Opened in September 2009, in London’s iconic hotel The Lanesborough, Apsleys, A Heinz Beck Restaurant is the first restaurant outside Italy created by internationally renowned chef, Heinz Beck. Holder of three Michelin stars at La Pergola in Rome, Beck soon earned the restaurant its own Michelin Star, when in February 2010 it became the fastest London establishment to be bestowed with the award. Apsleys, is overseen by Beck and his handpicked brigade of chefs, the majority of whom are Italian and many of which have worked under Beck for many years.
The Harrods Food Hall in London is known worldwide for its opulence and grandeur, and the Food Halls are no exception. Harrods has been around since 1834, founded by Charles Henry Harrod and originally operating in a single room selling a mix of grocery goods, perfumes, and stationary items.
In Hong Kong, street food can be found on almost every corner. I have a few hours free this afternoon and found no candidate who is brave enough to come with me and explore the scenery and maybe try a few dishes. Against my mother advise I decide to go for the experience and after all I got the best companion ever, my Cannon Mar II. I have sneaked in several back streets, hidden alleys and main avenues.
Recipient of 1-Michelin star in the prestigious 2010 & 2011 Michelin Guide (Hong Kong & Macau), .Yan Toh Heen at InterContinental Hong Kong has garnered internationally acclaimed as one of the world’s finest Chinese restaurants over its twenty-five year history.
Yan Toh Heen is renowned for its exquisite Cantonese cuisine by Executive Chef Lau Yiu Fai, elegant understated ambiance with signature hand-carved jade place-settings, and its beautiful harbour views, thanks to its location at edge of Victoria Harbour overlooking Hong Kong Island.
The restaurant, which is open for lunch and dinner, features an extensive a la carte menu, plus set lunch and dinner menus and special menus showcasing seasonal Cantonese specialties. At lunchtime, guests can enjoy an extensive selection of traditional and innovative dim sum. The a la carte menus also showcase a selection of “ihealth” dishes, which are healthy variations of authentic Cantonese delicacies.
What makes the cuisine of Yan Toh Heen so outstanding? As per Chef Lau Yiu Fai, “It is the combination of refined Chinese cooking methods using the best ingredients from all over the world and the finest quality fresh seasonal produce, with a creative modern presentation.”
Yan Toh Heen Chef Lau Yiu Fai, who has been working in the hotel’s Chinese kitchen for over twenty-three years and who has been at the helm of Yan Toh Heen’s kitchen for the past ten years, showcases signature dishes — ranging from the restaurant’s classic Deep-fried Pear & Scallop to his award-winning Lung Kong Chicken and Sautéed Wagyu Beef, Mushroom and Shishito Pepper served on a sizzling Iron Plate, which was awarded the “Best of the Best” culinary award at the Hong Kong Tourism Board’s competition honouring the best Chinese cuisine in Hong Kong. Yan Toh Heen’s Peking Duck is also highly acclaimed.
The name “Yan Toh Heen” was chosen with particular attention to the restaurant’s harbourside location. The first two characters represent an appreciation of the enjoyable view, while the third character, “Heen”, has a number of meanings including “an elegant dining establishment”. It can also signify “happy, laughing, pleasant” as well as “porch, balcony and pavilion”.
The logo of Yan Toh Heen, two fish bound together by ribbons, dates back to seventh century China and has been interpreted to mean “an augury of good fortune”. This insignia appears on restaurant decorations and exquisite jade carved table settings and is also embroidered in silk on the Swiss Linen napkins.
Table-settings are the focal point of the restaurant with presentation plates, matching napkin rings, curved spoons and carved fish (used as a chopstick “rest”) all handcrafted in green jade, a symbol of excellence and purity to the Chinese.
Yan Toh Heen features a warm and elegant décor with golden honey tones, chosen to complement the delicate green of the jade table settings. The rich hues, unusually understated for a traditional Chinese restaurant, create an ambiance of tranquility.
The restaurant also showcases several priceless Chinese antiques. At the entrance to the restaurant is a 17th century Zi Tan table contrasted by a stunning contemporary floral arrangement. Eighteenth century antique Chinese tapestries from the hotel’s original art collection, restored and beautifully reframed, adore the walls, while wrap-around windows showcase panoramic views of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island. Yan Toh Heen also has its own wine cellar within the restaurant.
Award-winning Chef, Gray Kunz has returned to Hong Kong to launch Cafe Gray Deluxe in partnership with the boutique hotel gem of the Swire hotel group, The Upper House. The “21st century grand café” overlooking Victoria Harbour from the 49th rooftop floor of the hotel at Pacific Place in Admiralty, will be a long-awaited dynamic addition to the Hong Kong restaurant scene.
I have broadened for you the gastronomical map of Mykonos and checked out bar-retsaurants, taverns and spots that will lead you to an orgasm of delight. Enjoy!
After a few days without moving from our wonderful resort, we asked the Mykkonos Blu concierge to organize…
China World Summit Wing, Beijing launched its spring and summer menu collection at the Grill 79, the highest restaurant in Beijing, which opened last August and has become one of the city’s leading dining destinations.
To launch the event, the China World Summit Wing, Beijing has invited 100 guests including government officials, senior managers from various corporations, and travel professionals and members of the media to attend this ceremony.
Tonight we have a reservation at the Ritz- Carlton Pudong , high quality-Cantonese restaurant , Jin Xuang , apparently among the best in Shanghai.
In this spectacular location with high ‘vaulted ‘ceilings and a mezzanine level masterly designed by Steve Leung from Hong Kong, the very best cuisine is proudly showcased as a discerned choice for social and business dinners alike.
I have decided to meet with chef Lok and top executive chef, French Thierry Marais early this afternoon for few questions before I enjoy this overwhelming experience at 8.
The birthday chart is called a solar return chart and happens when the Sun is in exactly the same place zodiacally as at the time of birth. This chart is seen to be the seed for events and consciousness growth for the next 6 months, perhaps the whole year.
He is one of the world’s few masters of this unique cooking technique based on the finest meats and freshest seafood, the flavors imbued by the woods, fine olive oils and fresh herbs from Las Ventanas’ own herb garden. Check the recipes!
he big bustling café at the hotel EAST, has extended its international favourites to the neighbourhood of Island East with its newly launched takeaway counter – Feastaway (Good food to go).
The Feastaway counter is a new alternative for lunch on the go with great value, following the philosophy of Feast – ‘simple things, done well’. The lunch takeaway includes an array of salads, a wide sandwich selection, plus a daily curry and pasta choices.
If you are in Paris for fashion week , you should check just a stone’s throw from the Jardin du Luxembourg, a prestigious building where Hélène Darroze and her team invite you every day to experience unexpected culinary creations; a unique, one-of-a-kind menu concocted in harmony with the chef’s emotions and mood
No matter what time I wake up, apart from my daily prayer, the first thing that comes to my mind is a simple question: What am I going to eat for breakfast today?
At Mykonos Blu spacious “Aegean Poets” room that features outstanding Mediterranean cuisine opening for breakfast, a la carte lunch and dinner , the question is easily answered as the choice of Continental and Greek delicacies is immense.
My cousin, just a few older than me is Brazilian, and her name is Selly. Selly loves to cook. . Every holiday is an excuse to to invite our loud family for lunch, dinner, brunch, breakfast, tea or rich snaks.