Monday, 22 April 2019

Tanuki Raw Kapok – Amazing Donburi

Foie Gras Truffle Yakiniku

Tanuki Raw is a combination of playful Japanese cuisine with no-holds-barred American Street Food. With these concepts in mind, Tanuki Raw present creations that is unique, modern and unbelievably flavourful.

LD and I visited the location at the National Design Centre. This restaurant occupied the same open space as the Kapok, a lifestyle select store originated in Hong Kong focusing on all things related to design.

Green Tea, part of Lunch Set

We started with Raw Oyster ($30 for half dozen). It is plump, briny and juicy. A quick check with the service staff, we found out that the oysters are from New Zealand.

NZ Oyster

Foie Gras Truffle Yakiniku ($19, +$2 for Lunch Set). The plating is definitely awesome. The toppings of sliced Black Angus short ribs, Pan Seared foie gras and onsen egg filled the bowl to the brim.

Foie Gras Truffle Yakiniku with Lunch Set

The foie gras is nicely executed. Crisp externally, follow with soft, creamy and velvety texture internally. The sliced ribs are tender and succulent, with tangy sauce drizzle on top of it. Meanwhile, the onsen egg combines all the ingredients nicely with solid flavourful rice. They also served Japanese pickle to balance the richness in this dish. Yum Yum, Two Thumbs Up.

Oozing Egg

The additional $2 to make it a lunch set is definitely worth it. You get a small bowl of refreshing salad, miso soup and cold green tea.

Flavourful Rice

Chirashi NDC ($21, +2 for Lunch Set). The harvest of the sea in a bowl. Generous load of ingredients, tuna, salmon, hamachi, snow crab, negitoro, spicy salmon, ikura and tamago. The seafood is fresh and the quantity is actually enough to make two chirashi bowl, those popping ikura will definitely overwhelm you in each bite of your bowl your meal. Amazing.

Chirashi NDC Lunch Set

Truffle Nagano Pork Spam Fries ($13.90). Unfortunately, this dish is a let-down. The spam fries are lumpy, together with the sauce the saltiness is just over the top. Definitely, need to cut down on the mayo and make the spam fries crispy.

Truffle Nagano Pork Spam Fries

The restaurant is spacious and the open concept in sync with the name of the building. The transition between Kapok and Tanuki Raw is just seamless. Service is friendly and efficient.

Overall, the donburi here is just amazing. The ingredients are of good quality, fresh and generous. Definitely worth a visit and soaks up the atmosphere. Cheers!!

Food & Drinks: 8/10
Value: 7.75/10
Service: 7.5/10
Ambiance: 7.5/10
Budget per Person: $26 - $50

Tanuki Raw @ Kapok
111 Middle Road
#01-05 National Design Centre
Singapore 188969

IG: @Tanukiraw
OH: Daily 10.00 – 22.00
Food from 11.30 – 21.30
Lunch Sets from 11.30 – 15.00
Happy Hour from 17.00 – 20.00, all day on Weekends
Menu is available on their website.

Sunday, 21 April 2019

Café Lodge – Mother’s Day 2019 [MEDIA INVITE]

Roast Chicken Chinese Style


Café Lodge is the main restaurant for YWCA Fort Canning Lodge. A property managed by YWCA Singapore located in the city centre of Singapore, the prime Orchard Road shopping belt. 

Cafe Lodge at YWCA Fort Canning Lodge

For its daily lunch and dinner buffet, it offers comforting Singaporean and Asian Cuisine. With 5 menus rotating daily, diners will get enough variety return to Café Lodge regularly.

Specials of the Day

During our visit, the following dishes catch my attention: Braised Duck, Yum Rice and Braised Egg and Tofu. The duck is meaty and well braised, as you can taste the dark soy sauce and seasoning infused into the meat. The same can be said with the eggs and tofu. The yam rice is aromatic and tasty, definitely goes well with the duck, tofu and egg.

Braised Duck

Braised Duck, Yum Rice and Braised Egg and Tofu

Mee Rebus
 is the highlight of the action station. The ingredients are the same as those sold outside, including the thick brown mee rebus gravy. Texture wise, this will depend on the diners cooking skill.

Mee Rebus

One of the other dishes that impress me is their beef rendang. The gravy is thick, rich, creamy and filled with spices. You can taste the “rempah” infused into the meat, making it “rice thief” dish.

