An amazing meal at Houraiken, Nagoya, with Japanese wine

Hot on the heels of one of the most memorable meals of my life a few days ago in Tokyo, I had a very special experience last night, dining at the main restaurant of Houraiken in Nagoya (they have three branches). Houraiken is an old, traditional restaurant whose speciality is eel (unagi).

Here is a short […]

Sushi Nishimura, Tokyo, with Chablis and Assyrtiko to match

I had one of the most amazing meals of my life in Tokyo. I was lucky enough to dine at Sushi Nishimura with Kenichi Ohashi, Yamamoto Akihiko and Moto Okoshi. This is a beautiful, small restaurant in Roppongi run by chef/owner Fumiteru Nishimura. We enjoyed a succession of amazing dishes, and compared the sushi-matching abilities […]

Lunch at the Short Market Club, Cape Town

Had a brilliant lunch experience today in Cape Town, at the Short Market Club. It’s a newish restaurant that’s an offspring of two of Cape Town’s most celebrated eateries, the Test Kitchen and the Pot Luck Club. So how did this, the latest venture from Luke Dale-Roberts, stack up? It’s a project he has handed off […]

A day in Adelaide: Big Table, Lady Burra, Shobosho, Pink Moon

It’s nice to be back in Adelaide. I spent a few days here last July, and it’s a very liveable place, a little scruffy around the edges, but a great place to eat, drink and wander around.

I had a day in the city yesterday. I began by wandering through the Central Market, where there are […]

Dinner at Neo Bistro with chums: an exciting new west end restaurant

The Neo Bistro tasting menu

It’s always nice to find a really good new London restaurant that also takes wine seriously. Neo Bistro, a stone’s throw from Bond Street tube, is an absolute gem. I went there on Tuesday night with wine buddies Ben Henshaw (Indigo Wine), Greg Sherwood (Handford Wine) and Daniel Primack (the […]

Eating and drinking well in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Stillwell Beer Garden, Halifax

Just on my way out of Halifax, so I thought I’d report back on some of the eating and drinking options, most of which I visited more than once. It was a lot of fun.

Stillwell Bar

For beer: Stilwell. This is a fantastic craft beer bar, with good food, too. There […]

In Amsterdam, wine nice folks and wine

How impossibly beautiful is Amsterdam? I’ve only visited once, back in 1997, when the organisation I worked for as a science editor held a meeting there. Coming back, on a beautiful May evening, I was overwhelmed by the feel of the place. All those canals! All the bicycles!

I love the fact that so many people […]

The Loire tour begins, in London: Sager & Wilde, Noble Rot, Le Gavroche

Sager + Wilde

I’m on a tour of the Loire with three Canadian friends. Wine agent Nicole Campbell, and Toronto sommeliers Krysta Oben and Lexi Wolkowski. We began in London, with a day of eating and drinking.

We began at Sager + Wilde on Hackney Road. Two wines, both of which hit the mark. The first […]

A lovely meal at Burdock & Co, Vancouver

I’ve eaten in a few places over the last few days in Vancouver, but the highlight was a meal at the fabulous Burdock & Co. It’s a small, intimate place with a menu based on sharing-style plates made from good local ingredients, with a brilliant wine list that’s compact, but offers real diversity, stocked with […]

Forage North Canterbury, an amazing food and wine event, with a film

 

Where does our food come from? I was recently in the Waipara Valley in North Canterbury, to take part in a remarkable event called Forage. There’s a film of it (above). The genius of forage is that it connects wine and food and links them both firmly to place.

South Bay, Kaikoura

We arrived early at […]