+ The Experience by Reif Othman Dubai Review

The Experience by Reif Othman – Dubai

If you’re a fan (like me) of lists such as The World’s 50 Best and travel the globe to find exciting and inspiring food experiences, you’d be forgiven if Dubai left you a little…wanting. To put it very politely. Despite the huge amount of investment being poured into fancy restaurants on a constant basis, Dubai hasn’t really stepped up to international levels when it… Read More

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St. Regis – Macao, China

For my first visit to China’s island playground, I couldn’t have chosen a better introduction than the St. Regis Macao. My love for the St. Regis brand is well known, and this new addition to their portfolio delivers on everything you expect from the iconic luxury stable. Situated in what felt like the perfect location on the new Cotai strip, the St. Regis is easily… Read More

Morah – Dubai

I’ll admit it – I’d been holding off revisiting Morah. After previously attending a pop-up dinner there featuring an imported chef from a two-star restaurant that didn’t go well on all counts, I was once bitten, twice shy. With guests in town however, I seized the opportunity to showcase the stunning views of Dubai that Morah affords from its 71st floor location in the JW Marriott… Read More

+ Bagatelle dubai review

Bagatelle – Dubai

I’d like to say I’ve heard a lot about Bagatelle since it opened at the Fairmont, but it would be more accurate to say I’d seen a lot about Bagatelle. Which led me to the issue of not knowing how to pronounce it’s name – is it Bagatell? Or Bagatelly? Thankfully I was able to make my reservation over email which avoided all need to… Read More

Coco Bodu Hithi – Maldives

Having heard the name many times over the years, it was an understatement to say I was excited to see what Coco Bodu Hithi has to offer. Located just a 45 minute speedboat away from Male, the journey to relaxation couldn’t be easier (and you’ll save on those hefty seaplane costs too). There’s plenty of choice when it comes to room type at Coco Bodu… Read More

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Azurmendi – Larrabetzu, Spain

It’s with careful trepidation that I open the wax-sealed menu I’ve preserved from our Azurmendi experience. Being my favourite meal of 2016, I’m careful not to damage a single momento from the occasion. (I still have the little hessian pouch of Azurmendi pea seeds safely sitting in my kitchen – sadly Dubai’s not really the best place for cultivating plants.) I’m lucky enough to eat… Read More

Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu – Maldives

Having spent most of my life in New Zealand, I’ve experienced many resorts islands in the South Pacific and French Polynesia. Bora Bora, Rarotonga, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu – you name it, if it has a lagoon and a palm tree or two, I’ve been there. The charm of these properties lies in their natural beauty, laid-back island style and ability to showcase an authentic aspect… Read More

Fairmont – Fujairah, UAE

It’s fair to say that the Fairmont brand has quite the reputation. A very good one, that is. Given this excellent reputation, it’s also fair to say that when you arrive at the new Fairmont Fujairah, you might temporarily think you’re lost. I certainly did. A quick check of the GPS told me we were, in fact, at the brand new Fairmont, but you’d… Read More

+ 101 One and Only The Palm Restaurant Review

101, One and Only The Palm – Dubai

Dubai is a city famous for its beaches, crystal clear water and sprawling skyscraper skylines. Sadly, I can’t think of too many venues that offer views encompassing all three of these elements while offering a decent dining experience. The beachscape is lined with mediocre establishments, all too happy to charge over inflated tourist prices for disappointing dishes. Thankfully, I now have somewhere to recommend… Read More

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Sühring – Bangkok, Thailand

Sühring. Not what you’d expect a restaurant located in bustling Bangkok to be called – but this isn’t your average Thai restaurant. It’s an unexpected taste of Germany in BKK, and possibly the first German tasting menu I’ve come across in my world travels. Sühring is part of the new wave of Bangkok restaurants championing foreign cuisines, and it should be on your list when… Read More

