Selected Recommendations

Restaurants

I've been fortunate to have lived in the following locations, though Florence (1 month) and Tokyo (1 week) were extended trips. Feel free to contact me for other recommendations.


London

Alas I only know a handful of favourites that I frequent. I make a point of visiting Borough Market when I can, arrive early to avoid crowds.

Cafe East - Vietnamese, Canada Water. The best pho I've had anywhere.
Golden Dragon - Cantonese, Leicester Square. My go-to for dim sum.
Satay House - Malaysian, Paddington. Since I don't know KL as well as I should.
Beigel Bake - Deli, Shoreditch. Spectacular salt beef bagels, opens 24 hours.


Berlin

Super fun city, super reasonably-priced. Favourite locations include Club des Visionaere + Michelberger Hotel to hang out, St Oberholz + Cafe CK for coffee (former for hipster freelancers, latter for espresso), KaDeWe for the best food hall in Europe.

Transit - Modern Asian, Rosenthaler Platz. The main place I take visitors to, for Thai/Indonesian tapas-style dishes. Other location near Ostkreuz is a bit further out, but has more distinctive decor and easier to get a reservation.
Thai Ha - Vietnamese, Rosenthaler Platz. A hole-in-the-wall for a Asian guilty pleasure I can only seem to find in Germany - deep-fried duck served on a bed of vegetables with red/green/yellow curry sauce.
White Trash Fast Food - American, Schlesisches Tor. Love the BBQ beef ribs.
Burgermeister - Burgers, Schlesisches Tor. Super cute location under train tracks.
Ta'cabron Taqueria - Mexican, Schlesisches Tor.
Hasir - Turkish, Kottbusser Tor.
Cafe Valentin - Brunch, Schoenleinstrasse.
Konnopke’s Imbiss - Currywurst, Eberswalder Strasse. Friends who visit the city swear by it.

Notable mentions include Dudu (sushi), Vietnam Aroma (the best mango chicken in the city), Com Viet (Vietnamese), Hashi (Japanese/izakaya), Edelweiss (brunch), Platoon/Bite Club (street food market, more so I love the space/art hall), Castel Montecroce (pizza), and Gaston (tapas).


Paris

Favourite locations include La Palette + La Perle to hang out (especially former for sidewalk people-watching), La Grande Epicerie for the best French food hall anywhere.

Le Pre Verre - Latin Quarter. Great set menus, pleasantly surprised to find outpost in Tokyo.
Bouillon Racine - Latin Quarter. Love the duck confit, pretty Art Nouveau interior.
Au Vieux Colombier - St Germain. Floor-to-ceiling windows over lunch at this friendly bistro.
Chez Hanna - Marais. The best falafel in Paris.


Rome

Most of the recommendations here are for Florence, including Vivoli, Neri + Santa Trinita for gelato, Caffeteria del Oblate for luscious views of the Duomo from the local library cafe, Le Murate for aperitivo.

Maccheroni - In Rome, actually the only one in this list in the city.
Al Mascaron Osteria - In Venice, the most spectacular spaghetti vongole I've had in my life.
Trattoria 4 Leoni - The fiochetti di pera in salsa di taleggio e asparagi was so good I almost cried.
Trattoria Mario - The best bistecca I had in town.
Enoteca Fuori Porta - More modern take on Florentine cuisine.
Focacceria Pugi - Spectacular pizza margherita to munch on while taking in the wonderful sights.
Lupen + Margo - Lampredotto sandwiches close to San Lorenzo.
Bar Galli - Love dropping by here for breakfast.


New York

This list is a little dated, but should still be good.

Delegates’ Dining Room - At the UN HQ. Yes, you too can dine with diplomats.
Norma's - Brunch, Midtown West.
Bubby's - Brunch, Tribeca.
Fatty Crab - Modern Malaysian, Meatpacking District.
Hill Country - BBQ, Flatiron.
Sake Bar Hagi - Japanese/izakaya, Midtown West. Love the mentaiko spaghetti.
Seoul Garden - Korean, Midtown West.
Bouley - French, Tribeca.


Tokyo

My favourite city outside Europe. One of the most enjoyable experiences I had there was trying out takoyaki and yakitori at the food stalls during the Gishi-Sai festival at Sengaku-ji. Very highly recommended if you're in the city in December.

Daiwa Sushi - Tsukiji. I previously described the sushi experience here as "the heights of culinary joy at Le Cordon Bleu was thought to be a one-off, until now."
Chano-Ma - Naka-Meguro. Located in a chic neigbourhood, has great set lunches and a pumpkin cake that kept me wanting more for weeks.
Honoji - Harajuku. Amazing fish set menus, with spectacular decor and city-view balcony in the Chanel building.
Miami Garden - Various locations. To check out what mentaiko spaghetti is really like.


Bangkok

Mae Waree at Thong Lor has the best mango sticky rice in the city, probably the country.

Taling Pling - Thai, various locations but I absolutely love the one in Thong Lor.
Baan Khanitha - Thai, various locations.
La Tana - Italian, Ekkamai. If it's one non-Thai restaurant I'd recommend, it's this one. More of a take-away with seating than restaurant. The loveliest Italian couple you'll meet in Thailand serving the most spectacular pizza and pasta. The pizza marinara comes especially recommended.
Amalfi Bistro - Italian, Thong Lor.
La Monita - Mexican, Siam. The tacos here rival the ones I had in California, located in Siam Paragon.
Toi + Kid Seafood - Seafood, Chinatown.
Gram - Brunch, Thong Lor. The best brunch in the city.
After You - Dessert cafe, various locations. The shibuya toast makes this place an institution.