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If you’ve got a week or so in Sydney, here’s a list of nine restaurants where you can have great meals and get a glimpse of the delicious dining you can get in the harbour city in 2023.     But you’ll need to plan and book ahead of time: Saint Peter – benchmark seafood […]

The first vintage of this benchmark wine. Unearthed a case of 6 of this in a Swiss garage in 2019. Three of the bottles were gone. But 3 were OK. 2 bottles in perfect condition. 3rd one showed a little leakage around cork and a little bit of oxidation, but wine still held up. The […]

The 2023 Good Food Guide for Melbourne is out. 57% of hatted restaurants in 2017 are now closed or have lost their hat status. Let’s have a look at the restaurants that were awarded hats 5 years ago and where they are now: 33% of 3 hat restaurants have not retained their score 71% of 2 hat […]

16 February 2018 – Philippe Mouchel held a tribute dinner for Paul Bocuse, who he worked with in France, Japan and Australia. Here are some photos from the dinner.

A few more excellent places to round out 2017: Aqua, Wolfsburg – absolutely worth the trip from Berlin, excellent service, food and ambience (3*) Facil, Berlin – delicious food, patchy service (2*) Grill Royal, Berlin – classic grill (1*) 5 Cinco, Berlin – beautiful food and ambience, a must (1*) Cookies Cream, Berlin – innovative […]

Visiting Berlin and taking the opportunity to eat at some nice places. Aqua in Wolfsburg, Horvath and Cookies Cream in Berlin, and a fun Vietnamese place called Madame Ngo. These shots were done with a Nikon D500 and the 16-80 f2.8-4 DX lens.

Shooting some marketing shots for Philippe Restaurant for the upcoming festive season.

Photographs from a dinner celebrating chef Philippe Mouchel’s 25 years in Australia. Gallery here.

Images from the international cooking competition Bocuse d’Or. Full gallery here.

Photos from six restaurants visited in St Moritz February 2017. Roberto’s | Veltliner Keller | Hotel Kronenhof – Kronenstübli | Badrutt’s Palace Patrizier Stuben | Ecco St Moritz (2*) | Restaurant dal Mulin

A selection of photos from Horvath (2*) Photos | Einsunternull Photos | Tim Raue (2*) Photos

Here’s a short summary of the eating experience from my trip. Some are Michelin rated, but all good! St Moritz: Roberto’s – Mid-range Italian food. Good wine list and range of Italian dishes. Veltliner Keller – homely Italian. It’s OK. Hotel Kronenhof – Kronenstübli – Cute place. Lovely decor. Creative food. Maybe worth a visit. Badrutt’s Palace […]

The whisky bar at the Waldhaus hotel in St Moritz is the largest in the world according to the Guiness Book of Records. Called the Devil’s Place, it houses over 2,500 whiskeys. When I visited there was a TV crew from Austrian doing a spot on the bar and I ended up in the segment.

Every Italian food lover has had spaghetti Bolognese. But to see what the benchmark is, the sources said the Pappagallo Restaurant in Bologna is the one to go to. The restaurant has been around since 1919 and is considered one of the most important restaurant in Bologna. Our lunch certainly lived up to the benchmark, The pasta […]

Modena, 20 February 2017. A lunch at Franceschetta 58, the second restaurant of Massimo Bottura in Modena. The restaurant seats about 32 people. It’s pretty casual with staff in runners. There are two tasting menus. Four courses at 48€ and six courses at 65€. The restaurant is located about a 20 minute walk from the edge of […]

Here are some of the places I ate at when I was in town for the month of June: Ask for Luigi, Miku, Jules Bistro, Chambar, Wildebeest, Vij’s, Meat and Bread, Bauhaus, Tojo’s, Zest, Flying Pig, Le Crocodile, Zest, Hawksworth, Hamaei, Tacofino, Floata, and Sun Sui Wah. Ask for Luigi is Vancouver Magazine’s 2015 restaurant of the year, it’s in Railtown, a pretty sketchy part of […]

For a gourmand, being in Paris for 2 weeks is like drinking from the fountain. Where to go, so many choices. I found the blog Paris By Mouth and using that as a guide, ended up at Au Passage, Frenchie, Septime, Pierre Gagnaire, L’EPICURISTE, Restaurant ES, and LeDoyen; some old favourites like Relais de L’Entrecote; and […]

A few images from the competition. More images here.

This is the sixth year I’ve shot a coffee-related competition. Each time it’s different because of the venue and the lighting. Today, it was the Australia latte art championship. The format is each competitor has to reproduce the design of three drinks they’ve photographed. The challenge is to get a shot of the competitor and […]

Here are my selects from the last day of competition.

Photos of the baristas on semifinal day:

Photo: Lunch at Balthazar, New York. Update: Here are 7 restaurants I’ve been to that are on the 2012 World Top 50 restaurants: Per Se (6), Dinner (9), The Fat Duck (13), The Ledbury (14), Le Bernardin (19), The French Laundry (43), Bras (47) — After part 1, here’s the summary of dining experiences in […]

Not all Michelin 3 stars are the same and not all are to our taste. Of the ones we ate in here is a summary: The Fat Duck, Bray, UK. The most theatrical and exciting to visit. Original, nothing like it and impeccable wine list and service. One of the few places to put on […]

After Jake and Guy raved about their meal at Matsuhisa we had to check it out. They were right. Excellent new-style Japanese food from a restaurant in the Nobu family of restaurants. One of our salads was the Spinach, dried miso and shrimp: The Seafood Dynamite dish – my favourite: Sea Bass with Truffle: Superb […]