Gion Hatanaka Ryokan Dinner

Ryokan stay at Gion Hatanaka, Kyoto

Right. Ryokans. Tell me a few years ago that I should be paying $800 a night to sleep on the floor in a spartan room in Kyoto and I would have checked you into a spartan room with padded walls. But, the older, wiser me has reconsidered this. Especially the older, wiser me who has […]

Jomon Inside View Sake

Jomon – funky izakaya at Roppongi Hills, Tokyo

Jomon, a buzzing izakaya in bustling Roppongi Hills, is a quirky, fabulous find. I mean, when asked if we would like a window seat, we were promptly shown literally to a window seat, sitting on the floor, looking through a window, with our legs hanging out onto the streetside. The atmosphere too is really fun. […]

Tokyo L'atelier de Joel Robuchon set lunch dessert

Brilliant set lunch at Tokyo’s L’atelier de Joel Robuchon

I have been somewhat of a L’atelier De Joel Robuchon lunch set groupie, trying it out at the various restaurants around the world. Well, I revisited the one in Tokyo last October and, no disappointments whatsoever! Sitting by the counter, this time near the pastry chef, watching as her incredibly deft fingers prepped whimsical, drool-worthy […]

La Rive Amstel Amsterdam

La Rive Amsterdam – a restaurant for special occasions

Tell any Dutch that you’re heading off to dinner at Michelin-starred La Rive at the Amstel and you’re sure to elicit sighs of “ooh, fancy”. And no wonder, as the Amstel is known for being THE place in town you go to for a special occasion, if money is no object, that is. Well, seeing […]