Saturday, June 28, 2008
I'm so busy :( Sch just started and I can't wait for it to end! Argh! And my blog is dying cos I haven't even got the time to go online! Now I know why people become IT dinosaurs - it's cos they dun have the time to do anything and on weekends they just collapse and hibernate at home.
Ok so super long ago, when I just came back from my hol (it's actually 1 wk ago but it feels like eons :/) I went to eat lunch at Zhou's Kitchen. It's located at this buliding infront of Anchor Point, where Paddyfields previously was and it's run by Tung Lok Group. I must say that Tung Lok Grout restaurants have quite a good food standard - but of course they're all Chinese food.
Pork Trotters and Jellyfish Cold Dish
Spinach Tofu with Mushrooms - used to be very rare but then now lots of restaurants serve this. It's quite a big portion and there are lots of mushrooms and veggies. Of course, it's all covered in sauce... the reason why I don't really like chinese food - cos all the taste comes from slathering food with sauce and not really tasting the food itself.
Egg white with Scallops - it reminds me of this very delicious scrambled egg white with scallops and white truffle oil from Jade Palace Restaurant (which I shall blog about later) but of course, there's not white truffle oil.
Duck Eefu Noodles - I like eefu noodles somehow it's quite hard to find it outside restaurants...
Zhou's Kitchen Speciality Noodles - I can't remember much - it's not too bad but not very memorable. Good if you don't want a lighter soupier meal. The soup is pretty tasty but by the time I ate it the noodles were a bit soggy. The nuts gave it an interesting crunch and it's not often you see nuts in soupy noodles.
Mango Pomelo Sago - it's not very nice not the creamy kind which I like and the mangos are quite sour and the soup is too sweet.
Interesting decor outsideOverall, the dining experience was enjoyable - good service, good food (passable cos it's chinese food), good ambience and it's another place that I will go to instead of Crystal Jade all the time. Best of all, the pricings are resaonable. I can't remember the exact pricing for the dishes, but then it was about $70 for 3 people.
Monday, June 23, 2008
This is a super back logged post from early June... DBS was having a 1for1 set lunch offer (or not I'll never even touch this place).
Lawry's famed spinning iced bowl salad. It comes with every main course - a crisp tasty salad with beetroot, egg, croutons, cherry tomato dressed in Lawry's Vintage Dressing. Other than the taste, the second best thing about the salad is the performance. A huge metal bowl sitting in ice is wheeled to your table - and the salad ingredients are added. The bowl is then spun and the dressing is added dramatically (think teh tarik style).
Oven Baked Tenderloin- $52.80
Crispy Braised Lamb shank - it's braised, breaded and fried, but sadly, the braising breading and frying didn't make it taste any better. This was my main course but I didn't really enjoy it. I didn't like the breaded crust because it was very hard and pokey and kept poking my mouth. The flavour of the lamb wasn't really there either - just tasted quite bland and oily. It costs a whopping $46.80++ I've eaten better lamb shank for <$20 (Cafe Oliv and Secret Recipe). Side dish - creamed spinach ($6.50++)
It's very rich and has lots of bacon bits inside.
My bill came to $74.90 - ok for Lawry's but there are many other places where I can get better lunch for the same price.
My conclusion is that unless you have a fetish for young and old women in maid uniforms with crisply starched aprons and perfectly tied ribbons, or you like paying alot for your food and don't mind it being below average, Lawry's is perfect for you.
Lawry's The Prime Rib
290 Orchard Road
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Aiya! I just realised that my cake has all the candles! So much for trying to be forever 21! HAIZ!! (and Claire, thanks for not putting my age - guess that this is the nicst pict of my cake cos it doesn't have the ugly tablecloth).
Though it looks pretty unappetising here cos it's all melting and wet (cos it survived the long journey back and I cut it straight away without letting it chill in the fridge) picture of my half melted Etoile cake. Basically, it's a half mousse half sponge cake. The top most layer is a layer of rich bittersweet chocolate, dusted with chocolate powder. The underlayers below is a mixture of spongy chocolate cake and chocolate mousse. It's fantastic chilled (just ate some from the fridge just now) and taste very chocolatey, moussey held together in a cake shape by the sponge.
