10@Claymore Pan Pacific Orchard Hotel

Category : Buffet, International, Promotions

Time for Christmas feasting again! 😀

Considering my age, thankfully there were only 2 hotel buffet feasting sessions during this Christmas season. Especially since I aspire to try everything at the buffet, as much as possible 😛

First stop, 10@Claymore at Pan Pacific Orchard Hotel.

Thanks to HSBC Credit Card Promotion, we enjoyed 25% off our total bill. This reduced 10@Claymore hotel buffet from S$42++ to S$31.5++. Sweet~

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And sweet it was. Wow wow wow at 10@Claymore’s desserts, all nicely decorated with Christmas ornaments. All screaming, “Eat me!”

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The shutterbug in me simply couldn’t resist giving each of them a close up shot 😀

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I enjoyed most of Pan Pacific Hotel buffet’s desserts except for their shot glass puddings & their durian cake which reminds me of the long brown durian cake/stick/paste. Artificial.

Of course, I’m more demanding when it comes to durian being an unwavering bitter Mao Shan Wang (Mountain Cat) consumer. So my opinion could be biased, similar to my critique of Concorde Spices Café Peranakan Buffet’s Otah.

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There were also feedbacks that the yellow & brown layered cake was very sour. It is indeed pretty sour and I kind of enjoyed the slightly torturous sourly kick 😛

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Being a tea-lover, Pan Pacific Orchard Hotel really won me over with their Artisan Selection of Gryphon Tea at its buffet. How I wish I could try them all!

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I’m usually underwhelmed by hotel buffets’ Christmas seasonal dishes. Hats off to 10@Claymore for winning me over!

For the 1st time ever, I helped myself to a 2nd serving of Christmas Honey Baked Ham!

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10@Claymore also has a Festive Season Plates of Pleasure Menu for us to order (repeatedly).

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This is the 1st time I enjoyed my Turkey. Their deep fried Turkey Escalope won thumbs up from around the table. Yummy! If only I have space for another serving 🙁

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Other dishes I enjoyed were 10@Claymore’s Baked Beer Drumlet & Seared Salmon with Pesto Cream Sauce. Especially the Salmon.

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Needless to say, all of us enjoyed our team lunch at 10@Claymore. Their service was also impeccable. We were well taken care of with just the right degree/amount of attention. Their chef even posed for me when he spotted me taking photos 😀

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Thanks Pan Pacific Orchard Hotel for the great meal, my teammate for organising and everyone for the great company! 😉

Oh, for sashimi lovers, 10@Claymore has both salmon and salmon tummy sashimi.

10@Claymore Pan Pacific Orchard Hotel (View in Google Maps)
10 Claymore Road
Lobby Level
Pan Pacific Orchard
Singapore 229540
GPS: 1.3073882,103.827732
Tel: +65 6831 6686
dining.ppsgo@panpacific.com

https://www.panpacific.com/en/hotels-resorts/singapore/orchard/stay/dining/10-at-claymore.html

Breakfast: 6am – 10:30am
Lunch: 12pm – 2:30pm
Brunch: 12pm – 3pm
Dinner: 6pm – 10:30pm




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Joo Mak @ Beauty World Menu

Category : Korean

It’s been a looong while since I’ve been to my favourite Korean Restaurant, Joo Mak @ Beauty World.

Beauty World hasn’t been such an accessible place for my friends though we really love Joo Mak’s authentic Korean food.

Like their super delicious military soup (Budae Jjigae), crispy fried chicken (Yangnyeom Tongdak) and seafood pancake (Hae Mul Pa Jeon).

The best ever!

Unable to help myself, I find myself wandering to the front of Joo Mak when I was visiting Beauty World for dinner.

Sadly it was closed for the day due to some repair works.

Of course this also presented me with the opportunity to capture photos of Joo Mak’s latest Menu to share with my fellow Korean food loving kakis 😀

And for fans of Joo Mak @ Beauty World and all Koran food lovers out there too 😉

주막 Joo Mak 酒幕 (View in Google Maps)
Korean Restaurant Joo Mak
144 Upper Bukit Timah Road #04-01
Beauty World Centre
Singapore 588177

GPS: 1.342398,103.776134

+65 6466 7871
+65 9735 2570
e-mail.inelcos@hanmail.net

Lunch (Except Monday)
12:00pm – 3:00pm

Dinner
6:00pm – 11:00pm

 




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Spices Café Peranakan Buffet @ Concorde Hotel Singapore

Category : Buffet, Local Singapore Food, Promotions

Peranakan food isn’t a cuisine type I’m particularly familiar with, and hence not my 1st choice when it comes to food.

