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December 9, 2018

Tamani, Jakarta…Wagyu fried rice is a showstopper

Two thoughts occur to me, very quickly. The first is that I like this place: I like the buzz. I like the food, very much. The other thought is that I adore the menu, by which I mean the object. It’s a menu with food photographs and very lovely they are, too.

I go for the Wagyu high marbling fried rice. It’s both powerful and soothing. The wagyu taste will linger in your mouth wanting more. I also had the gado gado add on lontong which needs no explanation. Most importantly I am left thinking there are things here I want to come back for, like the sup buntut bakar and nasi goreng special.

Any place with that sort of thing like the wagyu high marbling fried rice on the menu surely deserves my deep respect. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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December 7, 2018

Maze, London…Gordon Ramsay needs to get back in the kitchen

In the heart of Mayfair, this was one of Gordon Ramsay’s most acclaimed London restaurants. It lost its Michelin star in 2015. He’s one of those celebrity TV personalities you’ll either love, or hate – I still haven’t made my mind up yet.

The gorgeous chili and garlic juicy prawns grilled sourdough was perfectly cooked. The first thing to say about the steak (dry aged 21 days) is that it is cut proper thick. It was a lovely piece of meat. It is elsewhere that Maze falters. The grilled loch Duart salmon had to be sent back  as it was overcooked to the point of charred.

Gordon Ramsay needs to get back in the kitchen of Maze and sort it out. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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December 2, 2018

Katz Delicatessen, New York…nothing else like this in the world.

I have popped my Katz’s cherry. This is the home of the Meg Ryan “When Harry Met Sally” fake orgasm scene. Yes, ladies, feel free to give it your best shot.

It’s been around since 1888. It’s tacky, noisy, and rushed. The service gruff-but-kind, and the sandwiches way too big. The richly flavoured, freshly carved, emphatically smoky and tender pastrami sandwiches are worth the hype.

This is the king of New York delis. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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December 1, 2018

#87 Just Thai, Singapore…Believe me when I say it’s worth the hassle

The mouth-watering cooking at this no-nonsense Pasir Panjang Rd establishment offers some of the most authentic Thai food to be found in Singapore.

The menu can be surprisingly wallet-friendly and particularly good value. The handful of classic curries, noodle dishes and stir-fries are all well prepared with fragrant flavours. Dishes are staunchly traditional and served with little ceremony from the tiny kitchen. You’ll find many gems among the: fish cakes lifted by the clean taste of holy basil; fried omelette, Staples like pork belly and tom tum goong are fantastic, and I suggest taking a look at the chalked-up specials board. For selected dishes, there was enough spice to numb my lips – ask for it mild if you can’t handle the burn.

The thing is, secrets can be hard to keep. Appreciative crowds of locals, spanning every age group, are treated with congeniality.

#87 Just Thai is certainly a rough diamond. Yet look beyond that, and you get a taste of genuine Thai cookery. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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November 24, 2018

Barnabier, Barcelona…A Simple, Most Delicious Sandwich

Barnabier is situated on the Olympic port walk overlooking the luxurious marina at a walking distance from the Barcelona casino, so it’s quite literally tourist central.

To me the world’s greatest simple ham sandwich is a combination of two things that I loved to eat in Spain! Iberico ham and a garlic, tomato rubbed bread. With that rich flavor profile, it is without a doubt one of the best gastronomic pleasures there is.

There’s lots to love here, and lots that could be a little better. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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November 18, 2018

Dean & Deluca, Bangkok…worth visiting whether you’re in the mood to eat or not

Famed for its appearances in Hannibal and American Psycho, celebrity customers and fancy food, New York City’s gourmet grocer, the quintessential lifestyle brand, Dean & DeLuca is now a massive multi-channel retailer of gourmet foods, drinks and kitchenware.

The Lobster avocado poached egg toast – lobster salad, avocado, poached egg on toasted sourdough, rocket, balsamic – is as Instagrammable as it gets. It certainly takes poached eggs to a new level. Most importantly I am left thinking there are things here I want to come back for.

Any place with that sort of thing like the lobster avocado poached egg toast on the menu surely deserves my deep respect. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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November 17, 2018

Glow, Ho Chi Minh City…perfect for an undisturbed pint in the moonlight

Nowadays it’s a race to the top as everyone vies to head up to rooftops for cocktails that little closer to the stars.

Thirteen storeys up at the President Place building in District 1, Glow boasts a laidback atmosphere with plenty of tropical trees, black-and-white furnishing and spacious dancefloor. There are fabulous views whichever way you look. The place hum with the sort of vibe that practically demands a second bottle of white be ordered.

It’s perfect for an undisturbed pint in the moonlight. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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November 11, 2018

Go Noodle House, Johor Bahru…noodle soup in JB gets better

When I am in JB, a bowl of warm, rich and comforting noodle soup is still rarely far from my mind. Go Noodle House has taken noodle broth to new heights.

Superior soup bursting meatballs is a winner. The stock was fragrant and rich. The ban mian, which I order with regular thickness,  come with a lovely bite and spot-on, especially with their moreish undertone. The bursting meatballs has a perky tastiness that lifted the spirit as well as the tongue. Man, this meatball is great! Don’t forget the dates wolfberry tea.

Put Go Noodle House on your Johor Bahru map. It’s one of the best noodle soup you can get in this city. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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November 3, 2018

Le Boky, Geneva…light on quality Chinese

Every food-loving traveller has an intimate relationship with Chinese food.

With a long, long list of menu items, even the pickiest eaters will find something to sample at le Boky. For all the food it has to offer, Le Boky is light on quality Chinese. You don’t come here for inventive, contemporary eats — you come for familiar plates of fried rice with roasted pork and chives and fried Japanese tofu with salted duck eggs , served quick and hot.

You want frills? You came to the wrong Chinese. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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October 30, 2018

MOS Café and Dining, Jakarta…burger is just… well, gross

This restaurant is a leading contender for the competition in the horribleness stakes. I hope this restaurant stays open long enough to be featured on the next series of Gordon’s Kitchen Nightmares.

My heart sank, then my blood pressure spiked when I took a bite of that charcoal rich MOS cheese burger. The pate was cold.  Like repulsive just-out-of-a-refrigerator cold.

Consider the service where servers give you the feeling that you should feel lucky to receive whatever you get. When informed of the cold pate, her explanation is that it is meant to be cold because I had wanted it cooked medium rare.

Whatever you think of my food expertise, allow me this: I have been to a lot of places. And I have never in my life take quite so much pleasure in saying no. Don’t bother with MOS Café and Dining. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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