Wagyu Beef Shabu Shabu @ Azmaya

9 Aug

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We had a chance to visit this authentic Japanese Shabu Shabu restaurant and the experience was awesome! Azmaya is a fairly new Japanese Shabu Shabu restaurant at Robertson Quay with bosses from Japan.

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While we were early and the place was empty, we were surprised to find out that the place had already been fully booked. Lesson learnt here is that one has to make reservation to avoid being disappointed. A look in the restaurant, one could find many of the patrons being Japanese. We thought to ourselves that the food must be authentic since the Japanese also patronised this place.

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Let’s cut the chase and talk about the speciality here. The speciality is none other than their snow dome soup with wagyu beef Shabu Shabu. Yes, the soup is snowy white which seems to be cooked with egg whites and milk. While the soup is not meant for drinking, it is only meant for the dipping and swiping of the meat in the soup. What really drew our interest is the A5 wagyu beef! We have nothing but praises for the quality of the beef.  It’s so fresh and every mouth of it taste sweet. Just a look at the texture and the colour of the beef, we know its fresh and delicious.

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We went for the Pork and A5 Wagyu Shabu Shabu Buffet which allows us to have unlimited servings of pork and wagyu beef for 2 hours. Apart from the meat, we were given some vegetables, bean sprouts, mushrooms and Udon to go along with our free flow of pork and beef.  Yes! I bet we would have taken more protein than any other day but it’s all worth while.

Conclusion: While a hotpot may be perfect for a cold and rainy day, I reckoned a hotpot such as Azmaya will be good for any other day. This is a good place for gathering and get along with friends. However, the Pork and Wagyu Shabu Shabu Buffet is at no cheap price tag of S$90 per person. After all, one is paying for the quality. It may be more worthwhile when Azmaya provides special promotion discount off the price up to 50%.

Verdict: 8.5/10

Address: 30 Robertson Quay #01-12/13, Singapore 238251
Contact: +65 6737 6863 
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High tea @ Halia – Botanic Gardens

24 May

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We were spoilt for choices on where to have our high tea session and finally decided to settle at Halia. A place which is more relaxed and closed to the greens. The good thing about Halia is that one could enjoy high tea in a lush greenery setting, away from the bustling city. Life is good, ya?

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The high tea starts from 3pm to 5pm and Halia does not take reservation(s) during this time. There were not many people while we were there and we got a table fairly quickly. Now you would be heartened to know that apart from Botanic Gardens, the high tea is also available at the Raffles Hotel outlet. Hence, those whom prefer a centralized location may want to try the Halia at Raffles Hotel instead. However, we would go for the greens anytime. I was seated near the edge and happened to chance upon this snail on the leaf. Don’t you think It’s a luxury to have this kind of relaxed lifestyle?

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The high tea set which is priced at $28++ per person, though not a buffet, I think it’s rather comprehensive. One is able to select coffee or any of the available tea in the menu. The photo being showcased here is a showcase of what is in there for the high tea set. (please note that this is for 2 pax) Do go to the website to have an overview of what is being served for the high tea.

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Amongst all other things like scones, smoked salmon, there are pastries and cakes like macaroons, Green tea tiramisu and eclair. My favourite is the Macaroons, nice and creamy while not being too sweet.

Conclusion: For the top notch service and nice greenery, we thought this place is worth a visit. When the time allows, we will definitely considered coming back here again. Also of course, if the wallet allows…. LOL 😛

Verdict: 7/10

1 Cluny Road
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Singapore 259569
http://www.thehalia.com/
Contact: (65) 8444 1148
 

Fukuichi Japanese Dining

19 Apr

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It has been awhile since my last update and I apologise for the delay as my notebook was down all this while. Finally have my notebook back and running!

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Anyway, if you are wondering where to have a nice Japanese cuisine near Somerset area next time, think no more and head to Fukuichi at TripleOne Somerset. It was our first time here and the food was suprisingly good.

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Let’s cut to the chase and talk about the food. We started our meal with a Mekajiki (Swordfish sashimi) (S$18). Thick slices of swordfish sashimi were presented in front of us shortly. We have always loved swordfish sashimi and as expected the sashimi here were really fresh and sweet. Oh man, I could never stop at one…. Thumbs up!