So it was really a rare opportunity, for me personally, when our team decided to lunch at Spices Café @ Concorde Hotel Singapore, to experience Peranakan food, buffet style.

Peranakan Buffet @ Spices Café serves up a very different variety of food, compared to other hotel buffets I’ve tried.

Firstly, the usual cold seafood section is absent. No salad either and in its place is a do-it-yourself fruit rojak section. Very interesting~

And (sadly) no cakes either. In its place are local delights like Bean Curd, Putu Mayam, a wide variety of Nonya Kueh and a do it yourself shaved ice machine, with a variety of toppings to customize your very own Ice Jelly and Ice Chendol.

What really got me excited were these little glasses of durian pengat, which instantly brought me back to Rendezvous Hotel and their yummy durian pengat.

I love and miss Rendezvous Hotel’s durian pengat. Alas the higher the expectations, the harder the fall…luckily I only took 1 durian pengat to start off with.

Moving on to the other sections, I enjoyed Spices Café’s Popiah & Kueh Pie Tee. It’ll be even better if the chef could spread more brown/sweet sauce for the Popiah 🙂

Being a huge fan of satay and otah, I personally have very high standards for these 2 items. So not surprisingly, Spices Café Peranakan Buffet’s version falls short, from my point of view. Especially their otah.

However, their main dishes section won me over with quite a few yummy dishes that made me go back for more!

Spices Café’s Lembu Rendang is especially tender and flavourful without any 羊骚味 (I tried translating this online and I almost laughed my head off because it was translated as Sheep Grievance). My best effort translation will be sheep-y, like fishy…Sorry guys~

Spices Café’s Babi Buah Keluak is also superbly marinated and stewed to perfection, tenderness.

Last but not least, the hugely popular Udang Asam. Thumb Up! The prawns are actually black in colour. And they are absolutely delicious. I would have gotten a 2nd helping if they weren’t flying off the plate so fast 😛

Dining Promotion @ Spices Café
For your information, we were there to enjoy the OCBC Credit Card Promotion where 1 dines free with every 3 paying adults.

We were also informed that there is an ongoing promotion for senior citizens, which explains why the restaurant was filled with seniors. We thought there was an event going on 🙂

Spices Café Peranakan Buffet @ Concorde Hotel Singapore (View in Google Maps)
Concorde Hotel Singapore
100 Orchard Road
Singapore 238840
GPS: 1.300618,103.842224
+65 6739 8370 or +65 6733 8855 Ext 8133
spices.chs@concorde.net
http://singapore.concordehotelsresorts.com/dining_spices_cafe.php

Lunch
Mon to Fri: 12pm – 2:30pm
Adult: $33++
Child: $16++ (3 – 12 yrs old)
Senior Citizens: $24++ (above 55 yrs old)

Afternoon Tea
Sat, Sun & Public Holiday: 12pm – 4:30pm
Adult: $35++
Child: $17++

Dinner
Mon – Thu: 6:30pm – 10pm
Adult: $52++
Child: $20++

Fri, Sat, Sun, Eve of Public Holiday & Public Holiday: 6:30pm – 10pm
Adult: $56++
Child: $20++




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Yhingthai Palace Thai Restaurant @ Purvis Street

Category : Thai

We’ve always been under the impression that Yhingthai Palace is a very pricey Thai Restaurant until our lovely colleague brought to our attention that their prices are actually pretty okay.

Provided you do not order dishes that are quoted as market price of course 😉

So here we are, at the atas Yhingthai Palace Thai Restaurant @ Purvis Street.

Even the restaurant name sounds so lavish right?

I was personally responsible for this below average Khao Tang Nah Tang @ S$10 which is crispy rice chips appetiser – rice chips served with a coconut milk based chicken and shrimp dip.

From the menu description, I thought it referred to the mini round crackers served with a spicy dip. Sorry guys.