+ Play Brunch Dubai Review Reif Othman

‘Play by Day’ Brunch – Dubai

  It’s not often you find a brunch in Dubai that truly dishes up top level food – so when TimeOut Restaurant of the Year, Play, announced it was now offering a brunch, I was more than intrigued. Set on the 36th floor of The H Hotel, Play is certainly a beautiful restaurant. It’s sexy, majestic, expansive…and frankly, has the best ceiling in all… Read More

+ St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort Review

St Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort – The Maldives

The Maldives. It’s a destination that doesn’t need much introduction, an island paradise that holiday dreams are made of. Turquoise seas, white sand…the playground of the rich and famous and happy honeymooners. The St. Regis is the newest arrival in what may be the world’s most luxurious island playground. When nature offers up such a splendid canvas, it’s no mean feat for a resort to… Read More

Clooney – Auckland, New Zealand

Clooney. A name that for many Aucklanders likely conjures up images of a long-standing, industrial-glam, fine dining restaurant on Sale Street. For those residing outside of Auckland however, the only Clooney they’re likely to be familiar with is better known for assisting patients in the emergency department and orchestrating casino heists. Somehow I think Jacob Kear’s arrival at Clooney is going to go a… Read More

+ The Grove Auckland Review

The Grove – Auckland, New Zealand

The Grove is every bit a legend on the Auckland scene. Not only has it consistently been at the pointy end of every list in town for as many years as I can remember, but it’s also been New Zealand’s Noma or El Bulli of sorts – in that it’s been the training ground that has spawned many of New Zealand’s most renown chefs…. Read More

Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island – Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

If you’re looking for a unique escape that feels a world away but is still quintessentially U.A.E, look no further than Anantara’s five-star Sir Bani Yas Island resort and villas. A salt dome island situated 8km off the Abu Dhabi coastline (but 250km from Abu Dhabi Airport), Sir Bani Yas was originally established in 1971 by the late ruler and founder of the United… Read More

+ Fine Dining Myths Debunked by Zoe Bowker

Fine Dining Myths Debunked

The term ‘fine dining’ has come under a lot of fire lately. Everyone seems to be scrambling to define their restaurant as anything but. Why are restaurants now scared of being labelled ‘fine dining’? Is it because the general population are intimidated by the old school notion of fine dining, without realising what it really means today? In my eyes, it’s a term to… Read More

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Per Se *** – New York, USA

  What is the New York dining scene without Per Se? I suppose we should get straight to the fine-dining Elephant in the room, so to speak. When it was rocked by that New York Times review in early 2016, and the discussion and controversy that ensued, in some ways, it became clear just how much of an important part of the landscape Per Se is,… Read More

+ The W Hotel Bangkok Review

The W Hotel – Bangkok, Thailand

Ok, so the W is a brand we know (mostly) what to expect of – bright colours, reflective surfaces, interesting art, rooms named after superlatives. The W Bangkok doesn’t disappoint on any of those fronts. The colour du jour at W BKK is royal purple, and the theme is Muay-Thai-gone-clubbing. Think giant sequined boxing gloves adorning the beds (which read appropriately, ‘Lights’ and ‘Out’), fighting… Read More

+ Gaggan Emoji Menu 2017

Gaggan – The Emoji Menu Feb ’17

  Gaggan. He’s a superstar of the culinary world…a bit like Madonna and Britney, the first name is all you need. It’s my second time to Gaggan’s eponymous restaurant (read here for the first), and after hearing that his new menu consists of 25 emojis, it’s safe to say I’m pretty excited – not just because I’m fond of peppering my communications with said… Read More

+ Depot Auckland Review

Depot Eatery and Oyster Bar – Auckland, New Zealand

At over five years of age, Depot is somewhat of a stalwart on the Auckland dining scene. From the stable of NZ celeb chef Al Brown and until recently helmed by Kyle Street (who has gone on to open Culprit on Wyndham St, at the site of the former Black Hoof), it’s casual and cosy, serving up Kiwi inspired seasonal fare. You’ll usually struggle… Read More

