Capo at Rockbund: Pizza was supposed to be good… unfortunately not.

Was trying to find a decent restaurant for dinner in the area and read good things about capo. The restaurant is located on the 5th for of a rather deserted mall (no open shops at all) and is accessed through a lounge / bar like area. The restaurant manager was a very nice guy and suggested a nice by-the-glass wine to go with my pizza. Unfortunately, said pizza was not very good (sorry, Giorgio!) One major problem with the pizza…

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Dadong Roast Duck: Not only the duck is good!

Dadong is one of my “default” restaurants when I come to Beijing – I always tell myself I won’t be going again this time, but would end up there somehow. Impressively, whilst the restaurant was always very busy when I visited, they never failed to find me a seat. That the roast duck is good here should be known by most by now. The skin is deliciously crispy and the meat moist and tender. The options of condiments to go…

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Novotel Shanghai Atlantis: Good to have 24h restaurant.

To begin with, Novotel Shanghai Atlantis is not an expensive hotel. For the price in Shanghai (Pudong, no less) it is difficult to complain, but there are areas that can see improvements. Anyway: 1) The hotel has a 24h restaurant on the 2nd floor, with both buffet and a la carte options. Didn’t try the buffet but the Hainanese chicken rice was good enough for the price. 2) The lobby of the hotel felt rather empty and almost like a…

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Park Plaza Wangfujing Hotel: Great value with a host of good restaurants nearby.

Park Plaza is right behind the similarly named (in Chinese) but pricier Regent hotel. The entrance is off the main Jinbao street and rather secluded, but taxis found the place without much problem. Whilst I found the hotel restaurant “Bloo Dining” to be mediocre, there are a few nice restaurants nearby – Dadong Roast Duck at Jinbaohui mall, Lei Garden at Jinbao Tower next door (their HK branches are Michelin starred, but not sure about this one) and Morton’s Steak…

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Family Li Imperial Cuisine Entrance

Family Li Imperial Cuisine (厲家菜): Good food with great value. Must try!

Had dinner at the Family Li Imperial Cuisine on Jinbao Street. The restaurant only serves set tasting menus that cost from RMB600 to 3000 per head and is supposed to give a good representation of what their cuisine is about. It was very nice that the waitstaff was not particularly pushy in selling their higher priced menus and said that the lowest priced menu already gives a good taste of their style and the higher priced menus differs mainly in…

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New York Steakhouse Door

New York Steakhouse @ JW Marriott Sukhumvit: Price and quality mismatch

It is difficult not to question whether it is the lack of outstanding steakhouses that allowed the New York Steakhouse to sell at inflated prices, or whether it was my mistake of coming down for dinner late that has left me severely disappointed. In short, the atmosphere was good, but the food was awful. The dining room certainly felt right – large hefty chairs that are comfortable, with high enough backs and table layout that makes you feel somewhat isolated…

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JW Marriott Sukhumvit Hotel: The little problems add up.

There is a lot to like about the JW Marriott Sukhumvit Hotel. Being on the edge of Sukhumvit that is not quite the severely-jammed bit was one. The very friendly staff that made me felt right at home was another. That said, it’s problems unfortunately out-weights the hard work of its staff. 1) It’s location is not the best. Being right between Phloen Chit and Nana BTS stations means it’s near neither. Although the walk to either station is not…

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Chatrium Royal Lake Yangon Room

Chatrium Royal Lake Yangon Hotel: Good hotel with slight hiccups.

The Chatrium Royal Lake Yangon Hotel is at a great location. Right on the shore of the Kandawgyi Lake and not too far from the Shwedagon Pagoda – a 10 minute drive sans traffic. My stay at the hotel was not perfect, but very good provided that it is in Yangon. Some complaints: 1) The hotel is very popular – not just for its rooms but also for hosting functions. For the 3 nights I stayed at the hotel, there…

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Pun Swe Taw Hotel Entrance

Pun Swe Taw Hotel: Not cheap. Absolutely horrid.

Pun Swe Taw Hotel.  Calling this a hotel was an insult to the word. It fails miserably to meet the bare minimum requirement of a hotel – cleanliness. The environment was utterly horrid. The sheets probably were never changed, the duvet and pillow had no cover and the inside of the supposedly-white duvet was a sick yellowish colour. The slippers provided probably were never washed and had a weird disgusting stickiness. The first room I was given had a bathroom…

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Dandy Hotel Da’an (丹迪旅店): Great Boutique Hotel

This wasn’t our first time staying at a Dandy Hotel in Taipei and it certainly won’t be our last.  In our previous visits we stayed at the Tianjin Branch and found it to be nicely designed, young and comfortable.  For a change, we decided to stay at the Da’an branch for our short Christmas trip, The location of the Da’an branch is superb.  Sitting on Xinyi Road Section 3 but with its entrance facing Lane 31, it is a good…

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