But our meal is saved by Yhingthai Palace’s stellar Peek Kai Sord Sai @$3.5 each which is stuffed chicken wings  – chicken wings deboned and stuffed with asparagus, shittake mushroom, chicken meat and fried to a golden brown.

These gorgeous stuffed chicken wings are just absolutely amazingly yummy haha! Minimum order is 2 and I truly wished I had more than 1. I’ll take another stuffed chicken wing anytime 😀

Another dish worth highlighting is Yhingthai Palace’s Tom Yum Kung @ S$8 each which is clear tom yum prawn soup – prawns cooked in a spicy and sour soup.

I really enjoyed the tom yum kung. It’s not overly spicy and quite satisfying. Check out the ingredients in the soup.

Our carbo dish is Khao Ob Supparot @S$20 which is pineapple rice served with prawns and pork floss. I was half expecting to see it served in a pineapple but it wasn’t heehee~

I guess Yhingthai Palace’s pineapple fried rice is okay. I wasn’t wow-ed by it and it wasn’t too shabby either so I’ll say average.

Next up is Gaeng Keow Wan Kai/Mhoo @ S$15 which is Thai green curry – chicken or pork cooked in homemade green curry paste with Thai brinjals and string beans in coconut milk.

We ordered Yhingthai Palace’s Gaeng Keow Wan Mhoo (Thai green pork curry). The green curry goes well with the pineapple rice and the pork slices are really tender. Like.

And our greens, Phak Boong Fai Dang @ S$10 which is stir-fried spicy kang kong fried with shrimp paste chilli.

As we were all stuffed by now, we ordered only 2 desserts for sharing.

1st up is Yhingthai Palace’s Khao Neow Ma Muang @ S$7 which is mango with glutinous rice.

I wonder…why are their mangoes always sweet? It’s almost like a guarantee.

And finally, Tup Tim Krob @ S$6 which is Thai red ruby – water chestnut, jackfruit, palm fruit with fresh coconut milk.

I’m not sure if it’s good as I’m not exactly a fan of Tup Tim Krob. But it’s better than E-Sarn Thai Cuisine’sThai Red Ruby dessert.

Yhingthai Palace Thai Restaurant (View in Google Maps)
36 Purvis Street
#01 – 04
Singapore 188613
GPS: 1.296587,103.854956
+65 6337 1161
+65 6337 9429
www.yhingthai.com.sg

Lunch: 11:30am – 2pm
Dinner: 6pm to 10pm




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E-Sarn Thai Cuisine @ Pasir Panjang

Category : Thai

It is with a heavy heart, as we dig into the yummy dishes of E-Sarn Thai Cuisine along Pasir Panjang Road. For we are here today, for a farewell lunch.

We’re happy that he’s found greener pastures, yet sad because we’ll be losing a positive, long serving, experience comrade.

Still, we wish him all the best in his new role! We’ll miss you 🙂

As usual, whenever I can, I’ll take photos of the menu and here’s E-Sarn Thai Cuisine menu for our reference.

Usually I’ll order Lemongrass juice whenever I dine at Thai restaurants as I really like the subtle taste.

However having travelled to Thailand last September, and tried Thailand’s super sweet Cha Yen almost on a daily basis, I was keen to try E-Sarn’s Thai Ice Tea.

Well, it wasn’t as sweet and tasted like a diluted version of the ones I had in Thailand. Think I’ll stick to Lemongrass 😉

First up, we had Basil Chicken (Kra Pow Gai) @ S$12.5 which is chicken stir-fried with chilli paste & basil leaves. This is pretty good and goes well with white rice.

Next is the highly anticipated Crispy Omelette (Kai Foo) @ S$8.5 which is fried plain crispy omelette. This is amazingly crispy and very difficult to stop once you start munching on them.

One of E-Sarn Thai Cuisine’s best sellers is its Green Curry Chicken (Gaeng Paed Gai) @ S$13.5 which is chicken meat with eggplant simmered in coconut curry gravy.

E-Sarn’s green curry is not spicy and has a subtlety distinct taste to it. I quite enjoy it and the green curry definitely goes well with white rice too.

Our final dish before desserts is Crispy Bean Curd (Tao Hu Tod) @ S$8.5 which is battered & deep fried tofu served with sweet peanut sauce.

This is an unmemorable dish and I won’t order it again. It’s not really crispy and the bean curd is pretty bland.

