Saturday, 30 May 2015

New Shabuyaki Concept @ Suzuki Ramen Bar

Whilst their famous Suzuki Ramen continues to be served during its ever-popular CBD lunch crowds, they have taken a step to revamp their dinner service to include the Shabuyaki concept that had won hearts over in Japan. Shabu-yaki KAZU-ya is the first store in Singapore, created by the famous Sanbyakuya in Tokyo.

Serving the same imported ingredients, in the signature sauces. The ambience is cozy, clean and classy. This tray of goodness is served like that, and the heat is turned on. The juices and moisture flows out and to bring out a saturated heap of kimchi like flavours. Add their signature handmade ramen noodles at the end! You won't regret. 

A generous plate of meats for barbeque and non-marinated meats for Shabu.

Ramen Bar Suzuki SG
17 Stanley Street

For reservation, please SMS 9062 6379 (Japanese, English)
Opening Hours: Monday ~ Saturday 18:00 ~ 22:00 (Last Order 21:00) 
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays

See Link to lunchtime Ramen:

Sunday, 17 May 2015

The Market Grill - Lunch

Everyone at lunch was having one of these on their table, we simply had to as well. We had the Live Atlantic CharGrilled Whole Lobster $45 (or Steamed). Comes with Mash and Salad. The meat was firm and tender, and still very sweet. Perhaps the best way to have this is Steamed, in order to enjoy its original flavours.

I had the CW (Colin West) Bleu Cheese Burger $34/200g. A juicy lump of Beef done Medium Rare, topped off with Bacon and crazy Chunks of Blue Cheese! The flavours were Rich and Strong, all fighting for attention inside my mouth. A pretty damn good burger... 

I had my serious doubts about putting a Cod in a Burger... The CW Cod Fish $28 Burger is first on the list. The Atlantic Cod, marinated in Pommery (Champagne) and Grilled, so rich in flavours was surprisingly perfect with the warm and soft Parmesan bread. One burger is not enough... It takes Fillet O Fish to an astronomical dimension.  

Taste: 4/5 
Service: 3.5/5
Ambience: 3.5/5
Price: 3.5/5 (ave $50 per pax) 

The Market Grill
208 Telok Ayer Street
6221 3323
(They do not take phone reservations!)

Friday, 15 May 2015

Food in Bali

Soup Buntut @ Oxtail Soup

The Fried Catfish, Lele Penyat. Small looking fish but its meat soft and tasty.

The fame Flying Fish, Deep Fried. 

Soup Buntut @ Oxtail Soup. Great for Hangover Cures! Just add Chilli Padi. 

Soup Bakso @ Meatball Soup. Here they've added Ribs and Oxtail.

Sambal Ayam Penyat - Chillied Fried Chicken

Babek Goreng @ Fried Duck 

Nasi Cempur @ Mixed Rice - Fragrant Chicken Sate (Skewer), Beef Rendang, Salted Shredded Chicken and Vegetables.

Babi Guling @ Suckling Pig

Lobster Roll @ Potato Head 

Slowed Cooked Baby Back @ Potato Head

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Neon Pigeon @ Keong Saik

Served in two sizes, the tapas like concept caters to the hip and discerning clientele. A place to chat, nibble a little and drink a lot - a warm up to a late night out perhaps. An upmarket Izakaya similar to the likes of Izy at Club Street and Bincho at Tiong Bahru. Seated in a Prime corner location on the junction of Keong Saik and Neil Road. 

We came in a group of 6 and pretty much ordered most of the items on their menu! 
So we started off with the "Chicken Liver Mousse" $17/32 - Cereal Crust, Yuzu Kosho Marmalade, Toast. The mousse was very rich in flavour, a very fine balance between salt blood and liver... And to tease you with a marmalade to throw you off. I prefered it without personally. 

Next up were the "Tsukune Sliders" $14/26 - Pickled Kyuki, Tare Aioli. Personally, my Tsukune standards have been set high by Chef Asai from Bincho. There wasn't enough tendons and parts in its patty to give it enough bite. And it was a tad over cooked that made it quite dry.

We had ordered two larger "Roasted Bone Marrow" $19/36 - Furikake Seasoning, Crispy Garlic, Toast. But unfortunately it was all taken up, and we could only land ourselves with a small portion. It was done pretty well, with some flavours but lacked that punch. Perhaps they were attempting to mimic an escargot recipe but the marrow could not have the same textures, and it lacked some salt. 

The bottle you see in the background is the celebrated Dassai 50 $150 - a sake made from grains that were polished till 50% of its outer layer has been removed. 

We had also ordered a clean tasting "Tuna Crudo" $18/34 - Miso, Pickled Apple, Sprouts. 

They two types of Miso Soups $10 per person, which we had ordered one each. When the soups came, I was pretty taken aback by the size and appearances. It did not look like a $10 bowl of soup. 

In the Miso Black Cod - Smoked Dashi, Seaweed, it was mainly tofu and one piece of a inch-long piece of fish. I am still questioning if it wa indeed Black Cod. The soup merely had a taste of a double-broiled cuttlefish and radish soup. 