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Next is the Shir Maguro Maki (Seared White Tuna roll) (S$20). I think the photo doesn’t do justice to how good it had tasted. Oh my, this was really good, the tuna was really tasty. This was executed perfectly and we really enjoyed it. We would recommend this anytime.

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While the next Goma Toro Maki (Sesame & Tuna Belly Roll) (S$18) was one of the recommended dishes. We have thought that this paled in comparison to the Shir Maguro Maki (Seared White Tuna roll). We thought this was average.

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Lastly, we got ourselves one each of the Spider Temaki (Soft Shell Crab Handroll) (S$8) and the Tekka Temaki (Tuna Handroll) (S$4). We thought these were average but they were pretty affordable so no complaints.

Conclusion: We reckoned that you wouldn’t go wrong with the food here. With its convenient location in prime area and competitive prices, we think that this place definitely deserves a visit from you.

Verdict: 7/10

Fukuichi Japanese Dining
111 Somerset Road
TripleOne Somerset
Tel: +65 6271 5586

 

Jones the Grocer @ Dempsey Hill Singapore

13 Mar

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We trust that this place doesn’t require any formal introduction as many would have been to or heard of this place. Jones the Grocer is an Australian gourmet food retailer which offers amongst their grocery their brunches, breakfast, desserts and food for our soul. Jones the Grocer has 2 outlets in Singapore, with the one at Mandarin Gallery being the newer one.

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We were at the Dempsey Hill outlet on a bright and sunny afternoon and of course a lazy afternoon which dampen our mood for anything but lazing around for brunches. Be prepared to queue when you are planning a breakfast or brunch there. While there were only the 2 of us, we were lucky to get a table fairly quickly. The weather was so humid and warm on that day, which made me chose a ice cold latte over my daily cup of hot coffee although I did felt remorseful over my choice later on. The latte was bland and I could hardly taste the bitter taste of the coffee beans that I would have preferred. Oh well, at least the ice cold drink was good for a hot weather like this. My SO ordered their Earl Grey tea which came in a delicate serving tray and cute little tea pot. The tea was fragrant, just like your average tea bag. We guess drinks were not their forte though.

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Food wise, we ordered their big breakfast equivalent – Jones English Breakfast and the club sandwich. Jones English Breakfast is a dish with everything which allows one to have poached/scrambled eggs, grilled bacon, pork sausages, sauteed mushroom, 2 thick slices of bread and roasted tomato. All was good except that we would have preferred bread with a softer nature. The bread was too hard for our liking.

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The club sandwich on the other hand gave us a pleasant surprise. Though seem simple but the taste of the eggs, hams, turkey, avocado and lettuce were rather complete and a wonderful combination. If you ask me, I would prefer the club sandwich to the english breakfast.

Conclusion: I think Jones the Grocer will be a strong contestant for the best cafes in Singapore. However, one may wish to take note that this place has been sort of over-rated and you may be paying more for the brand and ambience than what the food is really worth of.

Verdict: 6.5/10

Jones the grocer
9 Dempsey road
#01-12 Tanglin Village
Tel: 6476 1512

Suprette

26 Jan

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This year’s food porn started kinda late. Was busy with mundane stuff and have been spending my time shuffling from work to hospital. We finally had a chance to take a break and do brunch at this truly hidden find – Suprette. Suprette is a fairly new hideout, which have just surfaced in this industry for 3 past 4 months. I have reckoned that people will not be able to figure out that there is a cafe/restaurant at a budget hotel. The cafe is not visibly seen from the outside which makes it a perfect hideout.

Well, to be honest, I have been struggling whether to share this post online. The power of social media can never be looked down upon… The side effect is that we could no longer enjoy some easy cosy time there. Hahaha 😛 However, we concurred that sharing is giving. And here you go.

To begin with, this place is rather small and I’m not sure whether they are able to take reservations. Long story short, be there early if you guys are planning to have brunch there. They are closed for dinner preparation from 2.30 pm onwards. Haha, yes I wish they had stretched their timing a bit as we are the same as everyone. We just wish we could snuggle in the comfort of our bed longer.

