January 20, 2017

Tokyo Chopped Salad @ Millenia Walk ~ Chef Teppei Opens Japanese Chopped Salad Shop! Chop, Chop, Chop, Wait, Wait, Eat!

Since I am on a diet and constant lookout for new salad shops in Singapore because #NewYearResolution #100DaysOfSHOU, I was initially very excited when I heard about Tokyo Chopped Salad.

Such a refreshing idea.

Opened at Millenia Walk, this is the first chopped salad brand in Singapore developed by the award-winning chef Teppei Yamashita. He is the owner of Teppei Japanese Restaurant, Teppei Syokudo, and Man Man Unagi Restaurant.

January 17, 2017

Kuro-Obi by Ippudo @ MBS ~ A Ramen Takeaway Concept Store! Ramen On The Go!

Ramen fans rejoice! Starting from 13th January this year, there is one more place where you can satisfy your ramen cravings..... Kuro-Obi at Marina Bay Sands!

Launched by Ippudo, Kuro-Obi's concept is of a takeaway store where service is promised to be quick without comprising on the quality of ramen.

No time to join the snaking queues at Ippudo? Want to enjoy a warm meal on the go? Kuro-Obi sounds like the perfect solution.

January 15, 2017

Daejon House 대전집 @ Havelock II ~ New Korean Restaurant Specializing In Noodles!

Oh! That moment when you insanely craved for Champong while watching Legend Of The Blue Sea as the mermaid in reel life slurped down a huge bowl! That Korean spicy seafood noodle soup is one thing which looked more delicious than Heo Joon Jae (played by Lee Min Ho). Lol!

Perhaps my gluttonous cries were heard as not long after, we got to know that Daejon House 대전집 has recently opened at Havelock II, specializing in..... Korean noodles!

The casual Korean restaurant is said to be the only place in Singapore where you can have beef bone soup base Champong!

January 12, 2017

Golden Peony @ Conrad Centennial Singapore ~ Chinese New Year (CNY) 2017 Menu Highlights

As Lunar Year of Monkey will soon swing away and the Fire Roaster is all set to move into 2017, that delicious Roast Suckling Pig from Golden Peony is staying put! Yay! It's not going anywhere but our tummies! Lol!

For this reason and also to check out their other festive offerings (available 10th January to 11th February 2017), we headed once again to Golden Peony, the fine Cantonese restaurant located at level 3 of Conrad Centennial Singapore.

January 10, 2017

Soon Huat Dining House 順發美食之家 @ Chinatown Point ~ Bak Kut Teh, Local Favorites & Awesome Seafood White Mee Hoon!

"Food must be delicious. Pricing cannot be too high. Must have air-con because we don't want to sweat. Must be in a centralized location for everyone's convenience. Good if directly connected to a mrt station. Even better if parking is easy. Takes reservation because nobody has time to wait in queue. Place must be quite new."

You can imagine our long where-to-meet, where-to-eat conversation in our whatsapp group chat. Anyone else also experienced the moment when you woke up to 100+ unread messages? Lol!

But finally, a place which fits all the above criteria! Soon Huat Dining House 順發美食之家 is the place! The casual dining restaurant has recently opened (December 2016) on level 2 of Chinatown Point.

January 07, 2017

Mitzo Restaurant & Bar @ Grand Park Orchard ~ Lunar New Year Of Rooster 2017 Menu Highlights

Anyone else feeling the acceleration of time too? Christmas is barely over but I already found myself at Mitzo Restaurant & Bar for the beginning of lohei or prosperity toss season.

The Lunar New Year of Rooster is coming! Huat ahhh!

Located in the heart of Orchard Road, Mitzo is well-known for its vibrant decor, plush interiors as well as its progressive Cantonese cuisine.

Pearls of Prosperity Kanpachi Kingfish Yu Sheng! Fortune Pot Pen Cai! Specially-curated Reunion Set Menus!

These are just some of Mitzo's Lunar New Year offerings which we can expect from 14th January to 11th February 2017. Perfect for any joyous reunion meals

January 05, 2017

HATTENDO Café Singapore 八天堂 @ Tanjong Pagar Centre ~ Those Famous Little Cream Buns Of Happiness From Japan Have Arrived!

After 18 stores in Japan and several outlets in South Korea, Taiwan and Philippines, Japan's famous chilled cream buns HATTENDO 八天堂 (established in Hiroshima since 1933) have finally arrived in Singapore.

The café at level one of Tanjong Pagar Centre (directly connected to Tanjong Pagar mrt station EW15) officially opened its door on 3rd January 2017 with a capacity of 38 seats, and also includes a counter for takeways.

I wasn't quite sure what to expect as I made my way over after a heavy lunch. My stomach was almost bursting. Will I still enjoy the buns? Just how good can it be?

After taking my first bite, my verdict is: The cream bun "wasn't good" at all..... it was GREAT!!!

January 02, 2017

Yuki Onna @ Far East Square ~ Rice Bowls & Japanese-Inspired Comfort Food In The CBD

Donburi or rice bowl might not be considered the trendiest food around but it is certainly one of the most convenient, comforting and satisfying one-dish meal with staying power.

Yes? Yes? Ask the lunch crowd at Yuki Onna, and they probably will agree.

