Tuesday, August 25

Prive, CHJIMES

Despite working near CHIJMES, I hardly ventured into the newly-revoated space till last weekend and I love what they did with the space. And Prive at CHIJMES? Wow, we didn't feel like we were in Singapore (save for the bloody heat); it almost reminded me of Napa Valley (again, save for the bloody heat). 









Service was pleasing and the food good to above average; honestly, with an ambience like this, I am prepared to accept decent grub. I would definitely order the Miso Cod Burger (especially with those awesome double-triple-fried fries) and Roasted Pork Belly Aglio Olio again. Oh yes, that iced coffee float, which is my new thing these days, was amazing shiiiit in this ungodly humidity.  

Friday, August 21

Ramen Keisuke Tori King, 100AM


Ever since my Marutama experience 8 glorious years ago, I have stayed clear of chicken-based ramen. That was how traumatised my tastebuds were. When the colleague suggested Ramen Keisuke Tori King for lunch, I readily agreed, no doubt lured by the promise of free hardboiled eggs and sesame-marinated beansprouts. 

I was pretty much blown away by what we got. This picture above is my colleague's Green Spicy as I didn't have the foresight to snap a picture - I honestly didn't think I was going to enjoy my meal as much as I did.

I had Black Spicy ramen; despite the sinister-looking pool of chili oil and grounded black pepper, it ended up being quite mild. Nonetheless, it was still a ridiculously delectable bowl of goodness. The chicken leg and charshu were haplessly tender, and I slurped up every drop of that gloriously creamy broth.

Wednesday, August 19

Ginza Kuroson, Takashimaya


Udon + Tempura + Kaisen Donburi


Awesome lunch at Ginza Kuroson, Takashimaya

Monday, August 17

Epicurean Market 2015

I have read and heard mixed reviews about Epicurean Market, so I wasn't expecting to be wowed. Truth is most celebrity chefs in Singapore don't bring their A-game to Singapore anyway. KW and I didn't have much expectations - I think we treated it as a rare time-out from the kids. As such, we both had a really good time as evidenced by lighter pockets and tighter waistlines. 

ADRIFT BY DAVID MEYERS

Probably my favourite store as the food was good and prices weren't exorbitant. 


King Crab Melt 

Oh man, KW brought this for me when I was queuing up for Waku Ghin. I was so freakin' hungry, I wolfed it down in 3 bites. Yes, that was me, shoving this toastie into my face. No regrets. 


Pineapple Tamarind Glazed Pork Ribs 

Lip-smacking and finger-lickin' good, get your napkins ready. 


Black Sesame Custard

Tasted pretty darn close to an ice cream but it is an ice cream that didn't melt as we tucked into the savouries. Also served as a palate cleanser.  


Laksa Popcorn

Yeah, thankfully they didn't slap on a SG50 logo. Pretty interesting and authentic but get this to share, I doubt one or two people can finish this on their own. 

WAKU GHIN BY TETSUYA WAKUDA

Like many, Waku Ghin was admittedly the store I was gunning for because no way in hell am I going to spend $600 onwards on a meal there. Sorry to say but the two dishes we had were the most underwhelming of the lot we tried.


Marinated Botan Shrimp with sea urchin and oscietra caviar

Hmm yeah ok. That's about it. Moving on.


Slow Cooked Short Rib

Super duper tender but that was about it. The potato puree was baby-lotion smooth but bland without the sauce. 

CUT & SPAGO BY WOLFGANG PUCK


Crabcake

I could have more of this close-to-filler-free crabcake but at $15 a pop, satiation sure comes at a price.


Tuna Tartare

Fresh and flavourful tartare hugged within a crisp sesame-speckled cone. Delightful!


Truffle Anglotti 

Kind of like mac & cheese but with charred sweet corn. 

OSTERIA MOZZA BY NANCY SILVERTON


Squid Ink Chitarra Freddi with sea urchin, fresh crabmeat and jalapeño pesto

If you need something filling, try this. It is refreshingly satisfying, yet the afterbite tingles with some heat from the jalepeno. 

BREAD STREET KITCHEN BY GORDON RAMSAY


Roasted Pork Belly Sliders

Though the skin wasn't crackling, it was pretty good! I like how they didn't just use any ol' bun. 


Shredded Beef Brisket with Pickled Onions and Crackers

This was pretty good too though if you have limited stomach space, don't worry about skipping this.

RISE & SWEET SPOT (MARINA BAY SANDS)




After all we had, I just needed a drink but that led to a gloriously smooth coffee gelato, a couple of mini pastries and lovely mint cream-topped waffle. Yeah, would have been nice if I could be wheeled out of MBS.

Friday, August 14

Sin Lee Foods, Jalan Bukit Ho Swee

I really enjoyed my time at Sin Lee Foods. Although KW thought the food was so-so, I appreciated the relaxing vibe of that cafe, friendly earnest service and tasty fusion grub. The one-pager menu is tight (or limited, to some people), which might explain why you see certain dishes over and over again. 