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It’s our first time here and how could we have missed out the Suprette Burger. Suprette Burger is basically a burger with a thick beef patty and cheese. The beef was done just right and I thought it will be a worth a try when anyone of you are here. Meanwhile, the side dishes are a generous servings of fries. The catch is if you are here for dinner. All mains come with a side salad and free flow of fries. Thumbs up. Though I thought the servings of fries are generous enough already… Haaaaaa~~

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Next is the Welsh Rarebit. What an interesting name, “Rabbit”. Lol, for a moment, I thought its rabbit. Welsh Rarebit is basically a cheese on toast. The taste was okay but a little tad too salty for our liking. Perhaps, the chef went a little heavy on the cheese that day. Oh well, at least it’s edible. Lol.

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We ordered ourselves a drink after all these heavy food. Ahhhh, my favourite: coffee. The latte here, though was simple but was smooth and just nice for our liking.

Conclusion: Next time when you are around the corner, why not just pop by this lovely little hideout and give it a try. We hope you will have a pleasant time like we did. Thank you for reading.

Verdict: 7/10

383 Jalan Besar,
Singapore 209001
Kam Leng Hotel Lobby
 
Contact: +65 6298 8962
 
Open Daily
7am to 11:30pm
Till 2am on Friday & Saturday

Lovely Find @ River Palace Chinese Restaurant

24 Nov

It has been awhile since my last post. This time, I would like to share with you guys a lovely find and perhaps a hidden find at River Palace Chinese Restaurant. River Palace Chinese Restaurant features Ala-Carte Chinese Buffet Lunch & Dinner. We were there for dinner and the dinner was pretty affordable (S$38.80++ for adult; S$24.80++ for child). On top of that, there’s credit card promotion going on now, one adult dines for FREE with every three paying adults! I think it’s worth a try especially when there is a promotion going on. Totally value for money!

Besides the usual ala-carte dishes, one will also be entitled to one limited serving of prawns and a shark fin soup. Well, the prawns were fresh and I meant real fresh. Just look at the colour of the prawns!

We had many dishes but the ones that had caught my attention were none other than the salmon, duck meat wrapped in beancurd skin, braised pork belly, prawn paste chicken wings and perhaps the chilli crabs. I thought the above dishes are worth a try if one has a chance to visit this restaurant. Pardon with me, this post may get too lengthy due to the number of dishes.

Salmon

The salmon was great for a Chinese restaurant. It was fresh and juicy and definitely one of my favourite there.

Duck meat wrapped in beancurd skin

What I had really liked about this dish, was that the duck meat along with the sauce was real flavourful. Eaten along with the beancurd skin, makes it a great snack.

Braised pork belly

I thought the braised pork belly was executed pretty well too. Soft and tasty pork belly which literally melts in your mouth. One may wish to exercise discretion when having this dish though. I reckoned this dish is full of calories…

Prawn paste chicken wing

I have roped the chicken wing in as chicken wing was our all time favourite. I guess it wouldn’t go too wrong if the chicken wing was marinated well and of course, not over-cooked.

Chilli crab

While I was full and perhaps lazy to get my hands dirty, I did not manage to try the crab. Lol~~~ Hence, I couldn’t comment on the freshness of the crab. However, what I did tried was the sauce of the chilli crab. I thought the sauce was not too bad.

Other dishes

I would not comment much on the rest of the dishes as I guess they were okay but not fantastic. Nonetheless, do take a look at the photos. I have read good reviews about the marble goby fish but apparently, this did not appeal to me and I thought it was below average.

Marble goby fish

I think this was asparagus with scallop

Broccoli with mushroom

Peking duck

Deep fried dough with prawn paste

Sweet & sour pork

Wasabi fish

Conclusion: While there are misses, we couldn’t complain much for such an affordable fare. In my opinion, I thought the food and ambience were of reasonable standard for that price.

