Despite the numerous ‘fashionable’ desserts that come and go (cronuts, cake-pops and the like), cupcakes are something that will never, in my humble opinion, go out of fashion. People (and by ‘people’ I mean I) need cupcakes in their (/my) life. That’s why, when I was approached by cake company Citrus Sweets and asked if I’d like to try their cupcakes, there was not a moment’s hesitation. Citrus Sweets was started by keen baker Hema Sakhrani, initially from her home ...
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Aside from being one of my favourite things in the world, dim sum, to the Cantonese, is a tradition, a ritual that dates back centuries. Whilst the long-standing, world-famous dim sum houses around the city are well-worth a visit, sometimes it’s worth finding the smaller, lesser-known restaurants for a more intimate dim sum experience. Ding Dim 1968, which opened earlier this summer on Elgin Street, is one of these. Creating each little dumpling is a true art, which many chefs ...
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In an attempt to eat more healthily and have more nights at home after an indulgent summer, we have been making our way through Ottolenghi’s The Cookbook one page at a time. This cookbook is full of delicious, fresh and healthy recipes that never cease to impress me (and, if we have them, our dinner guests). Many of them require a few too many ingredients, putting them straight in the ‘too hard’ basket, but most are nice and easy and ...
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Hong Kong is a city with such a fascinating history, yet it’s a sad reality that so many historical buildings have been knocked down to make room for monstrously tall skyscrapers. Thankfully, someone has recently seen sense, and it’s great to see that both the Police Married Quarters (PMQ) and the Central Police Station (CPS) have been restored to become hot spots for shopping and dining. PMQ is rapidly growing as a foodie destination. The latest openings include exciting new ...
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[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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