+ Dinner in the Sky UAE review

Dinner in the Sky – Dubai

If you’re a foodie, you’ve probably heard of Dinner in the Sky. With over 3000 meal flights conducted, it’s had it’s fair share of press around the globe. I’ve long admired the pictures of this amazing experience conducted worldwide, hoping one day I would get to try it. With the sky-high table winging it’s way back to Dubai, I finally got my chance to tick… Read More

+ The Artisan by Enoteca Pinchiorri Dubai Restaurant Review

The Artisan – Burj Daman, DIFC, Dubai

Ahh, The Artisan. After a long time pining over a visit to this restaurant, a gap finally came up in my schedule and I was more than excited to be taking hubs to a restaurant I just had a feeling would deliver the goods. The real deal. Italian like it should be. Let’s just say (spoiler alert, please don’t stop here – but if you’re hella… Read More

+ Cibo Auckland New Zealand Restaurant Review

Lunch at Cibo – Parnell, Auckland

There’s just something about Cibo. It’s not easy to find, tucked away on a back street in the city fringe. Sure, it sits hidden amongst high-end furniture stores (mostly patronised by Interior Designers on the Eastern Suburbs dime), a fab French market (La Cigale), a fab wine shop (Caro’s) and offices, but you wouldn’t know it’s there unless you know it’s there. Despite its lack… Read More

+ Mini Bar Lisbon Review

Mini Bar by Jose Avillez – Lisbon, Portugal

If you love Tickets in Barcelona or are just a fan of fun food, then Mini Bar has to go on your must-visit list when in Lisbon. Part of Jose Avillez’s impressive stable of Lisbon restaurants (which includes top 100 restaurant Belcanto), this for me is the type of experience that puts the life back into fine dining. It’s crazy, sexy and full of… Read More

+ Budapest Wine Tours Hungary Wine Tasting

The Wine Lover’s Guide To: Budapest

Budapest would have to be one of my favourite destinations in the world right now. It’s officially the cheapest city in the world in which to drink – so wine lovers, you’re going to be in heaven here. In fact, everything is great value in Budapest. The stunning scenery in Buda and Pest (each side of the river carries a name that forms part… Read More

+ Stay by Yannick Alleno One and Only the Palm Dubai

STAY by Yannick Alleno – One & Only The Palm, Dubai

Ok so I may or may not have had an obsession with the One & Only brand since I was a teenager…so when the opportunity came to check out their fine dining restaurant, STAY, while the executive chef was in town, there was no way I was saying no. The chef in question is none other than Yannick Alleno, a culinary mastermind who’s work… Read More

+ Eleven Madison Park World's 50 Best 3 Michelin Star Restaurant Review New York

Eleven Madison Park *** – New York City, New York

Situated parkside at 11 Madison Avenue, the much lauded venue with the self explanatory name is nothing if not a New York institution. The pride and joy of Daniel Humm’s ‘Make It Nice’ group, Eleven Madison Park (or EMP for short) is the three-star older brother to one-starred little sister The NoMad, but stars aside – both are must visits when in NYC. As if… Read More

+ Kempinski Ishtar Dead Sea Jordan Hotel Review

Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea – Sweimeh, Jordan

Let’s face it – the Dead Sea is a total bucket list destination – but after visiting the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar, I think it deserves more than one visit in a lifetime. I chose the Kempinski due to it’s top ranking on HotelsCombined.ae (I like to start my search by ranking options from the highest guest rating to the lowest) – with an 8.9… Read More

+ Asia Asia Pier 7 Dubai Brunch

Asia Asia Spice Route Brunch – Pier 7, Dubai Marina

Having only popped into Asia Asia for a quick drink previously (but having heard wonderful things about their food), I was excited to see what their Friday ‘Spice Route’ brunch was all about. Pier 7 in the Marina is a great spot with a fab view and given that I had guests in town, it was the ideal choice (traffic however is a giant… Read More

