Monday, 20 January 2020

Mei Ume

Modern classic


Lo Hei

City of London is crying out for a high-quality Chinese restaurant, I used to go to Shikumen often but the place is going downhill recently. The hotel restaurant Mei Ume in Four Seasons Hotel is an alternative, but at a much higher cost, so is the cost justified? I would say so given I have eaten there a few times, and each time was better than the last. Head chef Tony Troung is the driving force of the operation, his menu is all about classic Chinese cuisine with a modern makeover. You would see dishes such as sweet and sour pork or Peking duck, but his version at Mei Ume would be an instant upgrade for sure. For my fourth visit, I opted for some of the new dishes he has specially put together for Chinese New Year.

China Tang London

Dim sum lunch in style


China Tang dim sum feast

If I ever fancy a long lazy brunch at the weekend, dim sum is always the first thing that comes to my mind. It is hard to beat tasting pieces after pieces of well crafted dim sum with a nice cup of tea while chatting with friends or family. I have eaten at China Tang many times in the evening but never got the chance to try out its dim sum menu, so when Chinese New Year is just around the corner, it was the perfect excuse to pay a visit. Judging from the dim sum menu, it is mostly classic Cantonese dim sum items. I also used the occasion to try out some of the upcoming Chinese New Year dishes that head chef Fong has created.

Duck and Rice

Gastropub with Chinese crackers


Drunken lobster clay pot

Duck and Rice is my to-go casual Chinese restaurant when I am around the Soho area. The restaurant is not your usual Chinese restaurant in Chinatown at all. It is modern and lively in the mood of a trendy pub, with Cantonese cooking, along with a hint of Japanese and Southeast Asian cuisine elements in the mixed. What I like about this place is the big selection of beer, as well as proper cocktails, something not easy to find in standard traditional Chinese places. More importantly, you can book in advance for both lunch and dinner time, and this is a massive plus for me. 

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Flor

British wine bar in London Bridge


Grilled red prawn heads, xo sauce


When Flor was launched last summer in 2019, it was one of the most talked-about restaurant openings of the year. It was so hard to secure a table and all the serious foodies were flooding in. Launched by chef James Lowe and his team from the Michelin starred Lyles, Flor is a modern wine bar and bakery that offers small plates taking flavours from around the world, you will see Middle East, European, as well as Asian element across the menu. The place is split into two floors, the ground floor is the open kitchen with bar seatings and upstair is a proper sit-down restaurant. For my visit, I ordered about 8 dishes to share for 2.

Otto's

Canard à la Presse



Canard à la Presse

While I enjoy fancy, modern French cuisines, sometimes I do love a traditional meal. However, top-class classic French food is not easy to find in London. Many Michelin rated restaurants are going for the modern European style these days, and I would say only Le Gavroche is the only Michelin starred French restaurant that still has that traditional charm in London. However, when I want something less formal and easier for my bank account, I think Otto's is the perfect restaurant. Located in Holborn, the restaurant is all about classic French dishes with some tableside flair. You will see dishes such as stuffed pig trotters and baked cheese souffle.

The Gunmakers

Gastropub in Marylebone 


Iberico Pata Negra Pork Chop

It has been a while since I last dined at a pub, there are not many great London pubs within central London so when I heard Mark Javis is taken over The Gunmakers, a gastropub in Marylebone not far from the celebrities hangout joint Chiltern Firehouse, I was excited to see what he would come up with, I am a fan of his modern British cuisine, haven eaten at his flagship restaurant Anglo, and his two other central London restaurants Stem and Nero Bistro (sadly now closed). He has teamed up with another big name in the industry, in the name of Xavier Rousset, who was behind the creation of the trendy wine bar group 28-50.

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Michelin

A list of Michelin starred restaurants I have covered in my blog. By no means, Michelin is the perfect restaurant guide, but still a decent source when it comes into searching top-level dining experience and a guide that is respected by top chefs around the world. 




* Rating as of 2019 guide

UK

Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester***

Angler* (1sit visit)

Angler* (2nd visit)

A Wong*

Alyn Williams at the Westbury* (2nd visit)

Alyn Williams at the Westbury* (3rd visit)

Alyn Williams at the Westbury* (4th visit)

Alyn Williams at the Westbury* (5th visit)

Alyn Williams at the Westbury* (6 and 7 th visit)

Aquavit*

Barrafina* (1st)

Barrafina* (2nd)

Brat* (1st)

Brat* (2nd)

Core** (1st visit)

Core** (2nd visit)

Core** (3rd visit)

City Social*

Club Gascon* (1st visit)

Club Gascon* (2nd visit)

Claude Bosi at Bibendum**

Celeste* (1st visit)

Celeste* (2nd visit)



Celeste* (3rd visit)


Dinner by Heston Blumenthal** (2nd)

Elystan Street*

Galvin La Chapelle(1st visit)

