Saturday, 25 April 2015

Kay Lee Roasts - Suntec

They used to command long queues at their stalls every day. There was almost a cult following of their roast duck and that special braised sauce. But when they decided to sell their recipe, many food enthusiasts knew exactly where this was headed...

When the listed company Aztech bought over this recipe, to some it seemed like a resurrection of the dead it seems. Coming to this Suntec outlet, it appeared to me like it was more like the undead... The place at lunch had two occupied tables, probably because of the same reason why we were there - the Affordable Art Fair. 

I decided to give it a try. Unfortunately, it was terribly disappointing! How can you expect the same quality of meats when they are now processed and mass produced in a factory in Senoko?! 

The Char Siew was cold, and stiff and the meat dry and lifeless. The Pork Belly was firm on the fat layer and had its crispy skin but somewhat lacked that Character. The duck did not even have the standard of a factory canteen... Worst thing is, this plate costs $10.50!!! 

The Fried Dumplings was perhaps slightly better maybe by the lack of expectations, but still take a look at the plate and tell me how appetising can this be? Or rather, for the price and the setup, wouldn't there be more of an effort in plating? 

Definitely what I would term "Death by Franchise"... 

Old Chengdu Szechuan Restaurant

Losely translated, this is called "Saliva Chicken". It means after you have a go at this cold dish,you will start salivating involuntarily. One of my favourite dishes here. It has the mouth of a Hainanese chicken where they soaked the chickens in ice right after boiling.  

This dish is so interesting, stir fried Long Beans but they are not cut - served as its full length. Does not look or taste apparently spicy but it will kick it. 

The MaPo Tofu is spicy with a nice silken texture - great with rice!

It was only the two of us, hence we did not order the Signature fish - "fei teng yu" (沸腾鱼). So we ordered something similar which is the "Water Cooked Sliced Fish". The fish is cooked till it melts in your mouth. Not like you will have much sensation left in it anyway. But the vegetables underneath remains fairly crunchy and very very tasty, soaking up all the salt and chilli. 

Taste: 3.5/5 
Service: 3/5
Ambience: 3/5
Price: 3.5/5 (ave $20 per pax) 

Old Chengdu Sichuan Cuisine Restaurant
80/82 Pagoda St
Singapore 059239
T: 6222 6858
11am – 12midnight daily

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

CBD Series - Chinatown Point

Tsukada Nojo

Pecori An

Ipoh Lao Yao

Hill Street Nasi Lemak

A-One Claypot

Song Fa Bak Kut Teh
Genki Sushi
Peach Garden

Nude Seafood - MBFC

Since Bibigo moved out, tenants at MBFC have been praying for a better replacement than its predecessor. Nude made a fairly quiet entry. When we stumbled into this place, they simply blew me away. Before even going into the food, the place was well laid out, with a clean fresh look to reflect the quality of their ingredients, a confident open kitchen to reveal how your food is being handled and prepared. The staff are friendly and cheerful looking. Even the bosses go round with humble attention paid to the customers at every point of their experience at Nude. 

The Hickory-Smoked Salmon with Forgotten Grains ($16) is my favourite of the lot, for $16 compared to my normal thrifty $3 plate of Chicken Rice, was every bit worth the money for the quality of food they put in front of me each time. The fish smoked well with its aroma and flavours charred onto the outside whilst the Salmon's oils still intact. The Grains surrounding its Brown Rice base and a generous serving of Beetroot seemed too little for lunch at first, but managed to keep me sustained for a good portion of the afternoon. 

They had recently added the Red Snapper ($18) onto their menu. This fish comes served after being Sous Vide if I am not wrong. It kept the texture and the firmness of the fish. You would like this dish if you are the type that does not like the flavour of your fish messed around too much. 

The Miso-Grilled Chilean Bass ($22) with Quinoa was amazing! Everyone on the table took a bite from my plate and wished they had ordered this instead. I could have sworn that I was eating Cod! This is an amazing piece of fish (wished it could have been a tad bigger). The Quinoa was fine, but perhaps taking in too much of the seaweed's flavour made it a bit fishy. I didn't quite understood the cabbage though.. 

Taste: 3.5/5 
Service: 3.5/5
Ambience: 3/5
Price: 3.5/5 (ave $20 per pax) 

NUDE Seafood
Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3, #01-0212 Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018982

Operating hours:
Mon – Fri 8am-8pm

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Gusto's - Carbonara

I am usually not one who goes out to have pasta, assuming its simplicity... We were beat after a day of shopping and walked past Gusto, and was asked to try the Carbonara here. 

I was pleasantly surprised! The Pasta was still fairly Al Dente but cooked perfectly; the Cream Sauce was warm and comforting, and very flavourful - the chef has a Singaporean heavy hand on taste; the Bacon was exactly how I like it, chewy juicy and still salty; the Egg was a good distraction to me wolfing down this amazing plate.

Highly recommended for your Carbonara fix!

Alfresco Gusto

Ion Orchard (Facing Wheelock)
Tel: +65 65099380

Mon - Tue: 11:00 - 00:00
Wed - Thu: 11:00 - 01:00
Fri - Sat: 11:00 - 02:00
Sun: 11:00 - 00:00

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Common Man Coffee Roasters - Brunch

Common Man Full Breakfast
Two Free-Range Poached Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Tomato Salsa, Chorizo Hashbrowns, Mushrooms, Pork Cannelini Beans and Pepeti Toast ($26)

To be really honest... The breakfast was terrible. 
Despite it being served really quick, quicker than my coffee! I suspect they pick the food off a cold tray where they had mass cooked them hours earlier. The food was cold and dry - much like a homeless man in the subway. 

The bacon was dried out, the Mushrooms were cooked to death and yet had no seasoning or taste, the eggs as below, the bread was so hard to slice across because it was toast anymore, the beans were alright but to mix it with chunks of pork I am not too sure about that. Overall... I wouldn't be back for their breakfast. 

The eggs weren't as runny as it should be, with the outer wall of the whites were thicker. Which means they have been left out for awhile. This apparently was a common complaint from the reviews I've browsed (no pun on common)

The Coffee fortunately wasn't too bad. Rich but not too bitter or acidic and doesn't leave your mouth dry or tasting like funk. 

Taste: 2.5/5 (Food) 3.5/5 (Coffee)
Service: 3/5
Ambience: 3.5/5
Price: 2.5/5 (ave $30 per pax) 

Common Man Coffee Roasters

22 Martin Road

Daily: 08:00 - 19:00
Phone: +65 68364695