Madam Sixty Ate has received a lot of hype since its opening in the summer and I have been desperate to see what all the fuss is about. The answer is that it is a different species of restaurant to what we are used to seeing in Hong Kong, where the two Australian chefs, Chris Woodyard, formerly culinary director at W Hotel, and Andrew Braham, formerly Tom Aiken's sous chef in London, carefully present European-inspired cuisine with that all important ...
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Over the past few months, Café Deco Group has been busy increasing its repertoire of yummy restaurants and I had the pleasure of visiting one of them on Monday night. dim sum bar, over on what we have established is actually not-such-a-dark side, opened its doors in Harbour City at the end of August, serving its namesake both in the form of old trusty classics and interesting modern treats. Behold my second dim sum review on The Dim Sum Diaries… ...
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I thought I had found my favourite restaurant-filled building, but I think I may have just found Stanley 11’s rival. Fusion 5th Floor, a restaurant with neither an original nor an interesting name yet very original and interesting food, is situated in The Pemberton on Bonham Strand. As soon as I entered the lift and saw the names of all the restaurants, I knew, even before reaching the fifth floor that I would have to return again. And again. And again… ...
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  Fully aware of my love of food, and particularly my adoration of chocolate, as my leaving present from AsiaSpa, the lovely girls gave me a voucher for afternoon tea at the Ritz-Carlton’s Chocolate Library. I'm sure you can imagine my excitement at receiving this, an excitement that was intensified when I had actually made the booking, months in advance, for tea a couple of Sundays ago. I have been to Ozone, the bar at the top of the Ritz, ...
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Yardbird

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  Since even before it opened, I had heard nothing but good publicity about Yardbird’s chicken yakitori. Knowing that the chef, Matt Abergel, had been poached from Zuma, I wasn’t at all surprised at what I was hearing and was eager to try it for myself. A little past Oolaa on Bridges Street, you’ll find Yardbird, a modern, lively restaurant modelled on a Japanese izakaya – a down to earth neighbourhood restaurant, and that is exactly the vibe that Yardbird ...
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I was invited to the media preview of ‘A Nordic Autumn’ at FINDS, a five-course menu tasting extravaganza. Having only just started work and begun to re-accustom my body to the early mornings, the thought of the trek across to the dark side filled me with dread...until I remembered how good the food was last time (see review here) and how good it would inevitably be this time. So, once more, I bit the bullet and off to the dark ...
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I have been making the treacherous journey to the ‘dark side’ fairly frequently recently and have begun to think that it isn’t actually all that dark. On Wednesday evening I was invited to represent Sassy HK at a media preview for the launch of Azure Restaurant Slash Bar’s little sister, AVA Restaurant Slash Bar, which will officially be ‘born’ on 1st September. The whole experience, from travelling in the dangerously named ‘bullet lift’, watching the Hong Kong harbour get smaller ...
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I was invited to the soft opening of the new Armani restaurant by Aqua on Monday evening and was utterly spoilt rotten. As you approach the brand new restaurant, which officially opens today, you walk down a long red and black carpet-lined corridor sandwiched between two sets of sliding doors, giving the whole experience an edge of exclusivity and you truly feel like a celebrity. Continuing with the exclusivity, although Armani/Aqua spans a 6,000 square foot space, it seats only ...
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I am very aware that I call my blog The Dim Sum Diaries and yet there is not a single dim sum review on here. There isn’t really an excuse for it other than that I always go back to the same dim sum restaurants and it is generally against the ethos of my blog to write about an already visited restaurant. I have begun to rectify this by trying The Grand Stage at Western Market. Western Market, completed in 1906, ...
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Magnolia

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Since moving back to Hong Kong last year, I had heard a lot of hype about Lori Granito’s Magnolia, but had not had the chance to try it until this weekend for a very good friend’s birthday party. If you know how excited I get about food, you can only imagine the excitement that had been built up over the last year about trying Magnolia’s Creole cuisine. I had been advised that a night at Magnolia involved a LOT of food, ...
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