Espai Sucre , Barcelona – World’s one-and-only Dessert Restaurant

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One of a kind… Possibly the world’s first and only Dessert Restaurant – not a place serving only desserts (that would be Chikalicious in NYC, 2am Dessert Bar in Singapore etc..) but a Restaurant that serves Dessert-like SAVORY DISHES. Yes, you’ve heard it right! To truly understand the essence of ESPAI SUCRE , all one … Continue reading

Quintessence *** , Tokyo (1)

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Quintessence , 3 Michelin Star Visit Date : September 2011 SFREELIFE Rating : 2 stars Quintessentially, one of the most difficult reservation anywhere in the world. Calls to the single telephone are only taken at 9:30a.m.-11:00a.m. or 3:30p.m .-5:00p.m. (local times). Expect one of the most frustrating wait and inevitably a ‘no tables’ answer, or … Continue reading

Mugaritz – A Natural Science of Coooking

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“You don’t have to like something for you to like it .. “ Not often I find a ‘cookbook’ as meaningful, provocative, enlightening as “MUGARITZ – A Natural Science of Cooking” … heck, not just for a cookbook but any ‘book’ period. Highly suggested reading.. for gourmets and non-gourmets alike. When ‘less’ is truly more… … Continue reading

Alex Atala , D.O.M.

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ALEX ATALA – the most highly-rated South American chef of D.O.M. –  a regular chart-topper on the San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards : # 7 (2011) , #18 (2010), #24 (2009) , #40 (2008), #38 (2007), #50 (2006). Guest Chef at The Sukothai, Bangkok : “Filled with energy and creativity, Alex Atala, chef … Continue reading

Koji Shimomura , Edition Koji Shimomura **

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2 Michelin Star Koji Shimomura of EDITION KOJI SHIMOMURA , Tokyo Guest Chef @ La Scala, The Sukothai , Bangkok (2011) Highly-rated Chef Shimomura trained at several famous restaurants in France, most prominently with the late Bernard Loiseau- famed for committing suicide due to the pressure of losing his 3 Michelin stars (which he didn’t). … Continue reading

Cal Pep ,Barcelona

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The ‘Tapas Institution’ of Barcelona. When it comes to Tapas Bar, it doesn’t get bigger than the name Cal Pep. In fact, it was ranked as high as #31 in the San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards way back in 2005, ahead of names like Masa, WD50, Troigros… not bad for a tapas bar! … Continue reading

El Celler de Can Roca ***, Girona

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3 Michelin Star San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurant : #2 (2011) , #4 (2010), #5 (2009) … (In 2009, we had the opportunity to taste the dishes of this highly-acclaimed restaurant in Girona, through the cooking of Jordi Roca who’s actually the pastry chef but representing his brothers at the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong. … Continue reading

Sant Pau ***

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3 Michelin Star Back in February 2011, we set off for a journey to the world capital of gastronomy that is Spain. On a trip that we would savor the finest dishes from the greatest chefs at the most famous restaurants of the world, Sant Pau , understandably, wasn’t our most highly-anticipated meal. Somehow, even … Continue reading

Les Creations de Narisawa** (Dec’10)

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2 Michelin Star Contemporary French with Japanese influence. San Pellegrino World’s  50 Best Restaurant Awards : #20 (2009) , #29 (2010), #12 (2011) Highly recommened by our friend, Kevin at http://www.finediningexplorer.com , this was indeed one of the most anticipated meal of our Tokyo trip way back in Winter 2010. Narisawa , the perennial Best Asian … Continue reading

THAI Menu at NEXT

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The world’s most talked-about, most sought-after restaurant “NEXT” by Alinea  (to be reviewed soon on Sfreelife.com) has now turned into THAI restaurant! Obviously, being THAI-foodie , sfreelife could not be prouder and would like to thank Chef Grant Achatz , Dave Beran and the team for honoring Thai cuisine at the highest level! Watch the … Continue reading

L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon**, Hong Kong (2nd visit , Oct’09)

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L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Hong Kong Landmark , Hong Kong. 2nd visit in October 2009. (4 months after the first visit – yes, we were that impressed!) 2 Star Michelin 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 2009 Miele Guide – Best Restaurant in Asia San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurant : #72 (although the french branch stormed … Continue reading

Jordi Roca , El Celler de Can Roca ***

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Back in 2009, we visited Hong Kong in order to taste the cooking of Jordi Roca from El Celler de Can Roca. At that time, it wasn’t as well-known as it is now. Besides, this wasn’t the ‘master’ aka the Big brother cooking. Jordi is the youngest of the 3 brothers and the head pastry … Continue reading

Caprice *** , Hong Kong

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3 Star Michelin French Restaurant at the Four Seasons, Hong Kong. San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurant 2011 : #76 Interestingly, there were only 2 3-star michelin restaurants (back in 2009 , now there’s a third) in Hong Kong – Caprice and Lung King Heen,  and they are both located ON THE SAME FLOOR! Wow, … Continue reading

Guy Martin , Le Grand Véfour**

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Guy Martin , Le Grand Véfour** (formerly 3 stars) Guest Chef @ Le Normandie , Mandarin Oriental Bangkok. Having earned 3 stars michelin at Le Grand Vefour, Guy Martin was appointed Consultant Chef of Le Normandie. Not long after the meal, Guy Martin was removed of the post, a decision we highly approve of ; … Continue reading

Antoine Westermann , Le Buerehiesel ***

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Antoine Westermann , ex-3 star michelin chef from France Le Buerehiesel *** Guest Chef @ Epicurean Masters @ Sirocco,  Le Bua ( 2007) This was one of the most expensive meals we’ve ever had – a ripoff by any standards. Le Bua’s overtly-ambitious event of having 6 3-stars chef at one event and charging almost … Continue reading

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