Chef’s Top Tables
Tong Chee Hwee is the multi-award-winning executive chef behind Hakkasan’s 11 restaurants worldwide. Based in London, he is an authority on Chinese cuisine
Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle
This famous food stall serves the world’s cheapest Michelin-star meal – chef Chan Hon Meng’s iconic dish. Everything about it – from the impressive and unique flavour of the soya sauce to the chicken – gives this dish a complex flavour. The pieces of chicken thigh are moist and unbelievably tender, due to the delicious soya sauce in which they were coated.
RECOMMENDED DISH: The famous soya sauce chicken rice or noodle.
Hidden away in one of Shanghai’s oldest neighbourhoods, Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet features a 20+ course menu and accommodates just 10 diners a night. Its hi-tech private dining room is fitted with video-screen walls, surround sound speakers, bespoke lighting and scent emitters. I once visited the kitchen during service. Each dish was prepared in 14 portions and only the best 10 were served.
RECOMMENDED DISH: Foie Gras Can’t Quit and Tomato Mozza And Again.
The Fat Duck
Eating at this restaurant is like going on a journey. Heston Blumenthal and his team practise a variety of modern culinary developments, like food pairing, flavour encapsulation and multi-sensory cooking. There’s no menu as such, but rather a map of an excursion to the seaside and the dishes follow this imaginary tour. In late 2015 The Fat Duck re-launched after a refurb and the menu was renewed. It’s among the most expensive meals in the UK, but worth it.
RECOMMENDED DISH: Sounds of The Sea.
On my wish list…
Narisawa, in Tokyo, Japan, where celebrated Chef Yoshihiro Narisawa combines Japanese Satoyama cuisine with ancestral wisdom