Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Roast – Fatty Char Siew Oink Oink [MEDIA INVITE]

Char Siew at Roast

Roast, a Cantonese Style Roast stall just opened in Telok Blangah neighbourhood. The head chef, hailed from Ipoh, has been churning out Cantonese style roast that is consistent and delicious for ages.



Price List

Without a doubt, the Char Siew is their signature there. Using only fatty part of the pork, you can see the mouth-watering perfect layers between the meat and fats. The outer part is nicely caramelised, with a crispy bite and follow with a melt in your mouth sensation with each bite. The style here is glossy, caramelised with a bit charred, instead of the dark like charcoal version.

The Char Siew

Char Siew - Up Close

Next best item is their roast duck. It is nicely roasted, where the fats between the skin and meat are rendered to almost non-existence. Resulting in a juicy and succulent duck meat. The skin remains crisp, making the roast duck so enticing to devour. 

Roast Duck

Next is their Crispy Roast Pork. The pork belly is fattier compared to the char siew. When you bite into it, you can hear the crunchiness of the pork crackling, followed by the bursting oil and juice from the fats and flesh. #Porkgasm

Crispy Roast Pork

If you prefer something unique, try their pork ribs. It is leaner compared to the char siew, and it packs more flavour due to the bones. The external part is crispy, while the flesh is succulent with a meaty bite to it. 

The Pork Ribs on top

The Pork Ribs - Up Close

We tried their roast chicken; however, it was kind of a let down after the Char Siew, Roast Duck and Crispy Roast Pork. The meat of the chicken too soft, almost mushy like. They do have the white chicken, which I think will go well with their homemade soya sauce infused with ginger.

Roast Chicken

Roast Chicken

To go with the roast meat, you can have white rice or noodle. I recommend the noodle, as it is springy, crunchy and absent of any alkaline taste. LD feels that the chilli here needs a bit more kick, as it slightly lacks a bit of tanginess and spiciness.

The Spread

The Noodle

Overall, Roast is definitely a good place to visit for your Cantonese Roast Meat fix. The Char Siew is excellent, while the roast duck and roast pork will definitely satisfy you. Warning, Roast is not the place for those that like their meat lean and healthy. Cheers!!

Thank you very much to the Roast team for the tasting invitation.

Food & Drink: 7.25/10
Value: 7.5/10
Service: N/A (Media Invite)
Ambiance: N/A (Coffee Shop)
Budget per Person: $0 - $10, $11 - $25

Blk 46 Telok Blangah Drive
(Lao Zi Hao Kopitiam)
Singapore S100046

T: +65 9662 9772
IG: @Roastsg_tbd46
OH: 10.30 – 20.30 Daily

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Greenwood Fish Market Quayside Isle – Remarkable Seafood Dining Experience in Sentosa

NZ Littleneck Clams 

Greenwood Fish Market and Bistro (‘GFMB’) at Quayside Isle is a one of a must visit dining destination in Sentosa. Located in the most upscale residential district in Singapore, GFMB sure offers one of the best dining experiences in Singapore.

Greenwood Fish Market and Bistro at Quayside Isle

The best seat in the bistro is their outdoor seating. During our visit that evening, the weather is windy and slightly chilly, making it perfect to sit outdoors and enjoy the breeze. The rows of gorgeous yachts docked at the marina definitely amped up dining experience.

Part of the Seafood Market

Once you completed your order, they will serve you warm bread basket. It crisp and fluffy and absolutely beautiful with some butter on it. We actually want to order another basket, but we decided to stop as we got lots of food coming. Hint: The bread basket does not come with butter as there are olive oil and balsamic vinegar on the table, so you need to ask from the service staff.  

Bread Basket

First to arrive are the oysters. We have Sentinelles Speciale ($12 for 2) and Coromandel NZ ($8 for 2) as it was only LD and me slurping the oysters. Both oysters are fresh, sweet, plump and slightly briny. We are not oyster connoisseurs, we just enjoy our oysters.

