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Chefs and restaurateurs share their favourite places to eat overseas

From Parisien bistros to sushi in Ginza, Tokyo — industry insiders share their favourite dining spots.

  • Tristin Farmer

    Tristin Farmer

    Executive chef of Zén

    Here’s something to know about Tristin Farmer. The frequent flyer (once every two months or so) is every bit of a gourmand as his guests. “Even if it is just for a weekend, I like to check out different cities for their restaurants,” confesses the executive chef of one of Singapore’s biggest openings last year - Zén, the first and only overseas outpost of Stockholm’s Frantzén.

    The Scotland native has found “home” in Paris on several occasions. “I’d have croissants and coffee at Du Pain et des Idées to start the day, followed by lunch at Septime. It’s an understated restaurant. You’ve got food that looks simple but is incredibly complex and well thought out, plus the hospitality is great. After whiling my afternoon there with a glass of wine, I’d make my way to E.DEHILLERIN that’s all stocked up with a wide range of kitchen equipment. If time permits, I’d do another glass of vino at the bars around Saint-Germain-des-Prés and Châtelet–Les Halles,” he enthuses.

    When in Milan, Chef Farmer raves about Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia. “It was the end of a long week working in Milan. We dined as a group of chefs and the hospitality and passion from the family running the restaurant was much-needed. It was as if we were dining in their home. And they had this outstanding dish, which was their family recipe for onion linguini.”

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This article was originally published in The Business Times.