+ Cassia by Sid Sahrawat - Metro Magazine's Best Restaurant in New Zealand 2016 - Review

Cassia – Auckland, New Zealand

You only need one reason to book a table at Cassia, and that reason is Sid Sahrawat. Cuisine NZ’s Chef of the Year 2016 and the man behind one of New Zealand’s most lauded restaurants (and a personal favourite of mine), SIDART, is lending his magic touch to Indian cuisine and the results are even better than I expected. Actually, of course I should have… Read More

+ Fu He Hui Shanghai Review Menu

Fu He Hui * – Shanghai, China

Part of the acclaimed Fu group and a rising star on on Asia’s 50 Best list, Fu He Hui (‘Fortune and Intelligence’) was to me an enigma shrouded in mystery. Coming in at no. 18 on the list in 2016, the vegetarian Shanghainese restaurant of the Fu group keeps the secrets of it’s success close to it’s chest. No website, no online menu…let’s just say… Read More

+ Sud777 Mexico City Review

Sud777 – Mexico City, Mexico

Housed in a sprawling venue that marries 60’s log cabin chic with hipster design afficionado, Sud777 is immediately impressive from the moment you arrive. Though, I have to admit I did briefly think I was lost when I entered through what looks like a Japanese sake bar…I think this is actually Kokeshi by Sud, and probably warrants a visit of it’s own. Confusion aside, head… Read More

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Biko – Mexico City, Mexico

As my Uber nears the end of the long trek through the Mexico City traffic en route to Biko, my view slowly starts to change from bustling city scenes to polished, posh Polanco streets – and I get a hunch that my lunch date is going to be a relaxing respite from the madness of downtown Mexico City. My suspicions are confirmed when the lift doors open to reveal Biko’s… Read More

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Nerua * – Guggenheim, Bilbao

A must visit not just because of it’s world famous museum, Bilbao is fast developing a foodie reputation to rival it’s big brother in the culinary stakes, San Sebastian. Just an hour or so away from the famed Basque cuisine capital, Nerua is one of the establishments leading the way in Bilbao’s fine food scene. Housed inside the Guggenheim, Nerua clearly gets a big… Read More

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The Surrey – Upper East Side, NYC

With accolades piling up on it’s doorstep, The Surrey was an easy choice when I popped to the Big Apple to attend The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards. It’s New York City’s only Relais & Chateaux boutique hotel, delivering Upper East Side chic in spades. It’s also a haven for some rather cool art – so if that tickles your fancy, you’ll find plenty to peruse… Read More

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Waldorf Astoria – Ras Al Khaimah

Whether you’re a looking to escape the summer heat, get some R&R or explore the other Emirates, Ras al Khaimah is a top choice. Just over an hour from Dubai, the isolated location of the seaside resorts means you can just put your feet up and have a guilt free getaway. A spur of the moment decision to get away for a quick staycation lead… Read More

+ Armani Deli Dubai Review

Armani/Deli – Armani Hotel, Dubai

Housed in the world’s tallest building, the Armani Hotel and it’s chic dining establishments are the epitome of Dubai indulgence. Armani/Deli is the first of the four dining concepts I’ve experienced – the more casual, traditional Italian offering and the only one of the restaurants open for lunch. Sure, it goes without saying that I love Italian fare – but there’s something else that brings me back… Read More

+ Review of Gaggan Bangkok Asia's 50 Best Restaurants

Gaggan – Bangkok, Thailand

Why are the good ones so hard to write about? That’s what I find myself asking as I finally put fingers to keyboard to finish my review of Gaggan, one of the restaurants I visited while in Bangkok after #50BestTalksAsia. Is it because it’s so hard to find words that do the food justice? I think that’s a big part of it. I’m also realising… Read More

Namaaz Dining – Jakarta, Indonesia

I’ve pondered long and hard how to start this review off. How to convey to you how much I loved this dining experience. How to explain in words how special this restaurant is, how special this chef is. How to make you want to travel to Jakarta (not exactly the world’s most hospitable city just FYI) just to taste the molecular Indonesian cuisine I’m… Read More

