The Big Locust Blog

Basil Restaurant: Maybe not traditional Thai, but good enough for me.

I have had dinner at the Basil Restaurant twice during my stay at Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit. Whilst others have commented that the food here is too tame, not spicy enough and modified to suit the taste buds of tourists, the food here was good for me (as a tourist). The satay ruam – mixed grilled satay of chicken, prok and beef served with peanut sauce, was properly grilled, moist and succulent. Well seasoned and flavoursome. The stir fried lobster with cashew…

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Ethos: What’s left when it’s no longer quiet?

Ethos, for us, is located at a very convenient location.  For those who don’t live in the area, however, this might be more difficult to find.  This new fashion boutique cum cafe is located near the top of Hill road, almost opposite the West Gate of HKU.  We came here one Saturday afternoon for a quick coffee – it had to be quick, as the store was packed and we were lucky to have got a table. This was, unfortunately, no longer…

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Sweets Rococo & Cafe: Just a heads-up

Let me put this up front:  Us locusts did not manage to eat here. We intended to have lunch here on a Sunday, and walked into mostly empty tables (some reserved).  The shop is located on the second floor of Sino Plaza, and isn’t far from the escalators.  The seating area is split into two by the walkway, which also acts as the entrance to the restaurant, naturally.  The seating area is well-lit and comfortable, and one can see from…

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ANOVA Precision Cooker: A beginner’s take

The one thing that has been holding us locusts back from making steaks at home is the lack of confidence in controlling done-ness.  Think about the traditional methods:  1) cook it on a very hot pan, flipping occasionally, and time.  2) sear it on a pan, then cook it in the oven.  3) cook it on a grill, flipping occasionally, and time.  All of these methods are hit-and-miss and require lots of experience to do well. Even then, an occasionally…

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Plat du Jour – credit your photos damnit!

We have wanted to try Plat du Jour for a long time, but we don’t go to Quarry Bay often and on the few occasions when we did try to eat here without a reservation, the restaurant was either closed or past last order time or reserved for a party.  Finally, we have made a reservation for dinner on a weekday evening in January. Located next to Cod Father and opposite a few coffee shops on Hoi Wan Street, Plat du Jour…

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La’taste Vietnamese Cuisine: Decent enough, but do they have staying power?

La’taste Vietnamese Cuisine is a newly opened restaurant at the ground floor of Far East Centre.  This is the fourth shop of the chain, adding to their presence in Mong Kok, Olympian City and Central.  This is also a much welcomed addition to the meager roster of restaurants that are available to the culinary desert at the gap between Central proper and Admiralty – exactly where I happen to work – also a place where restaurants come and go in the…

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Grand Hyatt Beijing: Half-arsed renovation, or no renovation?

Due to work schedules, I have to visit Beijing rather regularly, and often have to stay at Grand Hyatt Beijing for various reasons.  It has it merits and is a good hotel, but its age shows. Located atop Xintiandi right next to Huangfujing, the hotel is adjacent to two subway stations, both within 5 minutes walk indoors via the Xintiandi mall.  Other than subway you’ll most likely be travelling via taxi anyway, so transportation is generally not an issue. For those who like…

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The Kitchen: A roller coaster ride

With our lunch at The Kitchen, we have finally tried all the restaurants we are interested in at the Lisboa hotels. We were here for the steaks, and both went for the USDA Prime Sirloin Executive Lunch set. I’ve read from some blogger that this is the default place to go for steaks in Macau – high praise indeed, so our hopes were high. We were seated with good view of the oven, which unlike what some might have thought,…

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Guincho a Galera: The choice of tempo is crucial

‘Tis the time around Valentine”s Day, when restaurants show no hesitation in doubling their dinner prices and no remorse in serving only one set dinner menu that more likely than not include only fancy dishes that are neither their signature nor their specialty. Foie gras here and truffles there, and let”s bump the price! But being there for the food, we had no intention of falling into such traps. Fortunately, the normal degustation dinner menu is available for lunch at…

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Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16: New mattresses required

A recent eating trip to Macau braought us to Macau, after not coming here for over two years. Having been to this small SAR for quite a few times in the past 10 years, we knew where to stay. Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16 it is! The hotel fits most our requirements – convenient location on the Macau peninsula near the main road, yet slightly removed from the busiest of actions that it wouldn’t be too noisy. Has the unavoidable…

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