And now, onto the wonderful world of desserts 😀

First up is Tapioca (Mun Cheam) @ S$4 which is boiled tapioca served warm topped with coconut milk. We really loved this dessert.

The tapioca is warm & the texture is nice. The coconut milk enhances the experience like icing on cake. Yummy! Best of the 3 desserts we had.

Next is Mango Sticky Rice (Khao Nieow Ma Muang) @S$6 which is fresh mango with glutinous rice topped with coconut milk. The mango is sweet, just a little small. It’s okay, just not as nice as the one I had in Bangkok.

And lastly, Red Ruby (Tub Tim Krob) @ S$4 which is water chestnut rubies served with coconut milk. It was bland and we didn’t like it.

And this concludes our super filling lunch with laughter and mixed emotions.

All I have to say is, thank you thank you thank you and all the best 🙂

E-Sarn Thai Cuisine (View in Google Maps)
130 Pasir Panjang Road
Singapore 118548
GPS: 1.2760689,103.792993
+65 6473 3716
http://www.esarn.com.sg/

Lunch: 11:30am – 2:30pm
Dinner: 5:30pm – 10pm (Last Order 9:30pm)

Closed on Tuesday




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Peony Jade Keppel Club Chinese New Year Ala Carte Dim Sum Buffet

Category : Buffet, Chinese, Dim Sum, Promotions

恭喜发财!新年快乐!Gong Xi Fa Cai! Happy Chinese New Year!

Are you all prepared for the feastings, gatherings and “interrogations”? 🙂

I definitely enjoy the feastings and gatherings and my 1st Chinese New Year themed event this year is lunch at Peony Jade @ Keppel Club.

Check out this awesome Chinese New Year display at Keppel Club. So festive~

The interior & stage of Peony Jade @ Keppel Club is pretty eye catching as well. I couldn’t resist making my way to the front to take this photo.

Despite having patronized Peony Jade countless times, this is my 1st Ala Carte Dim Sum Buffet @ Peony Jade Keppel Club.

I’ve been meaning to try Peony Jade’s Dim Sum for quite some time now so I’m ecstatic! Plus Peony Jade now has an amazing Chinese New Year Promotion where their Ala Carte Dim Sum Buffet includes Chinese New Year dishes as well.

1st dish of the meal is of course Peony Jade’s Prosperity Atlantic Salmon Lou Hei (Yusheng) with Caviar (发财三文鱼鱼子捞起). I’m not sure about the Caviar but I’m happy with the thick slices of salmon.

The server prepared the Yusheng for us coupled with auspicious greetings and it’s chopsticks action time! We grabbed our long chopsticks and start tossing the Yusheng while chanting our “wishes”. Though it’s mostly “Huat Ah”! 发啊

The portion of Yusheng is huge and we didn’t stop the server from pouring in the entire bowl of oil and sweet sauce so even though the 1st few mouthfuls are nice & crunchy, I quickly get tired of the sweetness of the dish.

So, word of advice, if you aren’t into sweet yusheng, limit the sweet sauce.

Another Chinese New Year dish is Peony Jade’s Hong Kong Style Deep Fried “Soon Hock” Fish with Light Soy Sauce (港式油浸笋壳). We love this dish. Thumbs up. It’s crispy on the outside and yet the fish meat beneath is still moist. Nice~

Back to the theme of Dim Sum Buffet. Yes, buffet. So, we courageously ordered every item in the Dim Sum section, except for one – Fried Raddish Cake with Beansprouts in XO Sauce.

Personally I love the Pan Fried Carrot Cake with Preserved Meat (腊味煎萝卜糕). It’s soft and moist with a nice flavour from the Preserved Meat. I’ll gladly have another serving if there’s space in my stomach 😛

Peony Jade’s Steamed Black Eye Bean Cake with Ham and Radish (蒸眉豆糕) is a different type of dim sum. Maybe I’ll coin it as creative? It’s lightly flavoured with an interesting texture. Maybe some gelatin was added? It’s nice as well.

Peony Jade’s Steamed Har Kau (水晶鲜虾铰) has a relatively thin & translucent skin with 2 juicy &chewy prawns within. Not bad as well.

