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.