August 16, 2016

Yoogane, The Korean Chicken Galbi Restaurant At Bugis Junction & Westgate Mall. Full Of Hearty Deliciousness!

"Yoogane? It's very popular in Korea!" exclaimed my new colleague who just moved to our little island from the land of kimchi.

Established in Busan since 1981, Yoogane is said to be one of the best Chicken Galbi restaurants in Korea with more than 130 outlets, well-known for its specialty stir-fried chicken in an unique blend of sauces and seasoning.

We do not have to look too far for an experience of that mouthwatering taste, with two local stores conveniently located at Bugis Junction and Westgate Mall.

August 12, 2016

International Buffet & The Art Of Omi Wagyu Promotion @ 10 at Claymore, Pan Pacific Orchard Hotel ~ So So So Good, We Want More, More, More!

This August and September, Pan Pacific Orchard's 10 at Claymore presents The Art Of Omi!

Offering Omi Wagyu to complement the hotel restaurant's line-up of local and international buffet delights, it pampers us diners with premium Japanese beef from Shiga prefecture, best known for its rich flavor and exquisite tenderness.

Enticing definitely. We were lured like bees to honey. But wait..... there's a catch.

August 10, 2016

Fish & Chicks ~ Famous Salted Egg Fish & Chips Stall At Ang Mo Kio Is Now At Orchard Cineleisure Too!

While my lazy bones is still contemplating if I should make a trip to Fish & Chicks for their well-received Salted Egg Fish & Chips, something good happened.

The western food stall within a coffeeshop in Ang Mo Kio has quickly capitalized on their current popularity and social media fame to open another branch at Orchard Cineleisure! Yay!

We like it that the latest location in town is much more convenient, and phew..... we are spared of waiting in a warm coffeeshop environment where the queue is said to be usually at least an hour long. There is now air-conditioned comfort, and even a small dedicated seating area in front of the foodcourt stall just for Fish & Chicks customers. It takes just 10 to 20 minutes for the food to be served.

August 08, 2016

Japan Food Town @ Wisma Atria, Orchard Road ~ A Guide To All The 16 Japanese Food & Drink Outlets

Alert! Alert! Another Japanese mega-food hall (besides Emporium Shokuhin at Marina Square and Eat At Seven at Suntec City) has opened! It's located at level 4 of Wisma Atria (next to Food Republic)! It's called Japan Food Town!

Essentially a cluster of 16 casual food and beverages restaurants, Japan Food Town is where I would recommend my friends to check out if they need some ideas on where to go for their makan sessions. From perennial favorites such as Sushi, Shabu Shabu, Onigiri, Karaage, Tendon, Tonkatsu, and Teppanyaki specialty joints, to Ramen, Udon and Soba noodle houses, as well as Japanese Fruit and Sake bars, surely there's bound to be something suitable for every palate among this vast selection of Japanese delicacies? Perhaps the more perplexing question would be..... which one to eat first? Lol! #firstworldproblem

August 06, 2016

Ellenborough Market Café @ Swissotel Merchant Court Hotel ~ The Place To Go For Peranakan Buffet

The matriarch of Peranakan buffet has returned!

Ellenborough Market Café
at Swissotel Merchant Court Hotel has always been popularly known for their buffet of Peranakan or Straits Chinese offerings, and a killer-breathe rendition of Durian Penget. After a recent refurbishment, the all-day dining restaurant is now back with these well-loved favorites and an expanded repertoire of international spread as well as live action stations.

Here are 5 reasons why I think it's worth a trip over.

August 02, 2016

545 Whampoa Prawn Noodles 黄埔虾面 @ Tekka Food Centre ~ Bowls Of Simple, Old-School Delights

Hello August! Here's kicking off our nation's birthday month with a post to spotlight one of our local hawker delights..... prawn noodles!

545 Whampoa Prawn Noodles 黄埔虾面 at Tekka Food Centre is a stall that is lauded by many aficionados for serving up that nostalgic, old-school traditional taste. Simple yet good, they say.

Really? Only one way to find out..... I went, I shoot, I eat..... I was very satisfied! :D

July 30, 2016

L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, 2-Michelin Star French Dining @ Resort World Sentosa (RWS)

What makes a meal memorable? Food, ambience, service and company. Not a thing less.

My first visit to L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon was such an enjoyable combination of all above factors that I told myself, "I will definitely come back again". Even though there is a risk of a lesser experience, even though returning to a same restaurant doesn't occur often, even though its location at Resort World Sentosa is quite a distance to travel.

The second visit has proven that all was worth it.

And now, has anyone yet to know that the contemporary French restaurant was announced last week by the 2016 Michelin Guide Singapore as worthy of 2-Michelin Stars? *Clap Clap* Well-deserving and happy for them.

July 28, 2016

Ultimate Crab Feast @ Plaza Brasserie, PARKROYAL On Beach Road ~ The Eat-All-You-Can Crab Buffet Is Back!

Plaza Brasserie at PARKROYAL on Beach Road's signature Ultimate Crab Feast is back for the 5th year running!

From now till 30th September 2016, crab lovers can look forward to enjoying a wide variety of crabs flavors, ranging from classics such as Chili Crab, and Black Pepper Crab to the 6 newly-introduced unique creations such as Coffee Crab, Ginger Broth Crab and Wasabi Salted Egg Yolk Crab specially concocted by the culinary team.