Verdict: 6.5/10

Riverview Hotel
Robertson Bridge @ Singapore River
382 Havelock Road, Singapore 169629
Reservation: (65) 6349 4865

Authentic Korean Food @ Muhan Dojeon Korean Restaurant

26 Oct

With the growing popularity of the K-wave, K-pop, running man, Korean Restaurants are rapidly gaining ground here. Muhan Dojeon is tucked at a corner in Amoy Street, operated by a Korean couple. Though simple and not much decoration, the cleanliness and the authenticity of the food make up for it.

Like many Korean Restaurants, one is served the complimentary side dishes here. They were very generous in the portion and varieties. The best of all, the side dishes were all refillable with the exception of the omelette. What a pity, I had really wanted more of that~~~~~ Nonetheless the side dishes were simply awesome and delicious. In particular, I had really favored the peanuts. Sweet and crunchy at the same time, definitely a must try!

We have a love and hate relationship with the spicy rice cake (Ddukbokki). That being said, this is definitely on our hit list. The spicy rice cake were indeed chewy and tasty. Simply put, the rice cake never disappoint us. However to improve the dish, I would prefer and suggest that the gravy be thicker.

While we were deciding what to order, other than the spicy rice cake. We finally settled on the Army Stew (Budae Jigae). The boss (ajusshi) whom was being friendly and nice, as in he came by and commented that the Army Stew is nice. Wow, thumbs up! this is definitely the kind of service that added a personal touch.

Meanwhile, the portion of the Army Stew was generous, with lots of ingredients (Luncheon meat, sausage, Enoki, Kimchi, mushroom etc) and good for sharing. Not to mention, the taste of the Army Stew is real good and satisfying. Drool~~~~ I would say this is at least as good as others, if not better! No complains…

Conclusion: Long story short, the food here is good with reasonable pricing and value for money. The authenticity of the food and the level of service is worth commendable as well.

Verdict: 8/10

21 Amoy Street
Singapore 69856

Braised Noodles (Lor Mee)

23 Sep

I made for my family and other half some of the braised noodles because my other half have cravings for it. Braised noodles is also called Lor Mee. Lor Mee simply refers to yellow noodles served with thickened gravy. While there are no hard and fast rule, the typical ingredients involved are hard boiled eggs, braised pork and fish cake. One can replace or add any ingredients mentioned as you pleased. This is a simple dish that could be easily cooked and here’s my recipe:

LOR MEE RECIPE (Serves 4)

Ingredients

  • 700g yellow noodles
  • 150g of pork belly
  • 1½ slices of sutchi fillet sliced into bite size (optional)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 4 eggs
  • 6 or 7 Cup of water
  • 3 shallots (minced)
  • 2 garlic
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 2 tablespoon of dark soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 3 small rock sugar

Garnish and condiments:

  • Black vinegar
  • White pepper
  • Sliced red chillies
  • 6 to 8 cloves of garlic, minced. (add in some oil, mixed well and set aside)
  • 2 cups beansprouts (optional)
  • 1 big piece of fish cake (thinly sliced)

Instruction:

  1. Heat oil in a pot, then add in the minced shallots, star anise and cinnamon stick.
  2. Add in the water, garlic and let them boil.
  3. Add in the pork belly and eggs.
  4. Add in the dark soy sauce and chicken stock cube.
  5. Turn the heat to low-medium and let it simmer for 45 mins to 1 hour.
  6. Add in the soy sauce and rock sugar.
  7. Remove the eggs and peel the shells. Place back to the sauce to have a nice dark coating.
  8. Remove the pork and cut into thin slices, set aside.
  9. On the other end, cook the noodles and beansprouts and spilt them into individual serving bowls.
  10. Coat the Sutchi fillet with egg yolk, flour and deep fried to golden brown. Put aside. (One can skip this step if you are not having the deep fried fritters.)
  11. Thicken the sauce with corn starch flour and mix well. Add additional mixture of corn starch and water if the sauce is desired to be more sticky.
  12. To serve, ladle the sauce over the noodles with beansprouts and serve with the sliced pork, deep fried Sutchi fillet, hard boiled eggs and lastly, topped with the garnish and condiments.

