Food & Travel

Tenkaippin Ramen : Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

Tenkaippin Ramen is located just around the Shinjuku station. It is a different kind of Ramen as it has a gravy-like consistency to its broth as it is collagen based. Its not for the novices who are used to the normal miso soup ramen. Its tasty and there is a gritty texture to the soup as it is made from chicken bone(ground up?). Nice flavour and noodles is al dente.

Unfortunately locating the branch in Shinjuku had even the locals baffled so good luck (as are many joints in super-packed Tokyo city) 

Ryo Zan Izakaya, 2589 Pacific Coast Hwy, California CA90505

Staying authentic in the US is the hard thing to do as many traditional Asian foods become Americanized to stay alive in the US. However this little Japanese gem maintains true to the Japanese style in decor, service and food of course. Izakaya is Japanese tid-bit dining with drinks.

The barbecued skewered yaki meats are what one would expect in Japan but some are larger as is the American norm. 

Campinile Restaurant, 624 South La Brea, LA, CA90036

Update. This restaurant has closed down. 

Campinile means bell tower in Italian, ordinary but as Italian it sounds sexy just like their cars (Quattroporte is 4-door, who would name their car 4-door? But it sounds great) 

This Italian Restaurant is a bit fusion to cater for the trendy and it attracts the artiste crowd, actors like Forrest Whittaker and singers like Gwen Stefani. But thats LA for you. The mains like the duck

Cha-Cha Moon, 15 Ganton Street, London, UK

For the travel weary and those sick of the sub-prime UK cuisine, here is a local-food respite. The name is a little odd at first but then again its actually a HK owned joint.

However the food is a fair replica of the South-east asian dishes from HK, Malaysia and Singapore. After a week of UK food you'd swear this is the best stuff you have tasted in a long while. Its good but not that good but like I said its a huge relief from the mostly bland UK food.

3rd Generation Laksa and Prawn Mee. B4 The Ion, Singapore

We usually do not find indoor food court dishes much to rave about but this laksa derserves a big mention. The lady boss of 3rd Generation Laksa n Prawn mee at the Ion Food court at B4 realy takes pride of her dishes. You can even catch her helping out during the busy periods.

The Laksa is very tasty and the broth is thicker than the Katong Laksa variety but more flavoursome. The tau-pok is surprisingly very tasty too.

Baikohken Ramen, 7 North Canal Road, Singapore

Ramen has come to Singapore in a big way it seems and there is no shortage. However it is begining to be pretty expensive for what is essentially mee kiah soup. There is a Ramen joint that makes it worth the asking price and its Baikohken Ramen at North Canal Road. Parking is a pain but its gonna be worth it.

Ramen Santouka : 6 Eu Tong Sen St, #02-76, The Central, Singapore

based on my preferences, i like this a lot compared to ippudo. the shio broth is meaty and flavourful and not too salty.

A must-eat is the 'Tokusen Toroniku'. the pig's cheek is smoky and melt-in-mouth. it's served on a separate plate from the ramen to preserve the taste integrity perhaps, lol.


Swan at the Globe : 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London Bridge, London, SE1 9DT

Well, Shakespeare's Globe isn't exactly the location most people would associate with good food (especially since we were looking for hearty English eating), but boy, were we in for a real treat, especially after we sampled what could possibly be one of the best roast pork belly dishes we've had in a long time!

St. John Bread & Wine Spitalfields : 94 Commercial St., London, UK, E1 6LZ

First off, excuse the grainy pictures; it was dark and i was shooting with my phone camera, which has served me pretty well so far in the day.

Coming here was the result of a slight miscommunication, but the meal at this off-shoot upstart never had us questioning our decision at any point, particularly since the charming maitre'd was obliging enough to accommodate our party. (Other St. John overview HERE)

St John Bar & Restaurant : 26 St John Street, London, UK, EC1M 4AY

A miscommunication meant we ended up eating at the Spitalfields' branch of the St John group of eateries first before we came here for lunch (pictures will be up later). (St. John Wine & Bread HERE)

This Smithfield's branch is right smack in the meat district, which kind of clues you in to the type of food that can be expected... meat, meat off-shoots and more meat!

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