The chicken and all its good bits – dining at Yakitori Shinka in Tokyo

10-seat room at Yakitori Shinka

On a recent trip to Tokyo, this ten-seat restaurant in Nishi-Azabu (near Roppongi), was the only place I booked in advance.  I had read that the chef pairs his food with wine, as well as sake, and that lured me right in. Continue Reading →

Savour South East Queensland, Australia

Urbane dish

Prawns – Courtesy of Urbane Restaurant

There has been a flourishing in South East Queensland food scene.  Gorgeous, bountiful local produce, which there’s never been a shortage of, is making its ways to the creative, able hands of extraordinary chefs, and to the tables of some tremendous restaurants. Continue Reading →

One perfect day in Hunter Valley, New South Wales

Braemore vineyardBraemore Vineyard – Courtesy of Thomas Wines

The Hunter Valley Wine country is New South Wales’ largest wine region.  Its proximity to Sydney, a drive less than two hours away, makes it a perfect escape from the city.  One day in the Hunter can pack a lot of activity and ignite the senses without wearing you out as a visitor.  It’s an ideal detour from the joys of Sydney’s harbour and beaches. Continue Reading →

Nomad, Sydney

house cured and smoked meatsNomad is Sydney’s current favorite casual, modern Australian restaurant. As simple as that.  Since its opening in 2013, reservations aren’t easy to get, the buzz is all over town, and the praise is continually hot. Continue Reading →

New bistro with French and Modern Australian accents: Cafe Boheme Sydney

Cafe BohemeFrench bistros have a certain charm that lets them exist in a league of their own.  Perhaps it is the embrace of a local restaurant, the assurance of some classical flavours, the moderate prices, or the use of established techniques that stands the test of time.  Great bistros have beautiful pastries, fresh charcuterie, great wine lists.  Café Boheme is one such place.  It is a Sydney newcomer, but it’s quickly becoming a favourite among locals. Continue Reading →

Rushcutters: a fresh new restaurant and a deli in Sydney’s inner east

rushcutters saladSydney is going through a restaurant resurgence; there seems to be a refresh and revival in the dining scene. The vibe, one that’s more casual, more relaxed, flexible. Increasingly, more inviting establishments are propelling well-known chefs to take different risks and reinvent themselves. One such place, led by executive chef Martin Boetz (previously from Sydney and Melbourne’s famed Longrain Thai restaurants) alongside head chef Kasper Christensen, is Rushcutters. Continue Reading →

Lokanta Maya is a brilliant bistro in Istanbul, Turkey

lokanta mayaChef Didem Senol has taken Istanbul by storm.  The Turkish native who studied in New York at the French Culinary Institute and worked at Le Cirque and Eleven Madison Park, has returned to her hometown to create a new bistro dining experience.  In 2010, she won Time Out Istanbul’s  Best Chef Award.  Not only has she made a name for herself, but she’s also creating a new path for female chefs in her city.  She cooks seasonal and local food with mainly organic produce,  her restaurants are inviting, contemporary, and refreshing. Continue Reading →

Istanbul’s Meze by Lemon Tree serves inspired Turkish cuisine

Atom dessertTurkish restaurants can be divided into three large categories: meyhanes where people drink raki and eat meze, fish restaurants which involve a banquet of cold and hot appetizers followed by a showcase of fish as a main, and meat restaurants, which serve grilled meats, and all sorts of kebabs and skewers charcoal cooked to perfection.  These categories, obviously, are aside from the numerous esnaf lokantasi tradesmen establishments, street foods, snacks, and produce available to grab and go. Continue Reading →

Addiction Aquatic Development – a seafood paradise in Taipei, Taiwan

oystersAddiction Aquatic Development is a seafood paradise in the heart of Taipei.  Referred to by some as a modern fish market, it is, without a doubt, the premium location to buy fresh seafood or enjoy a leisurely meal of oysters, lobster, crab, prawns, sushi and sashimi. Continue Reading →