SdVA – fine-dining experiences…

… at award-winning restaurants in Hong Kong.

I visited the below places with the magazine. Some were media luncheons, some were tastings during/after interviews, and some were private dinners held with a cause (let’s say, the one at GOLD by Harlan Goldstein, each pax was actually priced at HK$10,000!!). Great food and wine; overall a great experience.

And by the way, I was in fact thinking whether to have BO Innovation in this or in the coming post, but at the end I’ve decided to keep it here since it did fetch some outstanding accolades… Guess what the coming theme of my SdVA post would be?

7 March, 2013@ 8 ½ Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA
3 Michelin-starred
#10 of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014
1. 30-month Culatello di Zibello Ham on Thin-sliced Green Apple
2. Fried Shrimp
3. Homemade Tagliolini with Maguro Tuna and Bottarga
4. Perigord Black Truffle Risotto
5. Tajima Beef Short Rib and Tenderloin with Plum Sauce
6. Montebianco (Mont Blanc Dessert)

20 May, 2013@ GOLD by Harlen Goldstein
1. Mediterranean Fish Soup, Japanese Clam and Garlic Saffron Toast 
2. Hokkaido King Crab, Organic Fruit Tomato, White Asparagus and Ginger Sesame Dressing
3. Wild Seabass Fillet with Octopus
4. Giant Spanish Red Prawn, Linguine, Baby Shrimp Sauce and Bottarga di Muggine
5. 24H Slow-cooked Beef Cheek, Parmesan Mash, Forest Mushrooms and Honey-glazed Brussel Sprouts
6. White Chocolate, Strawberry, Passion Fruit

19 July, 2013@ L’Altro
Michelin-starred (read full review here)

3 January, 2013@ BO Innovation
3 Michelin-starred
#15 of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014
1. Molecular “Xiao Long Bao” (Little Bun)
2. “Lap Mei Fan” (Chinese Waxed Meat Rice)
3. Mulhoe: foie gras, spicy Korean miso, pear, sea urchin, sea bladder, smoked squid, sea bream and yacon
4. Lotus Leaf: chicken, charcoal biscuits, bone marrow, chicken liver, preserved kumquat and lily bulb
5. “Mao Tai” (Calamansi)

– Judith


SdVA – visit to another food paradise…

… in Singapore.

I feel it’s appropriate beginning my chain of Spirito diVino Asia-related blogposts with what I feel was most fun and remarkable — my three days in Singapore, shortly after joining the publishing team.

It was a wonderful experience… as I was looking for story ideas that can relate more to readers in parts of Asia where we distribute, I thought doing a compilation of good eateries outside of Hong Kong would be a nice idea. Singapore then came to my mind; and to my surprise, the idea was quickly approved! 🙂

4 December, 2012@ Waku Ghin
#7 of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014
1. Abalone with Fregola Pasta and Garlic Mayonnaise made with Tomato Broth
2. Canadian Lobster with Tarragon
3. Ohmi Wagyu Roll with freshly-grated Wasabi and Citrus Soy
4. Marinated Botan Ebi with Sea Urchin Oscietra Caviar
5. Sayori with Strawberry and Pomegranate
6. Ghin Chocolate Cake

5 December, 2012@ Cocotte
1. Lobster Bisque
2. Sucrine Lettuce Salad
3. Whole Pan-seared Atlantic Cod drizzled with Extra-Virgin Olive Oil and Lemon Juice
4. Cote de Boeuf (Chargrilled Tawsmanian Grass-fed Cape Grim) with Potato Gratin and Glazed Carrots
5. Apple Sorbet
6. Tarte au Chocolat of 85% Abinao chocolate

5 December, 2012@ Restaurant ANDRE
#6 of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014
1. Snack Platter of Caramelized Olives, Potato Grass and Lobster Sandwiches
2. Translucent Rockfish ((as used as the header image on top))
3. Baby Mushrooms, Green Leaves on Granny Smith Apple Mousse, surrounded by Seawater Foam
4. Deconstructed Snickers Bar

5 December, 2012@ Iggy’s
#12 of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2014
1. Iggy’s Sushi (Yellowtail and Sea Bream) with Sugar-free Soy Meringue “Rice”
2. Buri Belly with Japanese Fruit Tomato, Watermelon Radish and Watercress
3. Pigeon with Orange Sauce and Beans
4. Pina Colada with Pea Puree, Faro Grains with Kinkan slices


– Judith