August 07, 2017
Ginza Rokukakutei @ Odeon Tower ~ One-Michelin Star Kushikatsu Restaurant From Japan Opens In Singapore!
We had a delightful fried-foodelicious kushikatsu evening at Ginza Rokukakutei Singapore!
Our little island is the first overseas outlet for one-Michelin star Rokukakutei which hails from Osaka, Japan. Helmed by Chef Hideyuki Tanaka who has 15 years of experience, its specialty is in kushikatsu or Japanese deep-fried skewers of meat, seafood and vegetables, which is regarded as one of Osaka's soul food.
Using mostly fresh premium ingredients imported from Japan, the skewered offerings are paired with artisanal sauces, and enjoyed omakase style.
If a meal of fried food are thought to be just a humble affair, it is certainly not the case here at Rokukakutei.
August 05, 2017
The dining enclave of Dempsey Hill might not be the most convenient location to get to without a car, but I thought Provisions would be worth a trip.
A skewers and claypot rice cocktail bar? Sounds interesting enough. The concept is said to be the first in Singapore!
Some of my friends are also talking about this newly-opened joint for another reason: Go check out its handsome chef!
August 02, 2017
The burger flavor that has been hogging the limelight (and tummy spaces) these few weeks is undeniably the... NASI LEMAK BURGER.
While some might have tasted the rendition created by local food guru KF Seetoh for a hawker at Gluttons Bay in 2016, it was on 13th July 2017 when McDonald's launched their version that ignited an islandwide appetite for Nasi Lemak Burger.
Many has commented that it is one of the better novelty burgers that the fast-food chain has introduced, while some felt that it is not localized enough without having a rice patty burger, and the usual peanuts and ikan bilis. The sambal sauce was also said to be without much kick.
A few local eateries has since started serving their version of nasi lemak burger as well, offering it with "real" rice patties, believing they can do better. One quipped, "how can we not join in the fun?" Let's not even count the increasing number of homemade nor our neighbouring country's versions as seen on social media platforms.
Though many of us still love nasi lemak in its truest form, what's not to like about the novelty of enjoying it as a burger?
So here it is, 7 places where you can find Nasi Lemak Burger in Singapore.
June 22, 2017
Kogane Yama means "Golden Mountain", and what you will get at this casual 44-seater Japanese joint on level two of Bugis Junction is literally..... mountains of tendon goodness!
Ahh who can resist a lavish heap of yummy deep-fried tempura pieces served over Japanese rice? Screw whatever diet or healthier eating crap, I certainly can't. Please let me enjoy my tendon first.
The visit to Kogane Yama was not without a bit of skepticism though. Though the folks behind it has proven their good business acumen with the successful introduction of Korea's Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory and Masizzim to Singapore, Kogane Yama is the group's very first original dining concept.
So the question is..... can locals handle the popular Japanese tempura bowl well? I was stuffed in the mouth with a positive answer..... Yes!
June 20, 2017
Ohh..... so the news goes that Joshua Khoo and Dylan Ong who founded Saveur have recently left the partnership. Diners would be familiar with the inexpensive French-inspired cuisine that the casual eatery serves.
It may be Saveur no longer for the duo, but their spirit of serving quality and affordable fare to the masses still remains. Joshua started Taste Affair at Amoy Street Food Centre, while Dylan opened The Masses at Beach Road (opposite Shaw Towers).
Not that I wasn't kaypoh (nosey) enough to ask what happened, but when I was at The Masses with my friends, its vibrant vibes and delectable food offerings excited us more.
June 17, 2017
Jade Restaurant @ The Fullerton Hotel Singapore~ Enjoy Sublime Cantonese Cuisine In A Beautiful Setting
There are many things to love about Jade Restaurant.
For a start, we couldn't stop gushing about how beautiful its premises is. Located on the lobby level of Fullerton Hotel Singapore, the Cantonese restaurant has recently reopened after a period of refurbishment.
Its revitalized interior is now bathed in a soothing color scheme that aims to evoke the lustre of jade. The specially-commissioned wallpaper features beautiful motifs of birds local to Singapore, inspired by the works of Jade's Chinese Executive Chef Leong Chee Yeng who is also an avid ceramicist.
You will see many of his ceramic creations displayed throughout the restaurant. Nice, but Chef Leong's culinary prowess is what impressed us most. The food that we tried during our dinner visit was nothing short of excellent!
June 15, 2017
While the establishment's name is pronounced as "supermarket", the experience at SPRMRKT is not exactly what one would conservatively expect.
Helmed by founder Sue-Shan and chef-owner Joseph Yeo, SPRMRKT is conceptualized to be a space that combines F&B, retail and art into one.
The homegrown brand opened its first SPRMRKT at McCallum Street in 2012, and has went on to open SPRMRKT Daily, and SPRMRKT Kitchen & Bar at Robertson Quay last September, occupying units within the same building as STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery.
June 12, 2017
The world of endless Japanese wagyu beef indulgence is one that PinkyPiggu wants to forever live in. If it is not possible, then a trip (no, make it many trips) to Niku Katsumata will do as well.
