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Special Occasion Restaurant- Hong Kong

I like amber more too, and have always wondered why it can't get 3 stars if caprice has managed it all these years. Anyway...

I understand your point on taking a star away to be conservative. But is it really a conservative approach, or is it more a guesswork of how the restaurant will be in the future (which is really not a conservative stance at all)? If say Ferran Adria decided to take over the reigns of a one star restaurant, should Michelin drop its star? Or increase it to account for the likelihood of even better food? This just shows the dropping of a star die to a chef leaving is not always a good indication of how the restaurant will be.

I guess my point is the better approach would just be to rate the food tasted on the day of the rating and nothing more. And yes, it's only published once a year, so there will be inaccuracies in any case.

Dec 17, 2013
kacang in China & Southeast Asia

Special Occasion Restaurant- Hong Kong

I agree with Uncle Yabai's assessment of Caprice - never thought it was worth the 3 stars given to it.

While how Michelin rates the food in a restaurant is not public knowledge (and judging by its rating of certain restaurants, probably not entirely meritocratic imho), I understand MIchelin's ratings are given by inspectors who taste and then rate meals at the restaurant. At the risk of stating the obvious, the rating should therefore come from a meal already tasted. It would seem unusual if they have scope for rating it any other way. Do you know any instance where Michelin explained that a restaurant lost a star because a chef was going to leave (i.e. an event to happen in the future, instead of focusing entirely on the actual tested meal)?

If the standards drop after the change in chef and a Michelin inspector has tasted and agrees so and drops a star, then I see that as a standard event. Dropping a star not knowing if the same standards will be kept is another matter though.

Dec 16, 2013
kacang in China & Southeast Asia

Special Occasion Restaurant- Hong Kong

does michelin automatically downgrade a restaurant when it replaces a chef, before evaluation? not saying you're wrong, but if that's what they do then that doesn't make much sense. if they want to withhold judgment on the new chef they should similarly withhold all the stars till they have a chance to evaluate him/her. i personally suspect it lost a star due to the lower standard of food.

Dec 14, 2013
kacang in China & Southeast Asia

Chowmeet in Hongkong in March 2012

ming court sounds good.

Feb 22, 2012
kacang in China & Southeast Asia

Chowmeet in Hongkong in March 2012

I've been hearing good things about Cuore, an Italian private kitchen. Its however at Aberdeen which might be inconvenient for some, and requires at least 8 diners on Thursdays and 10 on Fridays.

Liu yuan pavilion (shanghai cuisine) is another possible option but I would imagine the wine list to be lacking.

Feb 13, 2012
kacang in China & Southeast Asia

Chowmeet in Hongkong in March 2012

thursday is better for me, thanks.

Feb 05, 2012
kacang in China & Southeast Asia

Chowmeet in Hongkong in March 2012

I'm new-ish to this board but would love to meet up with you guys at the meet. Am always on the look-out for good food in HK!

Jan 27, 2012
kacang in China & Southeast Asia

Melbourne Recommendations

Hi, I will be visiting Melbourne from Hong Kong and got a table at Movida, after everyone raved at how awesome it is. In case I order anything wrong to spoil the experience, could you recommend the truly great dishes you were talking about? Unfortunately I'll only be in Melbourne for a few days, with 1 day taken up by the Great Ocean drive and the other taken up by a music festival (Harvest). So much food, so little time!

Oct 12, 2011
kacang in Australia/New Zealand

Where are the best message boards about Australian Dining Options for folks like us - chowhoundish types?

Thanks for the informative reply (and the shocking warning on Salt House!), I'm thinking of dinner at Wink2 when I arrive, then breakfast at Perottas the next day. Then I'm off to dive for a few days! Back in time for a lunch at Fetta's, followed by rafting at Barron River. Back for dinner at Tha Fish. Then an early morning start on a hot air balloon, before a quick lunch at Pier Bar/Bavarian Brewhouse, before rushing to the airport to Sydney.

Wish I had a longer time in Cairns for the Tully River and Daintree, but it gives me another reason to make another trip back at some point :)

Sep 28, 2011
kacang in Australia/New Zealand

Where are the best message boards about Australian Dining Options for folks like us - chowhoundish types?

Hi, sorry to hijack an old thread but I'll be in Cairns in about a month. I'm only spending about 2 days on land there (will be on a liveaboard diving trip) so was wondering if there's any good place besides the above. Especially for breakfast! I've read that Lilypad is good, and Salt House, 12bar Cafe, etc. Would be great to get some recommendations from a local!

Sep 28, 2011
kacang in Australia/New Zealand

Dons de la Nature

Having a special meal there on Saturday, and because I've never been there I was wondering if you have any recommendations on what to order, or if there is anything I should be aware of, e.g. no English menu.

Thanks alot!

Jun 29, 2009
kacang in Japan