The "Slow Braised Oxtail" - Butterd Corn, Hokkaido-style Miso, Chilli, had a little more meat in it but was tasteless due to the fact it has been boiled for quite some time. 

Definitely overpriced these soups. 

Surprisingly, this is one of our favourite dishes! "Chilled Cucumber" $9/17 - Crushed Chilli Peanuts, Nori, Goma. It was refreshing yet tasty with its sauce and peanuts and a tinge of spice left it addictive. 

The "Crispy Brussel Sprouts" $14/26 - Mirin glazed Bacon, Karashi, seemed terribly and sadly out of place. Must have been done over the hot plate, this dish looks very haphazard to cost $26. Some brussels tossed over tepanyaki, the bacon done american-style left it dry. Dry bacon and fried-yellow brussels doesn't look nor taste good. 

The "Yuzu Kosho Cauliflower" $13/24 however was something I liked. Perhaps cause the Caulis are more resilient to heat, retaining its flavours. But its cream based sauce complements the cauliflowers well, compensating for its inherent lack of taste. 

The "Pan Roasted Grouper" $18/34 - Sweet Potato Puree, Sesame Soy, Wakame was normal. The fish was fresh, and retained its firm texture despite being a tad overcooked. The presentation was ghastly amateur, an overbearing chunk and chuck of a sweet potato puree. It almost seem there was no consideration of how the two components would or would not sit together... The fish had lacked taste, and depended on the sweet potato - unfortunate. 

The "Slow Cooked Octopus" $20/38- Cauliflower Puree, Shicimi, wasn't too bad. It was not as dry as I expected - soft and tender. But again, perhaps the presentation is lacking somewhat. 

The "Smoked Baby Back Ribs" $19/36 - Sake BBQ sauce, was good. An interesting idea to mix sake with BBQ sauce but I was not able to notice the hints of sake, especially when it has been smoked as well - it may have cancelled each other out. 

The "Grilled Duck Breast" $20/38 - "Katsu Curry" pumpkin puree, Japanese red pickles, tasted very good - tastes almost smoked. Again, their presentation is standard: puree and some frizzly vegetable on top. 

Shots of Pink Pigeon

Red Miso Lager & Neon Pigeon's Junmai Daiginjo

Taste: 3/5 
Service: 3.5/5
Ambience: 3.5/5
Price: 2.5/5 (ave $100 per pax) 

Neon Pigeon
Address: 1 Keong Saik Rd, 1-03, 089109
Phone:6222 3623
Opening Hours: 6:00 pm – 12:00 am

Tanuki Raw - Wagyu Don

When it first opened, Howard's command of the social circle and its correspondent media proved its prowess. Every few posts on Facebook would either be an ad from Tanuki Raw or a friend checking in to this place. 

I could not ignore this place, not with pictures of rice bowls like that. I took a chance to squeeze in lunch since my tailor is round the corner. This place does not draw in much walk in traffic given its location on the 2nd floor of Orchard Central (though it is right beside the escalator). 

As with all the pictures and adverts, it had to be this, the "Truffle Yakiniku" Rice Bowl $18, that I had to order. Essentially a Rice Bowl topped with delicately Pan Seared Thinly Sliced Australian Beef that only melts in your mouth but bursts with flavours bitter sweet from the soya and charring, tenderness and juiciness from the bloodiness of a good beef. 

I thought there wouldn't be enough slices of beef to get me to the bottom of this rice bowl. But the portions were surprisingly much. It also comes with a bowl of miso soup and a salad. 

Taste: 4/5 
Service: 3/5
Ambience: 3/5
Price: 3.5/5 (ave $20 per pax) 

#02-03, Orchard Central, 

181 Orchard Road

CBD Series - Shenton Way

Famous Chicken Cutlet

Jaggis @ Shenton House

Tian Tian Chicken Rice (Closed)

Uncle Sam's Claypot @ Robinson Road

The Bank @ One Shenton

Tampopo - Orchard

I had always wanted to try the famous Katsu from Tampopo, and many have spoken about its Ramen too. Liang Court is quite out of my way, so when we had a quick lunch around town, we decided to swing by its Takashimaya branch. 

It was a hangover day for me, opportune for a nice hot bowl of soup. So I instinctively ordered the "XO Black Pig Jyan Ramen", thinking more alcohol will help with the cure (Hair of the Dog). 

Indeed the Pork Cutlet was very nicely done. Crispy and light was its batter, whilst its meat was firm but not dry, tender. The soup was refreshing, the XO gives a "kick" to the tastebuds. 

The "Deluxe Seafood Ramen" looked amazing too! A clear broth for those who are not a fan of the porky taste of a Tonkotsu broth. The crab legs were sweet and fresh. 

We ordered a portion of the "Wafu Steak". A small portion it was, probably only 100g. It looked lonely and pathetic. But we we took a bite of it, it was addictive! You just wanted to take another slice. The meat was medium rare, nicely charred on the outside (maybe torched). Inside was juicy succulent and tasty. I recommend you order this when you are here. 

In fact, I will say I'd definitely will be back to explore the other items on their menu.

Taste: 3.5/5 

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

Tampopo Japanese Restaurant
391 Orchard Road
B2-33 Takashimaya Shopping Centre
Tel: +65 6235 2318

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