A starter worth the hype is the Aburi Broccoli Salad. Roasted broccoli gets sexed up with a ridiculously yummy white balsamic dressing, strewn with crunchy papadum and freshly grated aged parmesan cheese. Love this! After ordering one portion to share, I had another one for myself. 


I was looking forward to the Salted Egg Sweet Potato Fries, which was topped with housemade salted duck's egg sauce. Unfortunately, the salted egg sauce was quite a letdown, lacking punch and oomph. According to the recipe they offer to soshiok!, it looks short of a few ingredients such as chicken granule cube, chill padi and curry leaves... so that is my humble deduction. 


One of the most recognisable mains is their Fried Chicken & Waffles. I do love har cheong gai (prawn paste chicken) so this juicy fried chicken was a winner in my books. However, the waffle was sorrowfully pale, yearning for a good couple of minutes on the toaster. With the melted maple butter on the side, it made more sense to finish the fried chicken before moving onto the waffle and melted maple butter as a dessert. Two dishes for the price of one? Hey ho, score! 


Another signature is main is Beef & Grains, medium rare seared marbled striploin, with orzo 'rice' and fried egg.


Tasty though soupier than expected, so if you like your mui fun, you would be a happy cow.

We didn't have desserts but the affrogato was gamely potent.


Tubby's thoughts, "Papa, I'm pleased to report they don't serve Eggs Benedict here."

This picture still cracks me up.

Wednesday, August 12

Motorino Pizza, Clarke Quay

Ah Motorino, such fond memories! Motorino was one of our favourite eateries when KW and I went to New York City for our honeymoon. They have an outlet now in Singapore (after Hong Kong and Manila) and we visited to celebrate my grandmother's birthday.


Before carb-loading, we had a couple of salad - Caesar and Mixed Greens. Thought it made for a less than usual presentable, stacking it all into a bowl didn't seem like a practical way to eat salads.


I can't comment much as the dressing was served on the side, upon our family's request. I very much prefer my salads tossed by the deft hands of the kitchen staff.


The meatballs were a hefty golf-ball-sized, one would fill you and two would knock you over. Approach with caution. Though tender, it would be good if there were a sear to counter the looming monotony.


The steamed clams, ubiquitous but serviceable. The lonesome toast did not make for good sharing but there were pizzas coming up so you would not want to load up on too much bread. 


The chicken wings are seriously good! Make sure everyone around the table has at least one or it could get ugly.

The menu is tight and this is a pizzeria, so you don't have any other options for mains if you are gluten-intolerant. Then again, ordering another bowl of wings doesn't seem like a bad idea.


BRUSSELS SPROUT & BACON 


FRESH CLAM


CREMINI MUSHROOM & SAUSAGE 


MARGHERITA 

With an impressive oven onsite, the pizzas were all awesome, completed with charred puffy crusts. I am not going to psychoanalyse them individually as they kind of melded the same after a while but they were respectable pizzas. If I have to nitpick, the clam pizza was paltry with toppings.


I absolutely love tiramisu and had to try Motorino's version. A lovely creamy tiramisu though the bottom was a wee bit too wet.


The sweet people at Motorino served us a slice of Torta Al Ciccolato as they knew we were celebrating our grandmother's birthday and this was WTF good. Kneel-over dense and insanely rich.


Don't worry, yours truly made sure we didn't leave anything behind.

Like their pizzas, the service was earnest and pleasing - a rarity in the industry these days.

Monday, August 10

Jubilee weekend

How was your sg50 weekend? I am beyond thankful it is a 4-day weekend!


We had a small sg50 dinner gathering with friends. After parties, KW and I usually have this post-modem discussion, but this time round, we just talked about how lucky we were to have friends as fun and down-to-earth this group of people. 


A "mod sin" menu including "Yu Sheng" salad, truffle mee pok, salted egg chicken and Wagyu MB4 steak.


Gahhh! I love salted egg chicken and I am thrilled this tasted pretty darn close to what you get at tze char stalls. Just don't ask how much butter I used. 


Awesome friends brought durian 猫山王 and 皇中皇; awesome colleagues brought desserts from Le Cafe.


Threenagers Russell and Owen bonded over bubble wands (too cute for words). FYI bubble wands sabres rock.


Loads of quality time spent with the kiddos too. After our regular Munckin-and-Mummy breakfast date, I took Russell to see the RSAF Black Knights. We survived the trip, public transportation, crowds and all. It was the Munckin's first time on the MRT; I think he prefers the bus with the option of scenery.



We also took the kids to SEA Aquarium, which never fails to amaze me. I am actually tempted to get a RWS season pass just for this attraction. 


Lunch with my sister and brother-in-law at Sin Lee Foods, which I will save for another post. But all in all, I am both thankful and proud to be a Singaporean!