Friday, February 27, 2015

High Tea at Anti:dote

I am not a 'tai-tai' so unfortunately have very little opportunities for high-tea. When opportunities arise though, its pretty awesome to spend an afternoon indulging in finger food and oooh-aahing at the lovely displays during high-tea.

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(pardon the blur picture, we got a bit too excited). High tea at Anti:dote provides you with 2 choices, differing only in the first dish - option between truffled scrambled eggs and a selection of dim sum. Seriously dont need to choose, just go for the truffled eggs. Delightfully presented in an egg shell with a perfect round black truffle slice on top, the scrambled eggs were creamy and delicious. Perfectly paired with the toasted soldiers.



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Next up came the wonderful presentation of the rest of the items (these were for 3 pax) in a set of drawers where one can open to reveal more surprises.

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Seriously too pretty. A wide array of savory (smoked salmon tart, lobster roll) and even more sweets (lemon macarons, chocolate truffles, eclairs, scones etc)

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I didnt manage to try everything but my favorites were the lobster roll, chocolate tart and those tangy lemon macarons.
Very lovely high-tea and a feast both for your eyes and tummy. Quite reasonably priced too (~$38++ per pax)


Level 1, Fairmont Singapore 80 Bras Basah Road 6431 5315

Friday, February 20, 2015

Hong Kong Sep 2014 Travel Diary Pt 2


Part 2 of eating around hong kong, a series of table top shots of food lol


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One can't go to Hong Kong and not eat dim sum
Must orders - egg tart and the roast meat platter. No one makes it as good as they do in HK

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Mmm look at that


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Protip : The sashimi in Hong Kong is super fresh and cheap. Just go to any good supermarket and hit the sashimi section. We went crazy and basically had a sashimi party, look at all that uni! And costs us a fraction of what would have been in Singapore


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And a late night supper at Tsui Wah of course, I can't resist a bowl of 'gong zai mee' aka Maggi noodles and that toasted bun


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close up of them buns

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Finally trying this. Truffle scrambled eggs at Australian Dairy Company. Maybe cos we were all so full but it felt over-rated. The truffle taste was very much muted, the eggs were nice and fluffy

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In typical Singaporean-ness, saw this long queue and had to try this.  Kau Kee beef brisket to be specific. Protip - skip the queue and go get takeaway. 
And wow this was the best beef brisket, and probably the best thing I ate in Hong Kong.  MUST TRY


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And ending off our trip with a bucketfull of tau huey 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Hong Kong Sep 2014 Travel Diary Pt 1

Short trip to Hong Kong for a girlfriend's hens night. Stayed at the Hyatt Regency Shatin which was soo out of the way of everything but what a lovely view!


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Ended up not really a hen's party kind of trip but more of an eating one lol (what's new)


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No trip to Hong Kong complete without the best eggtart ever, at Tai Chung Bakery. Eat it on the street, when it is hot out of the oven, then double back and buy 12 more because you know you cant stop at one. Tai Chung used to be an old school 'hole in the wall' kind of place but now its pretty commercialized. Still good though

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A short walk over to the best Wanton mee ever at Mak's noodle. Do do do order the dry noodle with roe, full of umami goodness and the noodle is so QQ! The beef brisket is pretty kick ass too.


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 One meal is not enough! Headed opposite to Tsim Chai Kee for their rendition with huge wantons (like literally 6 prawns per wanton). The difference in both were quite stark if you eat them one after the other. Mak's beats Tsim hands down in my opinion.

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Last but not least, some street food. curry fishball anyone?





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oh yes, and the best dessert drink at Hui Lau Shan. A delicious mixture of mango, coconut, aloe vera etc. Soo good, we had one everyday 

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Quayside Fish Bar & Bistro

Popped by for brunch after a night at the next door W Hotel (staycation!)


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Not your typical brunch place , Quayside serves beautifully plated dishes highlighting fresh seafood.
Like this gorgeous softshell  chilli crab linguine  


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Perfect for the Singaporean palate,  the sauce was sweet and surprisingly spicy. Good if you like a bit of kick to your dish


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Squid ink pasta was equally luscious with the umami flavours of the squid ink standing out.

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Cod fish burger with fries. Probably the most disappointing dish with too hard buns and slightly overcooked cod. Just an overall dry dish, texturally. 


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Snapper Pie with fries, the pastry was nice and flaky. I thought the pie was a tad too watery but nonetheless tasty.


Overall, not a bad place for brunch although I would stick to the pasta dishes


31 Ocean Way, #01-11 Quayside Isle, 
Sentosa Cove, 
Singapore 098375
6268 8633

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Papparich




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Seriously good nasi lemak from Papparich, I can see why there are 50+ branches in Malaysia and nobody does nasi lemak quite like our neighbour. 

What I liked in particular was the sweet sambal and that crispy fried chicken. 
Seriously sinful too though


Suntec City Mall
#02-386, 3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City Mall, 
Singapore 038983 
65 6532 3323

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Teppei Japanese Restaurant

I am too lazy a person to try to get a reservation with Teppei so when my friend offered me a seat when someone in her party couldn't make it, I immediately jumped on the chance.

Soo a 4 month in advance reservation is necessary to eat here. Big question here is - is it worth the wait?  So $80+++ for 20+ dishes sounds like a darn good deal, and at the end of the meal I thought it was but given the amount of effort needed to eat here, it was not worth the wait.

20+ dishes may sound like a lot but most of it was just bite sized items, like erm a grilled ginkgo nut and erm a smoked pickle

Here were some of my favourite items

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Sashimi platter, fresh and quite a large amount for what we paid. Although the presentation was quite sloppy but I guess it added to that homey charm of teppei 


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My favorite item - negitoro handroll with tempura bits. Each bite was a mix of crunch and soft delicious tuna.  This got me on a tuna handroll craze where I started ordering this at every Japanese restaurant lol


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Uni and scallop over rice. Give me more of that! 


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Not a favorite but one of the more interesting items. Fried grasshopper, looks scary but tasted just like deep fried nothing. 



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mmmm beef! The chef made all of us take photo of the raw beef haha, looks so good, I wish I had the whole try to myself.  The grilled beef was tender and very tasty - can I have this over a bowl of rice pls?



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Another unusual dish - fried rooster crown. Again, tasted like deep fried nothing lol, really a dish of entertainment value than anything else

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Lastly, your choice of sashimi rice or soba noodle. I will choose sashimi rice anytime - uni, tuna, swordfish mmm  

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The noodle dish was decent but why would you choose this over sashimi

Overall, it was a fun experience dining at Teppei and I got to try a few weird items which I guess its all part of the omakase experience. That say, except for a few nice items, the rest of the dishes were pretty boring/average. Verdict - try once enough already.



#01-18, Orchid Hotel
1 Tras Link
6222 7363


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Akashi Japanese Restaurant


I used to visit Akashi almost every week as a kid when it was located in White Sands so this place brings back many wonderful childhood memories.

Of course, the food's pretty good too

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Isn't the beef gorgeous -insert emoticon with heart eyes-

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And one more shot from the top. I could do with less sauce but great sear and taste



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And the rest of our dishes. 

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The miso-baked brinjal was something I grew up eating (a must order everytime) and this might be my bias childhood memories working against me but I have yet to come across any restaurant serving this dish better than Akashi.
Creamy, umami and just so darn good.


1 Harbourfront Walk
#B2-07-09 VivoCity
 +65 6681 6719