For you who have not heard of this gem of a place yet, Niku Katsumata is a grilled meat restaurant located along Duxton Road that focuses on serving high quality and lean Japanese wagyu beef.
Its origin is traced back to Ebisu, Tokyo, where it first opened in 2012 as a membership-based store for gourmands and celebrities to enjoy premium meat grilled over crystal plates.
June 10, 2017
Ding Dong @ Amoy Street ~ A Restaurant With Innovative, Modern Southeast Asian Cuisine. Check Out The New Menu!
Ding Dong. No idea what the restaurant's name is supposed to mean, nor what their tagline "A Little Ding for your Dong" is all about, but we do know for sure that the food it serves has made our tummies very happy.
Opened in 2013 and previously located at Ann Siang Hill, Ding Dong has since settled into their current premises at Amoy Street when it moved into the shophouse unit during June last year.
The interior spots the same vibrantly-colored, Oriental-theme look, while the culinary team (led by new Assistant Head Chef Miller Mai, under the guidance of Chef Ryan Clift) continues to offer dishes that take a unique spin on traditional Asian flavors, all in Ding Dong's signature style.
June 07, 2017
Screaming out for a dose of affogato to combat this sweltering weather! Who is with me too?
"Affogato", meaning "to drown" in Italian, typically features ice cream drowned with a shot of espresso.
Cooling, invigorating, definitely a perk-me-up for both ice cream and coffee lovers. There is nothing quite like this Italian dessert. While affogato has a place in most beverage and dessert menus in Singapore, the spotlight did not really fall on it.
That is, until The Affogato Bar became the game-changer by dressing it up as the main star.
June 05, 2017
Crystal Jade Kitchen 翡翠小厨 @ The Centrepoint ~ Refreshed Menu With More Cantonese Wok-Fried Specialties! Check Out The $1 Deal Promotion!
Established well-loved local brand Crystal Jade Kitchen doesn't need much introduction, really. It has long secured its place as our to-go casual restaurant for fare such as Cantonese dim sum, noodles, congee, and roast meats whenever we want a fuss-free, comforting meal.
But it was only during a visit to Crystal Jade Kitchen's newly-opened outlet at The Centrepoint when we discovered that their menu has been recently updated.
In addition to the perennial favorites, there are now more wok-fried specialties and home-style dishes!
June 02, 2017
Misato Japanese Restaurant @ The Centrepoint ~ Quality Dishes At Affordable Prices. The Warabi Mochi Is Unforgettable!
Misato is now opened at the level 1 Gastro+ area of The Centrepoint, right next to Honolulu Café Singapore.
If Misato sounds familiar, you might have heard of, or even patronized the Japanese eatery before when it was located at The Cathay previously.
The current premises isn't too big, but is tastefully done up with custom-made furniture. Food are served on exquisite lacquer ware which visually enhanced the dining experience.
All these niceties aside, we were mainly drawn by fact that Misato's strong emphasis is on the usage of premium ingredients imported directly from Japan. Every dish is freshly-cooked on the spot upon ordering with no msg added. Prices are kept affordable with most items under $20.
May 30, 2017
My boss is French, but I see him eating more Japanese sushi rolls rather than French crêpes. I wonder what he would say to.....maki galettes!
Think galettes rolled with smoked salmon (in style of Japanese maki), and paired with wasabi sauce. It got me at hello.
That is part of the very innovative maki selection which is recently-introduced by Ô COMPTOIR, a crêpe and cider bar located at Circular Road (behind Boat Quay). The French owners wanted to offer diners an interesting way to enjoy their signature galettes, and came up with this idea.
May 27, 2017
The Pasta Boutique @ Bedok ~ Quality Pasta & Main Courses Offerings In A Coffeeshop At Low Prices! Go For Chili Crab Pasta & Salted Egg Ravioli!
In most of our local Chinese coffeeshops, you would probably see usual offerings like economic rice, chicken rice, noodle, and zhi char, but a stall that's specializing in pasta? Definitely not the most typical.
Instead of being just another generic Western stall, The Pasta Boutique (which is located in a Bedok coffeeshop) aims to differentiate itself by serving good quality pastas and main courses at affordable kopitiam prices.
Founders Mark and Eddie (who have years of experience working in restaurant kitchens) decided to do it because they feel that there's a serious lack of decent kopitiam pasta in Singapore. "Whenever I want to have some nice pasta but don't want to pay more than 10 bucks, I don't know where to go", said Mark.
May 25, 2017
It's been a few weeks since our last visit to Song Garden at Mercure Singapore Bugis. This time round, we're back at the hotel to check out their Peranakan Dinner Buffet promotion at Royale Restaurant.
As the buffet is only available on Fridays, Saturdays and Public Holidays for dinner only till end of June 2017, we quickly made the trip on a Friday evening, just ideal to wrap up the tiring working week and to celebrate the start of weekend. Yay!
Yay to the affordable prices also. Each adult pays $48++, which is considered very reasonable for the sumptuous buffet line-up that showcase the very best of Nonya cuisine.