Dining Reviews

Turkish Chef Demonstrates Art of Culinary Diplomacy in Ottawa

Chef Ismet Saz prepares lamb patties at Turkish Cuisine Night, the first in a monthly series called Global Tastes International being held at the Agriculture and Food Museum in Ottawa in honour of Canada’s sesquicentennial. (Philippe St-Jean)
Chef Ismet Saz prepares lamb patties at Turkish Cuisine Night, the first in a monthly series called Global Tastes International being held at the Agriculture and Food Museum in Ottawa in honour of Canada’s sesquicentennial. (Philippe St-Jean)

OTTAWA—Instead of baking a cake for Canada’s 150th birthday, executive chef Ismet Saz had another treat for guests at Turkish Cuisine Night, co-hosted recently in...

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    FIG Restaurant in Santa Monica

    If you’re browsing the Santa Monica farmer’s market on a Wednesday morning, you’ll probably see executive chef Yousef Ghalaini picking the freshest local ingredients for... Read more

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    French Food: Passports Not Needed When You Use Your Taste Buds to Travel

    BRISBANE, Australia—July is the month when our thoughts turn to tasting something French, in Brisbane it could be the allure of a French restaurant, an... Read more

  • Anna Madden, pastry chef and co-owner of Something Sweet cafe in Minddletown on May 6, 2015. (KatiVereshaka/Epoch Times)

    Middletown’s Something Sweet Cafe Is All That and More

    Downtown Middletown is the place where pastry chef Anna Madden and her husband Dave Madden have been steadily growing their business baby—the aptly named Something... Read more

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    Grazin’ on Delectable Burgers, Straight From the Farm

    The Hudson Valley has become the New York region’s epicenter of the farm-to-table notion, at the forefront of the craft food movement. In Hudson township,... Read more

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    Chef Ted Pryor Shows Mastery of Seafood at The Sea Fire Grill

    Just a few blocks from Benjamin’s Steakhouse, its little sister, The Sea Fire Grill, was established two years ago in Midtown East. It serves modern... Read more

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    Whimsy and Fun Bites at Amused

    Whimsy and fun are in the spotlight at Amused, a new restaurant featuring modern American small plates on the Upper West Side.  There’s Pig in... Read more

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    Village Prime Drops Anchor in West Village

    Steakhouses have been popping up all over the city in the past few months. But a new ship has pulled into port in the West... Read more

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    Sichuan Dishes That Will Make Your Mouth Go Numb

    Welcome to the land of “flower pepper” and “facing-heaven” chilies.  The two make up Sichuan’s spice signature, with the Sichuan “flower pepper” adding a mouth-... Read more

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    Presstea: Tea With Oomph, Served With a Side of Fun

    If you thought tea was exclusively a delicate beverage, you haven’t been to Presstea. At this airy, inviting West Village spot, it’s bold, full-bodied, and... Read more

  • Biryani. (Courtesy of Bhatti Indian Grill)

    Bhatti Indian Grill: Pure Decadence From Northern India

    Ever since trying Moti Mahal Delux, I have been itching to try another spot where Gaurav Anand presides over the kitchen fires. 
At Murray Hill’s... Read more

  • Chef Maria Loi at Loi Estiatorio in Midtown Manhattan, New York, on Feb. 6, 2015. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    Loi Estiatorio: Divine Secrets of the Ancient Greeks

    Chef Maria Loi wants you to look and feel like a Greek god or goddess. Who could resist that proposition? Especially when it comes with... Read more

  • Eataly’s Cuoricino, a dessert white chocolate Bavarian cream with a raspberry gelee. (Courtesy of Eataly)

    What Romance Looks Like When Chefs Do the Wooing

    Gaurav Anand, Executive Chef and Owner, Awadh A Dish That’s Won Over My Sweetheart: Kofta Dilnaaz. My wife’s tastes aren’t simple so this was the... Read more

  • Jhal Muri, a street food from Kolkata. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    Chef Hemant Mathur Makes Haldi a Hit

    Hemant Mathur works some magic at Curry Hill’s Haldi, which he has recently taken over as co-owner. The taste buds marvel, and so do wallets... Read more

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    Jongro BBQ: A Korean Favorite Arrives in NYC

    When Jongro BBQ opened at the end of last summer in Koreantown, it filled up immediately. Its asset: name recognition—by Koreans, that is. A franchise... Read more

  • Chilean Sea Bass. (Chris Manis)

    Village Prime Opens on Bleecker Street

    Village Prime, which opened this week, brings prime steaks and fresh seafood to Bleecker Street. Executive chef Rory O’Farrell offers USDA Prime meats, like the... Read more

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    Bright and Hearty Fare at Trattoria Bianca

    Chef Julian Clauss-Ehlers has traveled the world, cooking at five Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe, including La Côte St. Jacques and Les Prés d’Eugénie in France... Read more

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