Voted Asia’s best female chef in 2016, May Chow is still awaiting Michelin recognition. Perhaps her restaurants are a little casual and her food a little too popular for the refined tastes of the guide’s inspectors? Whatever it is,remains one of our favourite restaurants in the city. What’s impressive about the restaurant is how Chow has taken familiar products and flavours —such as miso, pickled daikon, mushrooms and pork belly — that have been favourites in Hong Kong for decades, and given them a new, glorious life.
Classing itself as ‘Japanese reinvented’,is home to culinary creativity and exceptional flavours. We can’t believe it still hasn’t found favour with the men and women from Michelin. Its menu — of which almost everything is excellent — is separated into A-sides for smaller bites and B-sides for larger ones. There’s an extensive saké list featuring micro-distilleries dotted all over Japan to top things off.
Lauded as one of Asia’s 50 best restaurants, even if the Michelin Guide doesn’t think so,has been popular ever since it opened nearly 10 years ago. Why? It offers the best seasonal produce — and it’s mostly organic at that — and no MSG. If there’s one thing you must try it’s the pigeon with ‘loongjing’ tea and chrysanthemum, a classic dish that hasn’t left the menu since day one.
Chef Björn Frantzén holds the accolade of owning one of only two restaurants in Stockholm that can boast two Michelin stars. His eponymous eatery, Frantzén, is the height of fine dining in Sweden’s capital city. This outpost, the chef’s first venue outside of his home country, helmed by Jim Löfdahl, may not have any Michelin stars of its own yet but it serves up fantastic Scando cuisine that’s pricey given the portion size, but still worth every cent.
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