Bar Gen Yamamoto, Tokyo

Gen Yamamoto is no ordinary Japanese bar. I would say it’s a different creature from all high end Japanese bars in Tokyo. No fancy shows with the shaker. No glamorous display with colorful spirit bottles. Everything was minimal. It’s the very first time where I thought there’s a bar that should be awarded with a Michelin star. Continue reading

The Aquarium at Alfred Dunhill, Tokyo

You might wonder, what is she doing in a cigar lounge?

Nope, I don’t really smoke cigars. But on that particular day, I felt a real need for real quiet place to chill following a long day trip to Kamakura. Alfie’s, a chic bar of Alfred Dunhill in Hong Kong, left a nice impression on me on days I needed some quiet. So I thought it would be nice to check out the one at Ginza, grab a drink before I head back to the hotel. The simple idea of a drink came with an unexpected cost. Continue reading

Just in Bistro & Wine Bar, Taipei

Justin Quek  (郭文秀) shouldn’t be a stranger to a lot of people. A celebrated Singaporean chef who gained recognition in French cuisines. La Petite Cuisine was the first restaurant that he opened in Taipei after he left Les Amis at Shaw Centre in Singapore. After the closing down of La Petite Cuisine last year, Quek opened a new bistro at Neo 19 in Taipei June this year which served “franco-asian style” cuisines at a relatively friendly price. Continue reading