Friday, February 27, 2015

M Boutique @ Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel : Skyview Sweets at 19 Floor

M stands for Marriot Miyako. It also stands for My first pastry stop in Japan for 2015.

I could not wait longer to have a taste of Japanese pastries once I touched down in Osaka. The first patisserie on my list was M Boutique since it was conveniently located at the hotel where I was staying and it was helmed by an award winning pastry chef in Osaka. Despite being part of a brand new hotel that is situated right at the 19F of Osaka’s latest landmark, Abeno Harukas, the price range is highly reasonable and the overall quality is above average.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Caffe B @ Marina Bay Sands : $25 Set Lunch Menu

Italian fine dining restaurant Caffe B has launched a 3-course set lunch menu that allows guests to choose from 2 appetizers and 4 main courses. To be honest, it may be the cheapest fine-dining set menu at Marina Bay Sands but still there is plenty of improvement for the dishes here as they have made several mistakes that should not occurred at such a dining spot. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Grand Hyatt SG: Living Grand for Chinese New Year


photo credit: Grand Hyatt

What is your idea of "Living Grand"? 

At Grand Hyatt, "Living Grand" is the promise to unlock the extraordinary by creating spectacular moments, be it big or small. I have no doubts that this established hotel brand has delivered its promises because I had an extraordinary, or no, it should be a super extraordinary Chinese New Year celebration at Grand Hyatt Singapore. 

In fact, now as I recalled that night, everything felt too magical to be true. I attended Grand Hyatt SG's inaugural "Living Grand" dinner, which was described to be a Chinese New Year celebration. So what I had in my mind was a 10-course traditional Chinese New Year meal. Since the dress code was festive cocktail, it could be something more casual with cocktail drinks and canapés? Maybe? 

Before the start of the dinner, guests were gathered outside the Grand Salon, a newly refurbished function space that is designed in such a way that one feels as if he/she is coming back home. Everything was kept strictly confidential and no one had a clue on what would happen that night. Waiters were dressed in neatly pleated traditional Chinese costumes that looked so polished that they could reflect light. 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Tampopo Singapore : More than Just Black Pig Ramen

Salmon Crab Roll ($14.80)
Thanks to the Kyoto Fair held some time ago, I had the opportunity to relish my Japanese cravings at Tampopo again. It's not as cheap as Waraku but it promises better quality and wider variety of dishes than similar family restaurants such as Ootoya. Having been to this place for Nth times, the food is still as delicious as I remember. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Butterstudio: Halal Cafe and Nutella Tart

One of the first thing that comes to my mind when I see the word "Butterstudio" is butter (not buttermilk). Indeed, this Halal Cafe located in the Jalan Besar has won fans for its cupcakes and other pastries. However, it is also cosy place that offers brunch items like egg benedicts and pancakes. 

Monday, February 16, 2015

SpaJiro釜あげスパゲッティ すぱじろう: Japanese Style Pasta

I know pasta seemed like the food with the least priority for anyone travelling to Tokyo as it is often categorized as something Italian. But having lived in Tokyo for a while, sushi, ramen, soba and udon can get boring at times and I would go for 和風 (Japanese-style) pasta when the carb cravings hit. In fact, the Japanese has done an amazing job with pasta and my encounters with Wafu pasta so far has never never disappoint. One good example is the uni pasta from Fregoli in Ebisu. 

If you love Wafu Pasta just like me, Spajiro is a casual quick Japanese-style pasta restaurant that you might be interested to check out. It is an all-day dining place with more than 50 varieties of pasta (so you can never get bored with this) It has the word "Jiro" but this is so much better than the Jiro ramen (sorry Jiro fans) 
The concept is casual-- suitable for both family-friendly and single diners--but the folks here take their noodles seriously. From the amount of time taken to boil the noodles to the compatibility of flavors, each sauce is prepared from scratch upon every order (says the website) and 2 limited edition pasta are introduced every month. 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Do.Main Bakery: Classic French Pastries in Tanjong Katong

Ooh!! ah!!! That was the excited responses from the tables when this pillowy heart appeared in front of our eyes. Sandwiched with raspberry cream, this Valentine's special creation named Tropezienne ($12) turned out to be a brioche burger instead of a choux puff. The raspberry flavour was bright and tart, but the enjoyment was implicated by a rather squishy chilled bun that became fluffier after sitting in room temperature for a while. Nonetheless, this romantic spin on a classic French pastry definitely scored points on originality.

