Restaurant Guides

Gault Millau honour for Shangri-La chef Philippe Labbe

Philippe Labbe, executive chef at the Shangri-La hotel in Paris, is France's chef of the year. Photo: AFP

Philippe Labbe, the executive chef at the Shangri-La hotel in Paris, has been named France's chef of the year by the influential Gault Millau restaurant guide.

Wednesday, 24 October, 2012, 5:05am

Why fine dining is more than a numbers game

The World's 50 Best Restaurants were unveiled this week. To no one's surprise, Noma, in Copenhagen, Denmark, again took the top spot - the position it has held since 2010, when it usurped the previous number one, El Bulli, in Spain.

3 May 2012 - 12:00am

Fare cops write the good bites

If the past few years are anything to go by, an announcement being made today will have Hong Kong foodies grumbling in disagreement. The first Thursday in December is the day of the release of the Michelin guide for Hong Kong and Macau, and every year since its debut in 2008 (the 2009 guide), it has whipped up controversy.

1 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Michelin chef earns his stars outside kitchen, too

Pierre Gagnaire has three Michelin stars to prove he is an exception to the rule that all chefs have to be fat. The 1.82-metres-tall Frenchman looks younger than his 60 years, a characteristic he attributes to sport and exercise on a daily basis. And weighing in at 83kg he is certainly not a heavyweight in an industry noted for rotund figures.

18 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Online dining guide goes bilingual

Leading local online dining guide is taking on an international flavour with the recent launch of an English website in addition to its Chinese platform.

The move was seen as a serious challenge to the world-famous Michelin Guide, which landed in the city in late 2008, in the battle to lure gourmets who cannot read Chinese.

11 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Four HK restaurants ranked in world's top 100 on magazine list

Four Hong Kong restaurants rank among the world's 100 best dining experiences in a list compiled by British magazine Restaurant.

Japanese restaurant Zuma at The Landmark came in 51st, while L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon Hong Kong, also at The Landmark, ranked 55th. French restaurant Caprice at the Four Seasons Hotel was 78th, and Bo Innovation in Wan Chai was 97th.

22 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Aun Koh

Why did you start The Miele Guide? 'Because, at the time of its inception, there was no credible restaurant guide that accurately reflected the tastes of the dining public in Asia.

12 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Wish upon a star

Red is the new black,' jokes Jean-Luc Naret. The elegant Frenchman isn't giving sartorial advice, but pondering his question of the moment: Why do all three of the new food guides published this year have red covers?

His, of course, is the original little red book: the Michelin Guide, of which he is the sixth director in its 108-year history.

4 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

How to win a place in the foodies' bible

Michelin refuses to say whether Hong Kong will become the second Asian city - after Tokyo - to have its own book. It will only provide background about the famed guides.

An employee with the company's media department in France spoke about Michelin's experiences in other cities and offered general information about the books.

18 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Book of good restaurants cooks up a storm on best-selling list

It may not be sales in the JK Rowling stratosphere, but local food surveyors Fergus Fung and Samantha Pong (pictured) are pretty pleased with the third edition of their Hong Kong restaurant guide, WOM Guide (Word of Mouth). The pocket-sized review, which came out late in November, has for the first time cracked the monthly top 10 best-seller lists of two prominent local bookshops.

29 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Restaurants pile on pounds as prices spiral


Not a week goes by without a tale of London being the most expensive for this or that. Pubs charge GBP3.50 (HK$54.60) for a pint of lager; a single trip on the London Underground can cost GBP4.10; short hop in a black taxi is GBP6; a cafe charges GBP2.50 for a coffee. Rents are high and buying is astronomical.

19 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Cast your vote

The Singaporean food blogger who goes by the name of Chubby Hubby is taking nominations for the 'first annual Asia-Pacific best restaurants list' - and he'd like your vote. Chubby Hubby - also known as Aun Koh - was one of the 31 panellists in the East Asia region who voted in British-based Restaurant magazine's 2006 list of the world's 50 best restaurants.

28 May 2006 - 12:00am

Singapore fling

The creme de la creme of haute cuisine is converging on Singapore this week for the Raffles Hotel annual Wine, Food and Arts Experience.

12 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

French fancies

IT'S NOON AND a small crowd of uniformed greeters, valets and doormen are standing at the main entrance of the Four Seasons in Central, eager to welcome arrivals. Not that there are many - the hotel's soft opening isn't until the next day. A handful of people come and go through the large, airy lobby. But on the sixth floor, it's a different story.

15 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Robuchon conquers world

Robuchon a Galera

Hotel Lisboa, Macau

Tel: (853) 377 666, extension 3151

Cuisine: Highly refined French.

When did it open? April 2001.

15 Sep 2005 - 12:00am