Kopenhagen Coffee, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

My first visit to Kopenhagen Coffee was a combination of hits and misses. It was a café still finding its feet. I had come for brunch with a friend at around 11am. They were out of salmon due to a

Kopenhagen Coffee, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

My first visit to Kopenhagen Coffee was a combination of hits and misses. It was a café still finding its feet. I had come for brunch with a friend at around 11am. They were out of salmon due to a

Restaurant review: Oklava, London, UK

I first read about Oklava while browsing Time Out crammed into the corner of a London Tube carriage on the way to work. I always flick straight to the back of the magazine, to the Food section, to swat up

Restaurant review: Oklava, London, UK

I first read about Oklava while browsing Time Out crammed into the corner of a London Tube carriage on the way to work. I always flick straight to the back of the magazine, to the Food section, to swat up

Bakery review: Der Backmeister, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Today I sat chatting with the warm and sociable owner of a brilliant German bakery in KL’s vibrant TTDI district, while sipping on a smokey, chocolatey Germano coffee (an Americano to you and me, RM9) and snacking on a salty

Bakery review: Der Backmeister, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Today I sat chatting with the warm and sociable owner of a brilliant German bakery in KL’s vibrant TTDI district, while sipping on a smokey, chocolatey Germano coffee (an Americano to you and me, RM9) and snacking on a salty

Brunch review: Bubbalicious at Prego at The Westin Kuala Lumpur

Five years ago almost to the day, I went for a special 21st birthday brunch with friends at The Westin in Beijing. The hotel’s famous Bubbalicious Sunday brunch boasts an unlimited flow of Champagne and sparkling wines, as well as

Brunch review: Bubbalicious at Prego at The Westin Kuala Lumpur

Five years ago almost to the day, I went for a special 21st birthday brunch with friends at The Westin in Beijing. The hotel’s famous Bubbalicious Sunday brunch boasts an unlimited flow of Champagne and sparkling wines, as well as

Restaurant review: Le Cabanon Marin, Bordeaux, France

Revered for being one of, if not the world’s best wine-growing region, Bordeaux also had great food to match. Local culture is centred around enjoying good food with good wine, and its regional cuisine ranges from fois gras and entrecôte

Restaurant review: Le Cabanon Marin, Bordeaux, France

Revered for being one of, if not the world’s best wine-growing region, Bordeaux also had great food to match. Local culture is centred around enjoying good food with good wine, and its regional cuisine ranges from fois gras and entrecôte

Restaurant review: Taj Kitchen, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

If you’re looking for a fantastic Indian restaurant with reasonable prices that caters for both meat eaters and veggies equally, look no further than Taj Kitchen at PJ’s 3 Two Square. Over the past couple of weeks, I have eaten

Restaurant review: Taj Kitchen, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

If you’re looking for a fantastic Indian restaurant with reasonable prices that caters for both meat eaters and veggies equally, look no further than Taj Kitchen at PJ’s 3 Two Square. Over the past couple of weeks, I have eaten

Must-try Porto treats

Confeitaria do Bolhão Aged more than 100 years, Confeitaria do Bolhão is a true Porto antique that provides traditional and delicious sustenance for locals. Current owner Jose Rodrigu, who bought the picturesque pastry shop at auction in 1999, has ensured

Must-try Porto treats

Confeitaria do Bolhão Aged more than 100 years, Confeitaria do Bolhão is a true Porto antique that provides traditional and delicious sustenance for locals. Current owner Jose Rodrigu, who bought the picturesque pastry shop at auction in 1999, has ensured

Restaurant review: German Bar & Kitchen, Lumut, Malaysia

Lumut is a coastal town in the Perak region of Malaysia which is best-known as the gateway to Pangkor Island (via Marina Island just over the bridge). More a drive-through town than a tourist destination, there’s not much to see

Restaurant review: German Bar & Kitchen, Lumut, Malaysia

Lumut is a coastal town in the Perak region of Malaysia which is best-known as the gateway to Pangkor Island (via Marina Island just over the bridge). More a drive-through town than a tourist destination, there’s not much to see

Bakery review: Le Bread Days, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

SS2 residents’ favourite bakery-café has a new look. Le Bread Days’ owner, Kathy, has worked her magic to banish the glass cabinets and worn-out tables in place of a stylish stone pastries’ counter, a shiny new communal bench and brightly

Bakery review: Le Bread Days, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

SS2 residents’ favourite bakery-café has a new look. Le Bread Days’ owner, Kathy, has worked her magic to banish the glass cabinets and worn-out tables in place of a stylish stone pastries’ counter, a shiny new communal bench and brightly

Everyone’s talking about… Original Cake

Since opening the doors to its first outlet in Taiwan in 2010, Original Cake has proceeded to take Asia by storm with its simple, homemade, old-fashion egg sponge cake. Food crazes usually come and go fairly quickly, but the lines

Everyone’s talking about… Original Cake

Since opening the doors to its first outlet in Taiwan in 2010, Original Cake has proceeded to take Asia by storm with its simple, homemade, old-fashion egg sponge cake. Food crazes usually come and go fairly quickly, but the lines

Bakery review: Jaslyn Cakes, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A devoted cake-aholic, each time I’m in KL I diligently research the next best thing in cake and I recently came across Jaslyn Cakes, a teeny bakery-cum-café in bustling Bangsar. They say good things come in small packages, and this