What’s Har Kau without Siew Mai. Peony Jade’s Steamed Siew Mai aka Pork & Shrimp Dumpling (烧卖) is pretty decent and it’s good that there’s no fatty meat. At least not in the one I devoured.

Peony Jade’s Char Siew Chee Cheong Fun aka Rice Roll (叉烧肠粉) is quite good as well. The Chee Cheong Fun skin is soft and thin. I just wish there’s more char siew 😉

Another dish not commonly found in the category of Dim Sum is Peony Jade’s Hot & Sour Meat Dumpling (京川铰子). This dish has also gotten thumbs up from the table. It has a stimulating spicy flavour 😀

I quite like Peony Jade’s Steamed Beancurd Roll with Black Bean Sauce (豉汁鲜竹卷) as well.

The above 7 dishes are Dim Sum items I’ll order again.

Amongst the other dishes I’ve tried, I wasn’t wowed by Peony Jade’s Deep-Fried Dim Sum selection. And I dislike Peony Jade’s Baked Flaky ‘Cha Siew So’ topped with Chicken Floss (肉菘叉烧酥).

And out of the dishes I didn’t try, Steamed Custard and Salted Yolk Bao (香软奶皇流沙包) drew mixed reviews with comments that 黑社会’s version is nicer.

While Steamed Glutinous Rice in Lotus Leaf Parcel (荷香珍珠鸡) got a thumbs down.

All in all, it was still a nice meal with immense value. We definitely walked away with an immensely stuffed stomach.

Oh I almost forgot, skip the desserts 😉

Peony Jade @ Keppel Club (M, Level) (View in Google Maps)
Bukit Chermin Road
Keppel Club
Singapore 109918
+65 6276 9138 or +65 6276 8327
www.peonyjade.com

Monday to Friday
Lunch: 11am – 2:30pm
Dinner: 6pm – 10:30pm

Saturday to Sunday
Lunch: 10:30am – 2:30pm
Dinner: 6:00pm – 11:00pm




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(Closed) Here & There Restaurant @ Chijmes

Category : Modern Asian

Chijmes @ Cityhall has undergone quite a bit of renovation since my last visit. Walls were replaced with grills and shops were replaced by restaurants.

There is also a whole lot more Japanese restaurants in Chijmes but my favourite one, Japanese Dining SUN at Chijmes, has long ceased operation. Their set lunches were absolutely delicious and very value for money. Sad~

Enough reminiscence. Today, we’re here to try the food at Here & There Restaurant @ Chijmes. Here & There refers to Dine Here (Left) & Drink There (Right).

After being seated, we were handed an iPad for ordering. High Tech.

Since it’s our first time visiting Here & There, we were unsure of what to order and went with the Executive Set Lunch.

Coincidentally all of us ordered the same main course, Pan-Roasted Miso Salmon. But we have 2 different starters.

I had the Smoked Duck Salad which is pretty nice. The Duck slices are nicely seasoned and not overly salty. They’re not tough either.

However I didn’t like the arugula. I wished there was more dressing to cover the natural bitterness of arugula (to me at least).

When I saw the Prawn & Guacamole, it’s different from what I had imagined it to be. Like the Smoked Duck Salad, it’s very nicely plated and there’re four plump prawns with a generous serving of guacamole that’s “very avocado”. Nice~

Side Story
When the starters were served, we can see that extra attention has been paid to the food presentation. This reminded us of Onaka Restaurant & Wine Bar @ ARC & its tiny portions. Luckily, Here & There’s Pan-Roasted Miso Salmon isn’t as small. Phew~

Back to Here & There’s Main. I like Here & There’s concept of having 2 different sauces, Ginger Emulsion & Pumpkin Puree, in their Pan-Roasted Miso Salmon. Within the same dish, I can have 2 different experiences. Personally I like both and prefer the Pumpkin Puree sauce. The salmon skin is also nice & crispy.

However, there is 1 thing I dislike. Personally I prefer my salmon to be slightly raw, like Skyve Wine Bistro @ Winstedt Rd’s Norwegian Salmon Fillet. Here & There’s Pan-Roasted Miso Salmon is fully cooked. This results in very dry texture. I have to chew longer and harder haha…Of course this is a personal preference 🙂

We would have gone on to our dessert, Crème Caramel BUT we noticed that all the other patrons around us are having Kushiyaki Sticks! Are we missing something?

