Lunch @ Momofuku Ssam Bar

Momofuku Ssäm Bar

207 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003 USA
(corner of 13th street and 2nd avenue)

The Review

Of the Momofuku family, Ssam Bar is the best.  Pork and duck team up to create the ultimate meat.  Ssäm does the most amazing pork buns and rotisserie duck, and pretty good sweetbreads too.

The Meal

oysters with kombu mignonette

Pork Buns

Fried Duck Dumplings with sriracha mayo

Sweetbreads with Watermelon

Rotisserie Duck over rice – duck scallion, ssam sauce, crispy shallot with chive pancake


Lunch @ Shake Shack

Shake Shack

691 8th Avenue (8th Ave and 44th St)
New York City, NY, USA


Burgers! Cheese Fries! Concretes!  Even food for dogs ?!

This ever reliable chain provides a grease fix, perfect for getting over jet lag.

The Meal


Shack Burger

Cheese Fries

Concrete (Frozen Custard)

Dinner @ Alinea – Chicago, USA


1723 N Halsted
Chicago, IL 60614

Notable accolades

Three Michelin Stars, Michelin Guide 2012

Number 7, S. Pellegrino’s The World’s Best Restaurants 2012

The Meal

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A glass of Lemonade
wind chime

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coconut, curry, yuzu

accompanied by a glass of Gimonnet Brut with St. Germain and Esterhazy Beerenausiese

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Oyster Leaf

King Crab
passionfruit, heart of palm, allspice

carrot, chamomile

Razor Claim
shiso, soy, daikon

accompanied by a glass of Georg Breuer ‘Terra Montosa’ Riesling, Rheingau 2009

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Miso prepared in a coffee siphon

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Woolly Pig
fennel, orange squid

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acting like agedashi tofu (featuring miso from the coffee siphon)

accompanied by a glass of Bodegas Godeval ‘Vina Godeval” Valdorras 2010

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A glass of miso from the coffee siphon

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thai banana, sea salt, kaffir lime

accompanied by a glass of Chehalem ‘3 Vineyards’ Pinot Gris, Willamette 2011

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Burnt Morels
ramps, asparagus, smocked date

accompanied by a glass of Descendientes de J. Palacios ‘Petalos’ Bierzo, Spain 2009

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Hot Potato
cold potato, black truffle, butter

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A close-up of the 60 or so accompaniments to the lamb

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Black Truffle
explosion, romaine, parmesan

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inspired by Miro

accompanied by a glass of Valpolicella Classico, Superiore ‘TB’ Bussolo 2006

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Anjou Pear
onion, brie, smoking cinnamon

accompanied by The Rare Wine Co. ‘Boston Bual – Special Reserve’ Madeira

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five other flavours

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buttermilk, sorrel, macadamia

accompanied by a glass of Paolo Saracco Moscato d’Asti 2011

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helium, green apple

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A video

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White Chocolate
strawberry, english pea, lemon

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The insides

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The aftermath

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Lunch @ Johnny Rockets – Los Angeles, USA

Johnny Rockets

6801 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA


Describing itself as an “All-American” hamburger joint, lunch at this chain was a quick fix after our flight from Sydney was delayed as we did not want to eat lunch any later and risk being too full for our dinner reservation.

The food was promptly served and generally passable even if forgettable. I would only recommend eating here if you were in Hollywood & Highland and did not want to go to the effort of travelling somewhere better for lunch.

The Meal

P7293039Chili Cheese Fries


The #12
Cheddar cheese, iceberg lettuce, white onion, pickles, mayonnaise & their supposed signature “red red sauce®”

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