The favourite restaurants of the multi-award-winning executive chef behind Hakkasan’s 11 restaurants worldwide
Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle, Singapore
This famous food stall serves the world’s cheapest Michelin-star meal – chef Chan Hon Meng’s iconic dish. Everything about it – from the impressive and unique flavour of the soya sauce to the chicken – gives this dish a complex flavour. The pieces of chicken thigh are moist and unbelievably tender, due to the delicious soya sauce in which they were coated.
Favourite dish: The famous soya sauce chicken rice or noodle.
Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai
Hidden away in one of Shanghai’s oldest neighbourhoods, Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet features a 20+ course menu and accommodates just 10 diners a night. Its hi-tech private dining room is fitted with video-screen walls, surround sound speakers, bespoke lighting and scent emitters. I once visited the kitchen during service. Each dish was prepared in 14 portions and only the best 10 were served.
Favourite dish: Foie gras can’t quit and tomato mozza and again.
The Fat Duck, Bray
Eating at this restaurant is like going on a journey. Heston Blumenthal and his team practise a variety of modern culinary developments, like food pairing, flavour encapsulation and multi-sensory cooking. There’s no menu as such, but rather a map of an excursion to the seaside and the dishes follow this imaginary tour. In late 2015 The Fat Duck re-launched after a refurb and the menu was renewed. It’s among the most expensive meals in the UK, but worth it.
Favourite dish: Sounds of The Sea.
On my wish list…
Narisawa, in Tokyo, Japan, where celebrated Chef Yoshihiro Narisawa combines Japanese Satoyama cuisine with ancestral wisdom