July 30, 2016
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
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!
Oh yes Yes YESSSSSSSSSS!!!
July 12, 2016
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
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.
July 08, 2016
Many a times I seldom return to the same food establishments as there are always new openings to check out. Sometimes it's because the dining experience was so awesome, I want it to immortalize it as awesome in my memory forever. First visit (like first love) are always the most memorable. What if the second time round isn't as good?
For this reason, I haven't been back to Moosehead Kitchen Bar since two years ago, even though I've been recommending the place to friends for their delectable Mediterranean-based cuisine with global flavors.
Already into its 3rd year of operations, Moosehead has recently undergone an update in interiors, welcomed a new head chef and refreshed its menu.
I think it's about time for a re-visit. My gut feel told me to "Just Go!!!"..... and I'm so happy that I did.
July 06, 2016
Souper Tang 汤师父 @ Orchard Centrepoint ~ Malaysia's Famous Soup Restaurant Chain Is Now In Singapore!
Feeling rather tired physically (and mentally) of late, I couldn't be more glad to hop over to Souper Tang 汤师父 for dinner. Why? Because the restaurant is best known for their lineup of herbal soups and nourishing fare. Need that boost of vitality real badly.
If the brand name sounds familiar, it's because the well-respected chain from Malaysia has 18 branches across its homeland. You might have came across it before when in Johor Bahru, Malacca, Kuala Lumpur, and Ipoh?
The recently-opened outlet at level 2 of Singapore's newly-revamped Centrepoint mall marks their first overseas outpost.
July 02, 2016
Are you ready for another new restaurant? Make it a "Yes" as UsQuBa, a recently-opened Scottish restaurant and bar at One Fullerton is worth checking out.
Deriving its name from the Gaelic word Usquebaugh, meaning 'Water of Life', or simply, 'Whisky', UsQuBa's focus is on New Scottish cuisine crafted using produce sourced mainly from Scotland, as well as a carefully curated selection of rare and exclusive whiskies, and Scotland's finest craft gins and beers. Expect some reworked classic cocktails too.
The warmly-lighted premises hosts a 160-seater dining room, long bar and den, and a retail corner stocked with fine whisky, craft gin, and other unique Scottish products. Being situated on the waterfront overlooking Marina Bay, the view is... (needless to say)... Gorgeous!