But what makes do.main stand out from the other pastry shops is the traditional bread freshly churned from "natural leavening". These are not to be mistaken as the American sourdough and you will get whacked with a baguette if you refer to it as "sour dough" (just kidding)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Le Pommier : French Patisserie in Japanese Neighbourhood

Not all neighborhood patisseries in Japan are opened by Japanese. Le Pommier is one example that is run by French Chef Federic Madelaine in a corner of the serene Kagurazaka streets. He is not just any other French guy who makes pastries.
Chef Federic was awarded the honour of ‘Chevalier’, the French equivalent of a knighthood, for his contributions to France’s culinary profession. His techniques might be rooted firmly in France but concept-wise, his works are very Asian.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Royal Pavilion : First CNY Menu 2015

Cantonese fine-dining restaurant Royal Pavillion ushers in the lunar new year with an array of Chinese New Year dishes that are created by the brand’s Director of Kitchen & Operations, Mr Ray Tso, from Hong Kong.
 Royal Prosperity Salmon Yusheng (4/5)
Arranged like a fish in a beautiful golden bowl, the yusheng (S$68/$88++) may not be as extravagant as most fine-dining restaurants these days but all the necessary ingredients playing their roles dutifully. This dish stayed true to tradition, with plenty of fresh crisp golden crackers as well as a sweet-tangy apple and plum sauce.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Bakerzin SG All-NEW CNY Set Menu 2015

If you are looking for a delicious place to soak in the Chinese New Year atmosphere without spending a bomb and going through the tedious multi-course meals at typical Chinese restaurants, check out Bakerzin's newly launched CNY set menu featuring one appetizer and one main course for just $18.80++!! 

Friday, February 6, 2015

Tampopo Singapore Kyoto Fair till 11 Feb 2015

To say the food here is AMAZING is an understatement.
My (and even my family) favorite Japanese restaurant in Singapore has launched their FIRST Kyoto fair featuring the award-winning KYOTO BEEF that has done its ancestors proud by clinching the TOP prize at the 61st Kinki Tokai Hokuriku Union Beef Cattle Kyoshin Association in 2014. 

Really? Kyoto Beef? How good can it be when it's not even one of the Top 3 Wagyu Beef in Japan? Yes, I had those questions in mind too but when I had a bite of the Kyoto Beef, I nearly wanted to flip the tables. (Just kidding) Trust me, this breed of cow is just as elite as the vegetables and tofu produce from Kyoto.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Quarters : Asian Flavours Local Perspective

Opened by a young entrepreneur Deming who switched from his finance background to pursue his passion for food, the Quarters is a casual dining quarter that serves mod-Sin (modern Singapore) cuisine that are created from scratch. On the menu is a myriad of influences from various cuisines including Peranakan, Italian, American, Chinese, Japanese....very much a reflection of our Singapore society. 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Mouth Restaurant: CNY Dinner 2015

Back to the time of the year when I tagged along with the Folks to their corporate dinner held at Mouth Restaurant. 9 courses, including 2 desserts and 1 Salmon Yusheng. The 3-hour long dinner made me realized 3 things.

First, I don't have to eat my words for saying that the food is good as they are really good, some dishes in fact better than the ones I had during my previous visit.  
Second, the service is good and speedy, considering the fact that the kitchen had to prepare for 23 tables at the SAME time. Imagine how crazy and hectic the kitchen must had been!
Third, Mouth Restaurant is really an affordable venue to host company dinners, weddings and other events. 10% service charge is absorbed for corporate dinner like this and the Yusheng is complementary. It can fit 23 tables and even housed an entertainment karaoke system for diners to sing their hearts out along with the food.

Food. Service. Price. Mouth Restaurant ticked all the right boxes. Here is a quick run through of what dishes we had after the messy but necessary Lo-hei ritual.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Peony Jade CNY Cookies 2015

Peony Jade, the premium fine-dining establishment located at Clarke Quay and Keppel Club, has introduced a series of new CNY cookies flavors in addition to its regular hot sellers such as Pineapple Tarts and Durian Nian Gao. One of the new flavors is the Spicy Chilli Chicken Floss Cookies ($28.80 per tin)

Sunday, February 1, 2015

The Missing Pan @ Bukit Timah Road : NEW Items!

After achieving raving success for its delicious brunch dishes, The Missing Pan, a cosy bakery-cum-brasserie at Bukit Timah, has launched several new main courses and light bites that are perfect for sharing over dinner. The good news is that they are available all-day just like their hearty brunches.
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