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Vanitas – Palazzo Versace, Dubai

When a name like Versace arrives in town, people sit up and take notice – especially in the luxury-loving locale that is Dubai. A palatial property designed under the guidance of one of Italy’s finest design houses, Palazzo Versace’s dining establishments have rather large shoes (or should that be stilettos?) to fill. Enigma seems to be growing into it’s role as Dubai’s premium fine… Read More

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Estela – New York

As I was planning my NYC trip for The World’s 50 Best Awards, I reached out to all of my local (and worldly) food expert friends for their essential reservation recommendations. One name came up time and time again: Estela. The coming together of Uruguayan Chef Ignacio Mattos (a chef boasting a very respectable CV including a stint at Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse) and restaurateur Thomas Carter, the former… Read More

+ The NoMad New York Review

The NoMad – New York

Taking it’s name from it’s location North of Madison Ave, New York’s The NoMad sits just a short stroll from it’s big brother, EMP. That’s Eleven Madison Park to be precise, a true NYC establishment and holder of the no. 3 spot on the 2016 World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. Being a stablemate of EMP comes with some hefty expectations – but the number… Read More

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Noma ** – Copenhagen, Denmark

Let’s be honest – visiting Noma is somewhat of a rite of passage for hardcore foodies. Having topped The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list four times, it’s a name synonymous with innovative, modern cuisine that showcases the essence and ethos of the Nordic wave of chefs leaving their mark on gastronomy as we know it today. On this occasion I’m making the pilgrimage to the… Read More

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Nougatine at Jean-Georges – New York

After starting a busy pre-World’s 50 Best day with brunch at the James Beard foundation, I was determined to squeeze some Jean-Georges magic into the NYC itinerary. Sadly by the time we arrived, the three star Jean-Georges kitchen was closed, but we were still able to dine at the adjoining Nougatine at Jean-Georges, a slightly more casual option at Trump Tower, 1 Central Park. It’s ideal… Read More

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ABaC ** – Barcelona, Spain

Arriving at the much heralded ABaC (FYI that’s pronounced ah-bach, not A-B-a-C), you can’t help but feel a twinge of excitement when confronted with the imposing front entrance emblazoned with it’s name. Want just a taste of ABaC’s tasting menu experience? Read the short summary here… The boutique hotel and it’s eponymous two-star restaurant, helmed by the renown Jordi Cruz, feels serene and mysterious,… Read More

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Rhodes W1 – Grosvenor House, Dubai

Ahh Grosvenor house….full of so many of my favourite eateries, yet so hard to pronounce. My love for GH brought me here to test out a dining venue that was new to me yet not new to Dubai….Rhodes W1. Short on time? Read a summary review here… One of Gary Rhodes’ eponymous restaurants, this is a Dubai establishment that has celeb chef cred attached… Read More

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Babbo * – New York

On an extremely (and suddenly) wet and blustery New York day, stepping into Babbo was perhaps the most heavenly respite a hungry foodie could ask for. View the conciso version of my review here  Having had my newly purchased $5 umbrella turn itself inside out mere minutes after purchase enroute, I learned that walking isn’t always the best option for your wellbeing (and that you… Read More

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Weslodge – JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai

Look out Dubai diners, theres a new expat arrival in town – they hail from Canadia*, eh, and they’re here to rock the sky-high dining scene. I headed along to see exactly what Weslodge was all aboot. Want it short ‘n’ sweet? Read the compact version of my review here First of all, this location isn’t your run of the mill Dubai spot – it’s on… Read More

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Radio – Copenhagen, Denmark

When we asked around for must-visit dining destinations in Copenhagen, Radio was a name that popped up time and again – so needless to say we simply had to pop in to see what all the fuss was about. Given that the schedule was already pretty jammed full of fine dining, we lined up Radio as part two (well technically three) of our ‘bang-bang’ Saturday… Read More

