Temple Restaurant Beijing

Launched in 2011, The Temple Restaurant Beijing (TRB) is one hip place to go in the capital of China. To get there, you’ll have to walk through a long narrow alley lined with vegetable and grocery stores before finally reaching the dead end. Doubting the setting a little, I actually called up ahead to reconfirm its location. Continue reading

Gunther’s Restaurant, Singapore

Gunthers is a very well hidden restaurant – tucked into unadorned traditional shophouses along Purvis street, it’s a 6 to 8 minute walk away from the nearest train station. These shophouses traces its history back to the British colonial days, but once past its black tinted glass doors, you’re greeted with simple furnishing in a high ceiling setting. Some natural light streams through the pleated curtains, and flamboyant paintings on the wall gave a touch of cheer and energy into the space. Riedel black tie decanters line the other side of the room. It’s an environment I did not expect before entering the restaurant. Continue reading

Beige (ベージュ), Tokyo

‘I’m dining at Chanel’. Sounds extravagant? But that’s how many would identify with the two Michelin-starred restaurant ‘Beige’ in Tokyo, perched atop the Chanel building in glitzy Ginza.

Three years ago I visited their terrace Le Jardin de Tweed. Little did I know it’s Alain Ducasse – whom is also my favourite chef – operates the restaurant and rooftop bar. Continue reading