Amber is a 2 Michelin star restaurant in Hong Kong, ranked No. 24 on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and No. 3 on The Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants List. Chef Richard Ekkebus is the star behind Amber, my culinary highlight in Hong Kong (hands down!).
When visiting Hong Kong, I had it on my list to visit a good quality Chinese restaurant. Of course I tried the street food, the dai pai dongs and a small Sichuan restaurant, but I wanted a real sit down experience to add to my restaurant list. Having heard great things about One Harbour Road, I paid a visit during lunch time. One Harbour Road is located a short walk from Wan Chai station, very close to the exhibition centre. The new chef Chan Ho Cheong has added his own unique twist to Chinese cuisine which I got to try.
As a part of my 2 day trip to explore Macau back in May, I stayed at the MGM MACAU for one night. MGM MACAU is located on the older part of town along with some of the most classic casinos and is only a 15 minute walk into the town centre.
MGM brings a whole new meaning to the word Grand. It’s the kind of hotel which you don’t need to step foot outside of because there’s literally everything under one roof. At MGM MACAU you’ll find great food, indoor and outdoor pools, spas, casinos, shops, an art gallery and everything else that you’d expect from a 5 star establishment.
Recently during my visit to Japan I got to stay at the beautiful Marriott Osaka. Marriott Osaka is based in Japan’s tallest building and is located on top of Tennoji station which has excellent transport links to everywhere within Osaka, including JR lines. I have to admit that the entrance to the hotel is quite confusing and took me some time to find. There are dedicated hotel elevators from the street and B1/B2 levels of the subway. The lifts take you to the beautifully decorated lobby on the 19th floor.
Recently an opportunity came up to visit the island of Jersey which I couldn’t say no to. It’s only a 45-minute flight from London and yet I had never made the time to visit. Jersey is the island of good food and relaxation. I spent two extremely relaxing nights there and here are the things which I’d recommend when visiting Jersey.
1 – Hike
There’s so much beautiful and untouched nature in Jersey. Therefore, a hike is something which I highly recommend. Choose your starting point and just take a walk. My sister and I chose the St Brelade area and hiked all the way down to Beauport beach. We got lost a few times, each time being pleasantly surprised by the scenery. Beauport beach is very secluded, quiet and scenic.
2 – Eat Oysters
Jersey is known for it’s fantastic oysters and they are known for a good reason. I mean it when I say I had the best oysters in my life at Oyster Box. If the champagne butter oyster is all you eat during your trip to Jersey then so be it! I’d be back just for that. Luckily you can also find them at Banjo’s near Jersey’s famous Central Market, which brings me to my next point.
3 – The Central Market
This market is very iconic to Jersey and popular amongst locals. It’s worth a visit for the old architecture and also for the wide range of shops with local produce. You’ll spot anything from fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, meat to colourful flowers.
4 – Elizabeth Castle
This castle was built on a rock in St Aubin’s Bay. Uniquely it can either be reached by a ferry or you can actually walk there when the tide is low.
5 – Visit a spa
Jersey is the land where cars are not allowed to drive more than 40mph. That is Jersey for you, slow paced. This island is full of spas where you can treat yourself to individual sessions or a full day of pampering.
I don’t know why it took me 10 years of living in London before I paid a visit but now that I have, I’ll definitely be back!