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Relae * – Copenhagen, Denmark

Decked out in modern Scandinavian décor, certified organic and winner of the World’s 50 Best Sustainability Award for 2015 (and coming in at no. 45), it seems Michelin starred Relae couldn’t be more Copenhagen. A tiny eatery of under 40 covers, our cozy corner table seemed to be the perfect place to while away a warm and sunny Scandic Saturday. It seems this is… Read More

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Hoja Santa * – El Raval, Barcelona

Hitting our must-visit list due to a) the magic touch of Albert Adria, b) it’s Michelin star, we booked in to Hoja Santa for a late night gastronomic Mexican feast. (I mean really late by our standards – 10:30pm! These Spanish are crazy!) Knowing this is elevated Mexican cuisine, we are prepared that we are probably in for some unusual dishes and flavours, albeit… Read More

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Enigma – Journey of a Nordic Chef – Palazzo Versace, Dubai

Having experienced the first incantation of Enigma, the seasonally changing fine dining concept at Palazzo Versace that welcomes a new chef’s vision each three months or so, I was eagerly counting down the days to experience the next chapter. Chef Bjorn Frantzen, of the eponymous Stockholm restaurant currently voted no. 31 on the World’s Best Restaurants list, has been chosen as Dubai’s new gourmet golden boy…. Read More

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Gaucho – DIFC, Dubai

From the moment you arrive at the all-black valet entrance to this DIFC institution, first impressions suggest you’re in for a classier-than-average experience. An extremely classy one in fact. Given that Gaucho’s popularity extends to 15 locations in the UK plus three international outposts – Dubai, Hong Kong and Buenos Aries, there’s got to be something very special about the Argentinian cuisine they’re serving… Read More

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Bombay Brasserie – Taj Downtown, Dubai

From the moment you step into the serene Taj lobby, you can see this is a property that has good taste oozing out of its walls. Hoping this impeccable sense of taste will continue with our brunch experience at Taj’s Indian outfit, Bombay Brasserie, we hungrily ascend to the fourth floor to check it out. Bombay Brasserie is just as stylishly decked out as… Read More

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Craft Cafe – Design District, Dubai

Venture a short distance from the Dubai mall and you’ll reach the new DIFC-style high concept industry zone, Dubai Design District, otherwise knows as D3. Home to creatives, art galleries and many soon-to-be eateries, Craft Cafe has done the smart thing and installed themselves in the compound early in the peace. Quirky and colourful, the Craft Cafe fit out feels like a very organic… Read More

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Masu – Auckland, New Zealand

Nic Watt’s Masu at Sky City Grand has been bestowed with plenty of accolades over the years, including Metro’s Restaurant of the Year 2014, and currently holds two Cuisine Good Food chef hats. To be honest, I was never sure whether it would live up to the hype – pre-launch it even had it’s own TV series highlighting Chef Nic Watt’s Japanese cooking and recipes…. Read More

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The French Cafe – Auckland, New Zealand

One of Auckland’s most iconic restaurants, The French Cafe has been stamping it’s mark on the Auckland fine dining for over ten years. Hidden away in a corner of the Auckland outer CBD where one would not expect to find such a high end establishment, the blacked out windows give little indication of what lies inside. Winner of Best Fine Dining, Best Chef and… Read More

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Costes Downtown * – Budapest, Hungary

Is this where I make a hungry/Hungary joke? No? Ok fine. However I was getting a little bit hangry for a fine dining experience in Budapest – enter Costes Downtown to the rescue. The new on the scene, little sibling of Costes, a Michelin starred Budapest institute, intrigued me. As the original Costes is overflowing, the proprietors have thankfully opened Costes Downtown. Situated in… Read More

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Wakame – Sofitel Downtown, Dubai

From the moment you walk in to this new pan-Asian restaurant, the fitout blows you away. A fantastic use of space that makes each area feel cosy and it’s own, despite the entire venue being rather large. Wakame Dubai’s spaces include a dedicated bar/lounge space, a dining area, beautiful booths for groups and a striking glass encased private room. This was the first tip… Read More