Oysters - Sentinelles Speciale and Coromandel NZ

On Wednesday, GFMB has sashimi specials, Swordfish Belly Sashimi ($14.95), Yellowfin Tuna Sashimi ($11.95), and Salmon Sashimi ($11.95). Their regular prices are $19.95 and $18.95 respectively. We ordered three of them and they are huge and fresh. I am most impressed with their yellowfin tuna almost like the maguro grade sashimi. Awesome!!

Swordfish Belly Sashimi, Yellowfin Tuna Sashimi and Salmon Sashimi

Next up is NZ Littleneck Clams ($21.95). We wanted the mussels, unfortunately, they run out on that day. The clams were a good replacement, they are juicy, succulent with a touch of springiness to it. Meanwhile, the broth is buttery and exudes a nice grape aroma from the white wine. We ordered Regular Fries ($9.95) so we can dip with the broth, however, it came after we almost finish the clams.

NZ Littleneck Clams

Regular Fries

Seafood Chowder ($13.95). It is creamy, filled with solid essence from the seafood. The ingredients are generous; however, it was a tad heavy on the pepper.

Seafood Chowder

Since there are four people, we decided to share the main meal Seafood Basket ($38.95) and Whole Fish, Sea Bream – Grilled ($89.95). The fried seafood basket contains battered oysters, prawns, fish and scallops. Nicely deep fried, while it maintains the juiciness of the seafood. I overlook the part where it comes with fries, so at the end, we did not touch the fries here. Recommend for sharing.

Seafood Basket

The grilled Sea Bream is grilled to perfection. Nicely charred externally, while internally the flesh remains moist and flaky. It is served with mash sweet potato, baked vegetables together with truffle sauce and garlic butter sauce. Both the sauces are just Yummy and I actually dipped the some of the fried seafood into this sauce. Yum Yum.

Grilled Whole Fish - Sea Bream

The service staff here are friendly and provides good recommendation according to your likings. Making it a wonderful dining experience. Taking into account the location, the price of the food is reasonable.

Part of the Indoor Dining Area

Overall, Greenwood Fish Market and Bistro at Quayside Isle is definitely a dining destination that you must consider when it comes to seafood. The price, service and quality of the food are just remarkable. Cheers!!

Food & Drink: 8.5/10
Value: 7.5/10
Service: 8/10
Ambiance: 9/10
Budget per Person: $51 - $80

Greenwood Fish Market and Bistro @Quayside
31 Ocean Way
#01-04 Quayside Isle
Singapore 098375

T: +65 6262 0450
IG: @Greenwoodfishmarket
Tue – Fri: 12.00 – 22.00
Sat, Sun & PH: 11.00 – 22.00
Mon*: 17.00 – 22.00
*Closed 1st Monday of every month except PH

Menu and Other Branch Location available on their website

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Q-Wa Izakaya – Yakitori, Beer and Sake [MEDIA INVITE]

Hokkaido Kawa Ebi with House Pour Sake

Q-Wa Izakaya is the second outlet from the folks behind Q-Wa Bar and Yakitori at East Coast Road, which opened in September 2015. Inspired by the success of the 1st outlet, Q-Wa Izakaya at Beach Road opened in June 2018.

Q-Wa Izakaya
Beer Promo

Like most Izakaya, the focus at Q-Wa is their small bites, sake and beer. Their main promotion for Asahi beer is $35 for 3L tower for happy hour between 5 – 7 PM on Monday to Thursday and all day on Saturday and Sunday. Meanwhile, their house pour sake also comes highly recommend, as it tasted smooth and slightly sweet, according to LD.

House Pour Sake

House Pour Sake

We started with Pork Katsu Cheese ($14.90) and Hokkaido Kawa Ebi ($8.90). The pork katsu is crispy externally and juicy, succulent with gooey cheese internally. The cheese is not pungent, instead, it is very mild. I just wish the katsu is thicker.

Pork Katsu Cheese

Hokkaido Kawa Ebi is delicious. These mini prawns are the perfect companions with your drinks. It is crispy, crunchy, salty and filled with umami flavour from the prawns. It is so good, you will feel that 1 portion won’t be enough.

