I was a big fan of private kitchen TBLS on Hollywood Road, so was very excited to hear that chef Que Vinh Dang had recently opened his eponymous restaurant, Quest by Que on Hennessy Road. Operating as an actual restaurant, as opposed to a private kitchen, Quest oozes an elegant yet comforting charm that extends to its ingredient-driven menu. We’re all familiar with Chef Que’s tasting menus from his TBLS days. At Quest, the menu, which also changes monthly, is ...
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The Pawn has always been a bit of an institution in Hong Kong, known for its colonial beauty and hearty British fare. It closed for a few months last year to undergo quite a significant renovation, promising customers (with a pretty cheesy marketing campaign) that it would be “worth the wait.” Under the guidance of British chef Tom Aikens, the revamped Pawn reopened towards the end of last year and, from what I’ve heard, not everyone seems to agree that ...
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Pololi

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Finding a good, quick and healthy lunch spot in and around Soho can often be a bit of a challenge. Then, once you find those two or three spots that tick all the boxes, you find yourself alternating between them and getting incredibly bored. At times like these, move away from those cardboard salad boxes where meat or fish are never on the menu, and try Pololi. Pololi, which means ‘hungry’ in Hawaiian, is a cute little takeaway spot on ...
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Boomshack

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Although there’s certainly a time and a place for fine dining, a lot of the recent restaurant openings have taken a much more casual, even fast-food approach. Sadly the concept of an actual food truck isn’t possible here in Hong Kong, but that hasn’t stopped newly opened Boomshack from trying to recreate the idea of one. Boomshack is brought to us by Chef Austin Fry (from Roundhouse, Salon 10 and Mavericks), together with his business partner Billy Pang. Inspired by ...
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So far, most of the places I have reviewed in Sydney have been largely seafood-focused beachside restaurants. Wanting to add a more city-based eatery to the mix, I followed a reader’s recommendation to try brand new restaurant The Butler in Potts Point. This lovely restaurant stands in the same spot that was once Butlers Restaurant (hence the name) in the ‘80s, in a beautiful high-ceilinged colonial building. It spreads across two floors, with a bar on each and a huge veranda ...
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Living in a city where restaurants come and go in the blink of an eye, it’s hard not to find it impressive that Doyles on Sydney’s Watsons Bay has been going since 1885! This famous seafood restaurant that has been run by over five generations of the same family is understandably somewhat of an institution in Sydney, so we felt compelled to try it. Getting to Doyles is in itself a memorable experience; although you can take the bus or ...
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I might have just had a lucky streak, or someone might be pulling a few strings to get me to fall in love with Sydney, but during my three visits there over the past year, I have experienced very little bad weather. On one of these beautifully sunny days, we went for lunch with a group of friends at The Boathouse on Balmoral Beach. The Boathouse is without a doubt an absolutely stunning spot that stands in what used to ...
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Happy New Year one and all from beautiful Sydney! I am still completely bewildered as to how last year went by so quickly! Truth be told, I’m still finding it a little hard to believe that it has now been 15 years since 2000! But anyway, 2014 was another excellent year, not only on a personal scale, but also on a foodie scale. To reflect a little on what’s gone on this past year, firstly, in February, The Dim Sum ...
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Americanos

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Remember the time when authentic Mexican food was hard to come by in Hong Kong? Well, sadly, it still is. These days, however, there are a number of American-style Mexican restaurants that still just about fill those cravings. The latest of these is the appropriately named Americanos, run by 3 Americans – Leroy, John and Ryan – who were bored of the over-priced, average Western food in Hong Kong and wanted to create a cool neighbourhood hangout with good, affordable ...
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With less than a week left until Christmas, time is running out to get your Christmas shopping done! Don’t panic though, as we still have a whole weekend ahead of us to cram in some last minute shopping and get the perfect present for that special someone! I’d say that anyone who has me on their list of people to buy for is rather lucky: if they get me something food related I’m bound to be happy! And believe me, ...
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