Rendang on White Rice

The steamed fish fillets also look delicious; however, I did not manage to try it as I was pacing myself for the Mother’s Day Menu.

Steam Fish

Part of the daily buffet also includes Soup of the Day, salads with condiments, cold dishes, cake and kueh for desserts, fruits, coffee & tea, and water and orange drinks. Definitely a good offering for daily buffet lunch or dinner.

Soup of the Day - ABC

DIY Salad

Appetizers
Assorted Cake and Kueh - Part of the Buffet

Mother’s Day Menu

Highlights of Mother’s Day Buffet Menu includes: Avocado Crab Meat Salad and Apple and Celery with Walnuts Salad. A light and delicious way to start the meal. I personally like find the avocado and crab meat salad is very refreshing, the sweetness of the crab meat and the avocado works well together.

Avocado Crab Meat Salad 

 Apple and Celery with Walnuts Salad.

Sichuan soup with Radish. An interesting combination of this clear yet robust soup. After further scooping, I finally found the dried scallops, clams and mushrooms that gave this soup added natural sweetness and seafood flavour in it.

Sichuan soup with Radish

Roasted Chicken Chinese Style. Nicely executed, the skin is thin and crispy, while the meat is juicy and succulent. They provide the salt and pepper dip with lime, however, I found that the chicken is tasty enough.

Roasted Chicken Chinese Style.

Deep-Fried Garoupa with Mango Salsa. The huge garoupa is coated with flour and deep-fried, resulting in a crispy skin and moist flesh. The mango salsa sauce is added afterwards to provide a sweet fruity taste to the dish. I like this dish as it is not spicy, however, some diners might prefer some spicy sauce for the dish.

Deep-Fried Garoupa with Mango Salsa.

The full buffet spread will be available for this special occasion. For the full menu, please refer to the YWCA Fort Canning Lodge website or Facebook Page. The menu might differ from the highlights above due to the availability of the ingredients.

Fruits Platter

Fruits - Part of the Buffet


Mother’s Day Buffet at Café Lodge
When: 4 & 5 May 2019 and 11 & 12 May 2019.
Where: Café Lodge at YWCA Fort Canning Lodge
Timing: Lunch 11.30 – 15.00;  Dinner 18.00 – 22.00
Price: $38++ for Adult, $15.80++ for Child (6 to 12 years)
Promotion: Book and Dine for 4 & 5 May 2019, you will receive a 25% discount for Mother’s Day Buffet.

For Reservations, please call 6333 0487 or email cafe@ywcafclodge.org.sg

Ice Cream - Part of the Buffet

Orange Drink, Coffee and Tea - Part of the Buffet

Thank you very much, Purple Eats for the tasting invitation; Vu Marcoms and Café Lodge Team for hosting the tasting.

Food & Drinks: 6.25/10
Value: 6.25/10
Service: N/A (Tasting Event)
Ambiance: 6.5/10
Budget per Person: $26 - $50

Braised Sea Cucumber, Pork Ribs and Mushrooms - Easter Day Menu

Braised Sea Cucumber, Pork Ribs and Mushrooms - Easter Day Menu

Café Lodge
6 Fort Canning Road
Level 1, YWCA Fort Canning Lodge
Singapore 179494

T: +65 6333 0487
IG: @YWCAfortcanninglodge
OH:
Daily Ala Carte: 11.30 – 20.30
Daily Lunch Buffet: 11.30 – 14.30
Daily Dinner Buffet: 18.00 – 21.30
Price: S$32++ for Adult, $15.80++ for Child.
*Check out their Facebook Page for Promotion with NTUC and SAFRA Member.

Friday, 19 April 2019

Konjiki Hototogisu Ramen – Awesome Oyster Ramen

Oyster Paitan Ramen


Konjiki Hototogisu Ramen (‘KHR’) is a One Michelin Star Ramen Restaurant from Tokyo. KHR also recognise being “No.1 Ramen in Japan” in 2017 and 2018 by Ramen Walker, Japan’s popular magazine.

Konjiki Hototogisu Ramen

Each of their Ramen restaurants specialises in different flavours. The one at Great World City, specialises in Oyster base broth.

Oyster Paitan Ramen ($15.90) is one of the signature ramens here. The broth is made from Miso and Oyster Consommé, while the toppings include oyster paste, dried tomato, baked lemon slice, roasted corn, arugula, low-temperature cha shu, black pepper and onion.

