Bo Innovation – Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Molecular xiao long bao (extra HK$90)

Molecular xiao long bao (extra HK$90)

So…I’ve been to a 1 Michelin Star restaurant (which has now gained a second Michelin star!), and a 2 Michelin Star restaurant, so why not add a 3 Michelin Star restaurant?

Hello, Bo Innovation.

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The Ledbury – Notting Hill, London, UK

Fillet of Belted Galloway Beef with Celeriac Baked in Juniper, Bone Marrow and Crisp Potato

Fillet of Belted Galloway Beef with Celeriac Baked in Juniper, Bone Marrow and Crisp Potato

On a holiday, where you manage to go to a 1 Michelin Star restaurant (which also holds the #7 spot on the 2013 World’s 50 Best Restaurants index) as well as a 2 Michelin Star restaurant – I think it’s fair to say you’ve done pretty well. While my 1 Michelin Star experience can be revisited here, my 2 Star experience was for my birthday at The Ledbury in the beautiful suburb of Notting Hill, London.

Jowl of Tamworth Pork with Apricots, Girolles and Caramalised Almonds

Jowl of Tamworth Pork with Apricots, Girolles and Caramalised Almonds

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Lunch at In The Annex – Glebe/Forest Lodge, Sydney

Beef 2 Ways, Artichoke and Egg ($16)

Beef 2 Ways, Artichoke and Egg ($16)

We interrupt our UK food reports to bring you a quick update from In the Annex. After going to In The Annex for breakfast a while back, I really wanted to come back for lunch. To be honest, I looked at this review of their lunch and thought – wow, that food is being served in a cafe?!  Looks like fine-dining plating style to me! Their lunch menu is small, only 3 options as well as sandwiches, but you can also have anything off the breakfast menu so there’s actually plenty to choose from. I’ve been looking for a cafe that serves ‘food with a difference’ for a while, and while Fleetwood Macchiato didn’t really do it for me, I think I’ve found what I wanted here at In the Annex.

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Dinner by Heston Blumenthal – Knightsbridge, London, UK

Meat Fruit - Mandarin, chicken liver & foie gras parfait, grilled bread (£16)

Meat Fruit – Mandarin, chicken liver & foie gras parfait, grilled bread (£16)

London. Heston. London. Heston.

Two words that conjure up so. many. great. things. One of those great things can be located at the Mandarin Oriental (the beautiful building can be seen below) in Knightsbridge, London – namely, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal. What a joy to be in a city where such great food is readily available – and if Heston isn’t to your fancy there’s always one of Gordon Ramsay‘s ten (yes, ten) possible restaurant outlets for you to try – ranging from pub food to hotel restaurants and his signature Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea. S. and I decided to go to Dinner by Heston for lunch (haha), with the intention of getting the, in my opinion, quite affordable (for fine dining) set lunch menu for £38. But then we saw the Meat Fruit on the normal menu….

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