Chef Lee Che Liang, 42, has worked in some of the best restaurants in the world including Hakkasan, which he helped launched all over the world. He is currently based in London, where he oversees Park Chinois, a fine-dining Chinese restaurant with live entertainment in Mayfair, London. With the help of his kitchen crew of 65, Lee serves up some of the finest dim sum and Chinese cuisine in London. In an email interview, the chef talks about his passion and the idea behind Park Chinois. When did you learn how to cook and who taught you? "I've been around food since I was 10 years old, as my family ran a small restaurant in Johor. It served classic Chinese cuisine, and from a young age, I was in there washing the dishes, prepping the ingredients and serving guests. "I was in my mid teens when I left home and moved to Singapore to work in restaurants there. I was young but we needed the money, and I didn't have any formal education: my school, my whole education has been in kitchens. … [Read more...] about Woking his way to the top
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In fact, almost six in 10 global travellers indicate that the quality of the food is a key factor in deciding their next holiday destination, and more than half give major consideration to the weather. For all types of tastes and budgets, alfresco dining is a perfect pastime. Booking.com reveals five of the best alfresco dining hotspots, from rooftop wonders with panoramic city views and waterside restaurant gems to hidden eateries nestled in sun-trapped courtyards. MONOPOLI, ITALY The enchanting Grotta Palazzese definitely holds a place on every foodie’s bucket list. This breathtaking restaurant is built inside a cave on the Italian coast, a perfect spot for alfresco dining with the warm breeze. Arguably one of the world’s most unique dining experiences, this enchanting restaurant was built centuries ago. Enjoy dramatic sea views as you sit at dimly lit tables and watch the waves lap the shores beneath you. The top endorsements for Monopoli are old towns, seaside and … [Read more...] about Fancy dining outdoors tonight?
THE WALRUS-MOUSTACHE logo ought to be enough to tell you the restaurant is Blunos, but it also helps that the name of the restaurant is Blunos. You’ve entered the culinary world of cheerful British chef Martin Blunos, who sports a moustache of his own and usually Union Jack trousers too. The guy’s got a sense of humour, and that’s what livens up his first restaurant outside his homeland. With his trademark walrus moustache, English chef Martin Blunos is ready with a wink. Blunos opened in December on the 14th floor of the Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn Bangkok, taking over the space vacated by Italian restaurant Luce. The ambience, posh and a bit stiff in the former guise, is now friendlier and far more casual. From the partially open kitchen come colloquialisms like chow, nosh, chomp and munch. Floor-to-ceiling windows look out on the adjacent pool, and outdoor dining is an option, though not in the “outside” that Blunos seems to fear. Blunos is a … [Read more...] about Blunos is here to play
Pixabay Moscow didn’t make a great first impression on experienced Chinese tourist Maggie Xu and the two friends she was travelling with. There was confusion at the airport terminal, difficulty finding their driver, and then crippling traffic jams en route to their hotel, the city’s Ritz-Carlton. Once they had settled in, though, the trio found themselves charmed by the sparkling lights lining the pavements of Tverskaya Street – Moscow’s Champs-Elysees. “On that cold winter night, the city had the joyful atmosphere of an amusement park,” Xu says. Xu, model Yuki Dong and education agency owner Jenny Lu had decided to travel to Russia this winter to celebrate Xu’s birthday. They are among a growing number of affluent, big-spending Chinese travellers looking for an alternative to the well-trodden paths of Paris, New York, London and Milan, instead heading to cities with less glamorous reputations such as Moscow and St Petersburg. Both of these … [Read more...] about Russia’s ‘red tourism’ is luring wealthy Chinese visitors bored with Paris and Milan – Here’s why
We’ve all been there. You’ve gone to the Eiffel Tower on your first day in Paris. Now you’re three hours deep in queues and your schedule for the rest of the weekend has been thrown off. Then you reach the top of the iconic tower, take in your surroundings, and realise that the very best thing about Paris’s skyline is missing from your view. There are many tourist traps which sound great in theory but will eat into your holiday in a big way. Once you go, you realise that – although they look great on a postcard – they aren’t entirely worth the visit. But there are plenty of landmarks that are worth the wait. Business Insider asked travel experts from the likes of Lonely Planet, Rare Escapes, and KAYAK for their favourite European landmarks that are actually worth visiting. Scroll on to discover their top 26, ranging from London’s Big Ben to the ornate gardens of Manoir d’Eyrignac in France.The Shard in London, UK. … [Read more...] about 26 tourist landmarks in Europe that are worth lining up for, according to top travel experts