Oyster Paitan Ramen

The menu will teach you how to eat the ramen, I suggest you follow it. Once the bowl arrived, try to slurp the broth and the ramen before mixing it together. The miso is rich and creamy. When you stir the rest of the ingredients in, the oyster paste added an intense seafood flavour to the ramen. The aburi lemon and dried tomato help to cut the richness in the ramen.

Aburi Sliced Lemon

The noodle is thin and springy while cha shu has a soft, melt in your mouth texture. I like their topping of aburi corn and arugula, it is definitely unlike traditional ramen version.

The Noodle

Meanwhile, if you like something lighter, go for their Oyster Shio Ramen ($15.90). This is the clear broth version of the oyster ramen here. Toppings include oyster paste, arugula, red paprika, garlic butter lemon, red onion, scallion and parsley flakes.

Oyster Shio Ramen

Same as the Paitan Ramen, slurp the broth at first. The broth is light but filled with delicate touch of saltiness. Once you stir the broth, the oyster flavours really shine in this dish. The garlic butter lemon, paprika and red onion added contrasting flavour in the ramen.

Although both ramens are delicious, I need to warn you that the portion is very petite.

Fried Tofu with Bonito Flakes (3pcs $6.90). Crisp externally but soft internally. The bonito shavings are generous, ensuring each bite of the tofu will be filled with the bonito.

Fried Tofu with Bonito Flakes 

Service is helpful and efficient. The décor of the place like a modern ramen restaurant sprouting in shopping centres. The main colour use is pine wood combine with open concept.

Overall, the oyster ramen at Konjiki Hototogisu Ramen is definitely special and unique. The use of oyster with their miso or salt soup broth, allow us to enjoy the goodness of oyster in a different way. I’ll definitely come back to try their other ramen or the other branches as well. Kanpai! Cheers!

Food & Drink: 8.25/10
Value: 7/10
Service: 6.5/10
Ambiance: 7/10
Budget per Person: $11 - $25, $26 - $50.  

Bachmann Japanese Restaurant
Konjiki Hototogisu Ramen
1 Kim Seng Promenade
#01-143 Great World City
Singapore 237994

T: +65 6219 3840
IG: @Konjikihototogisu
OH: Daily 12.00 – 14.45, 17.00 – 21.00

Monday, 15 April 2019

AquaMarine – Old School Hong Kong Delights [MEDIA INVITE]

Braised Beef Rib with ‘Mui Choy’

AquaMarine, Halal-certified buffet at Marina Mandarin Singapore is showcasing Hong Kong Cuisine of yesteryear.

Hong Kong Milk Tea Cart

These nostalgic highlights include:

Bolo Bao, one of the most popular buns in Hong Kong that is garnering tractions in Singapore. This mini version at AquaMarine is served with a generous slab of butter. Best paired with Hong Kong Milk Tea that is part of this buffet as well. You will notice the selling drinks cart parked just outside AquaMarine.

Bolo Bao with Butter

Hong Kong Milk Tea

Traditional Quail Egg Siew Mai. This chicken Siew Mai is delightful. It is firm, bouncy and delicate in flavour. I actually never tried this in Hong Kong before, but as a dim sum, this version is very good.

Traditional Quail Egg Siew Mai.

Braised Beef Rib with ‘Mui Choy’. A beef interpretation of the traditional old school dish Mui Choi Pork. The fattiness of this premium beef ribs created awesome juiciness in each bite. The 'Mui Choi' sauce added the naturally sweet and saltiness to the dish like the traditional Hong Kong Way.

Braised Beef Rib with ‘Mui Choy’ - Tasting Plating

Chui Chow Oyster Congee. A version of Teochew congee that is popular in Hong Kong. The broth is robust, the rice is still in grainy version while the plump oyster adds the briny seafood feel to this congee. The toppings of fresh coriander, dried shrimp and rice puff added complexity to this dish. Yum Yum.

Congee Station

Chui Chow Oyster Congee

Pan-fried Abalone Cheong Fun with XO Sauce. A luxury version of Cheong Fun. The Cheong Fun is pan-fried with my favourite XO sauce. Some part of it is crisp, the flavour of the XO sauce really shines. Topped it up with robust Abalone sauce and mini abalones to creating a WOW dish.

