Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Kyoto:Japan's No.1 Bread Consuming City and 5 Bakeries To Check Out 非抹茶而是面包!日本全国面包消费量第一、京都热门面包店。


Many people recognize Kyoto as a city in Japan that is not only famous for temples and shrines but also matcha. However, do you know that Kyoto is the top bread consuming city in the entire Japan?

Here are 5 popular and some new bakery spots which you may like to check out: 
Shinshindo 進々堂
A Kyoto-originated bakery with more than 100 years of history since 1913. Read here for more. Various outlets all over Kyoto 

Oike outlet:
Kyoto, Nagakyo-ku, Oike-dori, Yanagi Baba, Higashi-iri
京都市中京区御池通柳馬場東入「京都御池創生館」1F
Daily 7.30am-8pm 
For details, visit : http://www.shinshindo.jp/


ORENO PAN okumura
This French-Kyoto bakery is not affiliated to the Oreno Group and famous for its 宇治の散歩, a green tea melon pan. Some of its bread are inspired by Kyoto ingredients like tsukemono (pickles) 

Kyoto Station Outlet:
〒600-8215 京都市下京区東塩小路釜殿町31-1 京都駅近鉄名店街みやこみち内http://www.kyoto-okumura.com/orenopan.html


Le Petit Mec ル・プチメック
The No. 1 bakery ranked on tabelog. Famous for its French baguettes and croissants. Read more here about its cafe outlet in Shinjuku 

Oike Outlet
住所:京都府京都市中京区御池衣棚通上ル下妙覚寺町186番地 ビスカリア光樹1F
TEL:075-212-7735
OPEN:9:00~19:00
http://lepetitmec.com/
https://www.facebook.com/boulangerie.lepetitmec


Flip up! フリップアップ
Flip some bagels and bread onto your tray in this hidden bakery located in the quiet residential area. Unlike those American bagels, these boast a nice mochi-like chewy texture and not too dry at all. The best seller is the Chocolate Bagel but lookout for interesting flavors like Black Bean Kinako and White Figs. 

京都府京都市中京区押小路通室町東入ル蛸薬師町292-2
7:00~18:00 (or till sold out)
Closed on Sun and Mon


Patisserie Boulangerie Tatsuhito Satoi
My favourite patisserie and boulangerie! Read here to find out why. Located near university.

京都市左京区北白川追分町2 Eフラット北白川1F
Tel: 075-285-1171
8:00〜19:00
Closed on Wed 
Access
京阪電車出町柳駅下車 徒歩約15分
市バス百万遍バス停 徒歩約5分
https://www.facebook.com/Pâtisserie-TATSUHITO-SATOI-978434895584033/

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A Noodle Story @ Amoy : Must Try Singapore-style Ramen

Let me tell you a story. A story about a bowl of delicious noodles that has rewritten Singapore's hawker history. 

This is no longer a closely held secret. I am sure many people have tried this Singapore-style ramen and raved about it. But I would still like to chronicle it on my humble site because it is worthy of the price, the calories, the long queuing time and the Michelin Bib Gourmand recognition (or even more than that)

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Botanico @ The Garage: New F&B Concept at The Botanic Gardens Serves Excellent Food

After the successful establishment of the Summerhouse at Seletar, 1-Group, the lifestyle F&B Group operating several award-winning restaurants such as UNA and 1-Rochester, redefines botanical adventures once again at The Garage. 

Converted from a 1920s Art Deco Conservation building, the 2-storey house offers 2 different F&B concepts; Bee Knees and The Botanico. The latter which I visited, is situated on an open-plan rectangular space at the 2nd level, with an outdoor terrace sheltered under the lush green canopy. There's a hidden garden bar in the outdoor area for guests to chill out with cocktails such as Blackberry Mojito and Garage Gin'onic

Thursday, February 16, 2017

IZY Dining & Bar @ Club Street : Relaunch of Japanese-American Fusion Menu

 Over-the-top sushi piled with all sort of luxurious ingredients can be found in several  izakayas in Tokyo and Izy Japanese Dining is probably the first place in Singapore which serves this. Opened since 2013,  this pop culture urban izakaya has recently revamped its menu featuring new items with a focus on sushi rolls.

Piled with heaps of fresh uni, Ikura, crab meat and negitoro, the Nokke Roll ($32) is a feast for the eyes as much as it is for the belly. The ingredients are surely fresh but I'm not so sure it is worth the value as I've had an almost exact same replica at half the price back in Tokyo.

One issue was the rice. It was rather dry and the grains did not bind well. The same issue arose in the Izy Roll ($16), a tempura shrimp and asparagus roll with spicy crab mayo and avocado spread on top. While Izy has a leaning towards Japanese-American fare such as these kind of mayo sushi, one can still find classic sushi on the menu.

Nonetheless, the game is not lost. The Wagyu Don with Fresh Truffle Slices ($40) was an excellent rice bowl. The Josper grilled beef was well-marinated and juicy, bonding cohesively with the rice thanks to the Onsen egg buried within. The presence of truffles is definitely welcomed here as its aroma enhanced the sweetness of the beef.

I had always thought Gyu Katsu $30 would be thick and chewy, but not the case here. The beef was sliced so finely, cooked to a beautiful pink with only a thin layer of fried batter around it to qualify this as a katsu. It comes with three different types of sauce but I think the best way to enjoy it is just simply with a dabble of salt.

For some sharing dishes, get the Grilled Swordfish or the Nanban Chicken (ala carte $9/$20 as lunch set). The fish was fresh and the the unique combination of parmesan and seaweed in the sauce gave it a delicious twist to the usual grilled fish we have in Japanese restaurants. The Naban Chicken were simply juicy and tender, doused generously in the tasty tartar sauce. Both dishes are my favourites that night too.

Interestingly, they also served Bayan Cauda ($15), a very common dish in Japan, especially Italian trattorias, but rarely found here. It's a classic Piedmont vegetable fondue made with onion, garlic and anchovy but here white miso is incorporated, giving it an extra intense umami boost. Located in Club Street, I can understand why this place is popular with after-work crowd and business expats looking for a nice place to chill out after work.


IZY Dining & Bar
27 Club Street, Singapore 069413
Reservations: 9678 0027
www.izy.com.sg
Mon to Fri 12pm to 2pm;
Mon to Sat 6pm to 10.30pm



This is an invited tasting
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