again cos I thought the ramen was pretty good, and worth a second try. I have not, however, managed to go there for dinner to try their famed bijin nabe (made from the goodness of chicken collagen).
I really want to try the tonkotsu ramen king but I'm too lazy to queue and they don't accept bookings. #firstworldproblems
60B Orchard Road
The Atrium-Orchard Level #03-81
Tel 6336 5003
Monday, September 23, 2013
I'd say it's a hard fight between this and Aoki, but I would probably go back to Aoki's as first choice because of the pricing and location - going to the Tanjong Pagar area during lunch time is a pain.
60 Tras Street
Opened Monday to Sat
12pm-3pm, 6pm -11pm
On another note, I just watched this BBC documentary called "Cold Chain" and it's very interesting - Ewan McGregor shows how healthcare workers get vaccinations to some of the worlds most remote places - if you're free click here for the youtube link - there's 2 films - one is on Nepal and the other is Congo.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
I had dinner at the Naked Finn and was totally blown away by the freshness of the seafood and the cooking. I don't really go to seafood restaurants cos they tend to be overpriced, and sometimes it's mediocre food. Plus, with the amount of oil and sauces used, it's hard to taste the seafood and I'd rather save my salt and oil calorie quota for better stuff (like the amazing milk and butter pork ribs from 2 chefs!). I was expecting a bigger restaurant at first, and the first impression was rather underwhelming. It's a tiny whitewashed brick building, with plastic walls (like a green house), and you can see and hear everything going on outside.
|-12 degrees peach cocktail ($20++)|
Unfortunately for me, they were out of kyoho grapes :(
The peach cocktail is pretty good (can't remember the name but it's along the lines of white momo) - instead of fresh fruit juice, they use fresh fruit juice sorbets to keep the cocktails cool and undiluted. It is a bit like a alcoholic, very fruity smoothie. If they're out of Kyoho grapes the next time, I'd definitely order this, since peach is one of my favourite fruits).
The menu is very simple and straightforward, but since this was my first time there, I decided to stick to the set, which gave a very comprehensive overview of their dishes. The seafood is grouped intomollusca, decapoda (lobster), fish and sides.
They gave us some sauce for dipping, which I found completely unnecessary, given the freshness of the food. Plus I really liked that the seafood was lightly flavoured, so that the freshness really shines. But for those who like heavier seasoning, you're at liberty to add as much or as little extra condiments as you want.
|Fancy chilled kangkong ($10++)|
The kangkong is done just right - still slightly crisp but not undercooked, and tossed with lime juice (I thought that the lime was a bit too strong for my liking, but I think it should be fine for most other people). I liked the friend shallots on top too. Plus you're saving lots of calories since there's hardly any oil used in the preparation. I would have liked it better if they included the kangkong in their seafood set for 2 rather than the salad.
|Chilled Piquant Vermicelli|
So when I tasted their bee hoon (vermicelli and bee hoon, it's like saying long black and kopi-O-kosong) I was amazed that bee hoon could taste so good.
Garlic oil, apparently a bit of lime (which I couldn't really taste) and soft moist bee hoon, topped with chives. It was very moist (but not sopping wet or soggy). I suppose that the bee hoon absorbs whatever flavoring that is added, so it was very tasty. I think I ate 3/4 of the plate :/
|Grilled African Lobsters with unsalted butter|
|Lightly grilled diver-caught great Atlantic Scallop|
|Huge scallops! So large even after cooking!!|
The scallops here are so big juicy and sweet, that I felt that I've been missing out on all that nice grilled flavours when I eat it raw. I think it tastes even better than scallop sashimi.
|Grilled baby indian squids with sea salt and olive oil|
|Pan-fried barramundi with sea salt and olive oil|
|Creme Brulee ($10++)|
I'll definitely be back for supper cos I am dying to try their prawn mee, which is only served for supper (1030pm onwards), and I'm so glad that I dragggggged my dslr out or it wouldn't do justice to the food.
41 Malan Road
Monday to Thurs 6-12mn
Fri to Sat 6pm-2am
Eve of PH 6pm-2am
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Valentinos is my favourite Italian restaurant. I think they have the best burrata in Singapore, and I really like their salad, tonato and lobster pasta with pink sauce. It's a family tradition to go to Valentinos for a meal for my mum's birthday in August, cos they're closed for the whole of June.
I think some of the things we ordered are off the menu, so check with your server for the availability.
I think this might be off the menu, but it's really nice and you can always check with your server.
