L’Alaska, L’Alpe-d’Huez, France

L’Alaska is a very relaxed restaurant / bar with a large open deck looking onto Route d’Huez so you can watch and cheer the cyclists as they finish their ascent of the mountain and sprint for the finish line.

It’s just a couple of doors up from La Cremaillere.

We came up to L’Alpe-d’Huez on our first morning to have a look around and to hit the tourist office to get the lay of the land while several of our group rode up the mountain.

The cyclists’ estimated arrival time came and went so we chose to find somewhere for lunch where we could watch out for them. A walk down the road had us looking at the menu at L’Alaska.

The menu is extensive and much like you’d get at any cafe around the world but with quintessentially French dishes such as steak hache (raw chopped steak).

The serving sizes were very generous for the salads and the burgers that we ordered and a decent range of drinks were also on offer.

By no means was this fine dining like I would say La Cremaillere was. But for a casual meal it was a good choice.

SQUE Rottisserie & Alehouse, Clarke Quay, Singapore

I’ve been to SQUE a number of times during my previous stays in Singapore.

It’s in a location that can’t be beaten, overlooking the Singapore River and Clarke Quay. It’s a magnificent place to just watch the world (both on foot and on water) go by while enjoying a cold beer in the hot humid weather.

It was my last full night in Singapore, a Friday night. I arrived around 4:30 which was the right time for a Friday as there we still some seats available before the influx of office workers who began to arrive after 5.

My poison of choice this Friday evening were pints of Weihenstephan Original which is a German Munich Helles Lager of about 5.1%. Of course, since the sun was still up, it was happy hour and the Weihenstephan Originals were one the 2-for-1 list.

The Weihenstephan Originals were a pretty nice beer, and just the right thing to quench a thirst in the 35° humidity.

I needed to have a snack with my beer and ordered some Onion Rings from the largish menu. They hit the spot.

After a couple more pints I thought I’d better eat some more food or it could get messy. Ordered a Pepperoni pizza which turned out to be a more traditional Italian style pizza (very think crust and not overboard with toppings) that was really tasty.

Happy Hour finishes at 7pm (and then restarts at 9pm) but after 5 pints I decided it was time to stagger back to my hotel while I could.

In all it was a good evening – good food, good beer, good weather (once you could get out of the sun) and good views.

La Cremaillere, L’Alpe-d’Huez, France

The insane cyclists decided to ride up the mountain so a couple of us were left to our own devices waiting for them. We’d been pointed to La Cremaillere the day before so thought we’d give it a try.

NOTE: Google Maps has the restaurant in the wrong location. It is on Route d’Huez.

La Cremaillere offers excellent French Cuisine, with some Italian dishes thrown in for good measure, from a hand written blackboard menu of the fare of the day. There are both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes on offer.

I ended up having lunch here twice with 7 of us having an enjoyable late lunch a couple of days later.

Old favourite dishes such as

  • French onion soup
  • Chicken skewers
  • Duck breast
  • Lasagne
  • Penne with olive oil

were on the menu. Along with Pana Cotta and Cafe Gourmand for desert.

All washed down with the obligatory half litre of house red wine.

Highly recommended!


Ramen & Tonkatsu, Capitol Piazza, Singapore

This was the Japanese restaurant I was trying to find when I stumbled across Ah Yat Kitchen.

After I left Ah Yat Kitchen I found another set of escalators that would take me down to B2 where I finally found the restaurant I was originally looking for called Ramen & Tonkatsu.

As the snack at Ah Yat Kitchen didn’t fill me up all that much I decided I might as well try a Katsu Curry Set before jumping on the train to the airport.

There was also an OktoberFEST special on for a slightly reduced price of beer – 2 glasses for $10 rather than ~$11. I’ll never whinge about a discount for beer.

The first beer came out pretty quickly followed about 10 minutes later with the tray containing my Pork Katsu Curry Set containing a smallish pork katsu, curry sauce with rice, miso soup, cabbage and pickles. Presentation was as per what you’d expect in Japan.

I really loved the miso soup, it tasted great. If I’d had more time I could have just had miso for hours.

The pork katsu itself was on the very small side. It would have been close to half the size of the serving you’d get at any restaurant in Japan. Despite the size the taste of the katsu and the curry sauce was pretty good, as were the pickles.

The cabbage was fresh, but I didn’t need the extra filler, so only had a mouthful or two.

Overall, taste wise it was a decent meal. But the pork katsu was just too small to justify the $21.80 sticker price.

Look for a cheaper, better option.

The Hair of the Dog, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Just around the corner from Fatt’s Place is another small bar called The Hair of the Dog. There are two bars of this name in the area but the one we visited is on Hart Avenue not the one on Chatham Road.

We got here around 7:30pm on a Friday evening after jumping off the ferry from Macau and it was pretty full with the after work crowd. We did manage to snaffle a table right by the door looking out into Hart Avenue.

The list of beers was OK with the old standards of Carlsburg, Stella and Hoegaarden all available. There’s no food available in house but you can order from across the road and they’ll deliver it to your table.

We were back here on Saturday afternoon as well after exploring Central and The Peak.

A much nicer place than Fatt’s around the corner.