Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark: Subtle, Complex and Balanced

You have probably heard of it and him, if not thats ok too. Simply put, Chef Rene Redzepi and his restaurant Noma has won best restaurant in the world 4 times in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014, with 2 michelin stars. Now, as Chef Rene says in the documentary Noma: My Perfect Storm, do they…

Restaurant Review: Taïrroir 態芮, Taipei, Taiwan

In July I had a wonderful dinner at a new restaurant in Taipei called Taïrroir 態芮. It is located in the DaZhi area of Taipei, right next to RAW Taipei, in a two building complex of international restaurants, brought in by the same family (including Chili’s, Ruth’s Chris, Aoki Patisserie…etc.). The name is curious and creative,…

Review: Restaurant Locavore, Ubud, Bali

Earlier this month I enjoyed a very nice meal at Restaurant Locavore in Ubud, Bali. Rated as #1 in Indonesia and #49 in Asia in 2016, Restaurant Locavore aims to utilize the underrated and overlooked local ingredients of Indonesia and Bali to create creative dishes that fuse Indonesian inspiration and textures with western (mostly a…

American BBQ in Taipei: Baba Kevin’s V. Mighty Quinn’s

I lived in St. Louis for 4 years and travelled across the American Midwest/ South and sampled the best BBQ I’ve ever had across famous BBQ cities such as Memphis, Kansas City, Houston/ San Antonio, Raleigh-Durham, Nashville, and St. Louis. So naturally when I returned to Taiwan one of the few American dishes that I…

Review: Hanko 60 Bar Taipei, Creative Local Craft Cocktails

A few weeks ago I reviewed a great hidden gem of a bar called SoShow Bar & Restaurant. Where I mentioned how I’ve been looking for those bars that bring local Taiwanese or Taipei elements, be it ingredients, tastes, texture, or ambiance, to craft cocktails at an international standard bar. SoShow fit that bill perfectly…

Sarabeth’s Taiwan Brings New York Brunching to Taipei

Today saw the grand opening of Sarabeth’s Taiwan on the B1 level of Sogo DunHua Department Store (next to Coffee Lover’s Paradise, which by the way if you love coffee you should go check out). And all I can say is wow, about time a all day brunch-focused restaurant opened up in Taipei and what…

Review: The Lobster Bar v. 龍波斯特Lobster.Foods

This is the first post in my newly revamped blog, hope you guys like the new look and organization! This month while browsing Instagram I came across a post on 龍波斯特Lobster.Foods in Taipei. A small restaurant focused on lobster rolls and lobster-centric dishes. This got me real excited as I do occasionally crave a good…

Review: SoShow Bar & Restaurant: A Hidden Gem

Taipei has recently seen an explosion of bars coming on to the scene here. From beer gardens to craft beer houses, from speakeasies to glamorous lounges, from wine bars to whiskey bars. I am certainly not complaining, and my favorites among these many choices are: Alchemy (not that new, but nonetheless a classic), R&D Cocktail…

Journey to Kinmen Island 金門: A Must in Taiwan

This past week I took a 3 day 2 night trip to one of Taiwan’s major outer islands, Kinmen Island. It was my first time to Taiwan’s outer islands. Kinmen is simply incredible, and has become my favorite domestic destination in Taiwan. Filled with history, tradition and true old-school Taiwanese‬ flavor and friendliness, yet fully in…

Top 5 Burger Joints in Taipei, 台北前5名漢堡店

Everyone loves burgers, even here in Taiwan a few thousand KM across the Pacific Ocean from the birthplace of the great American classic. Some like it just once in a while, some view it as a religion. I love me a good juicy cheeseburger any day. But I also take things relatively, especially when it…