Hokkaido Kawa Ebi

Shime Saba ($18.80) and Surame Ika ($15.80). The saba fish here is marinated with rice vinegar before it is grilled. While most saba fish can be a bit fishy, the vinegar-marinated actually helps to balance the fats and remove the fishiness. A splash of lemon juice helps of spice up the dish. We just can’t stop admiring the knife skills on the saba fish, amazing. Each piece is sliced to almost equal size.

Shime Saba

Meanwhile, the squid is nicely grilled and seasoned. The springy, juicy yet succulent with a touch of sweetness from the yakitori sauce.

Surame Ika

The chicken parts definitely a must try here. I personally like the chicken skin / Torikawa ($2.80), heart / Hatsu ($2.60), liver / Reba ($2.60) and bishops / Bonjiri ($2.80). Chicken heart has a combination of crunchy and springy texture, slightly chewy but if you like it, it is irresistible.

Chicken Heart

Chicken liver is always considered as the stepsister of foie gras (goose liver) or even duck liver. Although it is creamy and smooth like foie gras, chicken liver is denser and not as fatty as goose and duck liver. If you like foie gras, you should try “Chi-gras” as well.

Chicken Liver (2 sticks at the top) - Chi Gras

Chicken bishops are one of my favourite part of the chicken, while LD like the chicken cartilage / Nankotsu ($3.60). Surprisingly, the quail egg / Uzura ($2.90) is very good, especially when it is basked with yakitori sauce.

Chicken Tail / Bishop and Chicken Cartilage

Anything with bacon here will not disappoint as well. We tried their Quail Egg Bacon / Uzura Maki ($3.30), Cherry Tomato Bacon / Tomato Maki ($3.20) and Golden Mushroom Bacon / Enoki Maki ($3.30). The bacon is not overly salty, it helps to season the other ingredients nicely.

Chicken Wings, Asparagus Bacon, Quail Egg Bacon and Golden Mushroom Bacon

Normally Pork Belly Shio / Butabarra ($2.90) and Pork Belly Miso / Butabarra Miso ($3.20) are two of the items that I will order. However, the version here is average and does not give me the Oink Oink feel.

Golden Mushroom Bacon, Cheery Tomato Bacon, Pork Belly Miso & Pork Belly Shio

For the main staple to end the meal, we tried two item, Garlic Fried Rice / Garlic Yaki Meishi ($11.90) and Pan Fried Udon / Yaki Udon ($10.90). While both dishes are well fried, the springy texture of the udon got my pick. The garlic fried rice can be bolder and more garlic can be added into it.

Part of our spread and Garlic Fried Rice

Pan Fried Udon

Q-Wa Izakaya has indoor and outdoor seating. For the indoor, the seating of each table is very close, so expect to bump into each other when you are seating. The Japanese décor wallpaper, sake bottles line-up and draft beer raise up the Izakaya feels to the restaurant. The outdoor seating is more spacious, but only limited to 4 tables.

Part of the Decor

Overall, Q-Wa Izakaya décor bring back a lot of memories during our venture in the back alley of Tokyo. The close proximity between customers, lots of sake and beer, accompanies with lots of yakitori and small bites are a good combination to wind down and catch up with friends. Luckily the food here is not as salty compare to those in Japan. So, you can enjoy it without drinking too much. Kanpai!! Cheers!!

Thank you very much for Ai Ling and Q-Wa Izakaya team for the tasting invitation.

Food & Drink: 7.25/10
Value: 7.5/10
Service: N/A (Tasting Invitation)
Ambiance: 7/10
Budget per Person: $26 - $50, $51 - $80,

Q-WA Izakaya
103 Beach Road
#01-02 Marrison Hotel
Singapore 189704

T: +65 8336 7728
IG: @Qwaizakaya
OH: Daily 11.30 – 14.30; 17.00 – 23.00
Closed on PH.

Other Branch
Q-Wa Bar and Yakitori
39 East Coast Road
Singapore 428756

T: +65 6348 9938

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Pu Jim – Busan BBQ Experience

 Pu Jim Set

Finding a Korean BBQ Restaurant in Singapore very easy nowadays. For sure each meat lovers will have their go-to place to fulfil their bbq meat cravings. Pu Jim distinguish itself through focusing its bbq experience uniquely Busan.

