The lucky me received three gifts from K for V-day (which seemed ages ago):
1. a homecooked meal;
2. a Swarovski crystalline USB pen; and
3. a treat at Sushi Kanazawa where he gamely ate most of the rice for me haha.
We opted for the omakase sushi buffet ($39++ for lunch on weekends) and the ratio of rice to fish was predictably 10:1 ick. Still, it was fun and we left knowing what sushi we’d order when we next come back – ala carte this time!
assorted sashimi (one time order)
aburi salmon and ?
okra and mushrooms
unagi tamago (repeat x5) and amaebi mentai aburi (repeat x3)
toro tataki (repeat x2) and ??
albacore a.k.a. white tuna (repeat x5) and tai
aburi hotate and toro tataki
aburi mekajiki (repeat x3)
negitoro handroll (repeat x3)
#02-13, International Building
360 Orchard Road
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Not impressed with Concetto at all. This is the new offshoot by Saveur, and concept is along the same line: good food for all, affordable prices for all.
The only dish I found agreeable was the salmon which was almost (but thankfully not) overcooked. The bed of pea ragu was lovely; I like it when fish is paired with legumes! Pan-seared tuna was quite nice as a light starter, if not a tad bland. Despite the funghi risotto being one of the chef’s recommendations, it was laughably underseasoned. To put it bluntly, it was tasteless. Seriously. Probably scarred K for life haha. Cod was way overpriced for such a miniscule piece, and serving it with a sourish broth doesn’t seem like such a bright idea imo. Too acidic.
Bad day in the kitchen, perhaps?
baby romaine, honey mustard sauce
parma ham, pea ragu, bonito oil
Funghi Risotto ($9.90++)
mixed mushrooms, pickled shallots
pan seared cod, puff pastry, clams, fennel salad
Concetto by Saveur
#01-11/12, THE CATHAY
2 Handy Road
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My mom’s birthday present from me this year was this $98++ specialty yusheng from Si Chuan Dou Hua. Organic greens tossed with prized black truffles, sashimi slices of turbot fish (apparently one of the most valuable flat fish species in the world), crispy salmon fish skin and a special sauce made with a blend of vegetables, osmanthus, sour plum and lime, this was quite satisfying! So much so that the two of us gamely polished it off (don’t say we ladies can’t eat)!
After all that abundance, 2014 has got to be a prosperous year, for sure.
Si Chuan Dou Hua
PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road
181 Kitchener Road
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I swear, K is a much sweeter and thoughtful lover than I am in our relationship (my BFF can attest to this).
He was apologetic that we couldn’t dine together on Valentine’s Day last Friday night as it’s customary for him to have dinner at his grandma’s house on 元宵节 (the 15th day of the first lunar month). So this dear guy promised and delivered a superb home cooked meal for me the very next day! A menu singlehandedly planned (by him, of course) and centred around all my favourites: salmon sashimi rocket salad with avocado and pistachio drizzled with orange dressing, egg scrambled asparagus, and Nobu’s miso cod marinated with mirin and sake. The latter had a distinctive yet subtle sweetness and was so incredibly delicious (I’m being objective here though it’s hard) that I felt sad when the last morsel was gone…
This may very well be the best and most unforgettable meal in my life so far, so thank you K!
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The Humble Loaf is our new hidden find!
Okie, technically it’s already been around for a year so it’s not that new… Anyway. I’ve been monitoring their “weekend’s specials” for quite some time and one item on last week’s CNY Specials menu caught my eyes immediately: Smoked Salmon Egg Bowl! That was all the impetus I needed to bug K to lunch there haha.
K was blown away by the high quality and standard of the breads here, declaring them to be so much better than Cedele’s! *Traitor*
I like the dark rye with walnut, he prefers the toasted multigrain flaxseed. And with such lovely breads, nothing can possibly go wrong with the smoked salmon sandwich. Solid stuff.
Smoked Salmon Sandwich ($9)
rye and walnut bread, tzatziki, honey mustard
Ta-da, smoked salmon egg bowl! The primary reason for my visit! Two perfect wobbly runny eggs, umamic seaweed, fatty slices of smoked salmon; this didn’t disappoint for sure! Good thing it’s off the menu, otherwise I may park myself here every weekend!
Smoked Salmon Egg Bowl ($7.50)
sous vide eggs, marinated seaweed, scallions
I’ve read about the killer Not-so-humble Eggs and K didn’t need to be told a second time. He called it the “cheap-thrill Jaan smoked organic egg“, no offense to anyone.
Suffice to say, we were two happy campers that day : )
Not-so-humble Eggs ($6)
sous vide eggs, cured ham
The Humble Loaf
#B1-92, Katong Shopping Centre
865 Mountbatten Road
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