kimura’s crazy acts of bidding the most expensive bluefin tuna at the annual Tsukiji New Year Auctions. He last won the 2017 bid at a cool ¥74.2MN, yes that close to ¥5000 per slice of sushi which he sold at ¥428 a piece at Zanmai.

Sushi Kyotatsu @ Narita

Everytime before I transit in Narita or leave Japan from Narita, there’s one stop that I would make – Sushi Kyotatsu(寿司 京辰).

Sumika Ginza @ Tokyo

Another drinking hole in Ginza that served great Yakitori, or when they don’t just specialized in chicken, Kushiyaki.

Toriyoshi Akasaka @ Tokyo

Going to a yakitori restaurant after a hard day in the office was often the highlight of my trips to Tokyo. Toriyoshi Akasaka (there were many Toriyoshi, some were on the Michelin guide) was recommended by a good friend of mine. It did not disappoint.

The Bird @ MBS

Fried chicken to me is still what defines comfort food and Southern cuisine. I would go to the Yardbird in the Venetian in Las Vegas when I go there for my annual user conference. A concept of the acclaimed restaurant and chef John Kunkel, it serves Southern cuisine and their signature dish is Fried Chicken….

LouWaiLou 西湖樓外樓 @ Hangzhou

Visited in Oct 2016 LouWaiLou literally translated as the Building upon Building, which described the beautiful architecture in West Lake. This is the best place to taste the typical cuisines of Hangzhou when viewing the fantastic view of West Lake Scenic Area.

Michelin Shanghai 2017

The first ever Michelin guide for Shanghai was launched with 26 restaurants gaining stars in the first edition in mainland China. What’s with calling it 2017 edition? It’s another 4 months to Auld Lang Syne.