Delightful Buffet @ En Japanese Dining Bar

15 Sep

Oh La La~~~ I’m happy! The reason? It has been quite awhile since I had so much good food and on top of it, it’s free. Haaaaa~~~  Food makes one happy and I’m no exception. I had my birthday treat at En Japanese Dining Bar. While they have both ala carte and ala carte buffet, we went for the latter. Probably the best decision we ever made and one of the best Japanese buffet we had. We left feeling very full and satisfied, totally awesome experience.

When it comes to buffet means that we got to eat a lot more than usual and make full use of our calories intake. I would say we totally lost control and went on a food rampage. We had no regrets though. For S$52++ (Fri – Sun), we can have endless flow of beef shabu shabu, fresh sashimi, sushi, appetizer, salad, grilled dishes, rice & noodle, dessert and etc. Long story short, the food is definitely enough to go around without one feeling bored and starved. The food list is too exhaustive and this post will be too long by the time I finished blabbering. Hence, I’m going to focus on the must-tries and end off with few of the images that we have taken when we were there.

Must-Tries

Beef Carpaccio Half Size

Sliced raw beef with Ponzu sauce. Fresh and real sweet slices of beef. A good starter to begin with.

Australia Wagyu Beef (Shabu Shabu)

Australia wagyu beef for the shabu shabu. Look at those beautiful marks on the beef. Big and thin slices of beef. Definitely of high quality and a must try for beef lovers. We love it!

Sashimi Platter

Look at those thick and chunky slices (not mentioning that they were fresh, sweet and succulent) of Sashimi featuring Tuna, Snapper, Sword Fish, Salmon and Yellowtail. Yes, “Sword Fish”! En Japanese Dining Bar is one of the very few that offers Sword Fish for the buffet selection. I totally fell in love with their Sashimi, simply too nice to reject the temptation.

Wafu Steak

This is possibly one of the many must-tries. The beef is real tender and juicy. Thumbs up!

Garlic Fried Rice

The Garlic Fried Rice was nice! The Garlic smell was not overpowering and the rice had a nice tinge of the Garlic flavor. Drool~~~

Pork & Kimuchi Fried Rice

This is yet another must-try, executed perfectly! I really like the combination of the pork and Kimchi with Fried Rice. How well they go hand in hand…

Unagi Fried Rice

I reckoned that the Unagi Fried Rice will be good. Too bad, we can’t eat no more. However, I have heard raved reviews about their unagi fried rice and I will include this as one of the must-tries as well.

Conclusion: No doubt, this is possibly one of the better, if not the best Japanese buffet around. If you have no idea, Zen is also one of the Japanese restaurant under the En group. I think they deserved to be nominated to the list of the Best Japanese Buffet in Singapore. The quality and freshness of the food justified that statement. Also, this place is a beef haven for beef lovers so beef lovers wait no more and get off your couch. Haha 😛
Verdict: 9/10

557 Bukit Timah Rd
Crown Centre
#01-14/16
Singapore 269694
 
Telephone: +65 6468 5710Opening Hours:
Mon to Fri 6pm to 11pm (Last order 10pm)
Sat – Sun & PH
12pm to 3pm (Last order 220pm)
6pm to 10.30pm (Last order 10pm)
 
http://www.endiningbars.com/

Peperoni Revisited

30 Aug

We are back at Peperoni Pizzeria but this time at the Binjai Park outlet.

Mixture of Margherita and Suprema pizza

Beware of the chilli padis in the Suprema pizza. Not for the weak hearted…

Alle Vongole

Pasta with fresh clams in white wine sauce. Thumbs up for the freshness of the clams.

Frutti di Mare

Pasta with fresh seafood in tomato sauce. This also comes in the form of pizza as well. Good for those who preferred pizza.

The place is casual and easy, definitely a nice place for gathering and it is also pro-family. One cannot go wrong with their pizzas.

However, recommended to make reservations if you do not want to make a wasted trip. Whilst I was there, I have seen almost every table with the exception of few, already been reserved.

7 Binjai Park,
Singapore 589821
 
Reservation No.: 6463 7800
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