Archive For March 2013

Kaiseki Yoshiyuki – Singapore

Kaiseki Yoshiyuki – Singapore

Ignatius Chan is unique, a quiet and gentle man who is sparked into animation when talking about food and drink. He is celebrated and respected in Asia but not as a chef: he is Asia’s sommelier. Singapore is considered by many (this writer included) as one of the finest of food capitals, not just in…

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The Just Bento Cookbook – Everyday Lunches to Go

The Just Bento Cookbook – Everyday Lunches to Go

It’s a bento cookbook. But I know for a fact that not everyone in Europe will know exactly what bento is. Most people would have heard the word and will remember that it has something or other to do with Japanese food. Bento isn’t an ingredient, it does not have to be Japanese, and it…

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Tiong Bahru Bakery by Gontran Cherrier

Tiong Bahru Bakery by Gontran Cherrier

For years it was referred to as Mei Ren Wu (Mei Ren Wo) or “den of beauties” in Chinese, as many rich men housed their mistresses in this rather stylish 1930’s estate. This is one of the oldest housing estates in Singapore. It was the first project undertaken by the Singapore Improvement Trust and is…

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Raffles Hotel – Raffles Courtyard for a taste of Italy

Raffles Hotel – Raffles Courtyard for a taste of Italy

Tell anyone that you have just returned from Singapore and the question on their lips is bound to be ‘Did you visit Raffles?’ They don’t have to dignify that name with any appendage: everyone knows that there is only one Raffles and that’s the hotel – Raffles Hotel! One walks down Beach Road and there…

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The Ritz Singapore Spring Weekend Afternoon Tea

The Ritz Singapore Spring Weekend Afternoon Tea

with Executive Chef Massimo Pasquarelli and Executive Pastry Chef Terence Pang The Ritz-Carlton Singapore is one of my favourite comfort destinations. It’s a delight to stay there but also to visit and enjoy on Sundays when work is over, or when one needs a civilised sit-down garnished with stunningly delicious food. They are famed for…

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Punjab Grill by Jiggs Kalra

Punjab Grill by Jiggs Kalra

Indian food in any country other than India would not seem the natural choice for the food-passionate traveller, but good food should never be overlooked and there is no reason to introduce geographic dining prejudice into one’s Singapore eating extravaganza. It’s a city-state famed for its quality and variety of food. It has a neighbourhood…

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Majestic Restaurant Singapore

Majestic Restaurant Singapore

[This venue is now closed] There is good food to be had all over Singapore. It’s famed for it. One can sit with the locals and enjoy a bowl of laksa at one of the numerous, cheap and buzzing hawker centres. There are small side-street restaurants specialising in steaming bowls of congee for breakfast through…

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Ramen at YO! Sushi review

Ramen at YO! Sushi review

I guess it’s a sign of the times. We want good food but money is tight so we look for something delicious, fun and warming in this typical 6-month cold snap. Ramen is now available at YO! in London and it’s easy to see why it’s exciting the attention of the dining population. Ramen is…

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Willin Low – Wild Rocket, Singapore

Willin Low – Wild Rocket, Singapore

He hasn’t got a ‘serious’ chef persona. Willin rushes in and tells me to wait right there. He has some curry puffs that he wants me to taste. Just simple food and not even his, but Willin Low has not only talent but real passion for taste and texture. We settle in the courtyard of…

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Breakfast for Dinner review

Breakfast for Dinner review

This isn’t as outrageous as it sounds – Breakfast for Dinner. Granted, the menu shouldn’t include cornflakes but there are so many dishes that do double duty – both savoury and sweet. Brunch straddles both and that’s an event that is increasingly popular at restaurants which have now appreciated our broad cravings. Authors Lindsay Landis…

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The Food of Vietnam review

The Food of Vietnam review

We in the UK, and in London in particular, are blessed with ingredients from across the globe, and with restaurants from every continent. Indian food is popular as we prize its vibrant flavours, Japanese cuisine is demanding notice and presenting delicate tastes. Chinese restaurants have long graced high-streets and now there are authentic and classic…

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