Padella proves less can be more

Many world cuisines may lay claim to being the best in the world. The French aspire to the epitome of haute cuisine. The Japanese to minimalistic artistic food almost too pretty to eat. The Italians though take a different approach, elevating simple food with cheap ingredients to hearty flavoursome family food Pasta can appear to…

Rafter’s, an ambitious restaurant in Sheffield

When you see a tasting menu in a restaurant, I get the impression of an ambitious brigade in the kitchen, keen to showcase their wares Emma and I wanted to her brother and his wife’s significant birthdays up in Sheffield and I was dispatched to research the local food scene. I was heartened to find…

Yang Sing, a rare high spot in Manchester’s Chinatown

Chinese have been great immigrants/expats and wherever they’ve gone, they initially congregated and grown as a community resulting in Chinatowns all over the world. My personal favourites have been New York and San Francisco and closer to home, London’s Chinatown is now belatedly diversifying from its original Cantonese roots as a result of migration mainly…

Adam’s, Michelin starred dining in Birmingham

Birmingham is officially the UK’s second city and it has a range of Michelin starred restaurants to support its status. I chose Adam’s because of its location right in the city centre and its interesting menu Located a few minutes walk from Birmingham New Street station, the warm welcome starts the moment you walk in…

Lickfold Inn, Petworth, West Sussex

Emma and I are exploring the area around our new house. Being right on the border of Hampshire, Surrey and West Sussex, we have the abundance of 3 counties to explore! Having lived in London until recently, with its burgeoning food scene, it has been an adjustment to be in the rural surroundings of leafy…

Dum Biryani House

London’s food revolution continues apace with new genres of food appearing on our streets and old genres being revisited in interesting forms The first thing I learned from my visit here is that I had been missing-spelling the house speciality as briyani my entire life, a habit acquired in my native Malaysia where they spell…

Martin Wishart, Cameron House, Loch Lomond

Emma and I finished our week’s dining on our mini honeymoon in Scotland on a real high. After spending most of the week at the wonderful cozy, romantic Ecopod in Appin on the west coast, I treated Emma to a bit of luxury on the last night. We stayed at the very impressive Cameron House on the banks of…

The Pierhouse, Port Appin

Scotland is rightly famous for its produce and the west coast is famed for its seafood, so Emma and I had to partake of the fruits of the sea on our recent honeymoon. I found the Pierhouse, which advertises itself as a seafood haven. It’s located in the little seaside village of Port Appin and…

Isle of Eriska Restaurant, Benderloch

This was our first Michelin starred meal on our mini honeymoon on the west coast of Scotland. This area is blessed with amazing produce and no surprise that there are good restaurants, which take advantage of this. The plush and opulent Isle of Eriska Hotel is located off the main road between Appin and Oban….

Airds Hotel, Port Appin

Emma and I spent our mini honeymoon on the west coast of Scotland, basing ourselves in the lovely seaside village of Appin. We kicked off our culinary week with dinner at the classy Airds Hotel at Port Appin. They have a west-facing dining room offering great views of sunsets. While we didn’t quite snag a…

Restaurant Tristan, Horsham

For a small market town, Horsham is lucky to have 2 one-Michelin starred restaurants though perhaps not as lucky as Bray with its 2 three-Michelin starred restaurants. Emma and I took the opportunity to have lunch here on a recent trip. It was averagely busy and there was a good buzz in the dining room….

Raphael, Bath

Emma and I were heading back home through Bath and looking for a reasonably priced lunch. To be fair to the city, there are a lot of eateries which aren’t chains but we decided to leave the immediate area around the Roman baths to avoid the worst of the tourist traps. We came across Raphael…