Tickets, Barcelona

Tickets, a one-star Michelin tapas bar opened by the world’s most influential modern chefs Ferran and Albert Adrià, is often revered as a pilgrim culinary pitstop in Barcelona, Spain, as it lends gastronomy devotees a small footing into the world of its legendary three-star preceder ElBulli (which closed in 2011). With Tickets, chef Albert Adrià imagined a very different…

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Etxebarri: Temple of Grill in Basque Country

Chef Arguinzoniz’s shokunin-like approach to ingredients and wood-fired grilling is worth the most arduous of journeys. Our meal here made us reconsider the way we look at the flavour potential of vegetables and seafood, and how sometimes simple is best. 

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Gen Yamamoto: Japan’s cocktail shokunin

In the midst of all that is loud, crazy and whimsical in Japan, Gen Yamamoto is a welcoming and elegant addition to the Tokyo bar scene.

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1* Michelin Tokyo: Sushi Iwa

Not all hope is lost in the pursuit of dining at the temples of Tokyo’s sushi gods. Plenty of Michelin-standard and underrated sushiyas, tucked away in the streets or basements of anonymous buildings in the capital, welcome tourists and first-time diners. One such restaurant is Sushi Iwa いわ, a 1 Michelin-starred sushiya by owner-chef Hisayoshi Iwa who trained at Sushi Kanesaka, a celebrated institution which has produced a legion of sushi masters, including Takashi Saito (Sushi Saito).

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Japan, Revisited: Of feasts, winter & revelry

Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing highlights from our journeys across Osaka, Kyoto, Hokkaido and Tokyo through a series of photos on Foodume, as well as thoughts and reviews on some of the restaurants we visited. Needless to say, it will be difficult to bid farewell to Japan each time, but there is boundless joy and revelry in revisiting memories forged there.

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1* Michelin Singapore: Tai Hwa Hill Street Pork Noodles

Just as how fried chicken, cornbread and collard greens maketh a staple meal for Southerners in the United States, bak chor mee (minced meat with noodles) is my Singapore soul food. Having lived in Singapore for all 26 years of my life, my familiarity with bak chor mee began from a young age. At under 5 years old, I developed a premature fondness…

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Uogashi Nihon-Ichi Standing Sushi Bar: Casual & affordable sushi in Tokyo

Before we share with you our dining experiences at higher-end sushiyas, it is imperative that we first have a conversation about the good ol’ standing-style sushi bars in Tokyo. Casual, upfront, noisy and sometimes unglamorous, standing sushi bars come with a compact counter space, over-the-counter sushi, and shoulder-to-shoulder rubbing with strangers. From Japanese salarymen to…

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Gramercy New York Cheesecake: A Japan favourite

The great cheesecake debate often circles around the rhetoric: what makes a good-tasting cheesecake? Does it have to have a higher proportion of cheese or sponge? While the classically dense New York cheesecake will always be la familia to palates of globalised eaters, a growing fleet of patisseries across Japan have perfected their cheesecake to be a different kind:…

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1* Michelin Tokyo: Tempura Motoyoshi

Nestled within a basement corner of the Minami-Aoyama residential district in Tokyo is Tempura master Kazuhito Motoyoshi’s playground for deep-fried artistry, the one Michelin-starred Tempura Motoyoshi restaurant. Often revered as the benchmark for exceptional tempura, owner and chef Motoyoshi’s finesse and dedication to detail in his restaurant is both iconic and exemplary. From the choice of grandeur…

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Dessert Indulgence: Le Salon Jacques Borie, Tokyo

Ah, soufflés.  The élégant and highly temperamental French dessert loved by many, but mastered by few. Eating the decadent, fresh-baked egg dish commands an experience, and one of our highly recommended places for special occasion soufflés is Tokyo’s Le Salon Jacques Borie.

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Japan: Land of Many Happy Returns

17 May 2016 was a truly special day. Our fourth and most recent trip to Tokyo, Japan. I woke up to a day full of sweet surprises and the air smelled of roses and strawberries. Sat under the covers still in bed, hair uncombed and eyes barely struggling to fight the early morning sun, my…

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