Thursday, November 25, 2010

East Ocean Restaurant

If you are in the mood for some old-school dim sum, East Ocean is the place to go to.
Inside a bustling restaurant, with old waitresses carrying trays of dimsum, hawking them to each table. Full tables, minimal decor. No frills. Just the noise of chatter and clatter of chopsticks.
Probably just like in Hong Kong.

Food here I would say, some are hits while others are misses. There are so many items on the menu that one would be really spoilt for choice!

Here are some that we ordered which I would recommend

Carrot cake. Moist and tasty

I am not a fan of almonds but the almond crusted prawns were delicious.
Little fried crispy balls with a big plump fresh prawn.

Lotus leaf rice. Really huge portion and great for sharing. It was nicely done but I prefer Crystal Jade's version. Much softer in my opinion.

The roasted pork here was decent though my heart still remains with Imperial Treasure's version. 

Now the salted egg yolk custard bun was AWESOME.
I am a huge fan of "liu sha bao" and when I see that golden custard liquid just flowing out, I get all happy and giddy. The ones at East Ocean were just about perfect; sweet custard with just that hint of saltiness. Ahhh. 

The egg tarts here were great as well! Small little golden delights :)

My friend swears by the char siew shou here and he was right. These were the best that I had. 
Flaky buttery pastry enveloping the sweet red char siew.
Nicely done East Ocean.

Of course we had other dishes which werent so great. So maybe going to East Ocean for the first time is like a gamble. You never know which item you choose would be good.

One thing to note, the prices at East Ocean are surprisingly high. Given the crowd and the rowdy atmosphere, I would actually prefer going to Imperial Treasure paragon instead for dim sum.

East Ocean Teochew Restaurant
1 Scotts Road Shaw Centre
6235 9088

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Seafood Paradise

When i have a craving for Seafood, the first place I think of is Seafood Paradise.
Yes, Jumbo, long beach etc might be the traditional places that we grew up eating but Seafood Paradise just serves better quality food. There.

Went here for my Mum's birthday dinner and ordered the set dinner.

The soup of the day, lovingly doled out by the waitress at the restaurant. 
Tender pork ribs, soup that was boiled for several hours. No complains here and I am a true-blue cantonese. I know my soup.

The veg dish - bean sprouts with salted fish. 
It was done well.

Tofu with prawns. Ah this was good. Soft melt-in-your mouth pillows of tofu with plump prawns.
Great with rice!

One of seafood paradise's signature dish is their coffee pork ribs.
And I love this dish! Sweet and savory, with those charred bits and that tiny hint of coffee to keep you coming back for more. 

The assam fish which was great for people who likes the sour taste of assam.
The fish was really fresh as well

And of course, the dish of the night. The one MUST-ORDER dish at Seafood Paradise.

The Butter Crab. Ah the sauce! SO. GOOD. 
Dip your mantou into it and just savor it. Sweet, salty, rich, creamy. Delightful.
Drizzle over your rice, your veg, basically everything. 
A word of caution: this sauce is really heaty, so try not to go overboard or you may end up with a nasty throat.
Remember to make reservations!

Seafood Paradise
91 Defu Lane 10
#01-01 Swee Hin Building
6487 2429

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Werner's Oven

Werner's Oven is a cosy German restaurant in the middle of Siglap that has quite the following
As far as German food goes, this place was good. Much better than Brotzeit or Paulaners in my opinion. 

Started with the Fritierter Camembert Käse
- Breaded cheese served with cranberry sauce ($9.80)

A huge slab of cheese, definitely an appetizer for sharing amongst friends

When one goes to a German restaurant, the must orders are beer and sausages, so thats exactly what we did. The sausage came served with sauerkraut and potato salad. Pretty decent.

The grilled chicken (served with fries and salad) was tender and tasty.
Though nothing really special in my honest opinion. But really cheap though!

The ubiquitous Pork Knuckle! Only order this dish if you are sharing (or if you are a really huge fan of pork). The pork knuckle here was good, tender meat with the most delicious mashed potatoes. 
Very good value for money too at $21.50

The winning dish of that night in my opinion was the Ox-tail stew
Rich in flavor with that intense depth and ox tail so tender its falling off the bones. Dip your bread into the stew and you are set. Mmmm

6 Upper East Coast Road, #01-01/02/03