The Pond – Restaurant – Jalan Pengosekan, Ubud, Bali


There is about 80% chance that we end up at this restaurant, when we decide not to cook at home. It’s not only close to our house, it is sophisticated, modern Indonesian food served by the most friendly and attentive staff. The restaurant decor is classy Balinese and the lighting concept is minimalist . The view on the rice field is very relaying to the eye. The fresh made juices and herbal iced teas are the best we had so far on the Island. I asked to have a honeydew, lime and ginger juice…bliss! As for the food, we can recommend the Grilled Beef on Fresh Papaya Salad, The Crispy Duck Spring Rolls, the Black Pepper Fettucine, The mixed satay (see pic), Tom Gha Kai (spicy Thai soup). You can of course get the usual Nasi or Mie Goreng.018

It is up market, but prices are still reasonable for what you get. Many other restaurants ask a lot of money for average food and service. The Pond is definitely not one of them.

  • Food: ****
  • Drinks: ***** (juices)
  • Freshness *****
  • Value: ***

Food Porn at Star Seafood Restaurant, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong


I sometimes read a blog ( in which food snapshots are called “food porn”. I did not quite understand it until today. I believe I did some real good food porn at the fantastic Cantonese Star Seafood Restaurant in Shatin a district in the New Territories of Hong Kong. We were invited by local Hong Kong Wing Chun martial artists and Sifu (Master) of Isabel. They drove us there, with the only mention that it was a floating restaurant. Well, in the end, it was much more than a floating restaurant. It was probably the best Cantonese food we ever had and will ever have on this round the world trip. Even the kids, who are usually not great fans (yet) of Asian food, ate their full share of the food. And we were glad to have locals ordering food for us. There were at least 5 different menu cards and many leaflets to be filled out. I tought for the moment I was sitting at a bingo table. EVERYTHING was delicious and we finally had a true traditional DIM SUM EXPERIENCE.

Useless to mention, we would never have found this restaurant.  The staff did not speak English and the menu was solely in Cantonese. Look at the gallery for what we got and enjoy the food porn!!!

Yummy Vietnamese Restaurant – Fresh Spring rolls are a delight…just the way Tim likes them!

Yummy Vietnamese

This is so far our favorite in Hong Kong, maybe it’s only because they serve our favorite food…This small casual restaurant on the 9th Floor of Canton Road 85 has everything to please. Great value for money, kind of trendy underdog and the food is fresh, tasty and truly Vietnamese as I know it. I would not recommend the curries as other cuisines may do it better and stick to the classic Vietnamese dishes like Nans, Fresh Spring Roll (veg and meat), all the pho’s. I like the fact they serve French beer, it somehow fits. Our two kids like the fresh coconut and the deep fried spring rolls. I recommend to all that have a busy shopping day behind and do not want to spend another bucket of money in the Harbour City Mall for a meal

  • Address: 82-84 Canton Rd | Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, China
  • Tel: +862 3520 4343