Yuki Onna at Far East Square does serve up quite a decent selection of donburis, and described itself as "a quaint izakaya dishing up Japanese-inspired comfort food in the heart of CBD",

December 28, 2016

Fratini La Trattoria @ Greenwood Avenue ~ An Italian Omakase Dining Experience!

What would bring people out to this quiet neighbourhood of Greenwood Avenue where Fratini La Trattoria is tucked in? Unpretentious Italian food with a hospitable touch by head chef, Chomel Yang.

Just 25 years of age, Chomel’s first taste of success in F&B was when she was able to pay off her NTU university tuition fees from the sale of her homemade desserts. This led to her pursuing a diploma course at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu in London, and then helming Fratini La Trattoria since January 2016.

This is perhaps one of the best places in Singapore to experience a taste of Italy when you have no money for the airfare.

December 26, 2016

Joël Robuchon Restaurant @ Resort World Sentosa (RWS) ~ Singapore's Only 3-Michelin Star Fine Dining

PinkyPiggu's most epic dining experience in 2016?

Besides Restaurant André and Waku Ghin, 3-Michelin Star Joël Robuchon Restaurant is indisputably one of the strong contenders.

The fine-dining establishment at Resort World Sentosa is best known for its French haute cuisine, fronted by celebrity chef Joël Robuchon who is the world's most decorated Michelin-star chef and a legend in the culinary world.

With 26 restaurants, pastry boutiques and bars in more than 10 cities, as well as a string of awards and cookbooks, I guess most of you would have heard of the Robuchon name at some point.

December 22, 2016

One Ninety Restaurant @ Four Seasons Hotel Singapore ~ Sumptuous Market Fresh Semi-Buffet With Almost 30 Entrées!

One-Ninety Restaurant, the all-day dining concept at Four Seasons Hotel has revitalized its signature Market Fresh Semi-Buffet with a new extensive menu of nearly 30 entrées!

It includes the Italian Selection led by an Italian executive chef who brings with him more than two decades of expertise, Asian Specialties featuring popular Asian dishes, and From The Grill showcasing apple wood-fired cuisine.

There is also the buffet lineup of Appetizers and Desserts to enjoy.

The bestest best best best advice from the group of us who went for dinner would be: COME HUNGRY!!!

December 20, 2016

IZY Dining & Bar @ Club Street ~ Izakaya Serving Japanese-American Fare

Just as a girl need constant updates to her wardrobe, IZY Dining & Bar is all set for a re-launch of her brand and menu after 3 years since opening at Club Street. It's about time!

She now defines herself as a pop culture urban izakaya, serving Japanese-American fare and drinks in an edgy mod-industrial setting. While Japanese-American fare stereotypically bring imitation crab and substandard ingredients to mind, IZY counters the aforementioned with fresh and authentic ingredients.

We were also told that the price range has been reduced to promote a relaxed and casual atmosphere with no fret of high spending.

December 18, 2016

Renga-Ya Japanese BBQ & Steak Restaurant @ Chijmes ~ Best Of Beef Goodness From Hokkaido & Kagoshima

Gathering all the beef lovers! Rejoice, as yet another meaty option opens in the heart of town at Chijmes.

Remember its name - Renga-Ya Japanese BBQ & Steak Restaurant - for this is where you will find the best of freshly imported beef from the prefectures of Hokkaido and Kagoshima in Japan. As Renga-Ya is able to import whole cows, diners can look forward to a wide-range of cuts for yakiniku and steak.

Our evening and calories were certainly well-spent in the company of these amazing graze.

December 16, 2016

Basil Thai Kitchen @ Paragon, Orchard ~ Affordable, Delicious Thai Food In Beautiful Garden Setting

Home-grown brand Basil Thai Kitchen has unveiled its flagship outlet in Paragon Shopping Centre in Orchard Road just last month in November. This is two years after the first branch was launched at Kallang Wave Mall in 2014.

To be honest, I was skeptical initially because, you know lah... how exciting can chain restaurants be? You may have heard of ThaiExpress, which is also operated under the same parent company.

But as Basil is located near my office and tummy need dinner anyway, I decided to make the visit. Must cast those prejudical thoughts aside.

Oh boy, it was a pleasant surprise to find the food more delectable than imagined. There are quite a few unique offerings on the menu too, created by a team of chefs with over 20years of experience and headed by Iron Chef Thailand, Chumpol Jangprai.

December 12, 2016

Shoukouwa 小康和, 2-Michelin Star Japanese Fine-Dining Sushi Restaurant @ One Fullerton ~ Very Expensive But Super Delicious Sushi


Pardon our ignorance, but we have not heard of Shoukouwa Sushi Restaurant 小康和 until it was conferred a coveted "excellent cooking and worth a detour" 2-Michelin Star by the inaugural 2016 Michelin Guide Singapore.

Shoukouwa is only Japanese restaurant alongside the other 5 restaurants that also received 2-Michelin Stars, namely André, L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Les Amis, Odette, Shinsen Hanten. This also means a star over the longer-established sushi joints including Shinji (Raffles Hotel), Shinji (St Regis Hotel), and Sushi Ichi.

Such achievement for a restaurant that's barely opened for 4 months when the award was announced? Like cats lured to fishes, our curiosity lured us to Shoukouwa. Guess what, I'm not even a huge sushi fan to begin with, but I was WOWED!