[caption id="attachment_5181" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Photo credit: Paul Winch-Furness[/caption] Despite usually opting for pizzas with the thinnest crust possible, I do love a real, rustic and doughy Neapolitan style pizza, the way pizza should be. I had heard a great deal of buzz about London’s Pizza Pilgrims and, on my recent UK trip, insisted on trying it. Pizza Pilgrims came about when brothers James and Thom Eliot got bored of having what they called ‘proper jobs.’ They decided to buy a ...
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[caption id="attachment_5174" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Photo credit: Paul Winch-Furness[/caption] After loving the Peruvian-Japanese cuisine at Chotto Matte, it seems I hadn’t yet had enough Peruvian food, and within only a few days I was back on Frith Street at popular Peruvian restaurant Ceviche. Ceviche has a lovely story behind it – it wasn’t just some random who saw that Peruvian food was becoming a ‘thing’ and jumped at the gap in the market; it was started by passionate Peruvian-born Martin Morales, ...
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There are times in life when all you need is a very simple yet perfectly cooked steak. When I asked in my newsletter if anyone had any good London restaurant recommendations, one kind reader (who incidentally also has a very good website called Mango Menus) put me in touch with the boys who run Hawksmoor, known for serving the best steaks in London. Despite my life in Hong Kong being fairly full of steak, I was keen to see how ...
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Two of the tastiest and most popular cuisines around the world have got to be Japanese and, most recently, Peruvian. Merge these together and you have Nikkei cuisine, which is being served at funky London restaurant Chotto Matte on Soho’s Frith Street. I love this part of London, as it’s fun and lively at the best of times. Add to this the energy of underground Tokyo, plus the colourful South American buzz of Peru, and you know you’re bound to ...
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The industrial area of Wong Chuk Hang is fast becoming somewhat of a trendy destination. It’s been home to a number of private kitchens for some time, but nowadays more commercial restaurants, art galleries and even retail stores are appearing in converted warehouses, where you’d least expect to look for them. Amongst these newcomers is Ovolo Southside, the first New York-style warehouse-to-hotel conversion and a member of Design Hotels. The hotel itself, with 162 rooms, maintains its urban industrial feel ...
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Lazy Hog

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Whilst certain restaurant openings carry with them an element of arrogance, making sure the whole world knows they are new on the scene, others open quietly and humbly, knowing they don’t need to make a fuss. Newcomer Lazy Hog on Bridges Street fits into the latter category, having opened discreetly last month. Serving ‘New American’ sharing dishes, Lazy Hog is a very down to earth little spot that instantly made us feel relaxed and comfortable. The décor is simple, with ...
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Everyone loves cheesecake, but there’s no escaping the fact that it’s far from healthy. I allow myself a forkful here, a slice there every so often, but never do I eat it without feeling at least a little bit guilty. I’ve always been a bit against the idea of desserts that claim to be something they’re not. Vegan ‘cheesecake’ for example – there’s no cheese in it, so how can it call itself a cheesecake? As I learnt when I ...
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At only an hour and a half flight from Hong Kong, Hanoi is easy to get to for a weekend trip and far cheaper than flying to Thailand or Bali. If time was on our side, I would have liked to have travelled to one of the beaches, but since it was a short trip, we made it all about the food! Vietnamese food has got to be up there amongst my favourites. The flavours are so fresh and it ...
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The Woods

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When looking for a place to go for drinks, I often struggle to find somewhere new and exciting that isn’t just the same as any other bar. Any of the Wyndham Street bars is pretty interchangeable with the next. Before you get that far, however, look out for a slightly hidden entrance that leads down some stairs to the hottest new bar in town, The Woods. This gorgeous new spot, so-called for not only its Hollywood Road location, but also the ...
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This is a lovely summery recipe that’s tasty as well as pretty healthy. Although it requires a few hours to marinate and seal in all the flavours, it is easy to make and doesn’t require a lot of ingredients that are hard to find in HK supermarkets. If you’re lucky enough to have outdoor space and therefore a barbecue, then these would be awesome thrown on there, but if not, our Le Creuset griddle pan did the trick very nicely. You can ...
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