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Brunch at Central Michel Richard

[Translate] We had Sunday brunch at Central Michel Richard is a six-year old restaurant that still manage to cook delicious American food with a touch of French flair. This restaurant was conveniently close to the National Mall. Festively decorated and bustling with the holiday brunch crowd, our server still managed to be friendly and efficient. It’s an upscale bistro that serves a very fair priced prix fixe menu for $25 and bottomless drinks $10. We started off with drinks of Bellini, Bloody Mary, mimosa, and orange juice — all were nicely made. One of my friends started out with the..

Very Solid Malaysian at Rasa

[Translate] At Rasa One of the most underrated Asian cuisines in New York could arguably be Malaysian. Malaysian food is incredibly vibrant, sometimes spicy and tantalizes the palate with so many different tastes and flavors. On a random craving, we headed to Rasa for a quick but flavorful dinner down in West Village. We started off with their skewers of chicken satay. Tender slightly smoky chicken meat with the thick peanut sauce was delicious. (more…)

Luskus at Tørst (Brooklyn, NY; 1* Michelin 2015)

[Translate] Luskus at Tørst is a unique, 1* Michelin tasting menu only restaurant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. When you’re around this particular neighborhood, Tørst is a beer-only bar and it’s certainly no dive bar either. My friends and I hanged out with a mix of locals, hipsters, yuppies, and to our relative surprise, business people from Denmark in casual suits while waiting for our table. So you’re wondering, where is Luskus? It’s actually behind the heavy sliding door in back. Luskus is a small shoebox dining room that might fit around two dozen diners with an open kitchen with three cooks..

The Hundred Foot Journey DVD Release Dinner at White Street Restaurant

[Translate] The private room where we dined; Chef Floyd Cardoz; Richard Morais In celebration of the December 2nd Blu-ray and DVD release of The Hundred-Foot Journey — starring Helen Mirren, directed by Lasse Hallstrom and co-produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey. I was invited to join the author of the novel that this movie adapted Richard Morais and Chef Floyd Cardoz (Executive Chef of White Street) who was one of the four culinary consultants for the movie, and others, for an exclusive culinary experience and discussions about the film, culinary arts, food and family dining at White Street. What..

Great Japanese Kaiseki at Kyo Ya (1* Michelin)

[Translate] On a recent weekend, D and I had an excellent, multi-course, seasonal kaiseki dinner at Kyo Ya. This hidden gem, 1* Michelin Japanese restaurant is found in East Village and it’s opened at least six years now. The restaurant does not have a website, any social media channels, and if you want to make a reservation (you need to make one at least 2 days in advance for a kaiseki), it has to be done the old school way — calling them. Even when you arrive at the restaurant, the only sign posted is “Open” and leads you to..

Great Roman-Style Pizza at Marta

[Translate] Union Square Hospitality Group’s Danny Meyer and Chef Nick Anderer (formerly of Maialino), recently started a rustic Roman pizzeria, Marta inside the Martha Washington Hotel. A self-proclaimed Rome fanatic, Anderer fell in love with the capital city’s thin, crackly crusted rounds, which he pulls from two wood-burning ovens and a nine-foot-long wood grill. This place was buzzing within the first few weeks of opening. Tables were fully booked when my friend and I thought just to head over there for dinner on a recent, cold and wet, early Saturday evening. Since we didn’t have reservations at least they have..

All About the Hairy Crab at Wang Bao He Restaurant (王宝和酒家) in Shanghai, China

[Translate] One of our most expensive dinners while we were in China was at Wang Bao He Restaurant (王宝和酒家) in Shanghai. What makes the place expensive? They specialize in the coveted hairy crabs (大閘蟹) ever since the Qing Dynasty (around 1640s) and they are primarily shrimp. Hairy crabs are a seasonal delicacy only found in Asia. The small window of time when the female crabs produce the coveted roe (during the 9th and 10th months of the lunar year, meaning during the autumn season). We ordered a feast just all about this delicious crab, from whole steamed hairy crab (our..

Dinner at Made in China at Grand Hyatt Beijing (Beijing, China)

[Translate] Our other Peking duck-centered dinner (and it was our last meal in China) was at Made in China at the Grand Hyatt Beijing (where we stayed while in Beijing but more on that in a near future post). We arrived to dinner at 7 PM with a reservation for a table and the Peking duck. (You must reserve a duck ahead of time or you’ll never have one that evening.) The dark wood and steel eatery; floor-to-ceiling shelves stocked with Chinese knickknacks and a stylishly exposed kitchen behind glass set the atmosphere inside this 126-seat glitzy space. Dumplings and..

Excellent Peking Duck at Jin Yaa Tang at The Opposite House (Beijing, China)

[Translate] The Opposite House; Jing Yaa Tang sign; Dining Room; Peering into the duck roasting area Jin Yaa Tang is a pan-regional Chinese cuisine restaurant anchored around Beijing’s most international recognized contribution to global cuisine – Peking duck. This restaurant is located in the Opposite House and the hotel is a pretty popular boutique hotel in Beijing, catering to a clientele generally much an even mix of well-off short-term-stay business travelers and well-off short-term-stay leisure travelers. So, instead of referring their guests elsewhere, Opposite House can now refer them downstairs to their very own venue right on the site. The..