Pu Jim at Amoy Street

Pu Jim at Amoy Street

Since we have a wonderful bbq experience in Busan, we are looking forward to our feast here. As per the norm, side dishes were served first. Don’t expect an extensive spread, about 6 mini sides (3 type of kimchi, mayonnaise apple, caramelised small fish and pickled vegetables) with onions salad, wrapped vegetables and fresh chilli.

Side Dishes 
Side Dishes

Three of us decided to choose the Pujim set ($170 for opening promo price, U.P$218). It consists of Boneless Short Rib 200g, P. Chuck Flap Tail 200g, Iberico Pork Neck Small Pax, Iberico Jowl 200g and Pork Belly 200g. However, they run out of their chuck flap tail, so we got it replaced with beef brisket.

Boneless Short Rib 200g, Iberico Pork Neck Small Pax, Iberico Jowl 200g and Pork Belly 200g. 

Beef Brisket (Replacement)

First to the grill was the boneless short rib. The marbling is just amazing. Cooked to perfection, it has a nice balance between meat and fats. It just melts in your mouth Yum Yum, I still drool when I imagine this.

Boneless Short Rib

The Iberico pork neck comes next. The cut is thick and it took a while on the bbq. It was masterly grilled resulting in a crisp exterior with juicy and succulent interior. Interestingly, it is to be consumed with the grilled bread that is soaked with the pork oil dripping from the Iberico pork. Sinfully good.

Iberico Pork Neck

Iberico Pork Neck

Iberico Pork Neck

Pork Belly is next. The slices are thick and the balance of the composition of the fats and meat are so inviting. #porkgasm indeed.

Pork Belly

Pork Belly

Those that have not tried pork jowl, you might want to consider the version offered by Pu Jim. It is crunchy, juicy and will send you going Oink Oink. This is definitely a must try for meat lovers.

Pork Jowl

The beef brisket here is almost the equivalent of thinly sliced pork belly. Fatty with a slight of springiness to it.

Beef Brisket and Pork Jowl

Pork Jowl

Though the bbq meat is definitely delicious. we found Hwang Tae Soup ($11) is as good. The cloudy coloured soup is robust, filled with the essence from the dried pollack. The pollack fish itself is slightly chewy but absorbs the broth nicely. The texture is like a combination of tau pok (fried beancurd puff) and codfish strips. If you have this for lunch with a bowl of white rice, it will be very fulfilling.

Hwang Tae Soup

Hwang Tae Soup

LD and her friend decided to try the Jajang Mian. At first glance, it looks like regular jajang mian. However, the version here is extremely spicy, almost like those spicy Korean noodle challenge.

Jajang Mian

Of course, having a bbq in a Korean restaurant will not be complete without their alcoholic beverages. The offering here consists of beer (Tiger and Hite), soju, baekseju and soft drinks. Unlike other Korean restaurants, they don’t serve free water or barley tea. Instead, you need to purchase mineral water or canned drinks for this.

Service is very good, however, only the manager speaks good English. The rest of the Korean service staff speak limited English; thus, you might have a problem communicating with them in regards to the menu. The décor of the restaurant is open industrial concept with a bare minimum décor. Practical and no fuss.

Part of the dining area

Overall, Pujim offered a delicious and well-marbled meat. The team at Pujim sure know how to bbq their meat and a must try place if you are looking for a different Korean BBQ. They have different variety of soup, but we highly recommend their Hwang Tae Soup. The price comparing to other Korean BBQ restaurant is on the high side, thus we hope they maintain their opening price promotion, so we can visit it more often. Geonbae!! Cheers!!

Food & Drink: 7.5/10
Value: 7/10
Service: 8/10
Ambiance: 6.5/10
Budget per Person: $51 - $80, $81 & Above

Pu Jim
82 Amoy Street
Singapore 069901

T: +65 6224 1588
OH: Daily 11.30 – 14.30; 17.00 – 23.30

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