Made In China 长安壹号 @ Beijing

At Made in China, the hearty stewed Northeastern beast gets placated with a self-consciously designed dark wood and steel eatery; floor-to-ceiling shelves stocked with erguotou spirits and a stylishly exposed kitchen behind glass. But don’t be fooled by the hotel location.

Supper at 小鹭鹭 @ Shanghai

There are some really old establishments in Shanghai for Shanghainese food, and in recent years, they have corporatised and opened many branches. Lu Lu opened quite a few, but when they could not maintain the standard, they cut back and left with two. Xiao Lu Lu was the cheaper brother of Lu Lu, and they…

In love 暗戀桃花源 @ Shanghai

Peach Blossom signifies love in the Chinese language of flowers. But this is not a date friendly restaurant, just like its moniker, the play called “Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land”. It served 淮扬菜 Huai Yang Cuisine in a modern setting.

Really Spicy 大龍燚火鍋@ Shanghai

Sichuan hotpot was a crazy concept, so simple yet so delicious. Take a little (or a lot) of fresh ingredients and throw them into a sizzling hot pot of stock floating with peppercorn and chili oil. The Chinese fondue cooks the food and infuse it with the distinctly hot and spicy taste.

El Mero Mero @ CHIJMES

El Mero Mero (which means ‘the go-to guy’ in Mexican lingo) is situated in a Catholic convent that has been converted into a go-to place for drinks and entertainment (figuratively speaking, heaven to hell). Very split review, but I think mainly because Singaporeans are not exposed to the fine dining of Mexico.

99 Gers 九十九顶毡房 @ Beijing

Mongolian nomads used to stay in a ger. And dining in a get would always be a highlight of any trip to Mongolia. But now you can get the same experience at 99 Gets.

Ah Orh @ Jln Bukit Merah

One of the stewards of Teochew food in Singapore, Ah Orh was famous for the expensive cars that used to park here in the evenings for their supper services. These were automobiles owned by Teochew towkays that gathered often for their late night fixes.

Warayaki-ya @ Akasaka, Tokyo

In Kochi, fishermen made bonfires of using straws and cooked their catch. This technique called Warayaki is quite a spectacle to watch and tasty.

Yakiniku Hiro @ Kyoto

I realised that I have not recommended Yakiniku in my blogs, even though I go to one quite often. A recent one I went to in Kyoto was of quite good quality at a reasonable price.

Hakodate Sushi Kin @ Shimbashi

Back to Ginza, Ground Zero for sushi restaurants. People come here after work for a bite and then proceed to drinks in one of many hostess bars and karaokes around here. Due to its close proximity to Tsukiji, many sushi restaurants were established here. So if you have been around since 1984, you can be…

Madam Goose @ Shanghai

This was one of the controversial Michelin 1* restaurant in Shanghai. Like Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken, Madam Goose offered very simple roast goose.

Ika Center @ Tokyo

Only in Japan can you get specialisation in one ingredient like this one. Tucked away in Nihonbashi was a restaurant that specialised in squid. And you can guessed the name of  the restaurant – Ika Center.