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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Restaurant Review: Nosh & Chow

Stureplansgruppen is one of Sweden’s largest and most dominating restaurant and bar group. They have several restaurant concepts with different aspects, from all day dining, franchise concepts, fine dining and casual dining. One of their concepts calls Nosh & Chow and is located in the middle of the city pulse of Stockholm.

On the website it says: 

"In a renowned environment that bears the mark of the Catalan interior-design architect Lázaro Pink Violán – known from, amongst other things, Boca Grande and Big Fish in Barcelona – our guests come together to eat, drink and enjoy each other’s company in an international atmosphere.

The guiding principles of our kitchen are always simplicity, authenticity and respect for the raw ingredients. The menu has clear green roots where the dishes change to reflect the ingredients of the season, but are always characterized by clear and distinct flavors drawn from food groups such as raw, fresh, sea, land, family and sweet."

I agree with the interior design, it is done very well and the atmosphere is absolutely fantastic. However when it comes to flavors it only mediocre. It delivers with a fusion aspect and tries to implement south Asian fusion however without any hart and understanding of the Asian background. It feels like the chef complements the ingredients only by a simple palate without depth and knowledge of how it is done originally. If you do not know how to prepare high standard traditional south Asian food than I think you will have a very difficult mountain to climb if you want to modernize and create fusion into the flavors.

The service is also not well trained. They lack attention and follow up, the staff also have attetude problems as if the guests should be happy and content to be eating in this restaurant.

All in all the food was ok, the interior is fantastic and the staff needs development and training so... verdict can only be:

Final Grade: 2,5 out of 5

Written and tasted by Alexander Yü 

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Article: History of Rolex

Alfred Davis and his brother-in-law Hans Wilsdorf founded Wilsdorf and Davis, the company that would eventually become Rolex SA, in London, England in 1905. Wilsdorf and Davis' main commercial activity at the time involved importing Hermann Aegler's Swiss movements to England and placing them in high-quality watch cases made by Dennison and others. These early wristwatches were sold to jewellers, who then put their own names on the dial. The earliest watches from Wilsdorf and Davis were usually hallmarked "W&D" inside the caseback.

In 1908 Wilsdorf registered the trademark "Rolex" and opened an office in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. The company name "Rolex" was registered on 15 November 1915. The book The Best of Time: Rolex Wristwatches: An Unauthorized History by Jeffrey P. Hess and James Dowling says that the name was just made up One story, never confirmed by Wilsdorf, recounts that the name came from the French phrase horlogerie exquise, meaning "exquisite clockwork or as a contraction of "horological excellence". Wilsdorf was said to want his watch brand's name to be easily pronounceable in any language. He also thought that the name "Rolex" was onomatopoeic, sounding like a watch being wound. It is easily pronounceable in many languages and, as all its upper-case letters have the same size, can be written symmetrically. It was also short enough to fit on the face of a watch.
 In 1914 Kew Observatory awarded a Rolex watch a Class A precision certificate, a distinction normally granted exclusively to marine chronometers.
 In 1919 Wilsdorf left England due to wartime taxes levied on luxury imports as well as to export duties on the silver and gold used for the watch cases driving costs too high and moved the company to Geneva, Switzerland, where it was established as the Rolex Watch Company. Its name was later changed to Montres Rolex, SA and finally Rolex, SA. Upon the death of his wife in 1944, Wilsdorf established the Hans Wilsdorf Foundation, a private trust, in which he left all of his Rolex shares, making sure that some of the company's income would go to charity. Wilsdorf died in 1960; since then, the trust has owned and run the company.

Rolex is and will always be the most famous luxury watch brand and status symbol it stands for.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Reveiw: Semla tasting from Wienercafeet in Stockholm, Sweden

Today is the a special pastry day which calls Fettisdagen in Sweden.

During this day you celebrate the end of the fasting period. You eat this amazing pastry calls Semla or Cream Puff (eng) with a sweetened bread, almond icing and cream.

Here you can see this amazing creation made by @wienercafeet_anno1904 with the highest standards. You can also see the special bun created by the star chef @peternordin calls Hemlan.

To drink to the classic pastry Semla it is recommended to always have coffee or milk. However Western Taste tried with a glass of Champagne and it was devine. So we higly recommends Hatt e Söner Champagne to the superb Semla by Wienercafeet.
Review of Semla: 4,5 out of 5
Superb cream texture and perfect sweetness.
The almond icing was superb with great crunch of almonds and perfect balande of the nuts and sweetness.
The bread provided a great fresh sensation.

Bread: 4 out of 5
Almond Icing: 4 out of 5
Cream: 5 out of 5
Design: 5 out of 5
Review of Hemla: 5 out of 5
Superb creation by the creator and innovator of food @peternordin we loved that he made an invert of the semla were the cream and almon icing was baked inside the pastry.

