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Excellent duck confit–the fat was salacious, almost obscene, impossible to resist

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THE DUCK comes with sea salt, pickles and Dijonmustard

What a difference a typeface makes. For years, Café Provençal languished on the second floor of Shangri-La Plaza’s main building, painted in the sort of pastels that look so beautiful against the backdrop of lavender and green, or the stone of Avignon and Les Baux, but which don’t quite work in the gleam and grime of an urban setting.

Posted: October 30th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Food,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Argentine resto a good find–no need to compare to La Cabrera

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TOMAHAW Krib-eye
steak, 1500 grams

There is surely something nefarious afoot, with the recent string of good reviews from this often cantankerous reviewer. Is he on medication? Is he on the take? Is he being muzzled?

Posted: October 23rd, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Food,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Casual vibe, complex flavors

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CRISP fillet with
sake-marinated
ikura on sago

More than a few people may confuse fine dining with expensive dining. It’s true that, until recently, most fine-dining places had starched white linen tablecloths, waiters in dinner jackets and a silver candelabra; it was in these palaces that well-trained chefs at the top of their profession made their mark.

Posted: October 16th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Food,Headlines | Read More »

Wholesome in a not-so-perfect world

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BURRATA with balsamic
reduction and grape tomatoes

A constant challenge for writers is to go beyond their comfort zone into uncharted territory. It was thus with great fear that I made reservations in a new restaurant, The Wholesome Table, a name that would have had me running fast in the opposite direction just a few years ago.

Posted: October 9th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Food,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Idiosyncratic, refined Chinese fusion–but purists beware

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Crab with egg custard

Here’s a thought for prospective buyers of condominium units in the many thrusting new skyscrapers in the city: A tall building is actually less preferable than a short one, unless you’re willing to pay the dizzying prices for an upper-story floor.

Posted: October 2nd, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Food,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

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