If you are looking for a buffet overloading with a free-flow supply of these mouth-watering crustacean delights, this is it! I don't mind. I love crabs! Bring it on!

July 26, 2016

Odette @ National Gallery Singapore ~ Our Underwhelming Experience at The 2-Michelin Stars French Restaurant

Opened in November 2015 to rave reviews, Odette is award-winning Chef Julien Royer's first foray into his own restaurant (a collaboration with The Lo & Behold Group) after his departure from Jaan.

"Exceptional!", "Best New Opening of the Year!", these are some usual comments whenever the fine-dining, contemporary French establishment at National Gallery is mentioned back then.

A few months down the road, the experience we had from our recent visit was less positive. "Over-rated", "Underwhelming", or to put it in a localized way, "Like that only lor".

July 22, 2016

Four Points Eatery & The Best Brew @ Four Points By Sheraton Singapore, Riverview (Former Riverview Hotel)

Bye bye to Riverview Hotel. Hello to Four Points By Sheraton Singapore, Riverview!

The former Riverview Hotel along Havelock Road have recently gone through a revamp. After 16 months of renovation works, it has been transformed and rebranded to Four Points by Sheraton Singapore, Riverview.

What got us interested is their refreshed dining concepts (of course haha)! Four Points Eatery will be launching a Seafood Buffet (to replace the current international buffet) by 1st August 2016, and The Best Brew will serve up international brews and bar bites alongside regular screenings of top sporting events from around the world.

Here's a first look at what diners can expect.

July 20, 2016

Tempura Kohaku 天ぷら 琥珀 @ Eat At Seven, Suntec City ~ One Of The Best Tendon In Singapore!

Fried food for Fri-Yay! So we headed down to Tempura Kohaku 天ぷら 琥珀!

Recently opened in early-July, Tempura Kohaku joins neighboring Tokyo Sundubu and Menya Takeichi as one of the casual eateries at Eat At Seven, a gastronomic hall that houses multi-flavors of Japan under one roof.

Its specialization is in tendon, a Japanese perennial donburi favorite which brings tempura prawns and other deep-fried delights together with rice into one bowl.

And we all agreed that Kohaku does know what it takes to serve up an utterly delicious bowl!

July 18, 2016

Burnt Ends @ Teck Lim Road, Chinatown ~ Modern Australian BBQ Restaurant with Hot Food, Cold Service

On its website, Burnt Ends pitch itself as "A modern Australian barbeque offering casual dining with seating at countertop table looking directly into the open kitchen".

Well, we did sit at one of the counter seats, looked into the open kitchen, and I must add, a lot of stoic faces as the crew went about churning out fare that's worthy of accolades. Burnt Ends is voted #14 in the Asia's 50 Best 2016 and #30 in 2015, and debuted at #70 on World's Best 2016.

No doubt the food is of delectable quality, also based on the numerous positive reviews online and my personal experience during the visit last week. Each dish we had looked simple yet encompassed intense flavors. Tasty and certainly engaging on the palate.

July 16, 2016

Two Wings @ Timbre+ One North ~ Possibly The BEST CHICKEN WINGS In Singapore Launches New CHILLI CRAB WINGS!

Just got back to Singapore and I'm off to Two Wings, considered by many to be the best chicken wings stall in Singapore, for some deep-fried chicken wings goodness! Miss you much much!

It is my first time to their latest outlet at Timbre+ One North, a shipping container and food truck-style gastropark with graffiti walls, live music, a gastronomic mix of 35 restaurant brands and hawker stalls. Wow, this must be the most hipster hawker centre in Singapore currently.

Sharp-eyed patrons of Two Wings might have noticed something new printed on the menu recently (there's no pictures of the item yet): CHILLI CRAB WINGS!


July 12, 2016

Ultimate Guide To BEST UNI (Sea Urchin) PASTA In Singapore!

What is your favorite pasta?

More often than not, the common answer would probably be "aglio olio" or "carbonara" or "vongole". Ask me the question now, the immediate reply would be "UNI PASTA!" (okay, a close fight with Chilled Angel Hair Pasta).

What is Uni (Japanese for sea urchin)? For the uninitiated, that grainy, tongue-like looking delicacy is actually the gonads aka sexual reproductive organs of the sea urchin.

Even though uni is already full of umami sweetness on its own and best savored au naturel, its coagulating properties and silky, custard-like mouthfeel makes it an ideal addition which provided that desirous depth of luxuriousness into any pasta sauce. Crown any uni pasta dish with more of those vibrant orangey curls, the visual and taste factor is immediately oomph to another euphoric high.

Uni, uni, are you the uni one for me? After 18 plates of uni pasta in Singapore, I found a few that has captured my heart.

PinkyPiggu's personal Best 5 Uni Pasta is revealed at end of post.

The below are listed in alphabetical order by restaurant name.

July 10, 2016

South Union Park @ Jalan Kembangan ~ A Homey Café That Serves Awesome Honey Butter Fried Chicken!

The search for Best Honey Butter Chicken in Singapore led PinkyPiggu all the way to South Union Park, a homey café nestled in the quiet residential estate of Kembangan (10 to 15 minutes walk from EW6 Kembangan mrt station).

Quite a distance to travel if you're not living around the eastern part of the island, but hey hey, it's worth the journey imho. The food that's being served might not be the most fancy, but it encompasses sufficient quality to wake up any tastebuds (mine was!) that's jaded by frequent bouts of mediocre café offerings.