Journal

09th June, 2012

Red Farm, New York

Red Farm, New York

It goes without saying that when a restaurant says they don’t take reservations, you need to go early. Or so I thought. Going early just meant that there weren’t that many people standing in line, though on this occasion, I had the game of numbers on my side – I was without company. A lone […]

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17th March, 2012

Hakkasan: Hanway Place, London

Hakkasan: Hanway Place, London

If I had to make a bad pun, I’d say Hakkasan is not a Kiwi dancing in Japan (but I didn’t say that). After a grand meal at Gold Mine, the urge to try something upmarket in the Chinese contingency led us to the long standing  and well known original Hakkasan, started by the legendary […]

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14th March, 2012

Gold Mine, Queensway, London

Gold Mine, Queensway, London

What do you get when you take 18 hungry foodies and put them in a neighbourhood Chinese restaurant? Mayhem of the utmost porcine order! I’m told that the influence of the food at Gold Mine is predominantly Malay-Chinese and by glancing at the customers filling the room, one is immediately aware that this is the […]

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07th November, 2011

Ba Shan

Ba Shan

It’s pronounced Ba-Shaan.  It’s from the Hunan region of China, coming under the broad umbrella of Sichuan cuisine. That further translate to some fantastic spicy cooking! I’d initially wanted to go to Barshu, but The Skinny Bib recommended we go to this instead. As long as it was fiery, I was game!  For the history buff […]

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12th July, 2011

China Tang

China Tang

There’s a certain romance about British colonial buildings, restaurants, films – not the blood and gore, but the opulence, the formality, the decor – I’m sure you get the drift. Like for example , the Ed Norton film, the Painted Veil which shows colonial China and luxurious dinners, cocktail evenings, exquisitely dressed men and women […]

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