Pan-fried Abalone Cheong Fun with XO Sauce.

Pan-fried Abalone Cheong Fun with XO Sauce. - Tasting Plating

Claypot Lamb Brisket with Bamboo Shoots. One of Hong Kong dish that I really like. The lamb brisket is well braised, not gamy and melts in your mouth. The shiitake mushrooms and bamboo shoot absorb the delicious gravy. You should have this dish with sweet fermented soybean sauce (Chee Hou sauce).

Claypot Lamb Brisket with Bamboo Shoots.

A must try in the menu is Baby Lobster in ‘Bi Feng Tang’ Style. The baby lobster is deep fried with garlic, ginger, chilli and spring onion. It is so aromatic that you can smell it miles away. The flesh is crisp externally, but aromatic and tender internally. Dip it with the mix of garlic, ginger and chilli coating the lobster for those delicious taste.

Baby Lobster in ‘Bi Feng Tang’ Style

If you still have some space before desserts, the DIY Hong Kong Cart Noodle station is also worth a visit. The toppings of Curry Fishballs, Soya Midwing, Salty Cuttlefish and Braised Beef. The Soya Midwing is just amazing, as the braising sauce infused well into the chicken. Meanwhile, the hot robust broth, making this cart noodle a really special one.

Hong Kong Cart Noodle

Hong Kong Cart Noodle - The Toppings
Clockwise: Curry Fishballs, Soya Midwing, Salty Cuttlefish and Braised Beef

For those who like rice dishes, I strongly recommend Plain Rice served with Chicken Oil and Dark Soya Sauce. Just get a small scoop of rice, drizzle it generously with Chicken Oil and some Dark Soya Sauce. Stir or fold it evenly, until each grain of rice turned dark. Then eat a scoop at one go. I guarantee you; it is just exquisite. Just like the dim sum dish of steam rice with chicken. Yum Yum.

Plain Rice served with Chicken Oil and Dark Soya Sauce.

Hong Kong Desserts. There are Hong Kong Egg Waffle, Soya Beancurd, Mango Sago, Strong Ginger and Sweet Potato Soup, Milk Pudding, Red Bean Steamed Rice Cake, Lao Po Ping, Tao Sar Ping and a lot more. What a tough decision to make, choosing the desserts that suit you.

Hong Kong Egg Waffle

Steamed Milk Pudding

These spread of Old School Hong Kong Delights dishes are available together with their regular selections of Cold Seafood Spread, International Cuisine, Desserts Spread and of course the famous Durian Pengat.

Mango Sago

Lao Po Ping


Red Bean Steamed Rice Cake

Overall, I am very impressed with the lineup and it was just awesomely good. My personal pick is Oyster Congee, Abalone Cheong Fun, Claypot Lamb Brisket, Cart Noodle and Plain Rice served with Chicken Oil and Dark Soya Sauce. Yummy!!

Black Bean Lotus Root, Cuttlefish and Chicken Soup

Thank you very much Marina Mandarin Singapore Team for the tasting invitation.

AquaMarine – Old School Hong Kong Delights
When: Now till 30 April 2019
Where: AquaMarine at Marina Mandarin Singapore
Time:
Lunch Mon – Fri: 12.00 – 14.30.
Lunch Sat, Sun and PH: 12.00 – 15.00.
Dinner Daily: 18.30 – 22.00.

Price:
Lunch Daily: $60++ per Adult, $30++ per Child;
Dinner Weekdays: $73++ per Adult, $36.50++ per Child
Dinner Weekends: $83++ per Adult, $41.50++ per Child
For enquiries and reservations, visit www.meritushotels.com/marina, call (65) 6845 1111 or email: aquamarine.marina@meritushotels.com.

Soya Beancurd

The Famous Durian Pengat

Food & Drink: 8.25/10
Value: 8/10
Service: N/A (Tasting Invitation)
Ambiance: 8/10
Budget per Person: $51 - $80, $81 & Above

AquaMarine
6 Raffles Boulevard
Level 4, Marina Mandarin Hotel
Singapore 039594

T: +65 6845 1111
IG: @marinamandarinsg
OH:
Breakfast: Daily 06.30 – 10.30
Lunch: Mon to Fri, 12.00 – 14.30
Lunch: Sat, Sun & PH, 12.00 – 15.00
Dinner: Daily 18.30 – 22.00


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