Here & There’s server & chef kindly acceded to our request to change our Executive Set Lunch from 3 to 2 course and we ordered Set Lunch D – Pork Lovers for sharing.

How not to drool over this? Great presentation (as usual) and it comes with miso soup & rice. Definitely filling. No wonder it’s popular. Amongst the flavours I tried, Shiitake & Asparagus win hands down. Yum~

And for tea lovers out there, I LOVE Here & There’s Earl Grey Tea that comes with the Executive Set Lunch. I wonder if they are really Gryphon Tea Company’s?

PS: A server shared that Here & There’s Kushiyaki Sticks Set Lunch are popular amongst lunch goers. Do note that they are only available on weekdays from noon to 2pm.

Here & There Restaurant @ Chijmes (View in Google Maps)
30 Victoria Street #01-11/12/13/18
Singapore 187996
GPS: 1.295262,103.851676
Tel: +65 6333 0116
http://www.hereandthere.sg/

Mon – Thu: Noon –11pm
Fri: Noon – 1am
Sat: 4pm – 1am
Sun: 4pm – 11pm




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Seoul Restaurant Korean Charcoal BBQ Buffet @ Regent Hotel

Category : Buffet, Korean

We’ve heard praises of Seoul Restaurant from a friend who’s been asking us to try the food there since like almost forever hahaha…okay, that’s abit over.

Seoul Restaurant is also known the Regent Hotel Korean BBQ amongst us. So if you’ve heard about Regent Hotel Korean BBQ, this is the one.

Well, today is the day. The only thing that’s missing is…the person who jio-ed us to Seoul Restaurant…

I must say, Seoul Restaurant has a very good range of food for their buffet that is not limited to meat only. This is very different from the other Korean BBQ buffets I’ve tried.

Besides Beef, Pork & Chicken meats, Seoul Restaurant also offers Korean dishes like pancakes, stews & noodles. This is good for folks who go in bigger groups.

More things to try, with the option to alternate between Korean BBQ Meat, free-flow side dishes & Korean main dishes.

As there’re only 3 of us, we focused mainly on the meats. For beef, my friends had B3 – Yangnyeom Galbisal – Marinated Beef Boneless Short Rib in Seasoned Soy Sauce & B4 – Galbisal – Boneless Beef Short Rib. Comments are B3 is very tender while another generally prefers seasoned meat.

For Pork, we had 1 of everything. I quite like P1 – Samgyeopsal – Sliced Pork Belly. It’s nice both by itself and with either the salt & pepper dip or the soy bean paste.

This is also the 1st meat we grilled so I’m not sure if this verdict is skewed as we were quite stuffed towards the end and most of the seasoned meat tasted almost the same, sweet.

We had both the chicken dishes and we preferred C1 – Maewun Chicken – Marinated Chicken in Hot & Spicy Sauce over C2 – Sunhan Chicken – Marinated Chicken in Seasoned Soy Sauce. By the way, C1 is neither hot nor spicy.

Besides meat we had A3 – Haemul-pajeon – Korean Pancake made with Spring Onion, finely chopped squid & prawn and R1 – Kimchi-jjigae – Spicy Stew made with Ripened Kimchi, Pork and beancurd.

Both dishes were okay, a change from the sweet meats. For A3 – Haemul-pajeon, hands down, Joo Mak @ Beauty World is the best I’ve had so far. Plus Seoul Restaurant doesn’t provide the Hae Mul Pa Jeon dipping sauce

After our experience @ Seoul Restaurant, our conclusion is we most probably won’t revisit as we are small eaters. We most probably aren’t eating our money worth. Plus the meat all tasted the same towards the end, sweet. If we’re just talking about meat, I’ll prefer Ssikkek Korean Grill BBQ Buffet Restaurant.

While we were chatting about our lunch, it dawned on us that we’re missing the washed vegetables, raw garlic (ordered & never arrived) and sliced green chilli typically used to wrap the grilled meat in Korean BBQ Restaurants. This most probably would have made a difference in our dining experience.

I later understand that the vegetables + green chilli can be ordered separately from Seoul Restaurant’s A La Carte Menu aka not included in their Korean BBQ Buffet Menu. And it’s not refillable/free flow.