Do note that there is a little alchohol inside (but you can't taste it).
My cake is the Etoile, which is chocolate mousse and chocolate sponge, and I've also tried the Concorde (chocolate mousse, chocolate sponge and chocolate meringue) which I find too sweet but it's quite popular. They also have a Chocolate Royal which sounds pretty interesting - chocolate mousse, chocolate sponge and hazelnut crunch.Sweet Secrets
9 Bishan Place
#B1-10 Junction 8
Other branches - Upper THomson Road, Serangoon Gardens, Great World City, International Plaza.
Senso offers valet parking - at a small sum (compared to your dinner) of $8 .
The dining area is divided into al fresco dining (in the court yard, which has lots of vegetation, fountains and looks real windy and nice) and a larger airconed dining area further inside. Bread Basket
Complimentary starter - smoked salmon and crisped onions, with black pepper.
Asparagi e scampi ($26) - Steamed white asparagus and baked langoustines (fancy name for Norway Lobster) served with morel mushrooms and butter emulsion. I thought that the scampi was too soggy and aneroxic.
Minestrone Soup ($16) was a hearty soup full of chopped vegetables, not too salty but very flavourful. It's a huge bowl for $16 so I think it's pretty worth the price (unlike the tiny lobster thing above).
This is the best dish of the night - the Sea Urchin and Caviar Angel Hair Pasta with Saffron Cream Sauce($28). If I had just this dish for dinner, I'd have given the restaurant 4.5/5 stars. The angel hair was cooked al dente, infused in the saffron cream sauce, with uni (my favourite food ever!) and with little black beads of caviar. I want to eat this again:)
Sardinian Mussels Spaghetti ($28) - was dissappointing. Apart from the tender mussels, the spaghetti was overcooked, and the noodles were very bland - There was none of the sweetness I expected from the shellfish in the noodles. Perhaps it's meant to be this way? But I definitely will not order this again. Rigatoni with Rabbit meat sauce ($32). It had a very strong 'stew smell' and slightly starchy sauce. (The kind where after you cook your meat sauce you put it into the fridge uncovered and smell it the next day - but its not like this isn't fresh... it's just that the smell reminds me of this)
Cioccolata ($16) - Chocolate cake with molten centre and Pistachio ice cream. The chocolate thing was crispy on the outside, with a liquid chocolate centre - way better than Menotti's or any other chocolate larva cake I've tasted. Senso has a nicely decorated court yard where you can dine al fresco - its pretty windy too, but we sat indoors. The staff are attentive (they top up your water once you've drank an inch), knowledgable and helpful.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Mayonnaise Prawn - very lemony and oily. The prawns were fresh and the combination of prawn and mayo can never go wrong.
Oyster Omelette - which was my fave dish of the night. The oysters were embedded inside a golden yellow omelette, and there were many many oysters.
Packed with delicious fresh globules of oyster - it's probably the freshest oysters (other than the raw kind) that I've eaten. Not a single piece of the many oysters that I ate tasted grainy. I hate having the gritty feel of sand when I eat shellfish.
Steamed Promfet - fresh, steamed just right and with tasty gravy.
Stir Fried Crayfish - I didn't quite like this dish cos the sauce just masked the taste of everything. One reason why I don't like Chinese food is because they have so much sauce that I can't taste the real flavour of the main ingredient.
Chye Poh Kway Teow - It's supposed to be a teochew dish (though (I've never had it before but then again I haven't tired alot of teochew food). It was an interesting dish, and I'd have eaten more if not for the long wait in between dishes. I didn't like the burnt crispy surface noodles, but other than that, I found the dish quite good (since I like kway teow).
