While Lisbon might not come to people’s mind as an ideal holiday destination, this once prosperous Portuguese city should definitely be on one’s bucket list. Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world and boasts spectacular architecture, breathtaking views and of course, delicious food. Portuguese cuisine is largely made up of toothsome savory Mediterranean food and egg yolk based desserts. Here is a guide to 5 of the best dining experiences in Lisbon.
Over the past year, Hong Kong has seen the addition of many new fantastic restaurants, and during my recent trip, I had a hard time trying to fit in as many places as I could in my list of to-eat restaurants. One of the most hyped-about restaurants in Hong Kong right now is Little Bao at Staunton Street in Central. Think an American diner with a modern Asian twist, dishing out familiar and comforting renditions of our Asian favourites over the counter and in many refreshing manners. The place may be tiny, but never dead. If any, it is full of energy, and is the kind of swanky spot which will easily fit into the linear of New York or London.
Dining out is getting increasingly expensive, and it is difficult to find an affordable restaurant in Singapore which offers decent main courses for under S$20. Which is why Lola’s Cafe at Simon Road deserves a mention. Almost all the dishes on the brunch menu (10am – 3pm) and dinner menu (6pm – 10pm) are priced below S$15 nett. For a wallet-friendly meal, note down Lola’s Cafe.
Updated on 27 Apr 2014: LÈ Restaurant is no longer in operations.
Regulars will know that I am a huge fan of Paradise Group. It is really inspiring to see how a small Chinese seafood restaurant at Defu Lane has evolved and expanded to a restaurant empire within such a short span of time.
LÈ Restaurant & Bar at Suntec City is Paradise Group’s latest venture – and its biggest project till date, spanning over 10,000 square feet – consisting of a trendy bar, contemporary restaurant which faces the open kitchen, and eight classy private dining rooms. LÈ offers a complete dining experience where you can indulge in pre-dinner cocktails and tapas, before having a delectable dinner at the restaurant. After the meal, relax at the lounge over post-dinner digestifs till late.
If I were to sum up LÈ Restaurant & Bar in a paragraph, it would be this: polished and well-furnished interior decorations; attentive and genuine service from the eloquent and smartly-dressed staff; unconventional and ingeniously concocted cocktails at the swanky bar and lounge; tantalising modern and refined Chinese cuisine; stylish and sensuous music and lighting – LÈ takes pride in delivering even the tiniest details for an immaculate experience. It is very sexy and it makes you feel alive.
Here are some of the highlights of some of the signature dishes at LÈ Restaurant & Bar.
In the past two years, ladyironchef has evolved to more than just a food blog with restaurant reviews and F&B happenings; we have expanded to covering a lot more travel and lifestyle topics, bringing you comprehensive guides to the best things in life.
Many of you have written to me, asking for recommendations to popular holiday destinations in the region such as Bali, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Taipei and Seoul. There is so much I can share – down to every cafe and hotels. While I try my best to reply every single email, I thought it would be vital to do a comprehensive summary of all the related posts in this post – with links of our travel guides to almost 30 cities - so that whenever you are about to hop on an airplane, you know where to turn to for information that you might need.
I will be updating this list whenever there is a new guide, so do bookmark this page, or google ‘ladyironchef travel guide’ whenever you are planning a holiday.
Brasserie Les Saveurs at The St Regis Singapore is extremely popular for its champagne brunch. However, not many people know about the Italian weekend prosecco brunch ($98++/pax for prosecco, $68++/pax for non-alcohol) at LaBrezza, a charming and intimate restaurant which serves fine trattoria-style Italian cuisine by the poolside of the hotel.
Note: La Villa has closed and it is currently looking for a new location.
Everytime I eat at La Villa, I wonder why I don’t come here more often. Housed within the old school premises of River Valley Primary School, La Villa by the Senso Group is a charming Italian restaurant that not only has a nice interior, but also a beautiful al fresco dining area facing the garden.
Singapore has no shortage of good Italian restaurants, but La Villa might just be one of the better spots in town.
Borough Market is one of the largest and oldest wholesale and retail food markets in London. There are many things to see and do when you are on a holiday in London. If you are a food lover, a trip to Borough Market should be on the top of your list. Even if you are not a hard-core foodie, do not drop this off – really, you will not regret.
There are many goodies at Borough Market, but I will not be going into details as it is something that you must experience for yourself. Instead, I will share with you some of the things that you must see, do and eat at Borough Market.