PS: The friend who jio-ed us went for Seoul Restaurant’s BBQ Buffet Dinner on the following day instead. According to him the side dishes were different. There were Pancakes, Kimchi, Octopus/Cuttlefish Slices (Dried), Seaweed, Salad & Sliced Vegetables in Red sauce. And he says that Beef is still the best.

Seoul Restaurant Korean Charcoal BBQ (View in Google Maps)
No. 1 Cuscaden Road,
The Regent Hotel #03-02
Singapore 249715
GPS: 1.304999,103.824973
Tel: +65 6338 8548
http://www.seoul.com.sg/

Lunch
Mon – Fri: 11:30am – 2:30pm (Last Order 2pm)
Sat, Sun & PH: Noon – 3pm (Last Order 2:30pm)

Dinner
Mon – Sun: 5:30pm – 11pm (Last Order 10pm)
PH: 5:30pm – 10:30pm (Last Order 10pm)




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(Closed) Onaka Restaurant & Wine Bar @ ARC

Category : Bistro

I have mixed feelings about Onaka Restaurant & Wine Bar @ Alexandra Retail Centre (ARC).

We were there for a farewell lunch and everyone ordered Onaka Restaurant’s S$28++ 3 course set lunch which includes 1 Starter, 1 Main & 1 Dessert with a choice of Coffee & Tea.

Choice of Starters

Watermelon Sashimi – Sous Vide Watermelon, Agar Wasabi “Tobiko”, Kombu, Daikon Tamari Dip

Tofu Avocado Salad – Soy Brined Tofu, Avocado, Mesclun, Walnuts, Sprouts, Hazelnut Tamari Dressing

Chilled Cream of Asparagus – Fresh Asparagus in Homemade Chicken Stock with Cream

Choice of Mains

Roasted Mushroom Soba – Roasted Mushroom Ragu, Organic Buckwheat Soba, Mushroom Dashi, Truffle Oil, Kizami Nori, Kombu

Pineapple Rice – Organic Brown Rice, Quinoa, Spices with marinated Tempeh

Stuffed Bell Peppers – White Rice, Onions, Parsley in Tomato Sauce served in Bell Pepper topped with Mozarella

Pumpkin Sea Bass – Pumpkin Seed Crusted Sea Bass, Pumpkin Mash, Haricot Vert Salad, Smoked Tomato Puree

Chicken Tikka Masala – Twice Marinated Chicken Tikka, Kasmiri Chilli Powder, Yogurt, Makhani Curry served with Homemade Naan

Chilli Crab Capellini – Capellini, House made Chilli Crab Sauce, Crab Claw, Sous Vide Egg

Choice of Desserts

Coconut Panna Cotta – Gelatin Free Coconut Custard, Tahitian Vanilla, Mango Paper, Berries served with Gula Melaka Caramel

Daily Specials – Pastries & Berries OR 100% Natural Gelato Ice Cream

Source: http://www.onakafoods.com.sg/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=24:food-9&Itemid=196

Personally the choices didn’t appeal to me so I went with ordering from Onaka Restaurant’s A La Carte Menu instead. That’s how I ended up ordering Onaka’s Pear and Salmon Main.

When I said I have mixed feelings it’s because, I enjoyed the dish. But the portion is so small. We were all shocked when the dish was served. Flabbergasted more like it.

The strip of salmon is so tiny. If you compare it against the tomato, it’s almost the same height and width as the cherry tomato. I know salmon is not cheap but for S$26++ I would have expected a bigger portion.

Size aside, I really like Onaka Restaurant’s delivery of the Salmon. The outer layer is all crusty, the skin is crispy yet the inside of the Salmon is completely raw. Thumbs up.

The fries-look-alike are actually pear strips. Very creative & yummy. The egg with pumpkin seeds is nice but The Missing Pan 62 Degrees Eggs Benedict is the best! 🙂

So all in all I enjoyed Onaka Restaurant’s Pear and Salmon Main but the portion is too small for S$26++ (at least to me).

Here’re what other folks around me had & their feedbacks:

Starters

Watermelon Sashimi  – Interesting. The watermelon are really sliced and textured like sashimi. The Daikon Tamari Dip is a little weird.

Chilled Cream of Asparagus – Average and it’s really cold

Tofu Avocado Salad – Best amongst the Starters. Both in terms of taste and portion.