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Giardino – Palazzo Versace, Dubai

A recent arrival to the Dubai scene, the newest hotel of the iconic house of Versace has opened a range of dining options within it’s quarters (including Enigma – view my review here) – I was invited to check out Giardino’s Friday brunch offerings at a Zomato meet up. The first thing you’ll notice about the venue is the striking palm frond pattern used in… Read More

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Tesoro – Business Bay, Dubai

Part of the recently built Taj Hotel, Tesoro is one of Dubai’s many pan-latin/Peruvian concepts. Yes there are a lot of these, but Tesoro is one that delivers in my books. Visiting for brunch, we were lucky to score a table right by the window, gazing out at the fantastic Burj Khalifa view the restaurant possesses. It may be one of the best dining… Read More

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Bo.Lan – Bangkok, Thailand

Bo.Lan – interesting name you might think, but it hails from a combination of the nicknames of the owners – it is the restaurant home of television chefs Duangporn ‘Bo’ Songvisava and Dylan ‘Lan’ Jones, an Aussie/Thai power team. I’ll admit it, we booked Bo.Lan as it was ranked No. 37 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015. According to their Asia’s 50 Best dossier, the… Read More

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Sky Bar – Bangkok, Thailand

Here’s one you might have seen before – if you’ve seen The Hangover 2 that is. You’re certainly reminded that this venue is film worthy, even before you’ve stepped into the lift to deliver you to this Bangkok famous rooftop bar (they proudly display pull up banners boasting their film set fame). That alone should send off warning bells… Arriving at the Iebua State… Read More

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The Siam – Bangkok, Thailand

Nestled on the Chao Praya riverside away from the hustle and bustle of the Bangkok central shopping and business district, The Siam is the perfect way to enjoy Bangkok in five star style. Actually, it’s more like six. The Siam is a property that gently unfolds as you discover it’s beauty – it’s nooks and crannies, stunning garden spaces and amazing artifacts. It’s as… Read More

+ 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana Shanghai

8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana – Shanghai, China

The sister restaurant of the three Michelin starred Hong Kong venue of the same name, Otto e Mezzo kept popping up on my Shanghai to do list. As I’d skipped the HK version on my last visit, I was eager to take the opportunity to try the Shanghai incarnation – so I snuck in a visit enroute to my flight home to Dubai. This meant… Read More

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Vii at Conrad Dubai

Stepping into Vii you may be excused for feeling like you’ve fallen down the rabbit hole. From the red carpet entrance to the stunning glimmering eagle sculpture as you walk in, the glam entrance to the indoor bar and lounge…and that’s only the start. The corridor that leads you outside is fantastic in itself (a fantastic corridor…think that’s a first for me) and hints… Read More

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Enigma – Palazzo Versace, Dubai

Enigma – a new seasonal restaurant concept at Palazzo Versace that will change chefs and menu every three months. The current chef is Quique Dacosta of the three Michelin starred restaurant of the same name in Denia, Spain. We got wind of this impending arrival late last year and had been thinking about booking since – the hope of legitimate innovative Michelin star style… Read More

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Shanghai

A city that showcases an elegant fusion of East and West…from cheap street eats to  fine French cuisine, Shanghai will delight your senses. It’s a reasonably compact dining scene but there’s certainly something for everyone. I’ve searched, trekked and tasted to bring you what you need to eat (and a little bit of see and do) on your visit. View my full Eatinerary Quick links… Read More

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Intersect by Lexus – DIFC, Dubai

The first question you might ask is, “What is ‘Intersect by Lexus’”? Well, it’s one better answered by walking through the doors of the restaurant and settling in at a cosy table, but I’ll do my best to explain. In someways, it might be easier to first tell you what it is not – a car showroom. Yes, it is a Lexus branded concept, and yes, there… Read More