• Corner House in Singapore is a wonderful colonial house located in one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the world. It is also the working place of Jason Tan, one of the most talented chefs in South East Asia right now.

    Jason Tan's cooking is of French inspiration with some Singaporean twists, extremely delicate, refined and well balanced. His forte is the sweet and sour flavors which he combines masterfully.

    For our dinner on January 6th 2018, we opted for the "Gastronomic menu", served in four sequences plus the usual amuse-bouche and petit fours for 115 Euros without drinks.

    From the Hokkaido scallops to the chef's interpretation of Kaya Toast (a well-known snack every kid in Singapore loves to have for breakfast or as an afternoon snack) through the New Zealand blue cod, every dish was perfectly cooked and presented, the New Zealand blue cod being one of the best fish dish we had ever tasted: it was crispy, savory and simply plain delicious.

    The wine list was impressive and eclectic. Your choices range from a glass to a magnum bottle.

    The service was welcoming, professional, kind and in tempo.

    Jason Tan is a chef whose talent is worth making a detour to discover.

    There was only one (minor) flaw in this marvelous place: the beautiful colonial house is in need of some interior refreshing, particularly the salon area and the carpet on the stairs (new carpet needed), the restrooms need to be redone and upgraded as well in order to make this Corner House the perfect destination for fine dining in Singapore. 

     

    Corner House

    1 Cluny Road,

    E J H Corner HouseSingapore Botanic Gardens (Nassim Gate Entrance)Singapore 259569

    T: +65 6469 1000
     
      www.cornerhouse.com.sg 
     

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  • The restaurant Gaggan was voted the best restaurant in Asia in 2017 by the controversial World's 50 Best Restaurants In the World. It was also recently awarded two stars in the famous Michelin Guide.

    Is Gaggan the best restaurant in Asia? It's too vast a question to answer in our humble opinion, but we do know something: Gaggan's chef, Gaggan Anand, is one of the most provocative, progressive, creative and entertaining chefs working today on the high-end dining scene of the world.

    Not only does Gaggan Anand offer great food, he offers his guests a total experience, a journey through modern Indian cuisine in 25 emojis. He creatively combines Thai produces and Indian flavors to present us with a colorful and savory collection of small bites in quick succession through the 25 courses.

    It's really worth making a reservation a long time in advance and even buying a plane ticket to Bangkok just to experience the outstanding innovative Indian cuisine that you will not get anywhere else.

    We had a memorable evening there on December 27th 20017 with family and friends, from the beginning to the end; from our French host to the wine, from the cocktails to the food, every moment was amazing and fun.

    Diners should rush to Gaggan asap as they will only have another two years to taste the progressive Indian cooking as the chef has made a decision to close his restaurant in 2020 in order to open a new dining concept in Fukuoka, Japan.

    Gaggan Anand and the likes of him (namely André Chiang in Singapore, Paul Pairet in Shanghai, Alvin Lueng in Hong Kong, Yoshihiro Narisawa in Tokyo and Eneko Atxa in Bilbao) are redefining what high dining should be - A total experience of the six senses.   

     

    Gaggan

    68/1 Soi Langsuan, Ploenchit Road, Lumpini, Bangkok 10330

    Tel: +66 2 652 1700

    www.eatatgaggan.com

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


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  • Issaya Siamese Club is the flagship of the chef Ian Kittichai who is a celebrity chef in Thailand.

    With our friends and family, we decided to celebrate our Christmas dinner at his beautiful colonial mansion. Our table was set in the garden with candlelights, which gave us a feeling of intimacy and the privilege of dining at a friend's house.

    Our whole table agreed on the set menu, priced at 1500++ Bath (45 euros) per person, which offered three starters, four main courses, a pre-dessert and a dessert.

    The amuse-bouche and the three starters were indeed very tasty and very good, Ian Kittichai knows how to balance his spices and make the best of them in his dishes. The chef takes pride in the fact that all his ingredients are locally sourced and organic.

    His main dishes (the Sankaburee Chicken; the Mussaman Lamb; the Prawn Star-Fried and Asian Multi-Grain&Chiang Mai Mushroom) were really delicious and full of flavors.

    And finally, our dessert, the Jasmin Flower Panna Cotta was nothing short of a knock-out.

    We were surprised that the Michelin Guide for it first edition in Bangkok this year bypassed chef Ian Kittchai and forgot to reward Issaya Siamese Club with the first star it so rightly deserves.

     

    Issaya Siamese Club

     

    Address : 4 Soi Sri Aksorn, Chuaphloeng Rd., Bangkok, Thailand

    Phone : 02-672-9040-1

    www.issaya.com

     

     

     


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  • Piment was the second restaurant we went to during our weekend in Hamburg in July 2017.

    It is located in the bourgeois bohemian area of Eppendorf. For our dinner on July 15th, we had a choice of two menus: Piment and Nouri’s each for 108 euros.  We opted for Piment.

    Our meal started with an amuse-bouche that was delicate with a touch of spices, then arrived the mackerel starter which was light and flavorsome.  Our second dish was a couscous with turnip, a specialty of chef Wahabi Nouri due to his Moroccan heritage, followed by a Skrei with pomelo and lemon velouté.  The halibut fish was served perfectly crispy and cooked and finally a clementine sorbet with elderflower foam.

    The wine list was very short for a Michelin-starred restaurant.

    The service in solitaire by maître d’ and sommelier.

    Piment deserves its star for innovative cooking and the chef's technique, however it lacks some kind of je-ne-sais-quoi to make it really great.

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    Address : Lehmweg 29,
    20251 Hamburg, Germany
     
    Tel : +49 40 42937788
    www.restaurant-piment.de
     

     


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  •  Le Canard NouveauLe Canard NouveauLe Canard NouveauLe Canard NouveauLe Canard NouveauLe Canard NouveauLe Canard NouveauLe Canard NouveauLe Canard NouveauLe Canard NouveauLe Canard NouveauLe Canard NouveauLe Canard NouveauHamburg is not only one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, it also offers a great choice of lodging from beautiful apartment rentals to five-star hotels and good eating options from street food to Michelin-starred restaurants.
     

    We were lucky to spend our July 14th, 2017 three-day weekend there to visit and eat our way through the city.

    Our first stop was le Canard Nouveau, a one Michelin star restaurant located in the residential ElbChausse area with a view on the Elb river and the harbor that was beautiful in a peculiar kind of way.

    The restaurant itself is a work of art from the famous architects Von Gerkan, Marg and partners. It has a great terrace, best for a summer evening romantic dinner, a Japanese room for a group of friends and a Kitchen booth to watch the chef, Florian Pöschl and his team at work.

    We were at le Canard Nouveau for a birthday celebration and almost had the whole restaurant to ourselves that day. The lunch menu is a great offer: it changes every day and costs only 39 euros for two courses and 41 euros for three.

    Florian Poschl's cooking was full of flavors, the products chosen were first rated and perfectly cooked, even though some dishes were a little bit too salty.

    The wine list had a great choice of German and Austrian wines with a good by-the-glass selection, from the Champagnes to the digestives.

    The service was very professional and efficient.

    This is a safe bet in Hamburg if you want to eat good food, for a good price in a nice surrounding.

     

    Le Canard Nouveau

    Address : Elbchaussee 139,
    22763 Hamburg, Germany
    Tel : +49 40 88129531
    www.lecanard-hamburg.d

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