Bakery review: Jaslyn Cakes, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A devoted cake-aholic, each time I’m in KL I diligently research the next best thing in cake and I recently came across Jaslyn Cakes, a teeny bakery-cum-café in bustling Bangsar. They say good things come in small packages, and this

Restaurant Review: Knife Restaurant, Clapham, London

For a full year, I took the same bus route from my apartment at Clapham Park to Clapham Common station, but failed to notice, tucked between a tattoo parlour and a dentist, one of Clapham’s best food gems. Knife is

Restaurant Review: Knife Restaurant, Clapham, London

For a full year, I took the same bus route from my apartment at Clapham Park to Clapham Common station, but failed to notice, tucked between a tattoo parlour and a dentist, one of Clapham’s best food gems. Knife is

Restaurant review: Restoran Tak Fok Hong Kong Seafood, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Restoran Tak Fok Hong Kong Seafood is a fairly new addition to the KL food scene having, I believe, opened just under a year ago. However, it already attracts queuing diners. The restaurant has a relaxed family vibe, with waiters

Restaurant review: Restoran Tak Fok Hong Kong Seafood, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Restoran Tak Fok Hong Kong Seafood is a fairly new addition to the KL food scene having, I believe, opened just under a year ago. However, it already attracts queuing diners. The restaurant has a relaxed family vibe, with waiters

Restaurant review: Daddy’s Café, Pangkor Island, Malaysia

Pangkor is a resort island that sits just off the west coast of Malaysia, accessed by ferry boat from Marina Island at Lumut. Just a three-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur, it’s a popular weekend getaway for KL-ites, even during the

Restaurant review: Daddy’s Café, Pangkor Island, Malaysia

Pangkor is a resort island that sits just off the west coast of Malaysia, accessed by ferry boat from Marina Island at Lumut. Just a three-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur, it’s a popular weekend getaway for KL-ites, even during the

Hotel and restaurant review: Mama Beach Residence and Mama Resto, Ao Ton Sai Beach, Phi Phi Island

Phi Phi Island is well-known as a party destination for twenty-something-year-old backpackers, with its famous ‘Full Moon’ parties attracting travellers from all over the world. But beach parties, strobe lights and bucket cocktails are far from all the island has

Hotel and restaurant review: Mama Beach Residence and Mama Resto, Ao Ton Sai Beach, Phi Phi Island

Phi Phi Island is well-known as a party destination for twenty-something-year-old backpackers, with its famous ‘Full Moon’ parties attracting travellers from all over the world. But beach parties, strobe lights and bucket cocktails are far from all the island has

Restaurant review: Odysseus, Kata Beach, Phuket

Greek food is high on my list of favourite cuisines, so when I stumbled upon a brand new Greek restaurant in Phuket owned by a Greek and serving traditional dishes, many of which use organic ingredients, I was both surprised

Restaurant review: Odysseus, Kata Beach, Phuket

Greek food is high on my list of favourite cuisines, so when I stumbled upon a brand new Greek restaurant in Phuket owned by a Greek and serving traditional dishes, many of which use organic ingredients, I was both surprised

Restaurant reviews: Seafood fresh from the grill: Kata B-B-Q, Kata Beach and Kata Villa, Karon, Phuket

Phuket’s streets are lined with restaurants boasting displays of every kids of fresh seafood arranged on ice, awaiting hungry passing diners. I’ve eaten at many of these restaurants and all have served tasty food, well cooked and with fragrant sauces,

Restaurant reviews: Seafood fresh from the grill: Kata B-B-Q, Kata Beach and Kata Villa, Karon, Phuket

Phuket’s streets are lined with restaurants boasting displays of every kids of fresh seafood arranged on ice, awaiting hungry passing diners. I’ve eaten at many of these restaurants and all have served tasty food, well cooked and with fragrant sauces,

Restaurant review: Mom Tri’s Kitchen, Kata Beach, Phuket

On my last night in Phuket, I was treated to an outstanding meal at revered Mom Tri’s Kitchen restaurant – part of Mom Tri Villa Royale Hotel. Reaching out from the back of the resort, perched on the clifftop overlooking

Restaurant review: Mom Tri’s Kitchen, Kata Beach, Phuket

On my last night in Phuket, I was treated to an outstanding meal at revered Mom Tri’s Kitchen restaurant – part of Mom Tri Villa Royale Hotel. Reaching out from the back of the resort, perched on the clifftop overlooking

Restaurant review: Altai, Kata Beach, Phuket

Phuket, and in particular Kata Beach, is a favourite holiday destination for Russians. Having visited the island several times and recently spent two weeks there where myself and a friend were the “long timers” in a hotel where we watched

Restaurant review: Altai, Kata Beach, Phuket

Phuket, and in particular Kata Beach, is a favourite holiday destination for Russians. Having visited the island several times and recently spent two weeks there where myself and a friend were the “long timers” in a hotel where we watched

Restaurants Review: Ode Porto Wine House, Porto, Portugal

Please take a moment to turn off your mobile phone or set it in silent mode. As Andy Warhol once said: “The idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting”. The intriguing words of welcome from Ode Porto Wine

Restaurants Review: Ode Porto Wine House, Porto, Portugal

Please take a moment to turn off your mobile phone or set it in silent mode. As Andy Warhol once said: “The idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting”. The intriguing words of welcome from Ode Porto Wine