Written and tasted by Western Taste panel


Thursday, 26 November 2015

Hotel Review: Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort

The Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort has one of southern Thailand’s biggest pools, a great range of excellent dining and a peaceful spa. It’s grand Victorian Thailand style with teak floors, regency lampshades and colonial-style furniture makes it an impressive place for relaxation.

You will find Sofitel a short drive from Ao Nang, amongst the tranquility of the tropical gardens and across the road from the shores of the Andaman Sea.
There are plenty of options to enjoy the excellent cuisines, you have the Italian Ristorante Venezia with an open show kitchen that delivers superb authentic fresh food. Every dish is well prepared and you leave with a hunger for more. Unfortunately the service is not always at its best, not fully attentive staff, but their friendliness and the delicious food make you linger.

White Lotus restaurant gives you a selection of Thai and Indian cuisine, with a longing for the distinguished flavors. The service is excellent and every one of the well-dressed staff is making an effort to make you feel at home. The flavors are distinct and every bite is full of aromas.  

The Hemingway Club Lounge & Library have a range of cigars, delicious cocktails and an entertainment that’s suitable for a jazzy calm evening.
Café Vienna offers you a coffee on the go or a luscious pastry to soothe your sweet tooth.
The pool bar is excellent for a cocktail on the swim, a cool retreat from the gazing sun. It also offers a range of easy comfort food for a light lunch or a snack next to your sun bed.

 The hotel rooms all with balcony or terrace are clean and light. The only negative aspect is that maybe the terrace on the ground floor rooms are a bit small and could need an update. But the rooms are well sized and offers a nice air-conditioned getaway from the hot sun. The possibility to book a room with pool access is excellent and a much appreciated feature. You literally have the pool on your doorstep.

Sofitel Krabi is very family friendly and the pool is very popular amongst all ages. The service of the hotel stretches from the hotel premises to the beach and also services in town. They are happy to try and meet your expectations and requests. 

All in all we can say that Sofitel Krabi Phokeetra Golf and Spa Resort is a must visit when in south Thailand. You won’t get disappointed with neither the food, the service or the closeness to beach and an amazing pool. 

Final Grade: 4 out of 5

Written and reviewd by Sofie Yü

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Article: My dream of Fäviken

A place were nothing grows for 6 month and seasonal cooking becomes on another level. In the middle of nowhere with mountains, vast forrestry, streams and amazing nature lies a treasure of creativity and passionate heart for perfected cooking and gastronomic sublime.

Fäviken is most likely to be heaven on earth for true gastronomers and foodies of this world.

If you have not, never heard or feels the need for; you have to visit and experience the delight of Fäviken with Magnus Nilsson.

Written by Alexander Yü

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Article: The NEW Cafe Milano in Stockholm, Sweden

Yesterday we revisited the newly uplifted and changed Cafe Milano. Nothing from the old restaurant is left and the new face of this traditional restaurant in the Stockholm culinary scene has been given a new face, new owner and new innovation. The restaurant is absolutely stunning and must be the hottest and most decorated Italian restaurant in Sweden. 

The standard and choice of materials has been amazing. From the dining tables to raw materials and food ingredients feels very Peter Nordin and his amazing focus on details. Peter Nordin has done it yet again together with his amazing partners; the brothers Filip and Daniel Güven.

The food is made with a perfect balance of seasoning, olive oil, and cheese. We started of with a great mix of finger food that included an amazing polenta, olives and cold cuts. For starters a superb tomato sauce with parma ham and figs was presented and a perfect start of the evening had begun.
When the main course came and the first slice of the "happy" big, as Peter Nordin, describes it, the knife cut it like butter. The meat was tender, perfectly seasoned and taste divine.

For dessert we had the Torta di Polenta which was superb. To the Polenta it was served home made yogurt that just hit the spot of delightness.

The evening ended with perfection and for a all day dining Italian restaurant we adored the place and nothing from the old dusty Cafe Milano is left. A new and uplifted and stunning Cafe Milano has been presented to Stockholm.

Final Grade: 4,5 out of 5

Written by Alexander Yü and Sofie Yü

Friday, 12 June 2015

Article: Great Dining District of Bibliotekstan in Stockholm, Sweden

Bibliotekstan is an exclusive shopping district in Stockholm. The area is centered around the street Biblioteksgatan. ”Bibliotek” means library in Swedish and refers to the National Library of Sweden, located in the nearby park Humlegården. Biblioteksgatan got its name in 1885 and the area has been focusing on exclusive shopping ever since.
Bibliotekstan is constantly evolving. With a history of over 120 years, there are a lot of stories hidden in the area. To highlight these, we’ve created Bibliotekstan Walks as a part of this website. Start walking to discover this historic place.
In recent years the district and destination of Bibliotekstan has become a dining district of great restaurants. A must visit is this area and we highly recommends the food and beverage offer that is available.

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Here are some recommendations:

ZINK Grill

Wienercafeet Anno 1904

Restaurang Prinsen

Nobis Hotel

Sempre Espresso Bar