Galvin La Chapelle(2nd visit)

Galvin La Chapelle(3rd visit)

Galvin La Chapelle(4th visit)

Greenhouse** (2nd visit)

Greenhouse** (3rd visit)

Greenhouse** (4th visit)

Harwood Arms* (2nd visit)

Helene Darroze at the Connaught** (3rd visit)


Helene Darroze at the Connaught** (4th visit)

Helene Darroze at the Connaught** (5th visit)

Helene Darroze at the Connaught** (6th visit)

Helene Darroze at the Connaught** (7th visit)

Helene Darroze at the Connaught** (8th visit)

Hakkasan* (1st visit)

Hakkasan* (2nd visit)

Hide*

Kitchen Table** (1st visit)

Kitchen Table** (2nd visit)

Kitchen Table** (3rd visit)

Kitchen W8(2nd visit)

Kai Mayfair* 1st visit)

Kai Mayfair* (2nd visit)

La Dame de Pic** (1st visit)

La Dame de Pic** (2nd visit)


La Dame de Pic** (3rd visit)

La Trompette*

Le Gavroche** (1st)

Le Gavroche** (2nd)

Le Gavroche** (3rd)

Le Gavroche** (4th)

Lyle's* (1st)

Lyle's* (2nd)

Le Champignon Sauvage*

Murano* (2nd visit)

Midsummer House**

Marcus * (2nd visit)

Marcus * (3rd visit)

Marcus * (4th visit)

Nut Tree Inn*

Nut Tree Inn* (2nd visit)

Roganic*

Petrus*

Pied a Terre* (1st visit)

Pied a Terre* (2nd visit)

Pollen Street Social* (4th visit)

Portland*

Seven Park Place* (1st visit)

Seven Park Place* (2nd visit)

Sketch (1st visit)***

Sketch (2nd visit)***
 
Social Eating House* (1st visit)

Social Eating House* (2nd visit)
 
Story*

St John*

The Clove Club* (1st visit)

The Clove Club* (2nd visit)

The Clove Club* (3rd visit)

Trishna* (2nd visit)

The Ledbury** (2nd visit)

The Ledbury** (3rd visit)

The Ledbury** (4th visit)

The Ledbury** (5th visit)

The Ledbury** (6th visit)

The Ledbury** (7th visit)

The Ledbury** (8th visit)

The Ledbury** (9th visit)

The Ledbury** (10th visit)

The Ledbury** (11th visit)

The Ledbury** (12th visit)

The Ledbury** (13th visit)

The Ledbury** (14th visit)

The Square* (3rd and 4th visit)


The Five Fields* (3rd visit)

The Coach Marlow*

The Hind Heads*

Waterside Inn*** (2nd visit)

Sabor* (1st visit)

Sabor* (2nd visit)

The Flitch of Bacon*



Spain

Azurmendi***

Akelare***

Arzak***

El Celler de Can Roca***

Martín Berasategui***

Martín Berasategui*** (2nd visit)

Mirador de Ulía*

Massana*

Mina*

Etxanobe*

Enigma*

ABaC***

Angle**

Abantal*

Cocina Hermanos Torres**

Dos Palillos*

Lasarte***

Ramon Freixa Madrid**

El Club Allard**

Hisop*

Manairo


Mantua*

Via Veneto


Hofmann*

Nectari*

Restaurante Kokotxa*

Ricard Camarena**

Sucede Restaurante*




Netherlands

Bridges*

Ciel Bleu**

The White Room*

Rijks*

Sinne*

212*



Italy

Borgo San Jacopo*


La Bottega del Buon Caffè*

La Leggenda dei Frati*

Ora d'Aria*

Acquolina*

Enoteca La Torre*

Il Convivio Troiani*




Portugal

Alma**

Belcanto**

The Yeatman**

Casa de Chá da Boa Nova**



Austria

Carpe Diem*

Restaurant Steirereck**



France

Benoit*

Les Climats*

Le Celadon*

Les Fables de la Fontaine*



Ireland

Chapter One*

The Greenhouse**

Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud**



Taiwan

Raw**

Mume*




Hong Kong


Amber**

Bo Innovation***

Pang's Kitchen*

Sun Tung Lok**

Imperial Treasure*

Ming Court* (2nd visit)

8 1/2 Otto E Mezzo Bombana***

Lung King Heen***

Shang Palace*

Ah Yat Harbour View*

Tim Ho Wan* (1st visit)

Tim Ho Wan* (2nd visit)

Tate*

Yan Toh Heen**


Kam's Roast Goose(1st visit)

Kam's Roast Goose* (2nd visit)

Yat Lok*

Ho Hung Kee*

Jardin de Jade(1st visit)

Jardin de Jade* (2nd visit)

Zhejiang Heen*

Yat Tung Heen*

Ying Jee Club**

VEA*