People say this is the best Ohr Nee in Singapore. I'm not a great Ohr Nee fan, because it's so oily and filling. There's lots of pumpkin (my fave part of the dish) and ginko nuts too. The Ohr Nee is very smooth, not too gooey or thick. I was younger, my dad (who hates pumpkin) always ordered Ohr Nee without pumpkin and I never knew Ohr Nee came with pumpkin till very much later.
To the person who got 8 of his friends to come down for the makan session, but couldn't because of a dish washing mishap, hope you get well soon! I'm sure your friends gave you a detailed account of dinner - they took photos of every single dish for you!
But for the planning, logistics and other people who helped organise this,
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Small animals are yummy!
Kanpachi in sesame sauce, topped with crispy bits of brown stuff.
This is a pseudo-onsen tamago (pseudo since there aren't any onsens in S'pore... but alot of other restaurants serve this) with some queer vegetables (can't rem the name) and uni (sea urchin). Onsen Tamago, or hot spring eggs are traditionally eggs cooked in hot springs, and the yolk is slightly hardened whilst the egg white is soft and runny. Makes me think of a microwaved egg since it's cooked from the inside... Of course, it's inside a martini glass so you're meant to slurp it down. Yum!
These are the Sawagani, little crabs that you usually see happily sealed inside packets in Iseatan. They're very small and can be eaten in one chomp. I just did a bit of reasearch online - it's pretty interesting to find that what I've learnt in microbiology has an application. When we were taught about Paragonimus westermani , and it being transmitted by uncooked crabs, I was wondering why the heck people won't cook their crabs well - all the crabs recipes I know of requires the crab being cooked throughly... there have been cases where people developed Paragonimus after ingesting undercooked Sawagani crabs.
2 sawagani crabs each - the crab has a shatteringly crispy shell, and a juicy interior. Beats all the insitant packet snacks I've tried... The legs are very pokey though, so open your mouth big big and don't scratch your face!Fugu jerky with roe mayonnaise. The sweetened meat was soft and chewy, but didn't really have much taste - just that it went really well with the mayo. Our first sashimi dish - Aji (mackerel). The mackerel tastes better with ponzu sauce, as opposed to the usual shoyu with grated ginger and spring onions. The bones were later deep fried and served as a snack.Sashimi platter - with snapper, otoro and salmon belly. Tuna simmered in stock. The part used was the part between the head and the jaw or something like that... very fatty, soft and melt in the mouth. Hope the omega 3 fatty acids can zoom to my brain and make me smarter!
Aburi Salmon belly sushi - some of the delicious fats melt and the oil trickles down into the rice.
Botan Ebi (big head prawn)Deep fried prawn head - don't waste any part of the fish :D
Hirame (flounder) Fin sushi - very ex and coveted.
Seared Aburi Toro sushi - like the salmon, the oils oozed into the rice and made everything so yummy.
Uni sushi - unis are my favouritest shellfish in the world! They are soft, wobbly and sweet and tastes of the sea. But beware - stale uni looks like diarrhoea and taste like crap.
Hamachi (yellowtail) soup with clams. The clams were soft and tender, and and gave the soup a slight metallic taste and sweetness.
This is the first time I'm trying the Japanese musk melon - I've only tried the $6 Thailand-grown-Japanese-strain musk melon from NTUC so far. The juice spurts out and the aroma of the melon is fantastic. I think all Japanese fruits are delicious - strawberries, grapes (taste like Qoo drink!), peaches, tomatoes, cucumber ahhh I wanna live in a farm in Japan and eat all the food :D:D:D
The counter was empty when we came at 6.30pm, but filled up and the place was packed by 8pm. The branch at Orchard Parade Hotel was actually set up because Tanglin Shopping Center was rumoured to go enblock. Akashi Orchard Parade Hotel beats Tanglin shopping Centre hands down - even though they're just next door to each other.The chef Don Goh who fed us the delicious food.
Because it's so ex and now my tastebuds won't be satisfied by just Cha Soba at Akashi anymore.
Akashi Japanese Restaurant
1 Tanglin Road, #01-01A
Orchard Parade Hotel