Mains

Chicken Tikka Masala – Nice but portion is small.

Roasted Mushroom Soba – Nice

Chilli Crab Capellini – Popular choice but none from my table ordered this so sorry no photos. But feedback is it’s good. Portion is good too. Best amongst these 3 Mains.

Desserts received average ratings. Here’s Onaka Restaurant’s Coconut Panna Cotta & Matcha Gelato.

Onaka Restaurant & Wine Bar @ ARC (View in Google Maps)
460 Alexandra Road
#01-32 Alexandra Retail Centre
Singapore 119963
GPS: 1.2738904,103.8020426
Tel: +65 6270 2012
http://www.onakafoods.com.sg/

Mon – Fri: 11am – 10pm
Sat: 10:30am – 10pm

Closed on Sundays




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The Missing Pan @ Bt Timah

Category : Afternoon Tea, Bakery, Bistro, Breakfast

The Missing Pan @ Bt Timah serves the BEST Eggs Benedict! There, I’ve said it. And they’re seriously good. Best Eggs Benedict ever!

Though I guess I’ll have to try the Eggs Benedict at Skyve Wine Bistro @ Winstedt Rd & Wild Honey @ Scotts Square to know for sure…

Anyway, I got to know about The Missing Pan though a television programme which focuses on their 62 Degrees Eggs Benedict, saying that the owners went through many trial & errors before concluding that 62 degrees is the perfect temperature to make the perfect egg.

I couldn’t agree more!

So when a decision is made to have our team lunch at The Missing Pan @ Bt Timah, I’m overjoyed and ordered their 62 Degree Eggs Benedict With Smoked SalmonAvocado, seaweed crumbs on sourdough with in-house hollandaise without hesitation.

The Eggs Benedict texture is perfect. It’s soft and velvety yet not runny. I can mix/stir the egg yolk and egg white and it’ll still stay in its semi-liquid form. It doesn’t drip off my utensils.

I can enjoy the Eggs Benedict on its own or use it as a dip for the sourdough bread or combine it with the smoked salmon and they’re all good.

As you can see, the Eggs Benedict doesn’t collapse even after I split it open. And yes, the salmon is still raw on the inside, just the way I like it. What can I say? Delicious, 好吃, Sedap, 美味しい, 맛있어요!

My colleague had another version of The Missing Pan’s Eggs Benedict, 62 Degree Eggs Benedict With HamHoney grilled gammon ham, sauteed spinach and mushroom, buttered corn, in-house hollandaise. He wasn’t wowed by it, commenting that it’s okay.

I have to provide some background though, he doesn’t like corn. See all those corn under the hollandaise? And the honey grilled gammon ham was too little for him aka not enough meat. Plus he’s not a vegetables person. So he kind of regretted ordering this instead of a burger. But hey, he just wanted to try something different 😉

Next up, The Missing Pan’s French Toast SalpiconChicken, spinach and mushroom stuffed in French toast, banana nuggets, mixed berries, strawberry-smoked maple syrup. Doesn’t this look sweet? Nice presentation with fruits nicely arrange over a thick French Toast.

First impression, we all thought this was a dessert dish until she cut into the French Toast. Lo and behold, a secret stash of chicken and mushroom spilled out. She commented that the French Toast Salpicon is quite nice and very filling. By the way, the banana nuggets are goreng pisang (deep fried banana) 🙂

Our vegetarian colleague had the Reza YoghurtGreek yoghurt, cucumber, radish, granny smith, raisins, mint, homemade chewy granola stick. She commented that it was okay.

She wanted to order The Missing Pan’s Beetroot Quinoa Salad initially but we were informed that they ran out. The last I checked, Reza Yoghurt is no longer on The Missing Pan’s menu.

And lastly, we also ordered a set of The Missing Piece to share. Mostly out of curiosity as to what is it. These chocolate cookies-look-alike are pretty nice with an interesting texture. Like a honeycomb.

The Missing Pan @ Bt Timah (View in Google Maps)
619D Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 269724
GPS: 1.324528,103.809256
Tel: +65 6466 4377
http://www.themissingpan.com/

Tues – Sat: 9am – 5pm & 6pm – 10pm
Sun: 9am – 6pm

Closed on Mondays & Sundays Dinner




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