I was so crazy over this dish at one point that I even made my own (requires capers, anchovies, tuna, mayonnaise, garlic and blender), but I couldn't get the texture to be as smooth as Valentinos.
|Lamb Ragut with Penne|
|Beef Short Ribs|
#01-19 The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Road
Strongly suggest that you make a booking - it's packed even on weekdays
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Btw Peony Jade's Mango cheese mooncake are the best I've tried so far! Really delicious! I'm not a big fan of durian so I wasn't interested in the mao shan wang mooncake but the mango cheese was very fruity, refreshing and not too sweet. They also have salted caramel gula melaka which I didn't quite like cos the texture was too sticky and gooey for my liking and a pink guava mooncake (didn't like the taste).
|Chicken of the day ($39++)|
Pretty interesting dish but it was a bit underseasoned.
When this came, I was dismayed to find that there was so much orange zest! Ok but then again it's a citrus tart, just that I especially dislike orange/grapefruit/mandarins/tangerines/yuzu. I'm only fine with lemon when it's in lemonade and in lemon tarts/curd and maybe sangria. At least, it was quite easy to scrape off. I prefer Marmalade Pantry's lemon tart to this. The lemon layer is a bit too jelly like for my liking though they're really generous with the meringue.
I think that they probably use much more mascarpone cheese in relation to the heavy cream, so the cream portion is much heavier and stiffer. There's also a dollop of mascarpone cheese.
I had a difficult time scraping off the orange zest cos it sank into the cheese portions :( If I had known I would have asked them to just omit it and leave my tiramisu unadulterated.
The very wobbly pannacotta. No complaints here but if I had space for one dessert, tiramisu will be it! Not to say that it wasn't nice but it's not one of my more favourite desserts.
We were seated next to the glass windows so I had awesome lighting - even my iphone 5 photos look so nice without photoediting! :D I think I'll come back for their pasta/risotto and tiramisu but I don't think I'll queue 1h (though Vivo has so many shops it's not that painful to queue).
1 HarborFront Walk
Friday, September 13, 2013
Didn't try the brunch/lunch here but the Snickers Tart really blew me away! Especially significant since I'm not a fan of snickers to begin with.
The shortcrust pastry was nice and firm, neither to buttery/dry or crumbly, the choc layer nice and thick and this gooey nougat like centre which was like a more liquid version of the snickers innards. I think it's topped with shards of honeycomb?
It was about $7 or $8 I can't remember cos I was rushing off after dessert but this tart is definitely a winner. Though I don't think I want to stress my pancreas too much and finish the whole thing. About 1/4 or 1/3 should be enough sugar for the day.
This was the ice cream waffle - pretty average, perhaps it was overshadowed by the awesome snickers tart.
They have quite an interesting selection of teas - and I picked the silver tips cos according to what I learnt on the tea plantation in Sri Lanka, silver tips are the most prized part of the whole tea plant. I'm no tea connoisseur - I think it tastes pretty much like how most teas taste, perhaps a little milder and silver tips are supposed to lower your cholesterol :D
Brunch looks good - will consider coming back perhaps on a Sunday (Saturdays carpark sucks here)
Group Therapy Cafe
49 Duxton Road
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
|Australian Filet Migon|
Everyone else ate the beef, which looked and smelt really good. I think that for the price, the portion is really generous and the general consensus was that the beef was very yummy, doneness perfect. I snitched a bit of the mashed potatoes - very rich and creamy - definitely has lots of butter.
Level 3 Swissotel The Stamford
2 Stamford Road
Monday, September 9, 2013
Went to Bacchanalia in June to celebrate 2 birthdays (super long ago I know, but the food was good++ so I decided to write about it!)
It's a swanky restaurant located in the Maisonic club (a very nondescript building), which I trudged past x3 looking for (no signs outside!). It's this blue coloured building just before the post office.
The restaurant encourages sharing, and that each person have 3 savory dishes and 1 dessert. Besides being chopped into smaller pieces, I don't see how these portions encourage sharing, it just makes the minuscule portion size it even more painfully obvious. The whole time I was just thinking to myself that if only I could get another spoon full of this delicious dish, and I had to consciously ration each scoop and savored each morsel of food.
|Prawn Risotto ($28++)|
|Aubergine Assam ($16++)|
|Hamachi Carambola ($26++)|
I liked how the chef used starfruit, which is so readily available locally but hardly used in most restaurants. The citrus wasn't very obvious (thankfully), the hamachi very fresh and slightly raw.
|HD scallops ($26++)|
Option of adding a caviar supplements 5g for $50
|Cauliflower Gratin ($17++)|
|Steak and Eggs ($16++)|
|Foie Gras Satay ($30++)|
This was extremely small I don't know how they expect us to share this I could have easily demolished this in 3 mouth fulls.
I think that if you like Black Swan's decor and music, you'll probably like this place. The interior has red velvety cushioned seating, with muted lighting and a really pretty lamps. Very luxurious and swanky, and feels like you're not in Singapore. If you're bored and have time, go read the reviews on trip advisor - some of them are hilarious (mostly directed at the portion sizes).
The Masonic Club
23A Coleman Street